As the young royals gear up for their tour of Australia and New Zealand next month, the anticipation is already building over what Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will wear during the three-week trip.
While well-wishers Down Under prepare to meet Kate, William and Prince George, the Duchess has been hard at work prepping her outfits, creating a suitably regal wardrobe to please both the Queen back home and her own legion of fans.
Considering she’s the most photographed woman in the world, you can forgive her for wanting to be prepared. And since she’s decided not to take a dresser with her - choosing instead to have personal hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker on hand - it’s vitally important that Kate establishes the foundations of her wardrobe beforehand.
The whistle-stop tour means 32-year-old Kate is expected to need more than 30 outfits to suit a variety of occasions from yachting to evening receptions to meeting the public.
Kate has apparently been working with Catherine Walker, famously a favourite of Princess Diana’s, as well as scouring the internet for inspiration. She has also been taking advice from the Queen, who assigned her own personal dresser Angela Kelly to advise her on day dresses with lower hemlines.
As for which designers Kate will wear, it’s understood that she has relied on her firm favourites Walker, Alexander McQueen and Temperley London to create pieces for the tour.
She has also been looking at New Zealand born Rebecca Taylor’s designs, as well as Australian designers such as Sass & Bide, Dion Lee and Collette Dinnigan.
We’ve done the hard work for Kate and picked out the most Duchess-worthy pieces from some of the designers’ spring/summer collections.
From Alexander McQueen, this geometric floral jacket is the ideal lightweight cover-up for any chillier climes while a stunning organza and lace detailed dress from Temperley London has all the makings of a Kate-worthy evening gown, with a nipped-in waist, modest neckline and feminine detail.
Kate’s often seen in royal blue and this Collette Dinnigan dress, with a slightly pulled-in waist and longer hemline, is a bright and breezy choice.
New Zealand born Rebecca Taylor’s collection was packed with public-greeting day dresses and with its smudgy floral print, capped sleeves and drop-waist, we think this dress is ideal for a walkabout in Sydney’s soaring temperatures.
And we thought we put a lot of thought into our holiday wardrobe…
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