Tuesday, 22 April 2014

William and Kate visit Australian Landmark Uluru

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a 3.5 hour flight from Canberra to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, this morning.


The couple were greeted upon arrival.



When the couple arrived at Yulara, the town close to the rock, they visited the National Indigenous Training Academy. The academy helps to train members of the indigenous communities who live near Uluru to work in the tourism and hospitality trades.


Prince William received a spear made from a Mulga tree.


The academy hopes to have 350 people working at the Ayers Rock resort within four years, and currently about one hundred students graduate every year. The Duke and Duchess viewed the school's facilities and spoke with staff and graduates.



Kate distributed certificates to graduates.



Prince Williams looks at an Aboriginal map.



The couple were gifted souvenirs.



A lady gave Kate a bracelet and the Duchess said, "George will probably chew on it, so I'll keep it away from him." Kate said she was thrilled with the handpainted bracelet made of seed, which she donned immediately.



A closer look at the bracelet.


A fly landed on Kate's nose while she was meeting a little girl.



William looked relaxed as he chatted with the crowd.


Kate looked chic in a mauve dress by London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic. The sleeves are very much in keeping with the designer's love of using asymmetric sleeves.


Perth Fashion suggested the Lovina Dress in a bespoke colour and I think she's spot on. As you can see the garment is almost identical. It's a past season piece and currently unavailable.

Roksanda Ilincic

There are other similar current season pieces for those seeking an alternative. The Adler Dress incorporates many of the elements shown in the Lovina. The sleeveless belted wool-crepe dress features an asymmetrical draped neckline and a hidden side zip. It's currently on sale with 50% off at StyleBop.

Roksanda Ilincic

The silhouette of the dress bears similarities to the designer's Oriel Dress. The €1,610 wool crepe piece features a detachable holographic belt and boasts a flattering, closely tailored shape. Below we see the Oriel in BlackSea-GreenKingfisher Blue and Silver.

Roksanda Ilincic

Below we see the designer's 'Peridot' dress which Kate wore in Los Angeles in 2011.


Today marks the second time Kate has worn Roksanda Ilincic during the tour. For her Sydney arrival she choose a vibrant yellow and white colour-block dress by the designer.


Kate wore her L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps today. The £195 patent leather platform shoes are available on the L.K. Bennett website in a number of colours and Nordstrom with Free Shipping.

L.K. Bennett

Kate accessorised with her Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf Earrings. The £168 hand crafted earrings are made from 18ct gold.

Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore her charms from the Asprey Woodland Collection and carried her Alexander McQueen clutch.



Afterwards, it was a change of clothes for the Duchess as the royal couple paid a visit to the Uluru Cultural Centre where they received a "welcome to country" ceremony from the traditional owners of Uluru and the land around it. The royal couple also viewed an indigenous art display.


The couple enjoyed afternoon tea, given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.


Kate received a pretty necklace from locals. Quite a nice accompaniment for the bracelet she was given earlier.


Whilst the press pack awaited the royals' arrival today they selected a specific piece of head wear to keep the flies away and found a very appropriately named noodle bar at the Ayers Rock resort. Flies aside, it appears to be a magnificent place to visit.

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Next, The Duke and Duchess visited Uluru itself, taking a short walk along its base at sunset.


A stunning photo.


The couple chatted and exchanged smiles during their brief walk.


Uluru is one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia. A huge chunk of sandstone and a true monolith, it is located in Uluru-Kata National Park, close to the geographic centre of Australia. The rock itself is enormous, jutting up about 350m from its barren surrounds and extending further than this amount below ground. Visitors can climb the rock and explore the base of it.

Wikipedia

Aboriginal tribes were living in the area at least 10,000 years ago and it is now a World Heritage Site. In the 1870s William Gosse named it for Henry Ayers, the then South-Australian Chief Secretary.

Longitude 131

A panoramic view from the top.

Wikipedia

William and Kate are very much retracing the steps of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana who visited the rock during their 1983 tour of Australia.



The couple posed for a photo in front of the rock.


As with Charles and Diana's photo above, no doubt these photos will be reproduced for decades to come.


A closer look at William and Kate.


Tonight marks the couple's second night away from Prince George during the tour. The couple will spend the night 'glamping' under the stars. William and Kate will stay at the £600-per-night Longitude 131 which offers canvas-topped tents spaced around the red dunes at the entrance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Longitude 131

The term 'glamping' has been coined to described camping trips enjoyed by the middle classes which affords luxuries such as electricity and proper beds. The couple will be able to wake at sunrise and see the changing light as it moves over the iconic landmark. Due to recent rainfall, they will be among only 1% of visitors who get to see waterfalls pouring off the surface of the rock.

Longitude 131

Longitude 131 offers stunning views and a library complete with an impressive collection of books, maps and historical literature, enabling guests to trace the paths of legendary explorers.

Longitude 13`

The Duchess selected her Hobbs Wessex Dress for her second look of the day. Kate first wore the dress to launch a sports programme with William and Harry in 2012. The linen piece is from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection with a subtle grey checked pattern, fitted waist, short sleeves and a full skirt. It's a comfortable dress, suited to the day's events.


Hobbs

Kate changed into her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges.

House of Fraser

You can watch a video from the visit at YouTube.


Tomorrow the royal couple will visit Adelaide:

  • William and Kate will visit the suburb of Elizabeth, named after The Queen on its formation in 1955.
  • The first stop for the couple will be the Northern Sound System, which is a studio and workshop for young people.
  • William and Kate will watch a skate-boarding display followed by a short drive and a short walk to Playford Civic Centre for a reception. 
  • After the reception, the couple will return to Canberra in the late afternoon.

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A huge thank you to everyone who entered our Claudia Bradby giveaway. It was such fun to host a competition during the tour. We're pleased to announce the winner of the Cammelia Necklace is Sophie who mentioned she "loves seeing Kate in new outfits" during the tour. Our second winner is Mellie who said the Brea Pendant was her favourite. With many thanks to the lovely folks at Claudia Bradby for sponsoring this giveaway and congratulations to our winners!

Claudia has generously offered to give readers 15% off with the code HRH15 until May 22nd! View the website here!

115 comments:

  1. I love reading your blog while breastfeeding my own little prince!

    Kate's dress today reminds me of Diana's worn at Uluru in the 80s...

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    1. Everyone had different opinions. That's the fun part of this blog. Your comment was snippy and uncalled for.

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    2. Anonymous 10:54 yours was snippy too, or was that snap!

      i would sincerely like this poor girl to have engagements where she and/or her clothes were not compared with Diana.

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    3. Yes! I so know what you mean about reminding you of Diana! I thought the EXACT same thing! They both wore light colors and Charles and William wore tans! Good observation :) Enjoy every minute breastfeeding your babe...the time goes by quickly. My baby is now 20 years old and I miss those special moments :)

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    4. I agree with you - it's not obvious, but there is something reminiscent.

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    5. Very snippy and very uncalled for

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    6. I think Anonymous 6:29 was referring to the Hobbs dress the Duchess wore today, which does have some similarity to the dress Princess Diana wore on her visit.
      It's been wonderful to see the change in "tone" of this blog since the tour started. While we are all entitled to our opinions, it seemed that the blog was being overwhelmed with negative comment earlier. That seems to have subsided and for that I am very grateful. Please let's keep up the civility and mutual respect.
      And always - thank you Charlotte for all your hard work. It's just delightful to sign on each morning and check out your excellent posts.

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    7. Thank you for defending me :) it was something about the fabric/colour that reminded me of her dress.

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    8. Helen, they are being quite engaging on this tour and I think most people are very happy to let it go at that (me included). I hope that this is something that they can build on when they return back to Britain. Time will tell.

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  2. Todays look is a miss for me. I don't like the way the dress drapes on Kate it looks very baggy and unfitted on her. I think the belt makes it look odd too. I liked the other dress she wore that was similar to it.

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    1. I agree, I was thinking it looked very sack-like. Didn't care for it at all.

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    2. RM from California23 April 2014 at 00:08

      The front definitely poofs out (I assume you're talking about the first gray dress) and it doesn't fit her at all. the first two pictures posted here aren't flattering at all, which was a SHOCK! because I think that with Kate's figure, pretty much everything can look good on her. But this dress is so oddly cut. I know Charlotte that you said it's chic and by a big designer and all but I couldn't help thinking (several times) that this dress looks unfinished...and not in a good way.

      The second dress is great though. I would have liked to see Kate wear some shoes fitting with the hot, red dust that surely must coat everything, though!

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  3. I'm glad Kate chose to wear color at Uluru since the landscape is so dry and brown. I would rather she had chosen a more vibrant color, but this dress is an excellent choice for the warm weather and she looks very chic. BTW, it was nice to see William wear a different color rather than navy blue. They look good together.

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  4. I was just thinking that it was reminiscent of Diana's dress too!

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  5. Well done on your fast blogging to get posts up so quickly! The Cambridges have been truly embraced here in Australia. I love Kate's wardrobe on this tour, very appropriate! So sad they leave in a few days! They make everything seem so effortless. It was so lovely to see gorgeous George too!

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  6. Thank you very much for your alsmost daily reports! But I'm not sure if Kate doesn't look pale in this dress?! I prefer the other one from LA :)

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  7. Theresa, from Paris22 April 2014 at 07:06

    Just loved this dress too... And they look great together.
    What a wonderful tour ! Am enjoying every second thanks to you, dear Charlotte :-)

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  8. It is very kind of you not to publish yesterday's pics from their day off!!! Though they are people of public interest they are still a family who needs times for themselves.

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    1. Jean from Lancs22 April 2014 at 12:44

      Obviously yesterday with no official engagements was to give the nanny a day off.
      Certainly the Duke and Duchess seem to be very" hands on" with George.

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    2. Did other news outlets publish pictures?

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    3. None in Britain, Anonymous, but they're all over the internet.

      Those photos weren't illegal in Australia, although apparently they would have been in Britain. I didn't realize that if a royal is on private property in Britain, even in full view of the public, it's illegal to take their photo. Is that right? I just read that somewhere, and it seems so over the top to me. So William and Kate could streak through the front garden of a friend's home and people on the pavement couldn't take photos if the friend's home is in Britain?

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    4. Interesting:
      "Kensington Palace asked that the media did not use any of the images filmed on private property. Denying that there had been a row, a palace spokesman said: "All we said was that it would be quite nice if they were given a bit of space on their day off."


      Although the British newspapers' code of conduct would forbid the publication of any photographs shot on to private property, there is no such rule in Australia. A Channel 9 insider said it used the film to avoid looking "silly in the face of our competitors"."
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/privacy-row-over-royals-garden-walk/story-fnb64oi6-1226891891816#

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  9. visitors are not encouraged to climb the rock it is seen as disrespectful to the Indigenous people. Otherwise I liked the dress but thought the closed toe shoes inappropriate for 33 degree dry heat - flat sandals would have been better.

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  10. Congratulations to Sophie and Mellie! I am sure you both must be thrilled. Thank you Charlotte for the quick post, looking forward to more pictures when I wake up. I don't usually comment on the fashion per se, but I agree with others, Catherines' dress reminded me of Dianas'. Have a good night/day everyone.
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you so much Jenn I am truly thrilled and grateful. :D

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  11. Very appropriate understated attire. Suitable for meeting the indigenous population of Australia. Letting this ancient culture shine whilst the magic of nature takes centre stage is a lovely gesture. It is a truly spiritual place and I hope they get a chance to feel and be embraced by this magic.

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  12. Agree with the above comments that Kate's dress has a slight feel (not resemblance) to Diana's dress. Quite uncanny!

    Central Australia is in fact a very vibrant red landscape due to the large amount of iron in the soil. We visit there often. It has a very mystical atmosphere to it.
    Hence Kate's dress I feel is in complete contrast to her natural environment (which is a complementary thing).
    So the lack of colour in this case, I believe, is deliberate. A bright colour on this visit would be very wrong.
    Also, the couple met the indigenous people who embrace natural earthy colours, not vibrant colours. It was respectful towards them to choose something simple and literally "down to earth."

    Seeing this tour through an Aussie perspective, they have done really well.
    The media is not glorifying them here, just a brief update on the news to keep us up to date. It really is quite civil and simple.
    We did catch a glimpse of their stroll in the park yesterday - but there was no hype connected to that at all.
    Despite celebrity and royalty sightings being rare as hen's teeth in our neck of the woods, we keep incredibly cool when someone famous does appear in public.

    I hope they remember us fondly and choose to visit again to cover a lot of area that hasn't been covered on this trip.

    Finally, I must say William is looking rather dapper in his outfits lately too! I think this kind of casual outfit suits him so much more than the baggy formal attire we see him in. The Blue Mountains, Taronga Zoo and today have elevated him to a very "suave" status. I think he feels more relaxed this way and it certainly shows in his face and body language.

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    1. From one Aussie to another I totally agree with your statement, well put.
      Rebecca from Perth

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    2. I thought the same thing from Canada. Just as the dove gray coat was suitable on Easter Sunday so as not to clash with the vestments, these earthy subdued colours worked and photographed well. As soon as I saw how the two of them had dressed, I thought how perfect their choices were for the desert.

      After watching her choices for some time, I believe the Duchess has a keen sense of how colour will work in the environment. Her degree in Art likely plays into that. Also, she is astute when it comes to symbolism (as was noted with the motifs on her wedding dress and in other emblems she adds to her clothes). Colour conveys symbolism, too.

      And ditto to suave William. Seeing pictures of his mother in the same places the resemblance is uncanny. However, he has the confidence and ease that both his parents lack(ed). Catherine contributes to that, I'm sure. A person who knows he/she is loved deeply approaches the world differently from one who wear self-doubt and anxiety.

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    3. Theresa, from Paris22 April 2014 at 20:33

      Dear Aussies,
      Your country is just spectacular. I would so love to visit one day in the future..

      I also thought the Duchess dressed beautifully and respecfully for this day. Very interesting comment about the "natural earthy colours"... I would have hated seeing her in jeans or trousers.

      I also admire the way she gracefully endured the flies and the heat, with the photographers every step of the way, as usual :-)

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  13. I love Kate's dresses for today...seen on the live streams she has changed and recycled again. The earth colours she chose is well suited for the environment. But today's second dress made me wonder how she decides on changing outfit. She could not have had much time to do the change. I think she wanted to honour the people of Uluru and the certificate ceremony with a more formal look and then dressed into something suitable for the walk around the rock. But that made me half sad again that in NZ she did not do the same when visiting the Air Force Base when she wore her skinnies. I still feel that would also have been appropriate to dress up a bit for them and then change into something more suitable for the boat races. Mmmm...but this time she got it right. Interesting that her choices for Australia is so spot on perfect each time where as in NZ it was debatable...

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    1. maybe she needed to change not only because of the events but because it was 32 degrees!

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    2. Agree Anon 0931. And NZ was a lot chillier than the weather in their Australian locations. Hence more coats and less dresses.

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    3. I agree in Australia an A and in NZ a C plus

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    4. Also, they were spending the night here and had a hotel base for changing.
      The neutral colours provide an excellent background to show off her brightly-coloured ornament gifts, as well as to not clash with the environment. I imagine Diana cosidered this, too.
      I don't think her attire at the NZAF was meant for anything but utility. The important thing, I feel, was : Did the military personnel and their families feel valued and respected?
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  14. "Perth Fashion suggested the Lovina Dress in a bespoke colour and I think she's spot on. As you can see the garment is identical."

    That's a very good guess but I seriously doubt this dress is a bespoke version of the Lovina because the backs are not identical. They are not even similar in style.

    BUT the back of today's dress IS very similar to Kate's LA dress. And that's why I think her LA dress has been dyed and restyled. How to restyle? 1. Remove the sheer fabric adorning the sleeve and neck edges 2. Swap out the back zipper with an invisible one 3.Re-drape the front and back folds 4. Add a new belt

    Having convinced myself that today's dress is a re-style makes me believe the Wickstead dress with the pleated skirt was also dyed.
    Sarah in Minneapolis
    P.S. I am a clothing designer.

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    1. Checked the comments just to see if anyone else thought this. Totally agree!

      As always-- thanks Charlotte for such great posts-- I am loving all the Tour info and photos.

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    2. It's definitely not the same dress. The back of the light gray dress is not the same at all. Those pleats are sewn in at the waist, the fabric having more volume on the top. The belt is sewn on (the zipper runs through it) and there is cut draping on the back. This one has no fixed pleating.

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    3. Yes! and Yes! I felt the Wickstead was dyed, with new blue hooks and snaps.

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    4. Sarah, I also thought the original pink dress was dyed, as well as altered, with the hooks and snaps removed and new ones placed to allow more room in the bodice.

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    5. It may very well be dyed but wouldn't it have also made sense to just buy two if different colors? I think going to the trouble of dying the dress wouldn't be worth the effort. I am just mentioning, I really have no idea. Either way I very much liked the color and the hat.

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  15. I love both dresses, lovely colours, great reycyle. My only complaint is her hair maybe because of the heat and occasion and touching she should have had a different hairstyle. They certainly have a lovely evening there. Congrats to the winners and thanks you Charlotte for the opportunity.Blue27

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  16. I liked the dresses, but I don't understand why she chose an outfit so similar to the one she wore in L.A. She recycles very often (good for her) but the she buys very similar (and expencive) pieces as well.

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  17. Kate made a smart choice today wearing closed toe shoes-being an Aussie who has walked around Uluru the red dirt gets into everything-her feet would have been so dirty in open toe shoes. Kate always look beautiful-as a new mum too-I'm in awe of how flawless she always looks.

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    1. My thought exactly about the closed shoes. Her feet would have gotten so dusty and it's uncomfortable to walk with grit in your sandals.

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  18. William looks truly happy. I don't recall actually see him so "radiant" in a very long time!

    I also wonder what the Aboriginal people are thinking as they shake William's or Kate's hand?
    They feel truly hard done by due to English settlement.
    This is a very interesting political manoeuvre.

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  19. I'm fascinated by this incredible landmark and the indigenous people who devote their lives to its protection. The balance they've struck in sharing it, yet keeping its status spiritual to them and imparting that to others is impressive.

    I appreciate so much the photos you selected today with your insightful post, Charlotte. Thank you!

    I think Duke and Duchess chose their wardrobes thoughtfully today. And she was generous to try on and wear for a time the lovely jewelry gifted to her! I live in a part of the world also renown for red earth and hope the Duchess' trusty wedges clean up well after her walks on the trails! I also wonder if maybe she didn't dab a bit of natural insect repellant to keep from having to suffer too much? I know there are a few herbal, oil-based options to keep flies and other pests discretely at bay (and for William too).

    They look to have enjoyed and appreciated their trip immensely, and I know we'll be treated to some wonderful photos of the sunrise later by the media pack.

    If any parties involved are tiring, they certainly don't show it - especially our favorite blogger. Thank you again for your tireless work!

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  20. Hello lady Charlotte.

    Respect to you for not publishing those private photos of the Duchess and baby George on their rest day. It's the principle. Thank you.

    Now I must say, I know this blog is mainly about kate, but I would just like to say how remarkable William has become before my eyes. I took a step back on this tour a little and looked at him carefully. It seems he has become a great man so responsible, hardworking conscientious engaging, happy and so obviously happy with his wife and baby son. There is a change about him. I think he genuinely likes Australia and will travel there many times in the future I'm certain.

    Australia seems like a remarkable country so vast, amazing landscapes blue mountain, Taronga Zoo and now Uluru, absolutely breathtaking and the blessed original native Aboriginal inhabitants. Only God must know what they went through when the first Europeans arrived on their land and still survived, and hopefully now flourishing.

    William has literally transformed in my eyes, A big shout out to him and his late mother Diana, whose spirit is guiding him I can see it in him. As. king one day he must protect the Aboriginal peoples as Diana would have done and I know Charles his father a great environmentalist himself will also do when he takes the oath. .

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    1. Thankyou Sam, your post is spot on :-)

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    2. Nicely said, Sam!
      Only one thought to add: Australians as a people need to continue to work toward allowing the native Australians to thrive through education and business opportunities so that no one need protect them. They will protect themselves. And hopefully not follow the Yanks' example with their natives in the future.
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    3. Sam, you are da man! (Oops, if you are a lady, well, then ," you go girl") I love reading positive posts and yours, aside from being positive, were spot-on. I agree with you 100%. William as well as Catherine has "turned the corner" on this tour. They have truly come into their own and the Queen and the British public should be proud. It is also obvious that they love each other--the way they interact in public, the body language, speak volumes.

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  21. Absolutely beautiful! The mauve dress is dedinitely one of my favourites. Is there something in which she does not look stunning? Looking at the beautiful pictures is one thing. I have viewed some videos on youtbe. Here you can clearly see, that her behavior is very ladylike. She even knows how to climb into a cockpit - and still look good...

    In my opinion, there has been no inappropriate outfit so far. It is obvious, that Kate has had some thoughts to find the perfect outfit for each engangement. She is doing a great job!

    If there will be a poll after the trip, it will be incredibly difficult for me to choose the No. 1!

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  22. Uluru looks like such a beautiful place.
    I like the second look she wore. That necklace looks really nice with the dress.


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  23. Love the dress. The earth tone is entirely appropriate. She would have looked ridiculous in bright colors out there. I also am quite a fan on this designer. I hope Kate wears more of her designs.
    Charlotte, how about a contest to win a night or two at Longitude 131? ;)

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  24. Eve from Germany22 April 2014 at 12:50

    The more I see those pleated dresses with a full skirt the less I like them!! I am really sorry, but it always reminds me of a schoolgirl who has grown out of her dress. And then you see those lovely, elegant, fitted dresses (I simply ADORED her outfit on Easter Sunday - even if I agree with those who said a brooch would have been nice as an adornment for the jacket - but she looked soooo stylish and elegant that a very loudly exclaimed "WOW" was my very first reaction! ;-))) ).... she just looks so great in them! I see that the pleated dresses are comfortable, especially in the heat, but no, they are still not my favourites.....

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  25. I personally think she wore the Peridot dress under the dove gray McQueen Coat on Easter. The hemline and stitching were the same. Not a fan of the color of today's dresses, but I suspect she didn't want to wear competing colors against that beautiful scenery.

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  26. LOVE love dresses! I just wish they were holding hands in some of the Ayers Rock shots :)

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  27. The duchess is looking more comfortable than she ever has. The people in Aust/NZ must be very nice indeed - it was the same for Diana. I do hope that Kate will stop giving her mother-in-law a heads up, and find her own. I'm sure that she will, as this tour has been good for her. I think that she must like wearing her hair down even though she wears it up on her days at home. My only complaint is that it makes it hard to see the necklines, on this dress that is at least half of it's beauty, for example, or for the jewels on loan. But she is coming out of her shell, and I feel as though I like the authentic Kate. She is very likable, and I hope we will continue to see the lovely person she seems to be. It would be very hard to come after Diana, but Kate has her own charm, and the world wants to love her for them.

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  28. I would liked to have seen her in something like a muted army green color,definitely a dress but with more of a camp style to it, perhaps something with camp pockets and wooden buttons and some mineral type earring like a turquoise or an orange color and darker more rustic cloth wedges. I totally wish I could style her!!!

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  29. Kate, Texas, USA22 April 2014 at 13:59

    Great update Charlotte! I have been looking forward to this post and Will and Kate visiting Uluru. It is an absolutely beautiful landmark and one with such rich history. How great that they will be in that very small 1% to see the waterfalls too. Again, just beautiful.

    Kate looked lovely and seem to bare some resemblance to Diana many years ago in the colors she chose. I think the dress was a perfect choice for the engagement. Her smile is what radiates to me. She really is beautiful! I LOVE the jewelry she was gifted. So pretty and hopefully some pieces Kate will wear back home. I must say too that William looks pretty sharp himself. They make such a GREAT team and I think have both found their comfort in each other as well as with others on this tour. They are doing a fantastic job and are representing Queen and country VERY well! I hope they enjoy their night under the stars and the magnificent views they will see. Enjoy!

    Happy Birthday to HM the Queen (a day late)! I hope she enjoyed her day yesterday and many blessings to her in the year to come!

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  30. Suprised no one else has mentioned it but I think that both dresses look a little odd around her tummy area. Not that I am speculating about anything. First dress, the belt seems to cut the diagonal drape and the second dress seems short at the front- not helped by Kate's habit of clasping her hands in front.
    Would be lovely to see them hold hands on these walkabouts.
    And yes Aussies are a relaxed casual nation and the people of the outback are especially welcoming.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA23 April 2014 at 14:45

      The little "bulge" I saw was air! And sometimes she tends to stand with her back swayed inward a tad (not unattractively!), thus thrusting her abdomen (what little there is of it!) outward. I hope for another royal baby, too, but I don't think it's there yet!

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  31. Does anyone know what William and Kate are holding in the photo captioned "The couple enjoyed afternoon tea given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory"? I wondered if the staff was a gift and if the snake design has any special significance (I couldn't find any info online but perhaps am not asking the right questions). Loving TRH's casual ;looks today, and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you again, Charlotte for another great post! Lee from Canada.

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  32. Anyone see how some of these pictures are going to make the "pregnancy rumors" go into a new overdrive??

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    1. She either is at least 2-3, or they are having a bit of fun with the press. Hasn't that been known to happen? It would serve some of them right. If not, then when she is , everyone will be hesitant to speak up and maybe give them a few months to keep it private..

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    2. Oh my gosh! I have been thinking the same thing! That could be the reason for the extra beautiful glow she has had lately, as well as William's tender loving care.

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  33. Uluru looks like a lovely place and the picture of Diana is eerily beautiful, Kate looks lovely as always,,xoxo

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  34. The first dress is one of my least favorites for her of all time. If the color had been a touch more vibrant it really would have helped for me.

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  35. Unbelievable landscape, it looks like a different planet, it can't be on Earth!

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  36. Thank you for the wonderful blog! I look forward to seeing them every morning. Love Kate's looks but am looking forward to seeing something formal. Will there be such an occasion?

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  37. Sarah from Calif.22 April 2014 at 16:56

    :) loved the jewelry gifts on Kate.
    Thank you Charlotte for not posting Will and Kate's day off. They must be getting tired but what an amazing opportunity.

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  38. Because it's in the Outback, I wish she'd worn some khakis or some sort of light trousers if it is really hot. The Roshanda dress I wonder if she dyed the older one because the colors look entirely different in the old and new pics.
    She looks extremely thin in pictures, I'm sure she's thinner in real life. I hope she's eating well.

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  39. Why she looks so overdressed again??? Kate looks beautiful as always, but in my opinion, her dress code, not only for this particular event, but in general, for the whole tour, is too formal. We can observe William's clothes, much more casual and relaxed, appropriate for most occasions. Meanwhile Kate has been seen with wedges on the beach and stilettos on the grass. She looks lovely in casual outfits too... She should dress down more often.
    Lia

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  40. Kate wore an Asics sneakers on a stroll with William... what is the model name?

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  41. Charlotte,

    Do you have any idea what William and Kate would do with the many gifts they receive? The beaded jewellery is lovely - I wonder if Kate could ever wear these again on a personal occasion.

    What do they do with all the toys and clothes that are given to Prince George ....

    Linda - Canada

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  42. What strikes me about this tour is that William and Kate are warm, genuine, down-to-earth, and fun....and drop dead elegant when appropriate. And they're truly nice people. AND the people of Australia and New Zealand are so warmly welcoming, hospitable, and fun! I'm so enjpying "meeting" all of you on this blog, and your different views and priorities!

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  43. Congratulations to Sophie and Mellie!
    What a landscape today! Just amazing.

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  44. Lynn Georgia USA22 April 2014 at 18:09

    Because I've been really busy, I haven't posted much (at all really) during the tour. However, I have found time to follow Charlotte's wonderful articles and pictures. Thanks so much, Charlotte! I have been so overwhelmed with approval and enthusiasm for almost every outfit, hairstyle, pose--of Kate, William, and, of course, Little George that I haven't been able to harness my words well enough to construct coherent, intelligent-sounding comments. The three of them have just blown it out of the water in every category, surpassing my greatest expectations! Queen Elizabeth must be beside herself with joy.

    I, of course, have liked some looks better than others, but I need time to analyze which ones and why, etc., etc. It will be so much fun to have the leisure to reflect on the whole tour. I hope that we as a community of thoughtful bloggers can continue our discussions about the tour for a while. I hope, Charlotte, that you will let us vote on our favorites and will give us a chance to rehash and digest all the wonderful images and information that you have provided us.

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    1. Lynn , Unable " to construct coherent, intelligent- sounding sentences..." HA!! Don't let that stop you. You wouldn't be alone with that.
      I hope we can continue our discussions, too. What on earth are we going to do when the tour is over? Charlotte has got to have a good holiday.
      Maybe some of the "old-timers" from the 2012 tour have some suggestions.

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  45. I think the security perimeters were fine, especially since there were two future kings there in the home
    of a head of state. I do not think those were candid photos. Kate kicking up her heels like that just
    confirmed that for me.

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  46. Not thrilled with how the Roksandra dress drapes on Kate, and if ever there was a time to punch up the shoe style to something a bit edgier, this was it. She must wear those Sledge pumps to sleep. Boring. She looks beautiful and relaxed; the dresses are understated and so suitable for the location and mood of the place. One media outlet said the Roksandra dress was "oatmeal" color, oddly. I hope their campsite was magical.

    Hard to believe this tour is almost ending. Wonder what the chance is really that we will see them in Tennessee for the wedding on Kentucky Derby day?

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    1. Not holding my breath. To soon after the tour. Maybe William by himself, but I hope not.

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  47. I love the Hobbs. It looks fresh and perfect for the occasion. I don't love the new Ilincic. It looks like a cinched in sack - in color and fit. The pale gray Peridot had such lovely detailing and gave a nice fit. I'm actually slightly surprised that someone like Kate, who is so conscious of her waist, would wear a dress with a fit such as this. I know I wouldn't.

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  48. It looks to me like she is wearing the Dune London Goody Wedges in Blond, hers look more leathery, whereas the Imperia are canvas.

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  49. Judith - in Ontario22 April 2014 at 19:12

    Can someone tell me if the bead bracelet can be purchased? Perhaps from a local craft group?

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    1. This may sound crazy, but it reminds me of a Venetian glass bead necklace I have. The bracelet may have been made especially for her, but I imagine similar are available for tourists. The problem might be the export duties. I don't think US has high tariffs. Not sure how it works, but is something to consider. I know Australia has generally high import duties.

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    2. Oops! Judith. You are in Canada. Being a Commonwealth nation, shouldn't have much tax. That's what it's all about, isn't it?

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  50. I own the Wessex dress so I was thrilled to see it again for another outing. That dress is so comfortable and perfect if you have to wear a dress to walk around in the dirt to see a big monument.

    I don't care for the color or the style of the other dress. The Peridot dress is another one of my favs that she wears. But this new dress by Roksanda Ilincic is not very pretty or flattering. In some photos she looks great but in some it gives her a stomach pouch and made her look thick from the side. Two things she definitely doesn't have.

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  51. I don't think this dress shape works for her body shape. She is too long waisted, it makes her look like an overgrown school girl. The constant hair touching is distracting if you watch any of the videos. This would have been a fine occasion to have her hair put up. I don't know if it's a nervous habit, or a self soothing mechanism or what. In other tours when her hair was up it was so stunning. They seem to be enjoying their time today, so glad no hard feelings over the photos. She looks like a school teacher assistant or something in this full skirted dress. I did love the first dress off of the plane. There must be some sort of rule about wearing pants.

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    1. Perhaps you fail to remember their complete composure, just hours after finding out about the French photos.What a class act! The fact that they have convinced an obvious non-fan prooves it for me.

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  52. I know this is a blog about what Kate wears...but I can't help but wonder what brand of pants and shoes William has on in the pictures. Anyone know?

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  53. Charlotte-Beautiful! Well thought-out and presented . There has to be a better word than"blog" for what you create .It is more your canvas.
    On another note, please tell me that is not a snake they are holding! (under the " afternoon tea" caption)
    Marg

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  54. Great Outfits, but for this area and Event I found it totally overdressed. William was casual that should have been Kate also. Flat shoes would have also better.

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  55. I'm not a fan of either of the Roksanda dress. It is my own personal taste and has nothing to do with the designer or the Duchess. I don't personally think today's version was very flattering but I do love that Catherine opted for neutral colors against the colorful background. I love how well thought out her choices are. Well done!

    I have read comments about the two dresses being so similar. I am stumped by Catherine's choice of dresses so similar in style and color (not her first time doing it). It seems like a waste to me. Someone above suggested the original dress was re-made. I am not a designer but have done my share of sewing garments for myself and others. The last thing I want to do is rip out a zipper. That delicate fabric of that dress would tear up in no time. There seems to be "more" material in today's dress than in the first one also. I don't think the dress has been dyed and remade.

    Beautiful pictures of the couple and William looks great! I love the neutral colors on him too!

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  56. Klara from Croatia22 April 2014 at 21:26

    Sam, London and wolfpup - lovely posts, I agree with you. Admin, respect for letting their private day stay private. Now I like your blog even more! Very respectful. That's how everyone should do it! Australia is beautiful, breathtaking...wanna go there...

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  57. I am waiting for the clueless media starts spreading rumors about Kate's second pregnancy...just taking a look at the first picture...

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  58. I love both of today's dresses, especially the first. Kate looks so glamorous yet comfortable and confident. It looks like they both love this tour and they look so in love.

    I have always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand, but the travel time and cost made it just a dream. Looking at these pictures, I definitely want to save up and plan for a trip in the future.

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  59. I hope one day she finds a better way to stand, instead of holding onto her hands (its such a pet peeve of mine, seeing her cusping her fingers). Some fantastic pictures from today. This tour sure did fly by

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    1. That is how the royals stand. William does the samething. She is just following William.

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  60. I think William is starting to pick up some of Kate's warmth when dealing with the public. He seems relaxed and enjoying the tour.

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  61. Love it all. Congratulations to Mellie and Sophie a wonderful prize. And how generous of Claudia to give us a lovely discount sooo tempting........ Such beautiful scenery. Royal couple looking so relaxed and happy they look as though they have really enjoyed this tour so much. And as for our lovely Charlotte. Thank you. Donna

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  62. Thank you all for your comments! It was a great day with plenty of memorable photos. William and Kate are arriving in Adelaide at 10.50 local time :)

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  63. First off I want to thank you dear Charlotte for making these excellent posts for us. Second I want to commend you for your class and thank you for not posting the photos of William and Kate holding hands on their day off when they were unaware photos were being taken. They have enough invasion of privacy.

    Next I want to say I love both dresses she wore today and I think they are doing great promotion for Australia because I want to go there now! It's beautiful! Cheers

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    1. Mellie, could you please email me. Thank you!

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  64. Charlotte you brought tears to my eyes. I have never won anything in my life and to win such a beautiful necklace I will just treasure it forever. I am truly touched. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and you know how much I love your blogs. They don't come any better than you.
    Please thank Claudia as well. My profound thanks for her beautiful generosity.
    God bless.

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    1. Oh splendid. I was worried you didn't know :)

      Email me or use the contact form on the sidebar and we'll coordinate delivery immediately. Congratulations Mellie!

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    2. Thanks Charlotte! I will email you I didn't notice it until today and thank you again!

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  65. The photos of Kate and William with Uluru in the background are just stunning! Thank you Charlotte for the post.

    Come and visit Australia everyone!

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  66. Kate is so lucky. To have a family that is warm, supportive, loving, then to have also a husband that makes you feel special, "chosen", cared for, and then to have a child and create a family. My parents divorced when I was a teenager and it makes me very sad to think how different my life would have been if not for that huge disruption and so much unhealthiness. It is a foreign concept to me, the idea of having family, people who love you, someone to rely on, being wanted, adored, etc.
    I think sometimes how Kate must feel in moments alone with William, how lucky she must feel to feel safe, cared for, protected, loved.
    Life is definitely a lottery ticket

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  67. Not a fan of this particular Ilincic creation, though I loved the first two, the Los Angeles dress and the bright yellow dress. This one just seems baggy and like a giant sack on Kate, it doesn't flatter her at all.
    I love the Hobbs Wessex dress too but both of these ensembles seemed a little overdone for the events they were attending. William appears to be more casually dressed and I wish Kate would have dressed to match him or in a similar fashion.
    I also WISH she'd just wear her hair pulled back partway. It's so distracting to see her constantly fiddling with it when it's down and loose, not to mention it detracts from her face and features.

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  68. The grey dress is a nice style, but the colour is a bit dowdy. A pity.

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