The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an official tour of India and Bhutan at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, and what did the Duchess wear? Let’s take a look at the fashion highlights of Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s regal style, from her Bollywood gala ball gown to her timeless Taj Mahal formal dress.
Day one when Prince William, Duke of Cambridge along with Catherine arrived at the Taj Palace Hotel, Catherine thoughtfully chose to wear a fashion crafted Alexander McQueen red silk paisley print peplum dress as the royal couple placed a wreath at the memorial inside the hotel dedicated to those who died during the terror attacks of 2008. The weather in India was hot so for her mid-day activities when Catherine and William met with three local charities the Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline, she wore a breezy Jaipur-inspired tunic dress called the Gulrukh Tunic Dress by designer Anita Dongre. Later that evening at the celebrity attended Bollywood gala, Catherine dressed in a royal blue Jenny Packham gown with beading sown in India.
Emily Hodgkin For MailOnLine reported, “The Duchess of Cambridge looked to the East for style inspiration as she packed her bags for her official tour of India and Bhutan with Prince William. Kate paid homage to British fashion while also showcasing Indian themes.”
Day two the Duke and Duchess flew to New Delhi for a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial India Gate, met with young entrepreneurs, visited the Gandhi Museum and attended a garden party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. In the sweltering heat, Catherine kept her cool in a white dress designed by Emilia Wickstead and later at the garden party she wore an Indian style sari crop top, and long skirt designed by Temperley London.
Reporter Lauren Goodwin-Grafton for the Mirror wrote, “Catherine teamed her elegant midi frock with blush pink Rupert Sanderson court shoes and a matching Mulberry clutch. Emilia Wickstead is known for her elegant occasionwear and Kate has chosen her outfits on several previous occasions.”
Day three of the royal tour it became very clear Duchess Catherine wanted nothing more than to blend in with the people of India. Although her regal style was understatedly high brow, her fashion choices displayed a calming theme of familiarity with the use of local silhouettes, colors, patterns and prints.
Fashion & Style reported, “Catherine wore on day three a red and navy maxi dress with an intricate print, flowing silhouette and lace up detailing. The dress is from British High Street brand, accessorized with pointy-toed suede flats and drop earrings. Later, the royal couple had lunch with the Indian Prime Minister, Narenda Modi, in New Delhi’s Hyderabad House. For lunch, Catherine chose a high-necked, mid-calf length dress from Temperley London in green lace.”
Day four Prince William and Duchess Catherine went on safari. Dressed simply in skinny jeans and a polka dotted blouse, and later a printed dress, Catherine bottle fed a baby elephant, and rhino at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Conservation.
Mirror.co.uk reported that when the Duke and Duchess arrived at the Bimoli Anti-Poaching Camp in the centre of the park, they were greeted by a group of rangers. “It’s been an incredible journey,” William said about the safari as he shook the hand of a young ranger.
Day five the royal couple left India for their second destination of the royal tour, Bhutan. Duchess Catherine stepped off the plane wearing a creamy yellow dress coat by Emelia Wickstead previously worn in 2012. If anyone was ever wondering, the fashion worn by Catherine during this tour has clearly stated her loyalties remain entirely with her duty as a member of the royal family and nothing more. Dressing with fashion diplomacy, Catherine has communicated her point-of-view, she does not plan to be a fashion plate to market and sell the clothing she wears. Although, most everything Catherine wears sells out immediately, some have said her fashion choices are boring, dull and uninspiring.
MailOnLine reporters Rebecca English and Simon Tomlinson wrote, Prince William and Kate Middleton walked with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, from a Buddhist Temple inside the Tashichodzong in Thimphu where Kate was seen wearing a skirt woven by Bhutanese weaver Kelzan Wangmo paired with a Paul and Joe cape.”
Later that evening when William and Catherine departed for a private dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, Catherine stepped into a waiting car wearing a Bhutanese inspired gown by Tory Burch.
Day six began with a trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery high on the mountain top in Thimphu, Bhutan. For the daily activities the Duchess dressed in appropriate outdoor hiking attire wearing her favorite knee high hiking boots, a safari style vest and scarf. During an evening reception celebrating UK and Bhutanese friendship, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore a red maxi dress.
Rebecca English for MailOnLine reported, “The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in red as she wore a Beulah dress featuring Bhutan’s national flower – the poppy – in a special tribute to the country. Beulah is one of Kate’s favorite fashion brands and is run by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, an old friend of the Duchess.”
Day seven and the last day of the royal tour of India and Bhutan, Prince William and Duchess Catherine bid farewell to Bhutan before departing to Agra for their visit to the Taj Mahal. Although it was raining in Bhutan, Catherine wore a summery white eyelet Alexander McQueen a line skirt with a short sleeve blouse previously worn during the royal tour of 2012. Later in India, at the Taj Mahal the royal couple visited the area now famously known as the Princess Diana’s bench.
Reporter Joyce Chen for US magazine wrote, “…with a historic, bittersweet moment on the late Princess Diana’s bench the royal couple looked cool and collected in the hot Agra sun, with Middleton clad in a blue-and-white print Naeem Khan dress.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured India and Bhutan taking in Mumbai, Delhi, Assam, Bhutan and Agra at the request of Her Majesty’s Government. The royal couple visited for the first time these historic areas to highlight the importance of past and future diplomatic relationships, and friendships. Most of all, intended or not, the world once again had a chance to see the tender romance between Will and Kate.