Wednesday, 13 April 2016

William and Kate's Early Morning Safari Date

It's day four of what has been a fantastic royal tour so far. The day began bright and early for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have a busy day ahead exploring and learning more about Kaziranga National Park.


They were welcomed by local people and park staff at the entrance to Kaziranga.


The couple viewed wildlife displays.


Kensington Palace noted "the Duke, President of United for Wildlife, has long wanted to visit Kaziranga". William and Kate both adore the outdoors and this morning's event offered them the chance to soak up the beautiful scenery and see extraordinary wildlife.


Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage Site and a wildlife conservation site of global significance. It's home to elephants, water buffalo, a number of bird species, the endangered swamp deer, and a high density of tigers. Kaziranga is also home to two-thirds of the population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. 


Time for safari!


They both looked very excited as they set off.


Victoria Murphy noted a romantic moment between the two.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

Rebecca English shared photos of their jeep for the day.


Kaziranga recommend taking a jeep safari for an unforgettable experience: "Take jungle safari by open Jeep in search of one-horned rhinos, tigers, elephants, jackal, languor, monkeys, and many species of deer as well as a wealth of birdlife. Watching these many wildlife species in the wild will be your most cherished memory of Kaziranga National Park."


The Duke and Duchess were thrilled to see lots of elephants roaming around the park.


Keen photographer Kate taking photos.


They also spotted rare one-horned rhinos.


Kensington Palace described the open-air drive as "incredible".


William and Kate also saw water buffalo, swamp deer and a number of bird species. The couple headed up a convoy of 4x4s.


More from The Mirror:

'Possibly the highlight of their trek was a huge rhino blocking the road ahead. The couple gasped as they caught sight of the huge animal just 50 yards away from them. Kate said; “This is amazing! And William added: “It’s amazing to be this close." A ranger shouted to scare it off the road. Keen photographer Kate brought her own Canon DSLR camera on the trip to capture her own pics.'

Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. 


Kaziranga is one of the few wild breeding areas outside Africa for multiple species of large cats, such as tigers and leopards. The park was declared a tiger reserve in 2006 and has the highest density of tigers in the world.


Sunrise at Kaziranga.


During their safari, William and Kate met rangers to discuss their anti-poaching efforts. There has been a number of concerning poaching incidents in the park recently. Rhinos are in particular danger as demand in other parts of Asia for their horns continues to rise. Traffickers in Southeast Asia are now marketing Indian rhino horn as ‘fire horn’ and lying about its increased potency when compared to African horn..


William and Kate heard about efforts to protect the animals. Another major concern for the park is climate change. The park is situated on a flood plain and the vital annual floods drive animals up to the adjacent hills. In between the park and the hills, however, are growing numbers of villages which are in the path of ancient corridors for elephants and rhinos. The importance of the floods makes the area highly vulnerable to climate change as well, as reduced or increased snowmelts from the Himalayas could have severe consequences for this ecosystem. 


It was a very memorable morning for the couple. Kate opted for a casual-chic look today. The Duchess wore the white ruffled Gretna blouse with blue and gold diamonds on it by Australian brand RM Williams. The piece is from the Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection and sold out. 


Prince William wore a shirt by RM Williams during a visit to Taronga Zoo during the 2014 royal tour.


Middleton Maven identified Kate's trousers as the ZARA Mid-Rise Biker Trousers. The stretch pants feature knee detail. Again, it's something rather out of Kate's comfort zone as we would typically see her in her favoured blue skinny jeans. A very nice choice.

ZARA

A closer look at the knee detail.


Kate wore her trusty Sebago 'Bala' shoes. The boat shoes remain available at Rubbersole and come in other colours at 6 p.m.

Sebago

The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear-Drop earrings.

Kiki McDonough

It appears Kate wore her Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.


Kate's scarf is the Indian Embroidered Stole from Flora Garments (with thanks to What Kate Wore). It is described as "hand woven and embroidered in Kashmir, India, by the finest and most skilled artisans. The premium quality material used renders them extremely soft, comparable only to the luxurious shatush."


You can watch a video here.


The couple will visit a village next!

107 comments:

  1. https://www.google.com/amp/m.ndtv.com/opinion/thank-you-kate-for-not-wearing-a-sari-1394708%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off?client=safari#

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  2. Charlotte, I don't know how you do it. I can't keep up. I hope Mr. Charlotte is giving you neck and shoulder massages as you frantically post your posts!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 07:28

      I agree. I can barely keep up and all I have to do is read! I don't get how you can do such great and well researched and fast posts during this tour! I bow to you, Charlotte!

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    2. Tedi in California13 April 2016 at 08:32

      Ditto Charlotte. You must be exhausted. You have taken us along on this wonderful tour.

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    3. Ditto again! You are amazing, Charlotte! Your blog is my go-to place for all things Kate :)

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    4. Charlotte there are not words to express how impressed & grateful we all are!:) I too vote for Mr. Charlotte to be waiting on you hand & foot. That or you get an over the top Spa Day after The Tour!:)

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  3. Courtney from NC13 April 2016 at 06:21

    I am working on day 3’s looks because I really loved them as well but it appears pain meds might be starting to do a little of their job and I might be able to sleep for more than an hour before waking up crying out in pain. So I will check in later and sorry about the novels I wrote. I had posted part of this on one of the earlier posts but my computer wouldn’t let me check at the hospital. So I am sorry if part of this is a repeat post.

    Day #1:

    Arrival Ensemble: I love that she went with something from McQueen. Her wedding was in McQueen and it kicked off a run of fabulous fashion choices. I am hoping that starting the tour with McQueen means the same. The bright color works wonderfully for the hotel arrival. She matches color to the meaning in the particular region quite well. It was also bright enough for her to be seen by any waiting to catch a glimpse.

    The peplum detail keeps it from being just another shift, sheath type dress and adds interest. I also think it does good things for her figure. I don't mind the nude pumps but I never minded them as much as many did. She did wear them quite a lot which gets boring but I think in this instance they worked and they are, at least, not the same nude pumps as before.

    Daytime Ensemble #2:

    I absolutely love this look. It is young, fun and fitting for where they are touring. The wedges give Catherine the foorwear formality she seems to crave but give her a solid footing to play around on. The humidity must be formidable but I honestly love her hair in its more wild, natural state. It takes years off of her face. The earrings are so cute.

    The look was not only beautiful and appropriate sartorially but it was very well done for the area they were visiting. Wearing a $5,000 outfit with $3,500 earrings wouldn't have sent the best message. This look is achievable, approachable and yet she makes it seem aristocratic. Lovely choices all around.

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    1. Oh Courtney I feel for you & hope they are keeping on top of your pain:( In the past 2 weeks I was in the ICU for 10 days after a severe (not as responsive as it should be) asthma attack, then home & back into ER & now am hopefully back home for good. But I too have been relishing The Tour & Charlotte's coverage of it! Isn't it nice knowing that we can check in day or night to read & if we just can't read based on meds etc. we know that we will have a bumper crop of coverage to catch up on when we next check in. But I haven't had surgery like you & am not in pain. So my heart truly goes out to you! I hope the Surgery went well? I also really do hope that they are staying on top of your pain to keep you as comfortable as possible! We've all been thinking about you & are sending prayers & good wishes your way!:) & You just keep the "Novels" coming:) It's great to hear from you so we don't worry:)
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      Becca

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  4. Courtney from NC13 April 2016 at 06:21

    Day #1 Evening Ensemble:

    From head to toe I think she nailed it. Elegance come to life. If she would fix her posture she would look downright regal. I like the low, less tight updo that she chose for the evening. Appropriate for the event but not as tight as we have seen in the past. She has quite a bit of hair and I imagine it can become quite heavy when done in certain elaborate hairstyles. I would kill for her hair. Her makeup was applied with a bit of a lighter hand it appears. Whilst most people go darker and more dramatic at night, I believe going light was the right choice for Catherine. The color of the gown and earrings is so vibrant and doing a neutral face lets it truly be the main attraction. The earrings are quite large but I think quite fitting for the event. I didn't see anyone dressed in an understated manner and I think that the large, bright, youthful earrings help keep Catherine's look from being too old for her.

    The color is vibrant and full of life. The blue on Catherine makes her sparkle. It wasn't a tame, every day navy blue or a powdery silver blue (which Catherine can also pull off beautifully), but a color that screams life, fun and vibrancy. The silhouette is one that Catherine definitely seems to favor and I think that for the most part it works well on her. This blue gown is more elegant and grown up, in my opinion, than the red one she wore to the state dinner.

    The neckline is very flattering and would lend itself well to a diamond riviere or any close fitting necklace in the future. Add a small sapphire circlet or tiara and it would be epic. Without the wrap this gown would be perfect for a state occasion. Perhaps a future white tie dinner for India hosted by the BRF as a nod to the visit.
    (These would look amazing on Catherine:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305537700547/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305537700545/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305537700543/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305537700541/ )

    The beading is exquisite and I love that it was sent to India to be done. I think it quite clever to use a designer she works well with, one who understands her body and fashion needs, but also include the host country. The beading on this gown is far superior to any embellishments done to the red gown. The skirt moves beautifully with her when she walks and swishes as is princessly appropriate. The train on the skirt adds a kicky little exclamation point as you see her exit that screams royalty.

    For me day #1 was an unmitigated success and I am keeping everything I can crossed that it just keeps getting better from here.

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  5. Courtney from NC13 April 2016 at 06:22

    Day #2:
    Daytime engagements:
    Just to echo the short comment I made when I first saw this dress for just a moment. I thought it was so lovely. I am one of the many who could do without the pocket flaps but they don’t bug me overly much. The length and fullness of the skirt looked very flattering on Catherine and that can be a tricky skirt length to pull off. It was demure, elegant and I believe worked well for both settings that she wore it in. She is learning as she goes and you can tell she is trying to put the right foot forward and each tour seems to do a good job in letting a little of her personality out in her clothing.
    I love the color and the fabric, whilst not a very fancy fabric, was beautiful. It moved with her and was lovely in motion. The sleeve length is also a tricky one to wear but I think she did that rather well also. I noticed in one of the photos of D&DcC sitting to remove their shoes how Catherine’s skirt seemed to be the perfect length for that chair. I think the dress being long enough whilst sitting to cover her legs was a very savvy choice. I also think it was tailored rather perfectly for Catherine and appreciate the weighted hems.
    I absolutely adore the intricate beading and details on the gown the night before but the simplicity of the cream colored dress and light pink shoes was just as stunning in a different way.
    Late afternoon engagement:
    I had come across the Temperley online several times recently and have been coveting it ever since the first time I saw it. Since that wasn’t, and isn’t, a possibility I was desperately hoping she might wear it at some point. I love almost everything about this ensemble.
    Starting at the top: I like that she chose to pull back the front part of her hair and leave the rest down. It wasn’t a black tie affair and I think an updo might have pushed it over the edge for the type of party they were at, especially with the dress she had on. A short cocktail dress with an updo is different in my eyes. I love when her natural curls come out to play. Even if they, most likely, drive her batty sometimes. Her hair is so lovely that I wish she would let it be at some points. I have always like the earrings and the makeup worked well that evening as well.
    I know that it is probably just the weather in India but Catherine has been simply glowing with happiness, enthusiasm and love and it appears she is more comfortable in her own skin, and in her position, outside the UK. Black and white are my two favorite clothing colors and this look is divine. The embellishments and design worked well for the occasion and the skirt and top look makes it appear more youthful than some of her looks. To me she looks so much more comfortable her than at the gala the 1st night. Not to say she wasn’t engaged or having a nice time the first night but here she seems more relaxed.
    I also LOVE all the new shoes she has worn so far. Whilst I wouldn’t choose some of them, it is nice to see her diversifying her footwear game. If this ensemble makes another appearance in the future, which I would love, it would be nice to see it at a more formal event with a fabulous higher up-do and some great diamond bracelets and earrings. A few diamond hair pins or ornaments would work as well.)

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  6. oh I love the casual look its great sabaro shoes its very comfy

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  7. Sara from Canada13 April 2016 at 06:26

    Firstly, I want to say this outfit looks well put together. And I would wear it for every day (BTW I got those sebago shoes this last month:)) BUT, I do not think the skinny jeans with such a form fit on the bum is apropos for such a high exposure event.
    I don't get it. . .she doesn't wear pants to most events, but when an event warrants a non-skirt, it is a super, super skinny jean! Why? Why such an extreme! Why the need to show ones super skinny legs? But more importantly, I don't think showcasing one's bum like this is modest. This outfit is appropriate for everyday wear. . .but not for a duchess on a world-gawking high-exposure tour.

    Remember Diana when she was in Africa visiting the land-mines. . .she had these classic, but shapely cropped khakis. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/08/31/article-2196255-0505675E000005DC-547_634x542.jpg
    I've seen so many nice cropped (yet still fitted) khakis online this spring. . .that would be so appropriate for this event.
    Choosing something like this skinny jean that accentuates one's bum for a world-news event, makes me something is amiss.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 07:31

      I don't think she see's it like that. This kind of pant is super standard, neutral jeans style. I don't wear pants/jeans but these are just nautral "just there" pants to me. I understand if you grew up when jeans were more wide and stiff. But to me, that has grown up where skinny jeans is the most basic of pants you can find, I see nothing "bum accentuating" about it.

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    2. Tedi in California13 April 2016 at 08:21

      Nor do I. I love this whole look on her. After all this is 2016, not 1960. She couldn't offend, she always looks extremely classy in her clothes.

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    3. The pants are tight on the models.

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    4. I don't agree about the jeans. The khaki look is iconic African, which would be out of place here in India. And whilst on the subject of Africa I believe, but of course will accept correction, that the biggest population of Indians outside of India is South Africa, where they have been for many many generations

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    5. That is how pants look these days. They are ultra comfy and stretch, so really great to sit in and move around.

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    6. I don't really care about Kate's bum one way or another :) but I do agree that these kind of skinny jeans are best for Waitrose, home, or running around London/Norfolk. I do not think they should ever see the light of day on official engagements, safari or not! There are literally hundreds of more suitable styles available to her. Just my opinion of course.

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    7. Sara from Canada13 April 2016 at 15:09

      Rebecca, yes growing up in the 80 & 90s, jeans were certainly different back then, but I am not unaware of the revolution in jeans. My point, especially having visited India where bottoms are not accentuated, that an equally modern & fitted pant might have more appropriate.
      Here's a suggestion of a cropped pant that would have been apropos and offered more modesty but an equal flair of modern & chic vibe: http://www.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=1051463&vid=1&pid=112329043
      Furthermore, I just find that Kate goes to an extreme when choosing a pant. . .it simple makes me curious of her self-construct :) But as always, Rebecca, I enjoy your comments :)

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    8. I agree with Sara and Claudia. Colour is nice but I could find better alternatives as well. We all get she likes skinnies but I would prefer if she could showcase something else other than body parts, what about her personality for a start.

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    9. I really like the pants(and top) and think they are totally appropriate. Right now, that's pretty much the standard for jeans/khaki's for her age demographic(mine too). The Gap pants would totally work in an office, but might have ended up looking more formal here. William and Kate (in situations like this) seem ready and willing to jump in and engage, so anything that looks stiff or structured would be at odd with that.....in my opinion.

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    10. The pants are not a great look in my view. It's not about jeans when I was young. When I was young women didn't wear pants or trousers to work or any public event. There's a picture of her buttocks in detail. Not appropriate. No, it's not her fault the photographer chose a rear view, but after so many years in the limelight, a bit looser style ought to have been on the list. This is a grocery shopping outfit. It's cute and she looks great, but it's a public engagement.

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    11. I think she looks totally amazing in this outfit and I love her casual looks. That said, I agree about the jeans being awfully tight. She has the body to do it, but I do not consider the skin tightness to be modest and classy.

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  8. Courtney from NC13 April 2016 at 06:26

    Before I try and sleep I have to say really quickly that I love her outfit this morning for their safari. It appears to be comfortable which is a plus and it is not the skinny jeans she usually chooses. Just another small step out of her box, or a tiny toe over the line to check the temperature of the water. You can tell the flying, jet lag and busy itenirary are catching up with them a bit. Catherine looks a little tired this morning. Beautiful but tired. I would look far worse after all the miles they have clocked in the last couple days.

    Also, I would like to thank evryone for the prayers and kind thoughts, as well as your support the last few days. The surgery went well but there were issues with my anesthesia and pain control so I am having a bit of a rough patch still but chatting with you lovely ladies, readings replies from long time lurkers, or new readers, helps give me something to focus on. I know we have never met in real life but I feel like I "know" some of you because of how long you've been posting.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 07:32

      So great that the surgery went well! Too bad you're having a bit of issues, but hope it clears away soon :) Great that our ramblings can keep you entertained!! :D

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    2. Courtney, it will get better. God bless you.

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    3. Tedi in California13 April 2016 at 08:12

      So glad you are on the mend. We all have been thinking of you.
      Tedi

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    4. Theresa, from Paris13 April 2016 at 08:27

      Take care, Courtney ! Wishing you a good recovery with less pain !

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    5. Get well soon Courtney!

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    6. I'm so glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are on the way to recovery. Hopefully this will be the worst of it for you and you will speed through the rest of it.

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    7. Courtney, it's good to hear from you, and I enjoyed reading your take on the tour so far. I hope your pain is under control soon and your recovery is swift.

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    8. Courtney, I'm glad you are on the mend and that the comments here as well as the superlative blog Charlotte produces is giving you pleasant distraction from the pain of surgery and recovery. Best wishes for your continued strengthening and return to health.

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    9. Hope your pain is under control soon....speedy recovery :-)

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  9. Absolutely love this look on her!

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  10. She looks so tired in the first couple of photos but then seems to perk up. Don't blame her--what a tour they have been doing. I really don't get the "disrespect" angle of having a short your. As I mentioned earlier, Royal tours are expensive to begin with and with the extra security over ISIS, I will have mixed feelings by the end of this week--sad that we won't have daily doses of W & K anymore but glad that they got through it safely.

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    1. I think the tour is just the right length. It suits the style of the 21st century - jam packed suiting the 24 hour news cycle but not too long for media fatigue to set in and something else new to take over.

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    2. I agree Alimai.

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  11. Your updates are Amazing! Great job !!!!

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  12. This is the type of outfit she should have worn when she was playing cricket and soccer not that dress. Nice casual look on the duchess here and I love those earrings thanks Charlotte

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  13. Finally a break from the navy and black skinny jeans. Are you sure this is the khaki color cuz in some pics it looks black. The duchess looks a bit tired but hope they both had a great safari ride in such a beautiful park.

    Here's an interesting article that the famous Indian columnist wrote today in NDTV

    http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/thank-you-kate-for-not-wearing-a-sari-1394708?pfrom=home-lateststories

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  14. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2016 at 07:15

    What a great experience for them!

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  15. Love the pants! I almost bought a very similar style of jeans myself.

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  16. The poor things! It clearly took them a minute to work up to wide smile mode. I'll bet they would have welcomed a few more hours of sleep followed by a leisurely hour with the papers and coffee. I don't know about other people, but day 4 of any journey involving significant time zone changes always gets me. Makes me slower than slug bait.

    Can't wait to wake up to the rest of their day. (It's 11:28 PM in my Pacific Daylight Time Zone.)

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    1. I agree Philly, I think they may have hit a wall, not surprisingly! They did look a little serious or almost annoyed in the first snaps, I thought maybe they were just getting some serious/safety instructions and were paying attention... but they may have hit the wall and needed a few minutes to rebound :)

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  17. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2016 at 07:51

    God, those two are so cute! They truly are adorable together! I can't belive they've been married 5 years this months and been together for god knows how long! Very, very sweet!

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  18. hmm great experience on them I think they have lot of coffee and espresso in on their way hmm great she look beautiful but tired but I think she hide it love the look on her im sure she get more beautiful photos their some nature stuff hmm charlotte get plenty sleep after these tour or holiday with mr charlotte I a lot herbal tea im sure your hubby splurge you with care and back and body massage

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    1. I really like that scarf. I like the color and the hint of lace. I like her frilly blouse against the backdrop of the outdoors. I think she wore this blouse in Canada.

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  19. I don't know how W & C are literally not falling asleep bc of the jet lag and relentless schedule. They look tired but honestly, I'd be demolished (even if everything is so overwhelmingly stimulating and fun; hard to fall asleep between the excitement and the exhaustion.) Love their outfits. HRH C of D looks so fresh and pulled together, even if a little tire. Thanks Charlotte! Apropos, I'm up really late finishing up some assignments. Arghhh. I wish I had a Safari to go on tomorrow (other than the safari of everyday life...ha!). Silvia

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  20. I love this as the first photo I thought ahah that looks like a mum who just had 2 big nights out! Tired. But still lovely. She has done well 3 days FULL on; must be lovely for them to be in nature now.
    Theresa Australia

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  21. Looks like William has a new pair of shades. Thank goodness!

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  22. I'm not sure what the "we're all safe" comment is meaning or implying or how it's romantic. Could someone explain? Safe without seat belts? Safe without bullet proof glass/ open air? It sounds like they lip read one sentence of a private conversation and make no sense to me.

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    1. It was out of context but still gave an indication that they are definitely aware of how vulnerable they can be when out and about, especially during a publicized tour like this, and today going into "the wild". (not speaking anything bad over them, btw).
      I think they think about that more now because they have children to raise.

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    2. They are vunerable every single day

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    3. maybe she was referring to the earthquake that happened near there while they were at the park.

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  23. Sharyn from AUS13 April 2016 at 10:06

    I hope we get to see some of Kate's photos from this trip. She has a great eye for photography

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    1. That would be so nice, or maybe an exhibition of her photos as a charity fundraiser.

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    2. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Or even sale of prints for a charity.

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    3. Courtney from NC14 April 2016 at 01:25

      That would be a lovely idea. An art exhibition of the photos taken by Catherine during the tour to benefit the areas visited. I am not sure if she had the chance to photograph anything at other engagements in India but the private even could have provided many wonderful photos that show the truth of these children's circumstances and help raise money and awareness.

      Or a more generalized exhibition with an array of photos taken by Catherine benefiting EACH or one of her patronages.

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    4. BECCA, did you get that? :)
      An art exhibition of Kate's photos for charity.

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  24. Love this outfit! I totally just bought those jeans at zara.com after seeing this post ;)

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  25. i really like this look love the scarf and they do look really tired if i would have done what they have in such a short period of time i would be in a coma no matter how much coffee was put in front of me. you'll have a great day.

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  26. Nice to see a nod to an Aussie brand and another commonwealth nation, particularly given my disappointment at the few Aussie brands she wore when they visited downunder.

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  27. Sarah Maryland USA13 April 2016 at 10:33

    I was following the royal reporters on Twitter and they were reporting that at 6 am the temp. Was already 82 degrees! And Kate still doesn't sweat
    I like the top and jeans and agree with other posters when I'm glad that those old Navy Zara jeans didn't make an appearance
    However, if I were Kate and since it was so early I'm not going to judge her for not styling her hair...she shouldve just put it into a nice ponytail or something

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  28. Wonder if those pants are Pippa's as I've seen pics of her wearing either the same style or the same pants. Anyway.....off to a great start this morning! I love all the prints the DoC has been wearing and hope this trend continues at home.

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    1. I think Pippa did wear the exact same kind of pant. I knew I had seen them before.

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    2. Pippa's are very similar, but grey with a diamond pattern on the knees from French Connection. She's worn them a bunch.

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  29. Really like the jeans - especially the knee detail, so appropriate, for a safari. William looks great as well in his casual gear. Have we an id on the scarf? These are also important issues today even though it is a fun trip. If the poaching is not stopped there will be no animals left for us to view in the wild, which would be tragic. For those of you who have instagram willbl is a photographer well worth a follow. He photographs mainly wild life and his images are incredible.I am only mentioning this to reinforce how tragic it will be if the poaching is not stopped.

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  30. Not a of fan of the pants but Woohoo who cares no blue skinnny jeans. Love that her hair looks like she just rolled out of bed!

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  31. Thanks for a marvellous "guilty pleasure" i.e. having a peek at work :-).

    I just have to say; Kate makes some slightly odd choices at times. She either looks mumsy in wedges (yes, they are probably practical, but so are the really stylish flats she wore the other day) OR like a 20-year-old in jeans so skinny that nothing is left to the imagination. This is a tour, not the school run.

    Otherwise, the outfits are OK, but so far the tour is a bit ... flat. Sorry about that, but looking adoringly at William making a speech isn't enough for me. Grab the michrophone, girl, and say a few words.

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  32. I agree with the other posters, the late night, 4 days on tour are looking like they are taking their tool on this early morning for them. But wow, what an amazing time on safari they had and I'm so glad that they saw some animals. You never know what you will see. Most of the time when I go to zoos and such I only see the rears of most of them. ;-) Seeing them out in nature has always been a dream of mine and definitely safari is on the bucket list higher up than it was before.

    I love Catherine's outfit today. I hope we get some good repli-Kates for that shirt because it is super cute. I would also love to know where she got her scarf. She is going to have an amazing collection of them when she returns home from this trip. They have received so many beautiful ones that I hope we get to see them again.

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  33. These pants are the first thing of Kate's that I've immediately set out to purchase. She has looked fantastic this whole trip, though, I have to say. Unfortunate that most of these boho-style clothes will never see the light of day again once she returns to England.

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  34. Tick offs after day 1, 2 & 3 and morning of day 4 :)

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

    bonus:

    x very good blend with the colours of the floor, surroundings - 1,4,9
    x literally local designer - 2
    x beautiful blend of feminine and (ethnic) chic casual – 2,(6),8,9
    x beautiful wedges - 2,8
    x very affordable earrings – 2,6
    x parallels between pre-tour reception and dress – 2,7
    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 - 1,2,4,5,(6),7,8,9
    (slowly but steadily increasing quality of the up dos – 3,7)
    x very honorable mention - The Duke of C - 2,3,5,6,7,8,9

    :)

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  35. Kate, Texas, USA13 April 2016 at 14:22

    What an fantastic day and experience! Will and Kate are adorable together! They are holding up well despite the hectic schedule. I hope they have found some special moments as a couple over the past few days but especially after today's engagements.

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  36. Nam from India,
    You have a beautiful country. Now you can include this in your memorable description of parts of India.

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  37. She looks great! So happy it's a different combination from the usual skinny blue jeans, wedges and striped top which appears to have been permanently retired (yay). Commiserating with previous anon that all these great new looks probably won't ever reappear in Britain. Maybe her clothing choices will have a little more personality from now on though.

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  38. I actually bought these exact pants (in black) for my daughter last Christmas. My daughter's style is kind of artsy and edgy, so these are definitely pants I did not expect to see on Kate! I do like them very much, however, I agree with Sara from Canada, a cropped, slim fitting (but not tight) khaki, similar to what Diana wore, would be more appropriate, not to mention flattering. And no, I didn't grow up when jeans were stiff and boxy (I think that was the 40's and 50's!). My sisters, friends and I used to have to lie down in order to get our jeans zipped up!

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    1. Sara from Canada13 April 2016 at 21:06

      Ha, that made me laugh! True enough; it was tough to get some jeans on in our day:)
      Pam, I think you hit the nail; these jeans are channelling an edgy and artsy vibe (and I do love them!) but more appropriate for another scene than a high exposure event for a duchess--especially given what we have seen Indian women wearing in pics (and what I witnessed when I was in India).

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  39. She gave up on the mini butterfly clips in her hair (put them in her zipper pocket or did she hand them to William to hold? LOL--and it looks like her natural waves were showing. =) No need to do "much" on such an outting for sure--totally casual. Bet they've been skyping with their kids!

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  40. Wonderful memories they are creating for each other and the world!! They are so cute together! Kate and Will both look great. I love her ensemble today- chic, classic and comfy.

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  41. Hi Charlotte / everyone. What a tour so far! Charlotte you're doing an AMAZING job!! Thank you :-) Quick question - has anyone identified the scarf HRH wore in the morning on safari? It's stunning!

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    1. Scarf is Flora Garments 'Indian Embroidered Stole' which is "hand woven and embroidered in Kashmir, India" according to WKW.
      It's beautiful.

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    2. Thanks 20:57.

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  42. I should also mention too, to agree with a previous poster who said the pants are too youthful for Kate, that the daughter that I bought them for is 21.

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    1. Too youthful... I don't think so, this is the sort of think all the mummies wear to drop offs and pick ups at my daughters (Miss 6 and Miss 5) very conservative school and the majority of them are older then HRH. I have the same pair in suede, they are really easy to wear and very comfortable. My the Duchess looks amazing in jeans..

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    2. Pam, I had to grin, when I read your comment. I wear skinny jeans with pleasure to different occasions, and I'm 58. And a lot of women in my environment wear them too, although some of us may not have such a pretty bum like Kate.

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    3. Love your comments Mrs Mac & franziska - they made me smile. I agree there's nothing wrong with the jeans & the Duchess does look amazing in them. My gran says that they're quite modest compared with the tight, short shifts that Princess Anne wore as a young woman - she saw her when she came out to Australia with the Queen.

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  43. Awwww, they looked so sleepy when they arrived. They've been so busy, I'm glad they can rest this evening. At least that's what their schedule appears to show.

    LOVE the new jeans. Adorable. And nobody wears skinny jeans like Kate! Perfect outfit for safari. William looked great too!

    I can't imagine what their experience on safari must have been like, especially when the rhino blocked the road. I hope Kate got some great photos for their family album.

    Thanks Charlotte! Another wonderful post!

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  44. Anonymous in Colorado13 April 2016 at 16:20

    So glad that they get to soak in the natural surroundings today! I have total Duchess bum envy ;-) Am I allowed to say that?!

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    1. Charlotte,

      Are you having as much fun doing the blog as we are reading it?????

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    2. *in reading it

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    3. It is splendid fun. It's been a lovely tour. I'm very much looking forward to Bhutan today :)

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  45. Hello! Do you know the exact pair of Wayfarer that Kate owns?

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  46. Looked like a great outing for them and they appeared to truly love it - I would love to go on a safari. But I am astounded by her outfit and that so many liked it. Her shirt didn't go with the pants AT ALL. And the loafer didn't make any sense to me with the pants or the outing. Each piece of her outfit was a totally different style.

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  47. I don't love this pant. I think something straight leg, or even a fun colored ankle pant would have been a bit classier. These are so tight. - American Anglophile

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  48. Thank you for the detailed post! I really liked the top, but am not too sure of the super skinny jeans. The temperature at Kaziranga is close to 80 degrees, wouldn't wearing a form fitting pair of jeans like that be really uncomfortable?

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  49. Thank you for the detailed post! I really liked the top, but am not too sure of the super skinny jeans. The temperature at Kaziranga is close to 80 degrees, wouldn't wearing a form fitting pair of jeans like that be really uncomfortable? Just my thoughts... And is it my feeling or does Kate look sleepy in the first couple of pics? 😊

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  50. I was hoping for something like her Borneo look with the slim cargos - those pants I wanted - but I think this outfit is fine. I don't personally like these pants, though I think that's more due to the color than the style, and I'm not keen on this particular pairing of the edgier moto look with the ruffled top and boat shoes, but I don't think what she was wearing for this engagement mattered that much. It was appropriate for what she was doing. Exciting to see the animals!

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  51. Gosh what another Amazing Day & Gosh what Tiny little Hips She has!:0 I absolutely love the photo of Catherine hugging the village girl, but I think it is the photo where they both have pulled back a bit from their initial hug, yet are still holding one another's arms as they look into one another's face with smiles that will become Iconic! I think if there was just one photo in all the world to sum Catherine up, it would be that photo! She has "The Touch" & "Grace" as if you know that She was born to hold this role & to leave her imprint on The World:)

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  52. I also have somehow stumbled upon various video clips of the Tour & have enjoyed them immensely. One thing I have noticed, & it is apparent watching her move in various dresses with no collar, during various events, this business some have mentioned about her "hunching" posture? I wonder if it's just the way she is aging..I Know, she's only in her 30's but I'm not entirely sure that it's her actually having bad posture, as much as if may just be her physiology? I haven't noticed it in Carole or Pippa, but it does remind me of that of various women in my family who are slender & lovely, but have this curve where the upper back/shoulder area meets the base of the neck? At first I just thought people were being picky, but now I've seen it myself consistently in various settings & with the dresses she's wearing on This Tour not having set collars & with her hair up more, it's a tad more noticeable. Hopefully its just good old fashion needing to improve one's posture (which we all can do to avoid back problems). Of course it could never detract from her Beauty inside & out.:) Oh & I loved coming across pics of her on stage with William at The Gala, when she was wearing the JP Gown without the shawl. Striking! I am sure we will see it again! :)

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  53. Charlotte, your coverage is wonderful. Looks like they had a fantastic day in the park. Seeing in person, what is being done to preserve wildlife, must be inspiring to both of them. I think Catherine has done an excellent job in selecting a wardrobe for the trip especially in light of the weather and the variety of settings. I agree with those who think today's outfit looked great and with the "bum envy" comment:) I kind of wish the comment section could be divided into two. One for the inevitable and tiresome "matronly, lazy, hate the hair" comments. And the other for the constructive comments.

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  54. I really like today's look - it was the perfect mix of style and comfort. I would imagine they would want to be as comfortable as possible for the safari tour and this fits the bill.

    As someone who also takes photos as a hobby, I hope that at some point, some of the photos taken by Kate are released. I think you can learn a lot about a photographer by the way they take photos and how they show their subjects in them. It would be an excellent way to raise money for a charity of her choosing or even just to share a piece of her personal viewpoint on the world.

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  55. The beauty and gentle face of that tiger is adorable and hugable except until safety can be threatened.

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  56. I like the wooden chairs W&K are sitting in at one point. I wonder if those are locally made. What a beautiful area. The little rhinos look as if they are wearing armor.

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  57. Sorry didn't like the jeans or the shirt! Liked the scarf and loved that she wore the Sebago bala shoes again. These shoes are so comfy, I'm not surprised she keeps wearing them!

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