Who knew we would have another engagement to put on Kate’s Calendar so quickly? But this afternoon Kensington Palace tweeted the following information.
This is not the first time the Duke and Duchess have met the Obamas. The couple met the President and First lady in May of 2011, shortly after returning from their honeymoon.
Kate wore the Shola dress by Reiss, which sold out almost immediately.
From Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
William also met Mr Obama in the Oval Office in Washington DC in 2014 when the Duke told him he was so excited after the birth of Prince George that he forgot to ask whether the baby was a boy or a girl.
Harry, who met the president in the Oval Office in October last year, has forged a particularly close friendship with Mrs Obama through their mutual interest in supporting injured military personnel and veterans.
It is the first time the Duke, Duchess and Prince have hosted a head of state at Kensington Palace. The Obamas will be having lunch with HM and Prince Philip on Friday.
We begin some of our post-tour coverage by sharing a few pictures from Saturday we were unable to get into the post before publishing it. Below you see William and Kate at the Thimphu airport as they are leaving Bhutan for their trip back to India.
Kate carried her Natalie clutch by LK Bennett and also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings. In this next photo you can just about see the necklace that was a gift from Bhutan’s Queen, Jetsun Pema.
“It overlaps without a beginning or an end, symbolising the Buddha’s endless wisdom and compassion. It indicates continuity as the underlying reality of existence.”
Many thanks to My Small Obsessions and Allyson for sharing information regarding the design. Saturday was an important day for Kate and William’s Bhutanese hosts, it was the official naming ceremony for the King and Queen’s infant son.
Also today, we know a little bit more about where Kate’s earrings were purchased after the Friday hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The good folks at Simply Bhutan were kind enough to share photos today of Tshering Lham, the vendor from whom Kate purchased the earrings.
A refresher on the style, remember Kate’s are said to be a darker blue than this pair.
In this photo showing some of Tshering Lham’s wares, you can see other earring styles she has for sale.
We move now to our first post-tour poll, it features some of the most colorful pieces worn by the Duchess during the week in India and Bhutan, her earrings.
When the Cambridges landed in Mumbai the Duchess wore her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings with her Alexander McQueen skirt suit. They were also seen on Tuesday with the white Emilia Wickstead dress worn for multiple events, as well as with a Beulah London evening gown at a reception celebrating Britain’s relationship with Bhutan.
For a charity cricket match on Sunday Kate wore a pair of Filigree Bead Short Drop style earrings from Accessorize with her Anita Dongre dress. The pair was also worn when the Duke and Duchess spent time with children and staff from the Salaam Baalak Trust; and again when Kate and William were at Kaziranga National Park feeding baby elephants and rhinos.
Sunday night brought the most formal engagement of the trip, a gala fundraiser in Mumbai. To complement her Jenny Packham evening gown the Duchess opted for a pair of chunky drop earrings by Amrapali from the designer’s Tribe collection.
At the British High Commissioner’s party celebrating the Queen’s birthday Kate wore a pair of earrings that are one of the longest running UFOs (Unidentified Fashion Objects) in WKW history, going all the way back to at least 2007.
We saw a new pair of earrings when William and Kate had a private lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The glittering green amethyst, green tourmaline and diamond earrings are by Kiki McDonough, said to have been made especially for Kate to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s birth.
When arriving at Kaziranga National Park the Duchess wore another longtime UFO pair. These date back even longer than the pair shown above, Kate was seen wearing them in 2006.
When dressed casually for a morning safari and other activities at the National Park the Duchess brought back her Citrine Drop earrings by Kiki McDonough. They were also worn when William and Kate hiked to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan.
When attending the official welcome ceremony and other afternoon activities in Bhutan, including an archery competition, Kate wore another new pair by Kiki McDonough, the jeweler’s Lavender Amethyst Drops.
Our final style is the pair purchased in Bhutan for about £7 and worn to the Taj Mahal on Saturday, decorated open hoops with three drop beads.
It didn’t make sense to put the older earrings and new pair all in the same poll, so we have divided this into two different polls.