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After two years of being grounded in the UK thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on their first royal tour in 24 months: a week-long Caribbean Royal Tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
With travel abroad comes adjustments to Kate’s royal tour wardrobe, for both the weather, and for the numerous events and occasions that the royal couple must attend whilst they represent the monarch in her 70th year on the throne.
Of course, dressing for a royal tour doesn’t come without its significance. Both the duchess’ blue outfit for landing in Belize, and a Tory Burch look to visit a Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory on the second day, nodded to the deep blue flag of Belize, the first island the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited on their week-long tour of the Caribbean.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved on to the second island of their tour, the symbolism continued. Landing in Kingston, Kate disembarked the ministerial jet wearing a bespoke golden yellow Roksanda dress in a shade similar to that of the Jamaican flag, and paired it with a bangle by a local Kingston-based Jamaican designer, Lashawndla Bailey-Miller.
But it’s her latest outfit, a Jenny Packham gown that has royal fans really taking note. The second of the royal tour’s formal evening wear pieces, the duchess continued the glamorous tone that has come to define her Caribbean “tourdrobe” in the floor-length gown, borrowing the Queen’s emerald and diamond jewellery for the exclusive event hosted by Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, at King’s House, Kingston.
Here’s everything the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing on the Royal Tour of the Caribbean.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off day five of their Caribbean royal tour with a meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet, and a visit to Shortwood Teacher’s College.
Kate dressed for business in a white crepe suit by Alexander McQueen, the same British fashion house that designed her wedding dress in 2010, and continued the vibrant theme of her “tourdrobe” by pairing the tailored two piece with a tangerine crepe-de-chine blouse by Ridley London.
Kate dressed for business in a white crepe suit by Alexander McQueen, the same British fashion house that designed her wedding dress in 2011. Continuing the vibrant theme of her “tourdrobe” the duchess paired the white tailored suit with a tangerine crepe-de-chine blouse by Ridley London.
The duchess repeated her golden bangle by Jamaican designer Lashawndla Bailey-Miller, this time adding a pearl bracelet for layering beneath the McQueen suit. She wore her Maria Black pearl drop ‘Cha Cha’ earrings for the occasion, too, and stuck to her trusty Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ white leather pumps.
Elsewhere, the duchess’ commitment to sustainability continues to ring true, and she chose another vibrant vintage piece to add texture to her outfit in the shape of a tangerine raffia beaded 1960s handbag, from the Willow Hilson Vintage Boutique in Cheltenham.
For the evening’s exclusive event hosted by Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, at King’s House, Kingston, Kate chose an off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham gown. The dress is believed to be a bespoke version of the designer’s ‘Wonder Glitter Tulle Gown‘, recreated in a dark emerald green hue in honour of the host nation’s flag.
Jenny Packham is one of the duchess’ go-to designers when it comes to making a splash in evening wear, opting for the British designer’s expertise in statement sequin and tulle gowns for glamorous events such as the London No Time To Die premiere last year, for which she wore a bespoke gilded sequin number.
Kate wore her hair in a chic chignon updo, which allowed for her emerald and diamond earrings to shine through. Borrowed from the Queen, the duchess’ earrings and bracelet for the evening are from Her Majesty’s Emerald Tassel Parure collection.
The duchess also wore her Royal Family Order and the GCVO Star, which Her Majesty gifted to her in April 2019 for her eighth wedding anniversary, for the occasion.
The fourth day of the Royal Tour of the Caribbean featured not one, but two outfit changes for the duchess. Kate boarded the jet in Belize wearing a red vintage Yves Saint Laurent safari jacket, which she paired with a pair of white wide-leg trousers.
The vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket was reportedly bought during her time as a student in St. Andrews, but looks brand new, showing her care and commitment to being sustainably conscious with her “tourdrobe”.
Kate accessorised with Aquazzura white Cece pumps with a subtle gold detailing, a pair of Anthropologie coral shell drop earrings, an aquamarine and gold bangle by Halycon Days and her Mulberry Amberley crossbody bag in white.
A quick change on the jet and Kate arrived in Jamaica with a bang. Wearing a bespoke Roksanda Brigitte dress, the duchess nodded to the golden cross of the host nation’s flag. The original dress by the designer is sleeveless, but it looks like Kate had short sleeves added to meet the Governor General of Jamaica.
Kate kept her Aquazzura Cece pumps, but switched out her white Mulberry bag for a white Ferragamo clutch bag. For jewellery, the duchess chose a pair of Sezane ‘Celeste’ earrings and a bangle by an independent, Kingston-based jewellery designer, Lashawndla Bailey-Miller, giving a second nod to the host nation of Jamaica.
She kept her hair swept bag into a low ponytail, as she had done in Belize, which proved useful as the wind crossed the tarmac at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Following a welcome meeting with the Governor General of Jamaica, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken on a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music, to meet with the locals. The duchess flew the sustainability flag once again by opting for a colourful vintage 1950s dress for the occasion.
The vintage striped coral and turquoise dress from Willow Hilson Vintage in Cheltenham had been slightly tailored from its original state. The original spaghetti straps had been replaced with wide straps, created from the original dress’ bandeau feature. The updated dress better fits the etiquette of the royal dress code, but still revealed a rare glimpse of the duchess’ extremely toned arms.
The day was filled with activities from meeting the Jamaica National bobsleigh team (and trying out the bobsleigh itself) to watching Prince William play football with locals and England star Raheem Sterling, to playing drums during a visit to Trench Town Culture Yard Museum where Bob Marley used to live, so a comfort-first block heel was definitely the appropriate choice.
For the third day of the trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a trip to Caracol, an ancient Mayan archaeological site deep in the jungle of the Chiquibul forest, and the outfit of choice was a practical one for the day’s activities.
Kate wore a simple white scoop-neck T-shirt with a pair of appropriate G Star Raw khaki green high-waisted G-Shape Cargo skinny trousers for her day in the forest. For the first part of the day, walking around the archeological site, the duchess wore her signature 2750 Cotu white canvas trainers by Superga, Ray-Ban Wayfarer classic black Sunglasses and twisted golden hoops by small independent brand Spells of Love.
The duke and duchess spent the rest of their day in the forest visiting the British Army Training Support Unit at the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in Good Living Camp. Kate slipped a long-sleeved belted Tencel safari shirt by Maison Scotch over her white T-shirt, and swapped out her Superga trainers for something a little more appropriate for the terrain; a pair of £80 Palladium Pampa Hi HTG Supply Boots.
But it was the evening’s reception at the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech that the Duchess of Cambridge really upped the ante in her first formal wear outfit on for royal tour. Hosted by the Governor General of Belize in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the celebratory occasion called for the duchess to reach for a trusted brand.
Kate upped the ante for the occasion in a bespoke The Vampire’s Wife sequined pink gown, Jimmy Choo silver leather sandals and O’Nitaa London crystal drop earrings, and paid homage to the host country by choosing a Maya embroidered clutch handbag for the occasion.
Off the jet and straight into the action, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started day two of the royal Caribbean tour with a trip to Hopkins, a small village on the coast, which is considered the cultural centre of the Garifuna community in Belize.
Starting off with a visit to the Che’il Mayan Chocolate Factory in Indian Creek, Kate wore a colourful floral midi dress by Tory Burch, with a stretch poplin detail and short sleeves to stay cool in the Caribbean climate.
The duchess coordinated her woven fan clutch by British designer Anya Hindmarch with her Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges, both summer wardrobe staples for Kate. She also wore a pair of threaded blue Sezane earrings to match her dress.
Following a traditional dance with the locals, where the duke and duchess were greeted by organiser Laura Cacho at the Garifuna Cultural Centre and joined local school children on the sandy dance floor for a traditional Garifuna festival, Kate slipped into some flat Stella McCartney woven raffia espadrilles for a stroll on the beach with her husband.
But dressing for a royal tour doesn’t come without its significance. Both the duchess’ blue landing outfit, and her Tory Burch look to visit the Che’il Mayan Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory in Maya Centre Village, have nodded to the deep blue flag of Belize, the first island the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited on their week-long tour of the Caribbean.
If you needed any further confirmation that the royals aren’t quite like us, the Duchess of Cambridge looked immaculate as she stepped off the Voyager ministerial jet on Saturday after a 15+ hour flight with no tracksuit bottoms in sight.
Stepping off the jet wearing a stunning bespoke Jenny Packham peplum dress, the designer behind many of the duchess’ best evening gowns, royal fans were able to catch a glimpse of the inside of the ministerial jet through an Instagram post on the Cambridge’s account.
The duchess matched the lace peplum dress with a pair of Emmy London blue suede pumps and a coordinating blue clutch bag with a scalloped fastening. She swept her signature brunette hair into a half-up style, revealing the symbolic jewellery set that she had chosen for the occasion: the late Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond earrings and necklace.
Watch: William and Kate dance with the locals in Belize