Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Kate in Topshop Pink Print Dress for Unforgettable Day in Kaziranga

Fresh from their early morning safari at Kaziranga National Park, it was a quick change of clothes for the Duke and Duchess before they set off for their afternoon engagements.


William and Kate travelled to nearby Panbari village where took a walk in the picturesque tea garden.


Kate received a very warm welcome from a young girl in the village.


It was a lovely moment.


There was great excitement in the village ahead of the royal arrival.


Rebecca English shared a photo of an adorable little girl waiting to meet William and Kate. When Rebecca took her photo she was so excited to see her picture on the phone, she blew herself kisses. :)


The Duke and Duchess met the community.


Kate told elders at the village that she and William left Prince George at home not because of the heat but because he is "too naughty". The couple joked he would be "running around" the village and promised to bring him and Charlotte with them the next time they visit India.


The Duchess told children at a village in the wildlife park that she was "sad" because she was missing her children. She said that seeing little girls dancing in the village reminded her of Princess Charlotte.


Kate was shown a traditional weaving loom.


Next, they visited the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation. The centre provides emergency care and rehabilitation to wild animals that have been injured, displaced, or orphaned. With a strong re-release rate of 60%, it has rehabilitated thousands of animals including hand-raised elephants, rhinos, and bears.


The Duke and Duchess took tea with staff.


Statistics are displayed outside the centre.


The Duke and Duchess met young filmmakers who are members of Green Hub, a project that teaches film-making as a vocational skill to young people across Northeast India.


William and Kate thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the animals. The centre is also home to rescued leopards which sadly cannot be re-released from the site and have to be rehomed in sanctuaries and zoos in other locations, mainly in India. William and Kate were thrilled to be given the opportunity to feed the animals.


Kate feeding a young elephant.


And a baby rhino :)


After visiting CWRC, the Duke and Duchess travelled across the road to the Kaziranga Discovery Centre, which was built by Elephant Family, the charity founded by Mark Shand, late brother of the Duchess of Cornwall. Elephant Family has funded over 150 field projects since they began and are currently active in six of the 13 elephant range states:  India, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia. They are committed to putting the Asian elephant on the map, influencing and engaging governments and corporations, and powering the best in-country conservation projects.


Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall share a joint presidency of Elephant Family. Writing about her brother and Elephant Family co-founder, Mark Shand, in The Times newspaper on 11 September, the day of his memorial, the Duchess talks of Mark’s extraordinary legacy: "A legacy which as co-presidents of Elephant Family, my husband and I will strive to fulfil. They say elephants never forget, Tara never forgot him and neither will we." Tara is one of the most famous Asian elephants in the world and the heroine of Mark Shand’s epic tale Travels on My Elephant. He bought Tara and his bond with her inspired him to set up Elephant Family.


William and Kate put the finishing touches on an elephant sculpture to officially mark the ‘call for artists’ for India’s elephant parade, which will see 200 elephants decorated by artists and placed in 200 locations across India by the Elephant Family. These parades have previously been staged in London, Edinburgh and New York.


A look at William and Kate's artwork.


The Duchess was pretty in the Pink Print Embroidered Midi Dress from Topshop. It's the latest in a long line of beautiful print dresses Kate has debuted throughout the tour. It is described: "Boho-chic details define a midi-length dress in a pink-tone print accented with black embroidery, including open ladder-stitch insets. Tassel-tipped ties hang from the keyhole neckline."

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It's available for $140 at Nordstrom with Free Shipping, and for £75 at Topshop in limited sizing. As of writing, it's also in stock at The Bay.

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Kate wore her Pied A Terre Imperia (now called the 'Karley') wedges.

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Kate wore her £8 Accessorize earrings again today.


There's a lovely video here.


It was an absolutely fantastic day. One of the reasons I love royal tours so much is the complete contrast of events. One day there's a glittering gala and another a day like today. Combining the breathtaking scenery of Kaziranga with William and Kate's incredibly warm greeting from locals, and of course feeding the elephants and rhinos, provided photos which will be looked at for many, many years to come. This has been a fantastic royal tour thus far! William and Kate will enjoy a little down time this evening following a hectic few days - most likely a private dinner and perhaps a stroll to take in the scenery.


Tomorrow the Bhutan leg of the tour kicks off; below a quick recap of Kate's looks in India. Kate chose a red printed bespoke McQueen dress, a colourful print Anita Dongre look, and a sparkling sapphire-blue Jenny Packham for day one. It was ivory Emilia Wickstead and the Temperley London Delphia crop top and maxi skirt for day two. The third day of the trip saw Kate donning three beautiful dress: the Red and Navy Glamorous Maxi Dress, the green lace Temperley London Desdemona, and the colourful print Anna Sui Maxi Dress. Today, Kate started the day off in a RM Williams shirt and Zara Pants before changing into the Topshop Embroidered Smock Dress.


Today's events:

  • William and Kate took a fun safari this morning. Click here to read the post.
  • All posts related to the tour can be found on the Royal Tour 2016 Page.
Tomorrow's events:

  • The Duke and Duchess will fly to Bhutan. They will be ceremoniously welcomed by senior state representatives before a scenic drive to capital city Thimphu. 
  • In the afternoon, they will travel to the beautiful Thimphu Dzong where they will take part in a Chipdrel - a traditional welcoming procession. 
  • A private audience with the King and Queen. 
  • A visit to Thimphu's open-air archery venue. 
  • A private dinner with the King and Queen finishes the day.

See you bright and early tomorrow! :)

153 comments:

  1. Thank you for the timely blog posts! It's fun to click the link and see a current post! I'm really enjoying everything about their trip. It must be fun but tiring. I hope they get a chance to rest.

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  2. hmm quick change for her love updo and indian inspired dress and thank you for timely post I must admitted im loving these tour

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  3. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  4. Awesome coverage as always. This blog is always my first and only go to place for my Kate news! Really appreciate your efforts. This would be my favourite out fit so far! - jess nz

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  5. So happy to learn of the center for the elephants.

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    1. That is awesome, 09:54.

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  6. Like the simple updo. Dress is a miss for me.

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  7. She looks wonderful. Love her hair up today. Go Kate.

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  8. Lovely dress. No recycling of clothes as of yet. I'll be interested to see how Kate might recycle the tour clothes when she returns home.

    I feel like as a community we should make it our mission to find Kate an alternative to her black wedges, perhaps a solid colour wedge or a nice chunky sandal. Anyone given any thought to an alternative to the Kate wedge?

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    1. Well, tongue in cheek of course, there is always the latest Stella McCartney offerings that are currently being promoted everywhere. High fashion for us all.

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    2. As a community??? We're not all in agreement "as a community." Personally, I think it best to weigh in and then butt out. I also believe a lot of us might be quite tetchy if we received the sort of "helpful advice" we sometimes dole out. Some of what I read here occasionally reminds me of those passive-aggressive family members and friends in our lives who say they "mean well" when they "share" how we could improve ourselves. Half of what they offer is "mean" and usually doesn't go down "well" at all. Real balloon prickers, those.

      Besides, Catherine has already debuted a new neutral wedge earlier. Beat us to it.

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    3. I agree with Philly. How would we weigh-in as a community when we don't have a unified position? I happen to like the wedges. To me they represent an upscale informality; especially in a warm climate. I can walk in high heels, it's standing in one spot for a prolonged period that hurts. I'll critique hair, dress, styling but never shoes. I'm all for the DoC wearing what is comfortable for her no matter how many times she has worn them.

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    4. Duchesa, I appreciate your attempt to build some solidarity; it's been missing here. I've always liked ballet flats and I've got some great pairs in different colors and even a fabric print. And I love clunky man style shoes with narrow slacks. But I concede not everyone likes that look! :)

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    5. I thought Duchesa was being humorous.

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    6. Maybe she was 0416, but I think it's a worthy goal whether done in jest or not. It's missing around here. I think if there were some conversations where the participants were able to engage on something else rather than their specific opinion about Kate, it would be a nicer place around here.

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    7. It would be a great idea to suggest our opinions about what could replace her wedges! Philly, if we had all the same idea, it would be very boring. Being a community doesn't mean being clones of each other. It would be a great idea to lessen our addiction symptoms when the Indian-Bhutan tour is over!

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    8. I find Duchesa's idea great!!!Basically this is what we did, when we searched and presented a gown for the Chinese State Banquet. I would definitely bring up this to Charlotte in the dry spell. I think it will be fun!!

      I reckon we are a community, different strokes to different folks of course. I met new people here, good or bad, I see people wishing to a relative stranger a lovely day, birthday, getting better. Asking about family, health etc. People are caring, no matter they have different taste or opinion. I think I must quote a very wise saying, I heard a long time ago. "Wherever you go, you take yourself!"

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    9. Duchesa fan from Downunder :), I like your Wedgesey Community Building Proposal, too. Would keep us busy while WC are on their way to BP.

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    10. Thanks to those in support! I'll admit, I had to sigh and seriously contemplate whether I would bother rebutting, or in fact bother commenting at all anymore after reading some of the negative replies, the tone of which imo were unnecessarily "mean" and don't seem to have "gone down well".

      However, whether I like it or not, it is a natural inclination for the lawyer in me to respond when my non-passive aggressive, genuinely expressed idea is attacked with such hostility, which Charlotte may relate to.

      I am responding so that others will never second guess their expression of ideas.

      A community, by it's most basic definition, is a group of people with a common interest. The people who post here (generally) have an 'interest' in Catherine's fashion (whether in the negative or positive, in agreement or disagreement) - a common interest theme, hence a community...

      Also, as suggested by many of you, the foundation of my suggestion was with reference to last year's exercise this community engaged in to find the Duchess alternative casual wear, etc (if my memory serves me correctly this was in response to some people's exhaustion over blue jeans and striped tops). On a semi-related note, that group of people would have formed a sub-community, and what great ideas they generated (one of which the has Duchess worn)!

      When I saw the wedges again, I had a gut feeling there would likely be some strong views on the stagnant evolution of the Kate Wedge since their repeated appearances from 2011...

      There was indeed some dry humour attached to the predictability of a wedge outcry, so nice spotting 0416!

      If we can't share some solidarity in a forum like this, that is troubling to me. After all, let's get some perspective here, I didn't suggest me march on KP wielding torches and wedge-alternatives or pedicure vouchers (humour again).

      As someone who lives in a very hot and humid temperature for most of the year, I can say sometimes the thought of a closed in wedge as a shoe choice would be like wrapping your feet in alfoil (aluminum foil for our North American readers), so my suggestion to find some sandal ideas was geographically founded too.

      Although, it seems the 'ayes' have it, I'll "butt out" now. Ultimately, it is up to Charlotte to decide whether my suggestion is implemented.

      I hope all of you will always fearlessly make suggestions in this forum and others :)

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  9. Rose from Montreal Canada13 April 2016 at 10:28

    Thanks Charlotte. I am in sensory overload. I absolutely love all her clothing choices. Your hard work and dedication is superb. Thank you. Thank you. Your are the absolute best.

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  10. oh i just love this dress and that she has her hair up. do they get scarfs at every loiation they visit and do they keep them. charlotte do you know what earings kate is wearing i can't really see them. kate didn't look as tired this afternoon thanks so much for all your hard work charlotte

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 13:54

      They get scarves everywhere it seems :) As far as I have gathered, it's a common and symbolic gift given to visitors.

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  11. Sarah Maryland USA13 April 2016 at 10:39

    Love the dress and the hair!
    Charlotte your link to nordstorms isn't working FYI!
    I still found it on the nordstroms website and it seems the Kate effect has struck again because the top three sizes available are sold out!
    I found it interesting that it was confirmed Kate is using Natasha as a stylist before this tour I would have instructed Kate to fire her because she has been guiding Kate to wear some pretty awful clothes as of late like that floral erderm and that grey coat
    However this tour seems to brought Kate back to wearing fashionable clothes again so it seems either Kate is starting to pick out her own clothes again or Natasha is becoming better at her job!

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    1. I think Kate is picking out her own clothes, not Natasha. Hopefully, anyway.

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    2. Sarah, when I clicked the Nordstrom link late last night - or maybe early morning...it worked! Elle in San Jose

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  12. Hi Charlotte
    I just love your blog... I've been an avid reader for several years but only just started commenting. We are hoping to go to India later this year so I've been watching William & Kate's progress with interest. Although I'm grateful that I won't have the world's eyes in my every move and every fashion choice. I think they both look lovely today and a bit more relaxed that the hectic last few days. Kate's dress today looks perfect, something I would have chosen myself for the visit to the wildlife sanctuary.

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    1. Thanks for joining the conversation Joy.

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  13. Annette New Zealand13 April 2016 at 10:55

    Yes. Great effort Charlotte. I think we can now see how much planning goes into these trips and how the logistics of it all is so important - what to wear and when plus working in times to change and when to have a break. They will have to have read up on all the groups they were going to meet and then try to remember everything. I should imagine they'll be having a good sleep on the plane on the way back to UK. Interesting that we haven't seen much of her secretary on this trip but now doubt she will be very busy behind the scenes.

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    1. I actually laughed when I saw Rebecca Deacon's head stick out of the window of the range rover behind Will and Kate in one video. Very funny.

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  14. Can we have a close up of her hair please Charlotte? Methinks the heat might be getting to her.:)

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  15. Charlotte I can't thank you enough for the wonderful blog. First of all what a pretty little girl with all her bangles. Iconic photo. Another win for me in the dress stakes. Like the colour, patterns and the length. Slightly different look again and a bit out of the comfort zone for our Duchess. The dress looked good with the updo. Haven't they been lucky with the weather. Rain predicted in the next day or so. Might I ask, what was being woven? It looked interesting. I am going to so enjoy going over the blog once this week is over and looking up and learning new things about Indian and all the little things mentioned in the blog and some of the posts. I also hope Courtney is feeling better each day.

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    1. alimai Assam is famous for its silk weaving usually traditional cloths for scarves, traditional clothes like those the dancers & villagers were wearing, household linen etc. They also weave cloth for religious ceremonies. We've been to Kazirangi NP & there's a small weaving cottage industry on the edge of it run by a woman called Rupjyoti Siaka Gogoi. It provides a source of income for local women & girls who really need the support as they usually leave school when they're 10-12 years old. There aren't enough photos to be able to tell for sure but I did wonder whether they were there. The woven cloth they produce is very good quality & I bought lots of traditional scarves & fabric to bring back as presents.

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    2. I presume there are websites where one can buy things. I would love a cloth. Thank you so much for the information.

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  16. I know that this is going to invoke some real criticism for my fellow readers, so I apologize in advance. I do not mean to be unkind but I have to say that I am disappointed with Kate's choices this tour. I agree with the nod to the host country and am aware of the British relationship with India but in my opinion one or two Indian inspired outfits would have been plenty. I guess it will come as no surprise then that my favorite outfit has been the cream dress, flaps and all. The others are all fine on their own but the constant Indian theme is starting to look more like a costume than the fashion of a young British princess. II am prepared for disagreement and that's OK. Thank you Charlotte. I don't know how you manage to get these posts up so quickly!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 13:59

      I actually don't agree. The times she has worn more traditional looking clothes were when meeting street children, people from the slums and people living "more in nature". I think it is very respectful of her to in their precense wear more traditional clothing and save her more "western" stuff for the city. I might be way off, so hope I don't insult anyone. Someone from India can obviously correct me if I'm wrong but I think that traditional clothing is more common in the rural areas or the slum while more "westernized" clothing is popular in cities? Is that right? And if it's so, it makes sense for Kate to adapt her style to that. In my opinion ofc.

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    2. My thoughts exactly. Enough already with the Indian theme of dress, though I do love them, it's getting to be too much. Kate looks very tired, but that's understandable, I'm not sure how she holds up under such scheduling. I would need to take more naps! Thanks for such fabulous coverage Charlotte.

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    3. Nothing wrong with sharing your opinion Beth! No one would pounce on someone for saying they loved an outfit, so no one should pounce on you if you don't... different strokes for different folks :)

      I was wondering myself if she was overplaying this "theme" a little bit, but, I think they're doing a fantastic job and such great work that I'm not too fussed by what she's wearing.

      (Although I would say that never, never, never should skinny jeans or the like be worn on official engagements, safari or not!)

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    4. Kate has done a marvelous job with her clothing this tour. Her job is to showcase British fashion and she has done so by including all aspects of British fashion ( high end, high street, etc.) She has also managed to pay homage to her host country by adopting a theme and including designers in clothing, jewellery and beading. Impressively she has managed to navigate the diversity of India with her clothing choices. Kudos to her and her team, although I did read that she takes the lead in the clothing department. Diplomatically it looks like the couple have also been a success.
      They are an asset to the British and it is so important that they are engaging with the younger generation, because if the Monarchy survives and William becomes King, these kids will be the important generation of his reign.
      Charlotte - you are awesome. Hope you an hubby get away for a deserved rest after this weekend.

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    5. I actually agree with you. One or two outfits is fine but it's starting to seem costumey. It's a bit of overkill in my opinion. Her clothes are amazing and she looks amazing in them and I appreciate what she is trying to do, but it may have been one bohemian look too many.

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    6. Jean from Lancs13 April 2016 at 16:22

      Are the clothes she has worn Indian? They seem to me to be more designed for the heat.
      The maxi dresses in the evenings are surely sensible as well as pretty and I can see her wearing them in evenings at home, when they have guests for supper.
      There are many such dresses in the shops at the moment, so someone is expecting a warm summer, or more likely to take on holidays in warmer places.

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    7. Annette New Zealand13 April 2016 at 21:03

      Of course people can have different opinions but just imagine if she had turned up in a village in a designer dress with sheath skirt (so it doesn't blow up) and high heels, clutch purse etc. We certainly wouldn't have seen her crouching on the floor or sitting cross legged with the children. Think of those high heels in the mud - it boggles my imagination! She and William were there to meet people not just to wear nice outfits. On the other hand it doesn't hurt anyone if we want to imagine what we would have decided to wear in a similar situation. We shouldn't feel too bad about our views being different. It would be so boring if we all thought the same way and even more if she agreed with us. Then we'd have nothing much to talk about!

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    8. Thank You totally agree

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    9. Rebecca, I agree and not. I agree that the profusion of boho-print maxi dresses is starting to look a little costumelike.
      That being said, I don't think it would have been at all appropriate - and, in fact, highly insensitive, of Kate to parade around in $5,000 frocks and $1500 pumps and precious gemstone earrings, while many of the people they are meeting, particularly the children, don't have enough to eat or clean running water or proper sanitation.
      I applaud Kate and William and their handlers for being alert and aware to this, we see Kate wearing costume jewelry earrings and less-expensive shoes and less expensive dresses and that's absolutely appropriate.
      She has some eyelet and cotton dresses from previous tours that, given her weight loss, she certainly could have fit into and still have been stylish, sensitive, appropriate and cool.
      A lot of people have wondered why she didn't don a sari. I would expect she and William and the Palace are trying to avoid comparisons with Diana, who famously wore a sari on a couple of different occasions, including when she was wooing Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan.
      Overall, I think she's done well.

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  17. Agree with comments, loving updates.Love Kate's relaxed approach to dressing for this tour.It shows an understanding of people and culture.

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  18. I absolutely love this dress! I think it's my favourite casual look of the tour so far.

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  19. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 12:17

    Such amazing pictures!

    Today must be a rather hard day. Both because they're probably tired by now, but also seeing all those kids. And they have some time off this evening. And while they probably need it, it will probably give them more time to start missing the kids. When everything is going full speed it's not much time to miss but when it calms down like it seems this evening, it might be a bit harder!

    What a charming hug! They really look relaxed!

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    1. I so hope they have something romantic planned for dinner like candle light dinner in the park or plan on doing a night safari. Wouldn't that be fun!

      If it were me, I probably have passed out on the bed til morning when it was time to get up for the next flight. ;-)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 15:04

      I agree. And if they walk around there I doubt paparazzi will be anywhere near, as they were in australia :P

      Yeah, I think there will be ALOT of sleeping going on both in the royal quarters and the media area! The media says they have slept about 3 hours a night!

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    3. Julie,

      That would be so sweet if William has made plans to provide Kate with a very special, memorable romantic evening in India. A romantic
      dinner and maybe a gift of a little bling as a memento and appreciation that she is by his side.

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    4. That hug was amazing, Rebecca. A picture is better than a thousand words they say.

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  20. These dresses look incredibly comfortable. Love her hair!

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  21. My favorite day so far! The casual looks, romantic moments, Kate taking a picture with her camera, feeding the animals, and that little girl blowing kisses to her own photo - how cute is that?! :)

    Like both of their looks and, for some odd reason, like it that she looked tired (finally! Lol). I guess because I can relate and would've collapsed days ago. A good reminder that she's just a person like everyoone else (who does a great job positively impacting the world, imo).

    Thank you, Charlotte! I was up at 6:30am Florida time and couldn't rub the sleep out of my eyes quick enough to grab my phone and check your blog. It's been like Christmas morning here lately! :)

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  22. Amazing colourful vibrancy in these photos they are loving the natural environment I think And they both looks so cute and in love still.
    Stellar effort Charlotte wow & thankyou & goodnight
    Theresa in Australia

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  23. Thank you very much .You're incredible!

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  24. So, what ARE we all going to do once this beautiful, heart warming tour is over? Perfect day and lovely photos to show the interaction with their gracious hosts. That pic of TRH looking at each other is so full of love.

    Cara, Australia.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 14:02

      Haha, we will be having some heavy withdrawals. But the queens birthday is coming up and their 5th wedding anniversiry, and next month Charlotte turns 1 and then it's the summer with the annual events etc so I think we will manage :)

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    2. That's funny Cara :) It has been an embarrassment of riches! I'm more concerned what are William & Kate going to do when it's over, I hope they keep up a steadier pace of varied engagements, because they're clearly very good at it and can make a real impact.

      Time to set them loose as Kim said so well in a previous post!

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    3. First, we find a way to nominate Charlotte for Best Blog!

      Then, as you reminded us, Rebecca, we look forward to the Queen's birthday, Princess Charlotte's birthday, Trooping the Colour, and then Prince George's birthday.

      Those pictures of the Queen with George and Charlotte taken by Annie Leibowitz should be being released very soon!

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    4. Claudia,
      Their star seems to shine as Ambassadors with travel and tour of other countries. They were almost losing to engage the attention of their observers. C&C do a lot of foreign travel. May be it is time W&K take up that specialty. On second thought, their children are too young for them to do a lot of traveling.

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  25. Just curious about the meaning of the scarves/shawls they receive at each stop? They're all so different and beautiful.

    Love the outfits again today, she looks comfortable, chic, and beautiful! - Ohio gal

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    1. You give a scarf to every important person officially visiting a place.

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    2. Thank you, I was wondering. They are all so different and look gorgeous with the different colors and embroidery.

      Just watched the video with feeding the babies and loved it! - Ohio gal

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 15:07

      I read that the red scarves are symbolic/specific for the Assam area, so maybe the other scarves have similar sentiments :)

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  26. You are a whiz Charlotte! The little girl is precious. Kate seems so natural around the animals and the community. Although I am getting a wee weary of the same boho type dress Kate looks great.

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  27. I'm getting dizzy with all the prettiness! I like it very much though. William and Catherine look like they are LOVING their trip. It is jam packed though. For their sake, I wish they could have a day off and just soak in a pool somewhere...
    Royal Watcher

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    1. Royal tours are hard work Royal watcher, no doubt about it! I remember a correspondent saying prepping for tours with Prince Charles was like training for a marathon because of the insane pace Charles kept on tour. W&K are definitely holding their own so far, good for them.

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  28. Kate, Texas, USA13 April 2016 at 14:03

    Lovely day! William and Kate looed like they are truly enjoying the tour and their time together. The look so happy! Kate has another pretty look today. I LOVE her hair up!

    I must say the Indian people are absolutely beautiful. See pictures over the past few days, they all have an inner beauty as well as outer beauty. The little girl is s precious. I love that she blew herself kisses when seeing her picture. Kate embracing the village girl is just as sweet.

    Seeing William and Kate with the animals you know they are definitely in their element. How cool would it be to feed a baby rhino and elephant? George and Charlotte will love seeing pictures of Dad and Mum feeding and walking with the animals. Absolutely wonderful engagement!

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    1. Jean from Lancs13 April 2016 at 16:07

      I wonder if George and Charlotte are allowed to watch Mummy and Daddy on the TV or on this blog/

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    2. I bet there is a lot of Skyping going on between Norfolk and India.

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  29. What a magical day! Like someone above said, I'm just in sensory overload. Beautiful location, dress, animals... it's all wonderful! Thank you again for sharing such great information, Charlotte. Whew, what a week. And still some major events ahead!

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  30. William made me laugh in the video of him feeding the baby rhino - he looks a bit freaked out!

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  31. The little children on this tour are adorable! This dress is pretty but not spectacular. Bordering on frumpy for me but not as badly as last night's. I do appreciate that this is vastly different from what the Duchess usually wears, so points for that.

    I had the same thought as Beth from Ny. Are the Indian people disappointed that Kate is wearing mostly Indian inspired garments? Perhaps, they do want to see a more Britishly attired British princess.

    Speaking of the DoC's clothing, I read a NDTV article written by Shobhaa De, a Indian popular culture columnist, who thinks Kate has been dressing way too conservatively for modern day Indian society. She writes that Kate is dressing more like she is in conservative Middle East than India. Only an opinion piece but interesting.

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    1. Thank you for mentioning the article. I am interested in reading it. 10 years ago, I was in India studying. I lived with a local family. What they explained to me is that it is respectful to dress more conservatively in more rural and impoverished areas than in urban areas. Of course this was their own analysis of the different contexts and analysis of what's appropriate can easily change from person to person.

      Catherine has such a difficult task picking attire for a tour like this one. I think, for the most part, she has walked a narrow line very well. There is simply no way to please everyone.

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  32. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2016 at 14:17

    Looks like another wonderful, adventurous day for William and Kate !
    Kate was no doubt thinking that George would thoroughly enjoy the baby rhino.

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  33. Charlotte you're doing just an amazing job, I'm beyond impressed by your work ethic, talent and dedication to this blog. Kate's family should be checking in to this daily diary to see what she and William are up to!

    There is no doubt you are the go-to blog for all Kate fans... Maybe a holiday is in order after this :) Well done, you're halfway there!

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    1. I agree! I don't even bother with other news outlets. I just come right here for great pictures and the full story. Usually, this blog is the first up with a comprehensive
      overview.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 16:43

      Same! Or rather, I get the instant news on twitter, but I go here and to a few select tumblr blogs for the real coverage. Not to newspapers.

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    3. You have earned a good rest and an going credit to your self keeping up with this marathon. Your husband's panel of Bhutan symbol and the tour will start before you know it. I don't ever remember seeing a dragon on any international flag until the recent blog here on Bhutan. That purse discussion interested me to know more about Bhutan's national symbol and style.

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  34. I quite like this look a lot today. although, I thought she might wear pants for the entire day, I like that she changed into a dress. Does everyone get to feed the animals? That would be amazing if so.

    Another great day for them. I hope they have a lovely night off tonight.

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    1. For all the tireless effort they are putting in, Kate could have worn a paper bag (as long as it was one not chosen by Natasha) lol, and I wouldn't have cared. What they are doing is very giving, and not without risk. They make it look easy but I doubt that it is, even with all the teamwork that goes into it.

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    3. I agree. I think they are doing superlative work. Loved the contrast. William feeding the animals looks a little out of his element. Kate is not only feeding the animals but is petting them at the same time.

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  35. William keep winning in these casual outfits. It seems Kate keeps wearing UK designers or shops with Indian inspired looks. Well that is that. Over all India has agreed them.

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  36. Another successful engagement!!LOe the video of Wills and Kate feeding the baby rhinos and elephants!Thank You so much Charlotte!!XOXO

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  37. Another beautiful dress but I wish she had chosen some neutral earth tone colors for this particular event. It was windy again and thank god the duchess didn't have any embarrassing moments. I really feel that she should try some lose flowy pants in such occassions. Nevertheless the duchess looked very beautiful and they both loved being there it seems.

    One thing that's really annoying is the constant shuttering noise of the shutterbugs. Why do so many have to go along and why do all of them have to be in such close range? it's kind of making them feel awkward and not natural when they are surrounded by so many photogs. Unbelievable!

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    1. Good grief. Look what happened when they only took one photographer to the ski trip! Heaven forbid they should restrict how many cameras go along. This is an official trip, for the British government. I doubt W&K have any say over the media coverage. Its part of the job and from what I can see, it doesn't look like Kate or William are particularly intimidated by it. Personally, after the awful coverage by the DM this week, I'd be giving Rebecca English the very cold shoulder. Did you see her headline today about the animal feeding event? "It's Duchess Dolittle: feeding a baby rhino...." Talk about disrespectful - it's downright bullying. I just don't understand people.

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    2. Annette New Zealand14 April 2016 at 05:40

      Actually quite often it is the editor who chooses the headline so probably Rebecca wasn't responsible for the Dolittle title. I was curious and looked up the article and it didn't criticise Catherine at all. I think maybe the Daily Mail readership is inclined to be anti establishment and so the editors cater to that group. I'm sure the royals know that.

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    3. Is it though? Can you give one good reason why the UK taxpayers should pay to send representatives to parks and animal sanctuaries in foreign countries? How is this in the national interest of those citizens? It would be odd if someone in the UK press didn't point it out.

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    4. Because the host countries consider those things worth sharing with their guests?

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    5. Welcome back, Moxie!! I expected you around the cricket match engagement!:-)

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    6. Yep. She and all her many employees over at "Watching Kate Watching Sports". :)

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  38. Lovely post! But, these shoes! ug! And can anyone please tell me why oh why does kate still wear nude stockings? I have to imagine that she and the queen are the last two people on earth to do so. And in this climate no less? Torture!

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    1. What color stockings should she were instead????

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    2. Charlotte would know for sure; however, on royal duty I believe it's required. It's required of guests to Buck House, too. I suspect that the custom will end with the present monarch's reign.

      At one time it was also required of all teachers and nurses here in Canada no matter how hot it got. Respectable women (especially those who counted themselves as part of even a small town "upper class" wore them as it was considered to be quite improper to go without when in public unless they were at the beach or outdoors. I don't know about the rest of the Commonwealth or the USA, I'd be interested to hear.

      My elementary school teachers would never have been seen without stockings. By the end of the 60s when the bohemians took over from the "Mad Men" set, all that changed. Some of my high school teachers dressed as if they'd stepped off the set of Easy Rider. But I digress.

      And yes, tights in India's heat is crazy-torture.

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    3. I thought so too, but in the wilderness, if one has to wear skirts, may be preventive of biting insects? At the museum and mosque, some people walk in naked bare feet, some coverage is not a bad idea for comfort and any thing else. She wore stockings at the museum too. Such personal choices might have practical reasons for the person who wears them. Fashion protocol and style are not necessarily forgiving if and when they don't want to.

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    4. It would be very inelegant do not wear stockings. In Italy it is absolutely normal. Every woman do it, especially in a formal situation, summer or winter.

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  39. This would have been a great day to experience with their kids had they been a bit older. Wonder if they were thinking that.

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  40. This is without a doubt the best blog for coverage thank you.

    I was struck by the comment, "... promised to bring him and Charlotte with them the next time they visit India." The four of them have decades and decades of scrunity ahead of them -- it's an exhausting and overwhelming thought

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  41. Fascinating day! I hope W&K got to see wonderful animals during their safari. How tired Kate looked at first! By afternoon she was fresh again, and lovely. But I still don't like black embroidery. Cream embroidery maybe, or none, on the lovely pink dress.

    The Indian columnist who was linked suggested that a nice linen suit would have been more appropriate for the first day than the red peplum dress. Perhaps the bohemian theme has been a bit overdone. But the clothing for the different events has worked well, in a practical sense, other than the unfortunate cream dress.

    It will be very interesting to see the Cambridges in Bhutan.

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    1. Personally I refrained from commenting because that bright red reinforced to me the source of accident, fire. I wished she wore some mellow color, but bright red. Kate might have a reason for wearing bright color clothes in memorials of disaster aftermath. Her choice was bright pink for 9,11/New York World Trade Center.

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  42. http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/the-ugly-truth-behind-our-obsession-with-kate-middleton-s-skirt/story-DkjyAYo3d0UA1vapgNdNEK.html
    Interesting read on the dress debacle

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    1. Wonderful piece. Thanks so much for posting.

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      Thank you for sharing it. It is written very much in Kate’s defense in the name of women’s privacy. Still, it is not a balanced view point. The writer could have acknowledged that human beings as spectators have a reasonable right to react when some incidents have become a case of consistent coincidence, bad luck or lack of proper planning especially attending a solemn and historical ceremony. Given the fact that, case in point is public figures of the present times with every available resource in every way, people’s reaction is understandable. It can range from tough love, to a standard critic, or outrage and annoyance when it is one too many times. The writer has to remember the average person or a famous person is not given too many chances of the same mistake again and again and again. They probably measure it in that balance of fairness.

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    3. Thank you for sharing this link. It articulates my feeling so well when commenters and media are constantly criticising Kate, finding the least little thing to harp on.

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  43. Centuries ago like the Queen on her beloved ship travelled at a different pace and never had to adjust to nowadays jet lag etc. She had her "home" and her bed with her, enjoyed the freedom of privacy while travelling. Today it is extremely packed, quick and exhausting. Travelling often with media and buyers for a week long tour your only privacy is 4-5 hours in your hotel room. They have team and hosts humming around them, updating, briefing, talking, foto, change of cloth, jewel and hair.....imagine Kate needing a hair dresser in the morning etc... that is at least another 1/2 hour up earlier... Taff job and I think they can only do it as they are a strong pair together - like the Queen and her husband....

    They are doing well I guess despite that it seems from some of the photos that they are not drawing growds (security?) and just do official appointment in as less time as needed. I loved some of the dress choices and loved out loud when reading the cristic by the indian columnist. Yes, she is write in some aspects. Like today: Slacks or femal chinos would be so welcomed instead of the skinny stretch jeans... More classic and classy safari style, more "youth" in general and skip the real high heels! No need to ruin the feet..and how can you walk with the sandals on the grass during the garden party?????????? She is quite british in style and I would love more "italian" or "french" savoir vivre and elegance elements and some naughty accessoires...

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    1. The Queen was also gone for months at a time when her children were small. I bet if you asked they'd rather pack things in during a one-week trip.

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  44. Just wanted to say how beautiful Catherine looks on this tour. However, as they are dealing with very warm temps, a 100% polyester dress seems a mistake. Otherwise, the couple are certainly troopers. The fatigue must be so difficult.

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  45. Francis, you finally get to check off knee length skirt. :-)

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  46. I'm so jealous. I would LOVE to feed a baby rhino and a baby elephant. I know that William had to be so happy to be there and to find out how their conservation efforts are working.

    I love the picture of the young lady giving the DofC a great big Hug. Kate looked so pleased. Clearly this event was entirely in their element and they enjoyed it so much. Nice to see them looking less tired. When they arrived for the safari this morning, I wasn't sure if either of them were awake. Bless their hearts.

    I'm OK with the dress. It's not my favorite of the trip, but still lovely and perfect for spending time in the village.

    Some have mentioned that perhaps the local-style outfits have been overdone. I tend to disagree and think that the casual looks she has worn have been perfect for every event. She looks casual yet maintains her style as a Royal.

    Thanks so much Charlotte for another tour day well covered! Looks like Kate and William will have a quiet evening. Good for them. They will need it for the 6 hour hike they will be taking in a couple of days.

    I cannot wait for your coverage of their meeting and dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan!

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  47. I have a red and white 'gamcha' just like that :D probably every household in India has one

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    2. West Bengal in East India. Will and Kate didn't visit here :'(

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  48. Tedi in California13 April 2016 at 16:33

    What a wonderful day from start to finish. The video of them feeding the baby rhinos and elephant calves is priceless. So glad they paid tribute to Mark Shand. He was a remarkable man. I loved the pictures of Kate and the young village girl. Also having tea with the staff. It looked like a fantastic adventure for them.
    Kate gets an A+ for all her beautiful wardrobe choices so far. She has been looking just perfect in every way. What a beautiful soul she is, inside and out. William scores high points too. They are a gorgeous, loving couple, and an incredible asset to Queen and Country.

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  49. Julia from Leominster13 April 2016 at 16:36

    First of all I love the engagement, all the children, the wonderful picture of Kate with the girl, the precious animals (so sad they can't go out in the wild, but at least they are cared for.) Delightful all the way around and fun for William and Kate.

    Fashion on the safari - predictable Kate - wrinkly jeans, dull shirt, (have yet to understand why she can't pick cuter shirts - there are so many at reasonable prices) Sebago dockers. (I like them although I expected heavier shoes - still with the heat, a good choice if she didn't have much walking.) Meh - but it's a safari and her choice is a perfectly practicable one. I liked the way she had her hair pulled back.

    The afternoon dress - well, I was glad she changed into something with more eye-appeal when meeting people and it is a pretty, pleasant, comfortable dress but I confess I'm getting boho fatigue. This is the fourth dress in four days with this sort of look. It was striking on the first day, sensible when she was sitting on the floor (and the prettiest of the lot) starting to get a bit much with the forty shades of green, although it still was nice, and this is okay, but it would be fun now to have a little more variety.

    I sometimes buy old saris to make skirts out of, and there is much more variation in prints than Kate is showing. Even if she wanted to stay with cotton for comfort, there is still Madras and other patterned cottons that would be a bit more eye catching. Both she and the look are starting to seem a bit wilted. Her hair style seemed sensible for the heat.

    So I'm hoping for something with a bit more spark on the last couple of days - we had some great choices on the first couple - and time to liven things up.

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      Thought it might be nice for Kate to shake things up tomorrow, but not this much! Understand there was an earthquake they may have felt. Hope no one was injured at the epicentre but fear may be otherwise. With the horrible fire in India too, tragedy is so near the happiness we feel with the tour. I experienced an earthquake in California -didn't like it at all.

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      In Bhutan, Kate might be able to wear more bling.
      It might be more politically okay for her to do that there. I don't know.

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    3. Boho fatigue. LOL

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    4. That is funny.

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  50. I dont like the dress,polyester dress for safari..while India is famoust of its beautiful,colourful natual cotton fabrics.Stiil i do admire them for such a busy trip.

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  51. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 17:00

    Random thing I'm looking forward to tomorrow: Appearantly them arriving in Buthan will have an official welcome. I guess that means plane departure pictures!! Yaaaay! :) (Maybe even a hat?! :O Naah, I don't wanna wish for too much :P )

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  52. Apparently, according to the Mirror, there was a 7.0
    earthquake within 500 miles of where William and Kate are. No details available yet they said.

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  53. Tedi in California13 April 2016 at 17:24

    I just read there was an earthquake in Myanmar. I hope everyone is safe.

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  54. I am blown away by the pic of william painting the elephant and kate watching him. That is one of the best pics of them ever. Colours, golden cut and sponteneous.

    Especially william needs some colour close to his face and him being phtographed en profile is very flattering with his hair.

    I am loving this tour so far. They look very happy and they appear to be able to interact with the people. Bravo for them.

    I must say enough boho dresses for me too - unbelievable how kate can choose a theme and stick to it. The only realy stellar look for me was the Jade Reception Dress from yesterday. But she looks nice all the time and i also like her hair up. How elegant can you look whilst feeding an elephant or walking. Such grace she has.

    Thanks charlotte for all your work!

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  55. Zora from Prague13 April 2016 at 17:48

    I like today so much! It must have been great for THR to meet all the village people and see how happy they are to welcome them. Also, I really like the dress - so chic and feminine! And my favourite picture, apart from those with baby animals, is the one of W+K with tea :-).
    Thank you, Charlotte, also for the first quick recap - it really helps me not to get lost in this abundance!
    Looking forward to Bhutan part of the tour.

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  56. I love this dress and it seemed to suit what she was doing well and create lovely shots. The earlier outfit was a disappointment. The shirt was bland and baggy, the pants practical I suppose but not great.

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  57. Maggie - Minneapolis13 April 2016 at 19:25

    I've noticed a lot of comments mention the warm weather - actually, in Assam at this time of year, it is generally not too hot until it becomes monsoon season. I've visited and it actually got pretty cold often at night, and we even required comforters when sleeping!

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  58. It would be sort of funny to make a comparison of comments and see how many people were complaining about the blahness of her clothing pre-tour and who are now complaining about the color. She honestly can't win.

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  59. Cracking post as always - many thanks Charlotte. I thoroughly approve of her dress choices so far - each one fits each occasion perfectly. Incidentally, there's a few more good pictures here in case you haven't seen them yet? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-india-and-bhutan-tour-in-photos_uk_570e1b84e4b0b84e2e718fda?fjwhe8gookfn7b9&

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  60. Tick offs after day 1 to 4 :)

    1 Catherine Walker / x McQueen / 1 Beulah / 1 Saloni or Erdem
    xxx?x x?x?x nod to India / 1 to Bhutan / (x) to Diana / 1 to the Queen
    xxxxx fashionable / xx classic / x simple / xx (chic) casual
    x about knee-length / xx long / xxxx midi/maxi / xx floor-length / +
    xxxxx xxx?x new / ? repeat / (xx) bespoke / (xxxxx xxx) off the peg+
    xxxxx xxxx love/like it / x interesting / 1 growing on me / 1 divisive
    ?xxxx xx dress / ?x (suit) / x gown / x pair of trousers
    xxx high heels / xx flats / xx sandals / 1 boots / +++
    xxx up do / xxx half-up / xxxxx down / 1 ponytail
    xxxxx xx jewelry repeat / 1 borrowed / xx whow/new / (x) simple

    bonus:

    x very good blend with colours of floor, surroundings, offered shawls - 1,4,7,9,10
    x literally local designer - 2
    x beautiful blend of feminine and (ethnic) chic casual - 2,(6),8,9,10
    x beautiful wedges - 2,8,10
    x very affordable earrings - 2,6,10
    x parallels between pre-tour reception and dress - 2,7,10
    x Jenny Packham - 3 / Emilia Wickstead - 4 / Temperley - 5,7
    x excellent craftsmanship/standard - 3,7
    x (multiple) symbolism/allusions - 2,4,6,7?,8,9
    x new designer/label - 6,8,9

    xx no watch - 1,2,(3)4,5,(6),7,8,9,10
    (slowly but steadily increasing quality of the up dos - 3,7,10?)
    x very honorable mention - The Duke of C - 2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10

    :)

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  61. Loved the dress! What a lovely trip this has been! I have a doubt though- I thought they were going to visit the Taj Mahal too? But it looks like they are headed for Bhutan tomorrow?

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  62. Kate looks wonderful, I love the dress...10/10!! She seems so relaxed and confident in her fashion choices. I love that she is wearing $8 earrings and Topshop, she's "just like us!" The picture of her hugging the local girl is so touching and genuine, and could Kate and Will get any cuter? Love them!

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  63. Sharyn from AUS13 April 2016 at 21:23

    Every morning these past few days, the first thing I do is check this blog. And Egbert day there is another brilliant post to be read. You are doing an amazing job Charlotte. A great way to start the day and then again top read when I get home. You deserve a holiday after this tour!

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  64. Sara from Canada13 April 2016 at 21:43

    A few things:
    1. Firstly I teared up thinking about how excited they would be showing that video of them feeding the baby animals to their little boy back home. I imagine they are telling his caregivers to show him that video tonight. Kids love animals so much. . .and this point of reference would have been a strong emotional connection across the sea. I have two little ones who are the same ages as Kate's and I put myself in their shoes, across the world from your little ones, and how you would be thinking of them at poignant and interesting experiences like this.

    2. I'll weigh in on the debate of the "costume-y" feel to many of her dresses. I would rather her had worn a silk sari, and a salwar outfit (tunic & pants) once or twice than all these "almost-there-but-not-quite" outfits. . .and then also had her wear her signature style that makes her Kate--and what locals would want to see as well. The traditional Indian outfits would have most appropriate a couple of times during this tour. . . (a) they would have avoided that "windy-oh-my" scene , b) and a salwar outfit would be more comfortable sitting on the ground than the outfit today. When I was in many years ago I wore an amethyst purple silk sari, and a sapphire blue salwar outfit. One day when I was in the market with a native friend of mine, she told they were saying "Oh, looks there goes Princess Diana." It made me laugh. I look nothing like her other than blue eyes and fair skin. . .but oh what a complement. :) Side Note: Princess Diana did embrace native dress on several occasions.

    3) As mentioned in the comment above this dress made sitting on the ground look a bit awkward. Also, the waist does not hit her right. I also would not want to be wearing heels when feeding those rather large animal babies:) The outfit could definitely have been improved today. Again, I'm surprised this dress made the "cut" for this tour; especially this event.

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  65. Kate looks lovely today as she has for most of this trip. Might have something to do with the fact she is wearing outfits that are more colourful. Hope she keeps this up once she returns to the UK because it is certainly more flattering.

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  66. I have just read that William and Catherine experienced an earthquake in Assam on Wednesday evening. Apparently it was centered in Myanmar and there were no injuries reported in Assam.

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  67. I so love the images of Kate and William feeding baby animals, as well as the little girl all dressed up to meet a princess, and the other young girl so excited to hug that princess in person. The park is gorgeous. I will never see it in my lifetime, so I am very happy to see so many images of it today. Thank you, Charlotte, again and again, for the wonderful coverage of this tour!

    Regarding boho-fatigue: I think that since the people on day 4 did not see the boho dresses in person on days 1 - 3, the boho style was still appropriate for the people Kate was actually meeting. Yes, this is a sudden cascade of that style, but they're all the rage and I predict we haven't seen the last of them in the stores and online this summer. I like this style. But I admit it is a lot nostalgia, since this was a style I wore well when I was in my twenties.

    That said, today's version was very pretty. Someone else said they didn't like black trim with pink, but I do like it, very much. The extreme contrast is very effective for showcasing the trim and giving a maturity to all the pink which can otherwise be too juvenile in many cases, especially if it were trimmed in a more neutral color.

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  68. What a magical moment with the baby rhino and elephants and young girl! She looks beautiful in the dress and hair pulled up. Thank you Charlotte

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  69. If I remember Kate in her personality, the most out standing one will be, the Red and Navy Glamorous Maxi Dress. When an out fit does that, it becomes the best.

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  70. My favourite post EVER! Laughed (baby elephants!), cried (hugs!), heart strings (Kate just gently touching each animal as she fed it, she is such a mum!), lovely stuff, thank you.

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  71. Thank you, Charlotte! Your updates are wonderful. Why would anyone need to look further. I happen to love Kate's choices for this trip. I think they are very appropriate for the very warm weather in this area. Bhutan should be a bit cooler, so we'll see if Kate's outfits change.

    I have been so impressed with Kate's interaction with the children and the animals. What a fun, but exhausting trip this must be for them. Kate's body language speaks volumes to me. She appears to be much more comfortable in her current role. Her mega watt smile doesn't hurt either.

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  72. If you forget the fabric and embellishment on Catherine's dresses and look at the cut and length of them I think she has found a style which work for her. She looks elegant and relaxed in them. Think how many of the Queens outfits have stuck to a basic cut and you would never think of her as frumpy. A signature style is all you need.

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  73. I liked today's looks. Just liked, didn't particularly love. The ethnic-themed maxi dresses are starting to look a little tired and costumelike and Kate almost looked older than her husband in the green frock, for some reason.
    If she wanted heat-appropriate dresses, I would have thought she would have brought some of her dresses from the Asian tour back or from the Australia tour. Most of those were wool crepe but there were a couple of darling eyelet dresses that would have been entirely appropriate and cool.
    I think pants and a blouse would have been more appropriate for walking among and feeding the animals but that's just me and I definitely wouldn't have worn the Bala moccasins to go on a Jeep safari, even as guarded and protected as they are.
    Kate puzzles me. There are times when she seems absolutely 100 percent engaged and involved and hands-on, then there are times when she acts like she's too refined to participate, we saw that when William made the Indian dessert at the science event and again today at these events. She just didn't appear to be as engaged as she has been for the other events.
    Truthfully, the schedule seems almost too hectic and too jampacked. They really don't have enough time to spend on any one event before they are rushed away and that's unfortunate. I know it's partly due to security and partly due to working as many groups and events into the time allotted and having a short tour but it seems very hurried.

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  74. Love your blog!!! Thank you for all your hard work.

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  75. Hopefully someone has some information about this--I'm just curious and concerned, why one of the elephants that is photographed has a chain around its right front ankle. I noticed it on another Kate blog as well. I didn't see this around any other of the animals. Why would they do that? It just bothers me to see those kinds of things and I wouldn't understand why in a park where they are suppose to be free to roam, this elephant has a chain around the ankle. Thanks

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    1. They train them not to wander by doing that. After they have worn that for awhile they can remove it because the elephant has been trained and thinks the chain is still there when it isn't.

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  76. P.S. it's not in the pictures you have posted here, but the chain on the elephant can be viewed in these photos here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3537374/Pretty-pink-Duchess-Cambridge-changes-Topshop-dress-tassel-neck-tie-meet-Indian-villagers-spending-morning-safari.html, more than half way down the post are the pics.

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  77. The dress Kate had on today is not one of my favourites! Glad she is wearing the Accessorize earrings again and the Pied a Terre Imperia wedges as I have both and will hopefully keep wearing mine for years also.

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