Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Duchess Kate in Glittering Green Jenny Packham Gown for Pakistan Monument Reception

A glittering evening reception at the iconic Pakistan Monument in Islamabad completed the second day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official visit to the country.


I'm sure many of you were interested to know if the tour would include a black-tie event. When the schedule was released this morning, reporters described the dress code as "glamorous". I knew we could expect sartorial delights for the event and the Duchess Duke didn't disappoint. That's right, William got the memo and surprised us all, stepping out in a traditional sherwani by Naushemian. We've seen an abundance of sartorial diplomacy from Kate; perhaps she suggested William demonstrate a fashionable tribute :)


The Duchess didn't scrub up too badly either :)


A stylish entrance by the couple as they arrived in a traditional rickshaw.


The day saw the Duke and Duchess visit Model College for girls, where they learned about a programme attracting teachers to tackle the alarming number of girls leaving school. From there, they joined in nature activities at the scenic Magalla Hills. In the afternoon, William and Kate met with President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi at the Presidential Palace and joined Prime Minister Imran Khan for lunch.


The Pakistan Monument provided a stunning backdrop for the event. Located on the western Shakarparian Hills, it was built to symbolize the unity of Pakistan's people. It's dedicated "to those who sacrificed their today for a better tomorrow".


The monument arches.


ITV's Lizzie Robinson noted the monument is based on a lotus flower with each petal representing a different province of Pakistan. Below, a closer look at the scene tonight.


Hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, the event celebrated the UK's links with the country. Guests included well-known faces from arts, music, culture, influential figures and members of government.


In a detailed speech, William praised the relationship between the United Kingdom and Pakistan: "We share unique bonds and so it will always be in our best interests for Pakistan to succeed. Not least because of the 1.5 million people living in the UK with Pakistani origin and the fact that the UK is one of the biggest investors in Pakistan's economy. You can always rely on the UK to keep playing an important role as a key partner and friend." William also paid tribute to Pakistan's "unbelievably diverse geography that spans deserts to glaciers and everything in between".


William's speech in full:

'Ladies and gentlemen, it is our great pleasure to join you here this evening on our first official visit to Pakistan. Already, Catherine and I have been honoured by the hospitality you have shown us, and we have certainly managed to make our way through a record breaking amount of food so generously offered by our hosts.
I would like to begin by saying bahut shukriya to you all for making us so welcome in your country. Stood here with this magnificent monument behind me, I am struck by the great strides Pakistan has made since its birth seventy-two years ago.
The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, The Queen, first visited over half a century ago. Looking out, one would have seen the beginnings of a city under construction, yet to become the great capital that it is today.
And with successive visits by my mother and my father, this view has continued to change, with the city constantly growing and with it my family's affection for Pakistan.
This is the world's sixth largest country by population. It has an unbelievably diverse geography that spans deserts to glaciers and everything in between. It is the birth place of the youngest ever Nobel peace prize winner. And I am told that it hosts not just the second highest mountain in the world, but also its highest cash machine!
It is also home to one of the youngest populations in the world, with an average age of just 24 – almost half that of the UK.
In a public school not far from where we gather this evening, Catherine and I saw young children learning and playing, aided by an inspiring teacher, trained through the Teach for Pakistan programme. We spoke with ambitious young women finishing their schooling and planning for university and work. As Muhammed Ali Jinnah said, 'No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men'.
It was good to hear from President Alvi and Prime Minster Khan, earlier today that education will continue to be an important priority for Pakistan. We also saw the brilliant work taking place in the Margalla Hills, where young children were being taught the importance of protecting and caring for the world around them.
The education of Pakistan's next generation will be the key that turns the country's growing population into an engine of growth and helps unlock this country's enormous potential. A rapidly growing population presents you with an enormous opportunity, but also significant challenge.
The UK and Pakistan share unique bonds and so it will always be in our best interests for you to succeed. Not least because of the 1.5 million people living in the UK with Pakistani origin and the fact that the UK is one of the biggest investors in your economy.
You can rely on us to keep playing an important role as a key partner and your friend. Delivering a future where Pakistan's great potential can be realised will not be easy or without sacrifice. For a country so young, Pakistan has endured many hardships, with countless lives lost to terror and hatred. Tonight I want to pay tribute to all those who have endured such sacrifice and helped to build the country that we see today.
Whether in Pakistan or the UK or elsewhere on our planet, we face shared global challenges. The effects of climate change threaten the present and the future, and therefore demand a concerted effort by everyone.
In Pakistan, your spectacular glaciers – and those of the wider Hindu Kush-Himalaya region – serve as a critical water store for a quarter of a billion people; and over 1.6 billion people rely on the great rivers that flow from the mountains in this part of the world.
Yet, because the effects of global warming at altitude, a one and a half degree Celsius temperature increase overall could mean warming of over two degrees Celsius for northern Pakistan's highest mountains. This could lead to a loss of over a third of these vital glaciers in less than a century, with enormous impacts not only on the availability of water, but on agriculture and hydropower generation.
Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages. I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.
Ladies and gentlemen, given the scale and complexities of the challenges that future generations will face, it is clear that we all need to work together. And whether it's this generation or the next, I know that the UK and Pakistan will continue to exemplify the very best in international cooperation.
Yes, the challenges ahead are great. But we cannot be daunted, nor distracted. Instead we should draw strength from our shared bonds and heed the words of Muhammed Ali Jinnah as we do so, 'My message to you all' he said 'is of hope, courage, and confidence'. 

When it comes to the Queen of Evening Wear in Kate's rotation of favoured designers, the crown always goes to Jenny Packham in my opinion. Tonight the British designer outdid herself, creating a sparkling emerald gown with long scarf detail in reference to the traditional Dupatta. It commands attention - literally shimmering in every photo.


Katie noted the gown appears to be a custom version of the Georgia style. The £3,640 sequin dress is from the Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection and described as: "Fitted with a tailored waistline which is further accentuated with a row of crystals, the utterly feminine design is dripping in head-to-toe sequins, delivering an audacious amount of unapologetic glamour."


For a red carpet Bollywood gala during the 2016 India tour, Packham created a show-stopping sapphire blue piece with intricate beading. The look remains a tour favourite and I suspect tonight's look will join that category.


Kate teamed the dress with a pair of Jimmy Choo Mimi Sandals (with thanks to Innominate93). The £575 wrap around shoes are described: "The intertwined ankle strap twists twice around the foot to create the illusion of volume and then meets in a delicate metal buckle fastening."


The UFO No More team discovered Kate's statement earrings were custom made in Pakistan by Chelsea-based boutique O'nitaa London. They have been a leading player in the south Asian luxury couture industry for a decade.


O'nitaa stock Maheen Khan designs and it turns out Kate's team discovered her work through the store. More from Harper's Bazaar:

'Khan also spoke out about being chosen by the duchess. She revealed that the royal's style team first spotted her designs at O'nitaa in London. "They are a very savvy team of young stylists and they picked up some clothes to show them to the Duchess and then, reached out to me,"

Meanwhile, once the reporters returned to their hotel, guests had one fashion moment on their mind...




If you missed today's engagements in Islamabad, please click here to catch up.


Once again, we won't know William and Kate's itinerary until tomorrow morning, however I understand they are visiting Lahore. What do you think of day two?

113 comments:

  1. They both look STUNNING! Day one has not disappointed!

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  2. Oh my... they look fantastic. Gives me goosebumps!

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  3. What a beautiful venue! Jenny Packham delivers another stunning gown and Kate wears it so beautifully. Her dress, earrings, hair and makeup- I love it all.

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  4. Absolutely wow. Love it 😍. They both look amazing. What a lovely couple.

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  5. Completely obsessed!!! Kate is gorgeous and I love this green with her dark hair. And how she and William are coordinated but not matchy...and pulling up in the rickshaw...C'MON!! So so so perfect.

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  6. I feel like a proud auntie! They have grown into their roles so beautifully. Marvelous representatives of the Queen. They are heavy hitters now, no doubt.

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  7. Kate looks utterly stunning and William looks really dashing! I am speechless! Fantastic start to this tour so far :)

    Love Avee in SA

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    1. They are such a handsome couple inside & out, but they are really packing a Wow tonight!! Glamorous & Next Level Stunning!!

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    2. You are right Becca USA, a 'new next level'stunning is a great description....Cambridge 2.0 if you will, or maybe 10.0!!! William's speech is outstanding...."hope, courage, and confidence"!! Love the Cambridge's, love the message, love the tour!! cc

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  8. Kate looks perfect :)

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  9. William has been killing it recently in terms of style. His suits are always impeccable and his posture and demeanor are so elegant and regal. But this is a new level of hotness! So glad to see him like this, and I have to add that he looks hot.
    Kate’s dress is to die for. And their arrival is iconic, well done!

    Looking forward to reading their interactions with guests to the reception.

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    1. They are both the epitome of royal elegance. LOVE both looks, Kate is absolutely stunning and dressed impeccably, but William has knocked it out and has definitely upped his style game. I love that they are experiencing Pakistan and not just Pakistan experiencing them! Love the arrival!! Everything about this tour seems like a turning point for the Cambridges in terms of the next level of their royal role. cc

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    2. Agree -- he looks amazing. His shoes too! So complimentary to Pakistan! They both look beautiful.

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    3. P.S. Loved that Kate turned and thanked the driver, the look of pride on his face says it all. William and Kate are not only elegant and royal, but gracious as well. cc

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    4. Anon, I just left a response above using that exact term... "Next Level"!! :) xx

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    5. CeCeUSA, you have said so perfectly what I've been feeling yet I could not find the words! Thank you! :) xx

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  10. Absolutely beautiful, and William is pretty stunning, too! To think I was going to comment that I liked his shoes earlier -- and now this. :) The gown's color is just stunning and I hope Kate wears more like this back in the UK.

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  11. Oh my word. Could their arrival and evening looks be more glamorously fitting?

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  12. Wow Kate looks absolutely stunning Love how Kate & William are coordinated Love everything about their first day Really proud if these two Someone has already said it how well they are representing the queen Fabulous couple always looking so engaged in each event just perfect xx

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    1. Zora from Prague15 October 2019 at 19:56

      +1, Gill! UK has fantastic representatives in them. (Envy! 🙃)

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  13. Thanks Charlotte, for your wonderful coverages. And thanks to the readers for taking the words right from my mouth! Nothing more to say.

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  14. They are both magnificent. A true King and Queen. Love the colors.

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  15. NOW, that is definitely a dress!!!

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  16. Tammy from California15 October 2019 at 16:17

    OH MY GA’!!!!! S T U N N I N G!!

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  17. This is just stunning. Just stunning.

    Catherine looks absolutely smashing in this color green.

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  18. Perfect--I like the transport too.
    I wonder if their children are allowed to watch them on the TV--do hope so.

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  19. This might be one of my favorite Kate evening gowns. Just stunning. Love the dark hair and the half-up do. But most of all love them arriving in the rickshaw. Showing a real nod to everyday Pakistani culture and not just the most bedazzled elite events.

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  20. Caroline in Montana15 October 2019 at 16:30

    I agree with William looking particularly good these days:) he seems more relaxed or something I cant quite put my finger on it! love both of their looks for evening reception but my first thought was they do not match, but after thought maybe that is a good thing, not so matchy matchy?! lovely first day. I loved all their looks and just love how they are so confident and so well matched to each other.

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    1. They definitely compliment each other and not just in style!! cc

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    2. Caroline, I'm right there with you! We chat a lot about how Kate has hit her stride, but so has William. The change or evolution in them both, as individuals & together is palpable! :) xx

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    3. I agree 100% gals. They have settled into their roles just beautifully, relaxed, confident, to say nothing of gorgeous! Holy cow.

      My only gripe is why William didn't go to the other side of the ricksaw (it brought me back to the circus clown car - lol) to help Kate out of the car.

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    4. Caroline in Montana15 October 2019 at 20:05

      Rita, I wondered if it was because the cameras would have followed him to her side? I think she was on that side on purpose so they could not catch photos of her climbing out, which might have been a bit akward in that stunning dress!?! I have to say I liked the fact that once she came around she did not clutch at him. love how poised and confident she/they are and she doesn't have to cling to William.

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    5. Anne-Sophie de Paris15 October 2019 at 21:59

      Complètement d'accord avec vous.Rita
      William est plus réservé que Harry et ne laisse malheureusement pas transparaître ses sentiments.
      Ils sont fabuleux tous les deux.
      J'adore particulièrement la tenue de William. Je le trouve mieux que dans ses habituels costumes.

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  21. Nice to finally see the man wearing cultural dress! I feel like it's always on the women (Kate and Meghan) while the men just get to wear suits everywhere.

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    1. I wanted to say the same thing this morning when I commented on Kate’s nod to their hosts, why is it only expected of royal women, and here William proves me wrong.
      Havibg said that I can’t see William of 5 years ago wear something like this. It is part of feeling comfortable in his skin.

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    2. No more windsor blue suits?? He looks terrific.

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  22. Oh I just love this, they both look amazing.

    Nosipho- South Africa


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  23. They look fantastic!!! Gorgeous, elegant gown, beautiful color. They look like a fairytale couple, yet down to earth. How do they do that?

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  24. Rhonda - Wisconsin15 October 2019 at 16:56

    Ditto all of the above. I especially love that William is in traditional Pakistani dress as well. This tour so far is just awesome!!!

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  25. Whoa! This is glamourous indeed!

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  26. Renee from South Africa15 October 2019 at 17:15

    WOW! I just love every single outfit she has worn up to this point!!! (PERFECTION)

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  27. I think its too much green.

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  28. Theresa, from Paris15 October 2019 at 17:40

    Stunning outfits for both of them ! Gorgeous !

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  29. The driver looks so proud and happy. I bet those photos will be going in his family album.

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  30. This has to be one of Kate's best evening looks ever. It's a perfect color for her. Not wild about the hair and makeup but maybe it's just the unfortunate angle of her face in that photo. It's scary. William has gone full cultural appropriation and made it work, good for him. They look entirely regal and festive. The rickshaw seems like an bad idea, insensitive; and looking at the extravagant pavilion in a desperately poor country is awkward; but they can hardly offend their hosts.

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    1. I disagree. The security for this trip is off the charts. It would be a very bad look for them to constantly pull up in a limo dressed to the nines with security detail surrounding them. Them being driven in a rickshaw is part of the everyday Pakistani experience and it shows a sense of humor as well as modernization. I mean, could you imagine Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette being driven in a rickshaw?

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    2. Agree, Ivy. A lot of work was put into the art to decorate these rickshaws for this visit. It shows respect for their culture, and William and Kate look very comfortable arriving in it. I love it!

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    3. Caroline in Montana15 October 2019 at 19:43

      I'm gonna go out on a limb and say id just never, never call Kate's face scary?!?!?
      I thought the rickshaw was in keeping with their host country and insensitive at all, as the saying goes when in Rome…..

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    4. Caroline in Montana15 October 2019 at 19:43...I agree Caroline

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    5. Caroline, that's a good limb to go out on. Lol! I'm out there with you.

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    6. Why do you regard autorickshaws as insensitive? It provides work and transport for many?

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    7. Susan in Florida16 October 2019 at 20:32

      gerybirdk , I’m saying this in the spirit of giving everyone some information: It is not appropriation. When a diplomatic invitation is issued, it will say if men may wear traditional/native dress or if it is the required dress for the occasion. This applies to hosts and guests. On such occasions it is a compliment to the host nation to wear it, especially when the National colors are used. I’ve been to such occasions in Kuwait, Oman and Jordan. My husband has worn a dishdasha and guhtrah in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. In Oman he wore a kumma hat with his dishdasha and his hosts were delighted. I wore a beautiful embroidered darra in Kuwait once. It was very comfortable , and my hosts considered it an act of respect .

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  31. Natasha Archer needs a raise 😂😂 the looks on this tour have been on point and fantastic

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  32. Hubba, Hubba!!! They Look Like Movie Stars!!! :) xx

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  33. Wow look at them!!! Beautiful! Stunning! Perfect!!!! 😍

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  34. I so appreciate that Kate is wearing these lovely earrings rather than the usual jewels. Frankly, I've seen jewels on the RF members and just love these inexpensive earrings that Kate is wearing (and Meghan recently wore). And I thought she did well to get out of the rickshaw in that long gown by herself. :)

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    1. Caroline in Montana15 October 2019 at 19:45

      I was thinking that too about the exit from the rickshaw, I'm sure that's why she was on that side, so no photographers could catch her climbing out. and I'm sure why William didn't go around to get her, they would have just followed him!

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    2. Susan In Florida16 October 2019 at 20:01

      For security , he has his protection officers and she has hers. At a high profile event requiring security, you will never see them get out in on the same side of any mode of transportation. In some situations they will not be allowed to open a car door, the security officer will do it.

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  35. Can I just say that recently I've realized how Amazing Kate looks in the colors Dark Emerald Green, Burgundy &/or plum! :)

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  36. Kate looks stunning! This is a beautiful dress in her best colour. And it’s her usual style, so can be worn again in the UK.
    But my winner here is definitely William. FINALLY, a man doing local dress and totally nailing it. He looks hot:-)

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  37. I know it's not a competition.... I used to look at the other Royal Ladies from the other countries & pine for the day when Kate moved up in position & duty.... I just feel like she has just evolved to Top Of The Heap!! She's Amazing Inside & Out! :) xx

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  38. Becca USA, absolutely!

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  39. Wow! Totally love Kate’s look tonight.
    With all the blink blink elements, the colour and the style, she totally rock it!

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  40. Yes, William, yes! Finally, you get *it*. You are royal, you are not like the rest of us, you get to have serious fun with your job. Your mother understood that, Camilla understands, your dad knows this, Phillip, the Queen, Anne, Ed — they all get it. There is indeed a difference between you and the rest of us — embrace it, enjoy it and use it for good. It is absolutely ok to be who you are. Lead the way, William. You are ready.

    Your lovely wife has known it all along, too. What a treasure you found in her! Such elegance and joy!
    Not certain how they can top this, but I am looking forward to more,
    Smiles smiles smiles

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  41. They have definitely stepped into their “future King and Queen” roles this tour! They both look fabulous. Love that William is taking a fashion risk! No boring basic suit tonight!

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  42. Beautiful dress. She looks spectacular in it. Hair looks wonderful. Both she and William look great. I am not usually a blingy dress person but this one is beautifully done. Love the cut and it appears to be beautifully fitted.

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  43. Kate anc William rocking it. Absolute credit to Queen and country. Love them💕

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  44. I just thought of a question maybe somebody knows the answer:

    Will Kate have to walk 2 steps behind William when he becomes King? She and William and Charles and Camilla for that matter seem to be always side by side. I believe that will change when William ascends the throne?

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    1. If you look closely, she is most of the time half a step behind him, and he always greet people first. It was noticeable when they walked down the stairs from the plane. She made sure to walk one step from him

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  45. William stole the show!

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  46. Wow!!! Gorgeous couple. I’m very impressed with the Duke of Cambridge. He got “out of the box“ with his fashion this evening. I LIKE IT!!!! Thank you, Charlotte. Looking forward to the full post.

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  47. We always say about Kate's looks but tonight Duke and Duchess create a outstanding combination together. They look absolutely fabulous. Again it's of course hue of green.Emerald matches perfectly with her dark hair and green eyes.
    I'm impressed how Duchess pays a homage for Pakistan but also keeps her own style.

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  48. Wonderful scenes and again, William looks great!! I love Kate's hair half up and her earrings look beautiful, although even the closeup makes it hard to tell which jewels are involved. I so remember the blue gown -- really beautiful!

    Thank you, Charlotte, for double duty!

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  49. I just noticed something. Kate is wearing bright toe polish tonight. Wasn't that one of the no-nos? I thought the Queen had a rule against it or something.

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    1. I don’t think there are actually as many “rules” as one might think.

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    2. I think it’s only a rule when one does not like the person wearing it. 😉

      In all seriousness, I do not think that is a rule. There have been pictures of all royal ladies, including HM wearing dark colors. They just don’t do it regularly. Due to personal preference or to avoid the appearance of being someone who is doing things like weekly nail appointments, I cannot say. Personally, I am lazy and don’t want to deal with the upkeep.

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  50. Good Job William! He was the super surprise of the night! And Kate looked gorgeous! Love the earrings!!XOXO

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  51. All her outfits so far were stunning, what a great start for this tour!


    Silvia

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  52. I have always thought and commented here that Kate looks fantastic in green. So I’m loving this gown!

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  53. Kate looks hot hot hot wow she is so beautiful

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  54. Charlotte - thank you so much for your hard work. Between the time change and lack of information ahead of events this has to be very stressful.

    I’ve loved every outfit so far. I have not been to Pakistan, but in India it is absolutely appropriate for visitors/Westerners to wear local cultural dress, and I believe the people of Pakistan would feel the same.

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  55. I love love love Kate's green outfit choices today. What a stunning colour for her.

    Btw it seems I cannot find any blog posts for day 1 of the tour except the arrival at the airport. I can see all entries for day 2, but could someone please comment with a link to the post(s) for their engagements on day 1 (oct 14). Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hello Lilli,

      They arrived very late on day one, so we didn't see any engagements until Tuesday.

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  56. Kate keeps pushing the bar up! Another favourite look and so stunning. I was absolutely thrilled to see William’s sartorial choice as well. Charlotte, you always amaze me with the tour details and quick findings of what Kate is wearing. Thank you.

    I too agree with CeCe; the rickshaw driver is just thrilled and I’m sure he was touched that Kate thanked him.

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  57. What an amazing tour in Pakistan so far...William looking great and Kate looking absolutely stunning. I think she really has taken it up a notch with all her outfits for this tour.

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  58. What a gorgeous gown Kate is wearing (and William looks terrific and spoke well) but perhaps the 'star of the show' is the setting! Wow!

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  59. oh Charlotte i love william dress like local is a winner they both look lovely tonight

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  60. This emerald gown is magnificent, the colour is gorgeous on her. The long draped scarf finishes the gown off perfectly. The most stunning evening gown to date. The Duchess looks beautiful.

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  61. Gorgeous couple! Nice to see Wills get the awkward getting out of the vehicle photo instead of Kate (no one looks good in those photos).

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  62. Kate knocked it out of the park so far. My favorite is still the ombre outfit she wore off the plane, but all 3 of the outfits on this day 1 of the tour were wonderful.

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  63. Courtney from NC16 October 2019 at 06:14

    So far she has nailed every single look. They both look fantastic and more importantly they look relaxed, happy and interested in everything they are seeing and all the people they are meeting.

    Its becoming more and more obvious lately that both William and Kate are moving more toward their future roles when Charles becomes King and they have more responsibility within the Firm.

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  64. Charlotte thank you for these pictures I don't think I have ever seen Prince William looking so fine. RAWR RAWR. Kate was there.

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  65. The more & more we see Will & Kate soaring in their roles & with their future roles of increased importance in sight... I'm so so glad they had those early years to establish their life together as a couple & as a family with a bit of normalcy! It somewhat reminds me of the life that King George VI & his wife & daughters had before his brother's abdication, which changed their lives & paths forever. I think that is still held in HM's heart & she obviously cherished those early years in her own family & I believe that was what she wanted for William & Kate. Such a wise long game! :)

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  66. Kate's dress/look, the couples' ensembles & the combined glamorous effect, will now be my absolute favorite!! :) xx

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  67. Susan in Florida16 October 2019 at 20:10

    Both of them look great. I was wonderful to see William honor his hosts in traditional dress. I love this gown on the Duchess. Just stunning. They are doing a wonderful job in Pakistan. Charlotte, you are doing a wonderful job covering them. Thank you. I like that you changed the page graphics to green for this trip.

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