It's been an incredible first day in Bhutan for William and Kate. From their very warm welcome at Paro Airport, to meeting the King and Queen and enjoying an afternoon of archery and traditonal games, it's been another memorable day.
William and Kate were photographed leaving for the Palace. One onlooker noted: "Kate currently putting the finishing touches to her outfit before leaving." The Duke and Duchess travelled to where they dined with King Jigme and Queen Jetsun at Lingkana Palace.
Lingkana Palace is a residence of the King and Queen. The couple's son was born at the Palace in February. One doesn't have to be a special visitor to visit the Palace, as King Jigme invests quite a lot of his time inviting locals, members of the media and different groups to talk with him over tea. In 2011, more than 20,000 people were invited to the Palace.
Kensington Palace shared a photo of the Dzong lit up overlooking the Palace where the royals had dinner.
Bhutan has proven itself to be an enormously warm and welcoming country across the board. The King sent treats to journalists who are covering the tour - a very thoughtful gesture.
For Kate's fourth outfit of the day, she chose the Tory Burch Floral Mesh Gown. It is the second time the Duchess has worn the American designer today. The colourful gown is intricately embroidered with retro-inspired floral shades of sky-blue, orange, green and brown. The neckline is adorned with red-bead embellishments. The $1,495 dress is available in limited sizing at Net-A-Porter, Tory Burch and FarFetch.
More from the product description:
'Like a work of wearable art, our Floral Mesh Gown turns a classic column shape into a tapestry of colorful blooms and sculptural beading. This vintage-inspired design from our fashion show is embroidered with lustrous jewel-toned flowers, worked into graphic horizontal stripes. The pattern creates beautiful highs and lows in the fabric, lending a multi-dimensional quality to the look. A split neckline — embellished with tiny flame-shaped charms — sheer sleeves and high side slits give this brilliant dress a statement finish.'
The intricate beading and embroidery is quite striking.
Other pieces with the same print from the designer include the Embellished Embroidered Tulle Tunic and the knee length Floral Mesh Dress.
Coincidentally, actress Drew Barrymore wore the Tory Burch Floral Mesh Gown at the ASPCA 19th annual Bergh Ball in New York tonight.
Kate teamed the dress with an orange pashmina. Kate wore the £275 Basket Weave Pashmina by Pickett London (with thanks to Middleton Maven). The hand-woven silk and cashmere stole was hand-made in Nepal. It is a lovely addition to the look and the vibrant hue adds a nice pop of colour.
Kate teamed the dress with her Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle-Wrap Sandals.
A closer look at the shoes on Kate.
The Duchess is wearing the same gold earrings from this morning. A reader named Jayne kindly got in touch to let us know the earrings are Scottish brand Brora. The £39 Gold Charm Earrings are 22k gold plated brass with gold plated sterling silver hooks. Both Kate and Pippa have been fans of the brand for years.
In other news, there was a very sad development at Kaziranga National Park. Last night, poachers slaughtered a rhino just hours after the couple's visit. Kensington Palace released the following statement:
'The Duke and Duchess were angry to hear about the killing of this rhino during their visit. They hope their time in Kaziranga encourages others to support the brave rangers that are protecting animals that are so important to the communities that surround the national park.'
- Kate repeated two looks this morning at Guwahati and Paro airport. The post can be viewed here.
- It was a splendid afternoon as the couple took part in a procession, met The King and Queen and participated in local games such as archery. The post is here.
- The Duke and Duchess will undertake a six-hour hike to Paro Taktsang.
- Back in Thimphu that evening, the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception for British nationals in Bhutan and Bhutanese people with strong links to the UK.
See you tomorrow morning :)