Royal Tour Of New Zealand – The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Wardrobe Diary

April 22, 2014


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just finished the New Zealand leg of their whirlwind, three-week Royal Tour, and as usual, Kate and her wardrobe took center stage.

Prince William famously made the same trip with his parents more than three decades ago, but the Duchess wasn’t daunted by Princess Diana’s iconic fashion footsteps. Bold colors and patterns dominated Kate’s style palette, and true to form, she also squeezed a few repeats into her ensembles.

Arrival in Wellington

Kate made sure her family’s entrance was as grand as possible. She stepped off the plane in windy Wellington in a perfectly tailored red coat by Catherine Walker, Diana’s longtime favorite.

That wasn’t Kate’s only nod to her royal predecessors, she also borrowed the Queen’s diamond studded silver fern brooch, a nod to New Zealand’s national symbol that Elizabeth received on a 1953 tour.

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Like mother, like son

Both the Duchess and her young Prince set immediate trends during the infant’s play date with local babies.

Kate went geometric in the fitted black and white Paulina dress by Tory Burch, which sold out within hours, and George’s embroidered Rachel Riley dungarees also disappeared from shelves back home.

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Wreath laying ceremony at Blenheim’s Aviation Heritage Centre

For this stop, Kate reunited with Sarah Burton, the Alexander McQueen designer who created her classic wedding gown.

With her hair pulled back into a ponytail, Kate’s cornflower dress was front and center on the red carpet, and she wisely fulfilling the blue theme with navy heels and sapphire earrings.

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Departure from Wellington

Kate caused another sellout, this time for royal fan Rebecca Taylor, when she left New Zealand in a navy skirt and jacket suit that managed to stand out despite the rain.

Kate even handed George to his dad before they boarded the plane, freeing the Duchess to model the tweed skirt suit from the designer’s resort collection.

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