Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Cambridges Visit The Mountainous Region of Chitral

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to the mountainous region of Chitral for the third day of their official visit to Pakistan. The visit focused on climate change and meeting as many people as possible. Kensington Palace told reporters to expect "a colourful and fun introduction to rural life", adding the couple "hope to shine a light on the very real consequences of global warming and its devastating effects on our planet."


Upon arrival at Chitral airport, the Hindu Khush, near the Afghan border, they were warmly greeted with traditional Chitrali hats, a coat and embroidered shawl. Rebecca English reports Kate said "It's amazing - all that embroidery".


They were retracing Diana's footsteps - something hosts had considered - presenting the Duke and Duchess with a book of photos from her visit to the region during her 1991 solo tour of the country. William looked through the pages and joked "The same hat". Kate added she thought it was "very special".

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It is the cap of the Chitral Scouts regiment of the Pakistan army. It's normally only worn by men, but exceptions are made for special guests in the country.


More from Hello!

'The mountainous province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been plagued by militant activity in recent years and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to some areas and all but essential travel to other parts around Chitral.'

From there, William and Kate walked on the northern tip of the Chiatibo Glacier in Broghil National Park.


It was an opportunity to see a melting glacier first-hand and the alarming effects of climate change.


The Telegraph reports:

'The Duke said communities “vulnerable to change” needed “more education, more awareness and political action”. “The young are starting to get engaged in it,” he said, adding that a “positive conversation” around climate change was required.
His background in geography, which he studied at the University of St Andrews , was also mentioned during the engagement with expert Dr Furrukh Bashir, as his wife teased him about his knowledge. 
The Duke said: “Dr Warren, my geography teacher, would be well impressed that I’m back at a glacier after all these years.” “I’ve been very impressed by William’s geography,” Kate replied.'

CNN reports:"Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a new study has revealed. Spanning 2,000 kilometers and harboring some 600 billion tons of ice, Himalayan glaciers supply around 800 million people with water for irrigation, hydropower and drinking. But they have been losing almost half a meter of ice each year since the start of this century - double the amount of melting that occurred between 1975 and 2000 - according to the Columbia University researchers behind the study."


What effect is it having on the ground? A profound one. Researchers say the glaciers are losing 8 billion tons of water a year - the equivalent of 3.2 million swimming pools every day. As the ice melts, it forms glacial lakes which can cause devastating floods.


With this in mind, the next engagement saw William and Kate visit Bumburet village which has been severely impacted by flash flooding.


They met people who lost their homes and farmlands during a particularly heavy spell in 2015. Often times, climate change is discussed as an issue for tomorrow. The reality is very much the opposite. The difficulty experienced in the area William and Kate visited is a mere glimpse into issues people all over the world are experiencing today.


They met a local Emergency Response team and watched them undertake a drill.


More from The Belfast Telegraph:

'The couple spoke with 28-year-old Diana – a young woman from the area who was named after William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Through a translator, it was explained after the duke and duchess had left that Diana’s grandmother travelled to Chitral to meet the princess during her visit in 1991.
“Princess Diana was visiting at around the time she was born, which is why she got named Diana,” the translator said. “And now her son is William. “Her grandmother went to meet Princess Diana in Chitral, her mum was unable to travel because she was expecting her.'

William told members of the media "We have seen around the world now, the young are getting very engaged with what's going on, I think it's fantastic we can come together and have a really good conversation about what we need to do and action needs to happen."


Their final engagement in Chitral took them to another village to learn about the Kalash people's traditions and heritage.


They were given traditional headwear.


It was a beautiful, vibrant welcome.


Reporter Chris Ship joined the couple. "The Kalash people are a non-Muslim minority population. In fact, their religion pre-dates Islam. They are culturally and ethnically distinct, descendants of Indo-Aryan tribes."


Chris Ship added: "The villagers are some of the nicest people you could meet".


Kate learned a few words in Kalasha.




Kate brought something special from home. More from People:

'The couple visited a village in the Chitral district on Wednesday, where Kate was spotted carrying her own camera. Kate has previously dubbed herself an “enthusiastic amateur photographer,” with her favorite subjects being her three children: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1. From birthday portraits to first day of school photos, Kate has been documenting all of her family’s big moments for years.'

Below, a segment of a very insightful article on the Kalash way of life and challenges ahead from Kohi Marri:

'The Kalash have withstood much persecution through the ages. At one point, they feared total annihilation at the hands of other communities, so they abandoned their villages and moved into caves for an unspecified period of time.
Weather has been their other big enemy. Winter is unforgiving in the high mountainous valleys of Chitral. The cold is worsened by incessant rain and landslides that force everyone indoors for months.
Tough physical conditions are only a part of the problems that local residents face. Healthcare facilities are non-existent and children walk on foot for many kilometres to attend school. They mostly survive on subsistence farming and livestock-rearing, but the two activities suffered a severe jolt due to heavy floods in 2010. The impact of the disaster is still visible in the shape of destroyed irrigation facilities and smashed bridges across streams.
Hussian says he has seen his valley change over the years. Roads, admittedly narrow and often dilapidated, have linked the Kalash region with the rest of Chitral and nearby districts of Dir, and then onwards to Peshawar and Islamabad. The availability of motor transport has allowed the Kalash to move to big cities, both for education and work. Their numbers in their own land, therefore, have been dwindling rapidly — from 50,000 or so back in the 1990s to around 4,100 now.'

A video from the visit.


My favourite photo from the day. It was a delight to see so many elements of Chitral.


The Duchess sported several separates including familiar pieces. Kate teamed a dark brown shirt with a tan midi-length skirt and a traditional scarf.


Following a great deal of investigative work, Bojana discovered Kate actually wore the chocolate Mint Velvet Utility dress. It's possible the piece has been altered to shirt length.


Kate wore her Really Wild Nubuck waistcoat, she's had the piece in her closet for several years.


And her Really Wild Seville boots.


The Duchess accessorised with Missoma Gold Zenyu earrings (with thanks to Emily). They retail for £115.

I don't know if William and Kate have an engagement tonight, if not, we'll see the couple in Lahore for a day of appearances tomorrow.

118 comments:

  1. oh god hate timezone i love her outfit

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  2. I like the almost themed days. Yesterday was all the official standard capital city stuff. Today seems to be climate change and rural areas.

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  3. Zora from Prague16 October 2019 at 09:40

    Kate looks great in the cap! I always think about how special and moving it must be for William to see her wear something reminiscent of Diana. This time, it feels quite strong. Almost like all of them being there together - somehow - despite the different time. I hope it makes sense, it's not easy to describe impressions.

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    1. The cap may b a gift from the people living in Chitral

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    2. I get exactly what you mean, Zora! It’s quite moving to see them tracing Diana’s footsteps.

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    3. It makes sense Zora, sometimes words don't say enough, but the moment says it all! It's very moving and can only imagine how William must feel....it makes me feel very proud for him. cc

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    4. I completely understand what you mean, Diana is very much a part of this tour!!

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    5. Yes!!! I felt the same!! xx

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  4. I actually dont like this at all. This looks like a costume, and to me has an "oh look at the locals, how dear?" Feel to it. I like donning the attire of a host country is fine but when it starts to look like a costume is when it gets cringeworthy and offensive. JMO. This is not a Halloween party.

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    1. From what I can tell - they were given the local dress for the occasion and only wore it for that. It doesn't appear they arrived in it.

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    2. They received the hats from the villagers they were visiting. I think that's a very special honor and not a costume party. I think her outfit was a great combination of dressy, but appropriate for hiking across glaciers. She's showing great respect for the culture she's visiting.

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    3. I am not clear if it is her skirt, boots and waistcoat that remind you of a Halloween party or the local touches that was gifted to her. If it was the first I don’t see it at all, if the latter, it would be rude to refuse gifts from her hosts.
      Yes they look kind of silly with their headgear and scarves etc, but you can just see on the local faces how much they love to dress them up.

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    4. I get that the hat was given to them by the villagers. However the whole scene looks like something out of a World Fair. We can't change who we are. William and Kate are very white, very privileged royals and when I saw them in the getup I thought it looked very British Imperialist. All royal activities are vetted extensively and I just thought whoever vetted this activity didn't realize how condescending it looks for royals to wear these sorts of costumes. The people of Pakistan are not exotic dolls to be gawked at from a Western lens. If they were there are tourists it would be one thing. When I went to Kyoto I went to a museum where you could try on an obi and kimono. But they are there on a diplomatic mission, and Kate's outfits this trip have been for the most part great. I just thought today was the first day it veered into tourist costumey.

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    5. Actually what would have been cringeworthy and rude, was if they had not put on the headwear, that they were presented with, from the local people.

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    6. Ivy, remember when William and Kate were dressed in traditional skirts and headresses in Southeast Asia, and when Harry and Meghan wore the traditional Maori feathered cape? Same thing here. It is an honor the locals are bestowing upon them. It's all part of the diplomacy aspect of the visit.

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    7. Do you even read what Charlotte writes?

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    8. On whose behalf are you offended? They arrived in ordinary clothes, and then had pictures taken wearing gifts that the people gave them and actually helped put on them. Should they have refused? Or do you just think the Kalash people shouldn’t be photographed at all, in case Western people might think their clothing is funny? I really don’t understand what problem you’re seeing here.

      CJ

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    9. Ivy I disagree with you on this. But I think perhaps you didn't notice that they got off their helicopter wearing (modest) western clothes, and were bestowed the cultural dress by locals. This is actually the first time I have been 100% behind the approach to dressing on this tour. Yesterday was a parade of costumes in my mind, with the exception of the evening wear.

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    10. Charlotte indicates that both the headwear and coats were given to them on their arrival to those locations. It most definitely isn't a Halloween party, they were wearing the gifts that were given to them.

      Border Terrier lover :-)

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    11. Nicole from france16 October 2019 at 18:29

      They were given the hats, and , especially for Kate it is an honor , as the hat she wore is only for men usually . I assume that the local people want to show Kate and William the most of their community , and the best of their day to day life and traditions . I myself find both looking a tad awkward , but I amnicely seated in my armchair in France , so that does not matter at all, what matters is the pleasure and pride these people certainly felt doing their best for their guests . And also the feeling that informations about them will spread worldwide thanks to this visit .

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    12. “Earlier today, William and Kate retraced the steps of the Duke of Cambridge’s late mother when they visited the Hindu Kush mountains in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. At the beginning of the second full day of their tour to Pakistan, Kate and William were given a present proving just how loved Princess Diana had been in the country. Himalayan dignitaries presented a book full of photographs of Diana wearing the same feathered cap and cloak of the Chitral Scouts William and Kate were also presented with upon arrival. William, who received the present, was pleasantly surprised by the kind thought. William then started flicking through it, while Kate looked on with a smile on her face. Chuckling, the prince noticed he had just worn the same hat his mother had on in the photographs. He added: ‘She is wearing the same hat! Fantastic!’”

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    13. Caroline in Montana16 October 2019 at 18:52

      the jackets and hats were given to them by the people they were visiting upon their arrival. how offensive would it be to not wear it??? more offensive than wearing it I assume.

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    14. In her arrival, her shoes were wrong because they were immodest. Now, she's wearing a hat and colorful scarfs she was given by locals as an honor and that's too "costume-y". It seems poor Kate can never get it right! :) If she had refused to wear the hat and scarfs she would've insulted the locals.

      Her outfit is appropriate for hiking. Brown clothes help camouflage dirt and dust while they hike. The tall boots, midi skirt, and vest gives Kate the needed extra layers to stay warm for when they were walking near the glacier.

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    15. They were GIVEN the hats and capes from the locals.
      Should they have refused them?

      Camilla

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    16. The best thing to do when you are gifted a hat and a coat is to wear them! IMO it was expected of them.

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    17. Ivy Lin. You know, I don't think that being "very white, very privileged royals" makes you one bit superior or even different to other people, be they poor or whatever race. IMO there is only one human race, and poverty is as honorable as wealth. And I am sure those people in their remote mountains, feel like that too. They don't feel one iota less than the royal visitors, nor should they. They welcomed their guests in a very friendly manner and gave them presents, they were the amiable hosts. Like if a guest goes to a baseball game in the USA, I am sure he will be showered with caps and scarfs, no matter the colour of the skin or the fortune. Sometimes being too much aware of differences exaggerates them.

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    18. Zora from Prague16 October 2019 at 22:32

      Well said, Natacha! Thank you!

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    19. Ivy Lin, I may not agree with you, but I think I do see what you are getting at. I'm sorry to see that people seemed to gang up on you and scold. I don't see the necessity for that kind of reaction.

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    20. Ivy Lin, I would like to share my personal view on this- I have had many friends from all different parts of the world and have always felt extremely happy and privileged to have this kind of experience.
      Every time some of my friends came, they were enormously proud to receive and wear a traditional piece from my culture AND now I get to what I want to say actually: every time I went to visit, I got a traditional clothing and nothing has made my friends happier than when I wore it. Although it was clearly visible that ethnically, I didn´t belong and I couldn´t speak the language and didn´t know all the traditions etc.
      So from my own experience as both "the dressed visitor" and "the one who dresses the visitor", I can honestly say that it is a joy for both parties to exchange pieces of their culture like this. More than a costume party, it is a way of saying "we welcome you and want to make you feel at home" on the villagers´part and "we honour you and we are proud to be accepted like this" on the Cambridges part.
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    21. Caroline in Montana17 October 2019 at 17:16

      Ella, you are spot on!! that you for sharing your experience!

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  5. Enjoying the tour. Thanks, Charlotte. Looking forward to full post.

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  6. They are such a positive pair. All couples should strive to present this kind of united effort. This tour shows repeatedly how important it is for those on the national stage to boost our morale, not with words but with actions. I admit I was skeptical about this visit, but now I see how significant it is. The timing, the effort, the places they are visiting — all of it serves a much larger purpose. Smart move, Foreign and Commonwealth Office!

    Looking forward to more.

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean by "actions." Kate and William visited a receding glacier to draw attention to climate change. Drawing attention to climate change is what a number of royals are doing these days. It was a wonderful privilege to visit the people in the village, and as usual, Kate and William look like they are really enjoying themselves and doing a wonderful job as they always do. I see that they are presenting a united front, as all royal couples do. The only blip was that horrible trip to Korea by Diana and Charles when they were in the midst of their tragic marital woes. Phillip always showed a united front with the Queen with his life-long support, Charles and Camilla are a great couples act these days, Harry and Meghan are united in their shared passions for their causes and charities, Sophie and Edward represent the Queen and the British royal family admirably all around the European monarchies. I think William and Kate are doing a wonderful job as the second in line couple; hopefully, they will become a Prince and Princess of Wales we will all admire and support when Charles becomes soverign, and in the fullness of time, a good king and queen consort.

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  7. Amazing trip so far-seems to be very much an issues based one. Shocking to see the receding glaciers. Here in Canada, our Columbia ice fields in Alberta have been receding for decades now. I visit every few years, for decades, and each year there is less and less to see.

    Just have a question for now- does anyone know how one keeps those scarves on the shoulder? Are they pinned underneath?

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    1. I would think they are pinned, probably much like a lady's tartan sash is underpinned at the shoulder.

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    2. You don't need to pin it. Just adjust it from time to time.

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    3. I think they are pinned.

      Camilla

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    4. Here in Utah we had a small glacier just under the top of a local mountain. I used to hike to the top with friends every September and we'd take cardboard to slide down the glacier. The glacier is gone now. Alas.

      RE: the scarf on the shoulder. People like me with next to no shoulders always have to pin things. I can never keep a shoulder bag on my shoulder without holding it. Sigh.

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    5. Annette New Zealand17 October 2019 at 06:34

      Yes, our glaciers in New Zealand are fast receding too even though some people refuse to believe it is anything to do with climate change! Apart from that it is really fascinating to learn about the Kalash tribe and realise that these small groups still persist and practise their traditional religion . It is really important to maintain diversity in our world.

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  8. I get and appreciate that Kate is trying to honor her host country. However, I'm with those who find it a bit odd for Kate to try to mimic local style for all but the most "special" events. This outfit - to the standard of modesty appropriate for the culture but made up of western clothing pieces - is what I personally would lean toward. To be clear, I am not accusing her of malign cultural appropriation. I just think it looks a little silly.

    In the context of this trip and this engagement, the fact that they wore western clothes and were then bestowed with cultural garb is perfect to me.

    What I am totally 100% OK with is when a local insists on helping you dress in a traditional manner for a particular event and/or insists you wear something that could be considered a sign of high honor or something associated with religion. For instance, I have participated as a Caucasian person in both Indian and Vietnamese wedding ceremonies here in the US and the brides insisted I dress in culture-specific clothes. I wouldn't just show up in a sari to meet them out for lunch. Only if I am told it is expected for the particular cultural ceremony. As a non-native Caucasian person I also wouldn't show up to a pow wow in full headdress or even wear something that denotes a particular honor casually or out of context. I also don't wear the band t-shirt to the concert, but that's just the too-cool-for-school hipster in me :).

    I also consider it from a turn-about perspective - I wouldn't expect someone who habitually wears, say, a burqa to show up to meet the Queen in London wearing a trouser or knee-length skirt suit & hat. Nor the pope to wear a three-piece suit.

    Again, not accusing Kate of being insensitive or culturally appropriating. I actually LOVED her arrival outfit but it could have been done without the trousers and a length long enough to cover her ankles and been fine. Her dress last night was a great example too.

    I also chafe at the women having to be dressed up like "culture-specific barbie" but the men doing so only rarely. Glad Wills got into the spirit for a reception last night, what's good for the goose and all.

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    1. I find the point you are making to be very valid. It is good to find a happy balance. I think Kate tries very hard to not offend and project herself as one with the people she is meeting. Again, I do believe everything she does is taken under advisement from sources very much in the know. The point is not to over do but to remain yourself.

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    2. Agree with you 100%.

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    3. In this climate the punjabi (dress and pants) simply is the most comfortable to wear.

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    4. I see your point. But they are royals, and this is what is expected from their visits. It's symbolic.

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  9. And just saw the updated post. What an amazing trip. I would loooooooove to see this part of the world, perhaps some day. The welcome with the Kalash people - how incredibly special.

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  10. Kate is simply one of my favorite style icons...

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  11. Caroline in Montana16 October 2019 at 15:53

    I'm really liking these separates. the skirt in particular, I wonder what the fabric is? I can only assume there is some sort of clip that keeps the scarves in place at her shoulder? love trhe boots!! What an experience to walk on-that close too those glaciers. the look on their faces says it all, you can tell they actually care. love learning about the host country, charlotte you do it so well and with no itinerary, beyond impressed!! so far to me it seems they haven't put a foot wrong and her fashion has all been an A in my book. a bit of a swoon for wills as he has never looked so good! cant wait for more
    Thank you charlotte!!

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    1. Traditionally there is no clip going with the dupatta.

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    2. I say what she said!!!... lol Thanks Caroline for saying it so well! :) xx

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    3. Caroline in Montana16 October 2019 at 17:19

      I forgot to add that I just love the picture of them on the ledge with their legs dangling over with the scuffed shoes just beaming at each other. moved to one of my all time favorites!

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    4. That's a great photo Caroline!! Absolutely love the way they look at each other, they are so in sync. cc

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  12. It just keeps getting better and better! What a wonderful day of events, and the link with Diana is moving as well. I love the traditional headwear, and the picture of Kate with her hands over her heart was just beautiful.

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  13. Oh. my. heart. That photograph of Kate surrounded by local women from Chitral!

    Her always beautiful, expressive face is a picture of empathy and warm affection.

    I love the celebration of diversity, even in something as simple as clothing, here. It is a reminder of what a wonderful thing our (I'm Australian) Commonwealth is.

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  14. This Tour Is Going Amazingly! Loving It!

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  15. Awesome to see this. I don't think it's "costume-y" at all. I think if the hosts offer the traditional shawls, headwear, etc., then it would only be polite and diplomatic to wear the items. I think refusing would be absolutely rude. William and Catherine are not putting a foot out of line, and they seem totally dedicated to learning and promoting good relationships with any place they visit. I'm impressed, as always. She looks beautiful.

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  16. I could be wrong but it does not look like the vest is wearing is Nubuck, looks like the same style but out of smooth finish not brushed leather.

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  17. Another spot on day for the Cambridges. Dressed for work and comfort yet doing so in style. I am amused at the difference of opinion. Although different from my own, I often learn from the remarks of others. It certainly is impossible to please everyone all the time. We can agree that Charlotte is doing a wonderful job in keeping us up to date!

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  18. I don't like today's outfit. Would she not have been much more comfortable in a tracksuit and trainers for the occasion. I get the dressing to honour the hosts, but is there a need to dress that way for every day? When different cultures come to the West, do they dress in Western clothes for the duration of their visit.

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    1. Caroline in Montana16 October 2019 at 22:46

      Tracksuit??? Paula you crack me up. lol

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  19. These mountain views are just spectacular. Incredible beauty and must have been an amazing experience for them.

    Now onto sartorial aspects. I am not quite sure about some of these choices. Hmmm. Lovely, overall, for sure, but I am left wondering why she would choose a skirt exactly on the day that there was mountain hiking activity. There are ways to wear traditional clothes and be appropriate for the day’s schedule. Also, I don’t think brown is a flattering colour (pretty much on anyone); happy that she received the traditional clothing to change it up as well as to reflect the local workmanship. Perhaps the brown ‘everything’ was meant as a ‘base canvas’ for the traditional dress to shine. That still doesn’t explain wearing a skirt on the mountain (especially after she wore so many times coulottes in the city). Likely I am missing something.

    I know the gillet and the boots are old (and slightly scratched here and there), but I find it endearing she keeps bringing them on such trips. It’s relatable in my opinion. We all have our ‘comfort’ items (in my case mostly shoes/boots) and it’s nice to see she is not concerned about repeating them.

    Looking forward to new event!

    Liv.

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    1. Annette New Zealand17 October 2019 at 06:47

      Having travelled a lot in Asia and the Middle East I know that we were advised to comply with local customs about women's clothing, not wearing shorts or closely fitting trousers in favour of longer skirts, covering shoulders etc. The Royal Family would have have extensive briefing beforehand on such matters. Catherine has always tried to include local designers when she chooses what to wear and it seems to be much appreciated. And of course if they are given traditional hats or other items, it is polite to wear them! What is the problem?

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  20. I just keep tagging on to what the rest of you are saying, because I'm just overwhelmed with so many positive emotions & feelings, that words are failing me! I love these 2!! I love this tour!! :) xx

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  21. One thing I particularly love about these 2 is how they clearly are best friends, a team & have a deep & abiding love for one another. When I look at the photo above of them smiling at one another, whilst wearing their headdresses, those could easily be the faces of them back at St. Andrews in the glow of young love! They are such an inspirational couple on so many levels, not least of all as an example of what a strong, long term loving relationship can look like!! In this age of instant gratification, I think they set such a good example for all of us & especially to young people, of the importance of commitment in love & in life! :) xx

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    1. Zora from Prague16 October 2019 at 22:26

      I couldn't agree more, Becca! You said it very beautifully! 🌻

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    2. Becca I agree and applaud for how beautifully you have put it into words! Exactly my thoughts and feelings when I see them.
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  22. I have learned so much since they got married. History, religion, the entire world and computers. I followed Princess Diana and watched her life and their lives. I love to study therefore, this is a learning minus tuition.
    I would wear Kate outfit, my husband would wear what William is wearing.
    I have spent this week, running around the house [ from the kitchen to the bedroom] to catch glimpse of their trip. Thanks for teaching this "forever student." XOXOXOXOXO

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    1. I completely agree Rosemea! Charlottes very insightful and informative blog has allowed me to be a mind traveler to places I won't have the opportunity to visit and to learn about the culture, the people, the geography, and the landmarks of their world...Pakistan, Bhutan, India, and Indonesia. Love your comment about being a "forever student", I enjoy what I have opened my mind to learn!! :) Also love what Kate is wearing, the skirt is an appropriate and modest substitute for jeans or pants (be they skinny or not). She is treking paths, mountains, rocks and and looks completely respectful and comfortable. Really do love this tour!! cc

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  23. I approve of what they’re both wearing. They’re neatly dressed in good quality clothing, but still practical for the setting and activity. They look good together, at the same level of formality/informality and with both of them in earth tones. I just don’t think the scarf adds anything to Catherine’s outfit. Unless there’s some specific cultural reason for her to have it, I would vote for leaving it off. But she wears everything well.

    CJ

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    1. Apparently the scarf is called a dupatta and is considered a symbol of a woman's respect.
      Kate is showing her respect by donning one and it looks like she switched to the one that was gifted to her today. It is beautiful and not only shows respect for the gift given but for the culture. cc

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  24. According to Emily Andrews Twitter the dupatta Kate is wearing today was a gift from the leader of the local Scout group in Chitral. So nice! :)

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  25. I don’t ever really get Kate’s attire when she does outdoor/wilderness events like this. It always reminds me of Indiana Jones. In shades of brown and the vest. It all seems a bit chaotic and frumpy to me. But I actually think that is a good thing here because it allows the event to shine. And the climate crisis is such an important global issue, it should take center stage. It also made the hat from the Kalash people stand out. And easy to spot Kate in all the photos because everyone else is in bright colors. So even though I don’t care for the fashion today. I think it works. Although I do love her earrings!

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    1. I like your description, Anonymus 18:17.
      I adore the Duchess and appreciate her very much. She is humble. I think she doesn't want to take center stage and that's why the Duchess chooses today the colour of the mountains. (Her wardrobe-colours often correspond to the colour of her charities.) The colour brown is appropriate in this countryside. But IMO the used nubbuk-weste and shoes are not the best choice to honor the pakistan people. Didn't she have enough time for searching a more softer and lighter outdoor-outfit for this country? I would like to go shopping with her... :)
      Yesterday, her gown was amazing, perfect! And her arriving dress was like a dream, just wonderful. She is doing a good job! Go on, Duchess of Cambridge!
      I wish them a successful journey in safety and with enough security.

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  26. This is a new post, first time, though I have been following since inception. Wonderful blog. I was compelled to post today due to some comments on cultural appropriation. One must understand where one is, the remoteness of the places visited, especially this morning, the extreme sensitivity of the all around situation, the tribal conditions in some places being visited, to understand the perfectly diplomatic choices undertaken in this visit; to last beyond the visit, very hopefully. Based on the secrecy of the itinerary due to a highly complex political situation, one should understand between the lines. Thank you.

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  27. Love this so much! Kate looks marvelous and I have enjoyed reading about the different places they are visiting. I would love to know how long the glacier has been frozen? If it is a frozen river, and it thaws, would it possible flood certain towns? I also am not sure this non polar glacier melting is a bad thing, would love for someone to explore the benefits of it thawing if any. I will definitely research it further. She and William look more in love than ever before. So happy for them.

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  28. Charlotte, do you know the elevation of Chiatibo Glacier and the village? From googling Broghil National Park, I suspect it may be up around 10,000 ft. That can really wipe you out if you are not used to it. I so admire their unflagging enthusiasm and warmth for the people and places they are seeing! And the chance to vicariously visit Pakistan. Many thanks to you as our guide!

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    1. I read earlier Chitral is 1,494 metres above sea level. The Glacier is retreating by 10 metres per year. When you do the math, it's hugely worrying.

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  29. Just did a quick search of the glacier and found out that between 1550 and 1850 the world experienced a cooling, more so than before those years and after those years when there was a warming. From 1850 till 1940 the world experienced a warming and between 1940 and 1980 a significant cooling, where now the trend is warming again. I have been really shocked that the royals would spend so much time, energy and effort supporting a cause that is so controversial in nature such as global warming. Of course I believe global warming is real, but perhaps a normal function in nature and isn't something to get so alarmed over. I am very happy to see the royals supporting people, but am a tad bit disturbed by them supporting something that may or may not be something that is our of our control.

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    1. IMO, it is important for the people of Pakistan to make the world aware of how climate change is impacting them now.

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    2. There is nothing controversial about climate change. There is scientific consensus.

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    3. That is why I actually liked the angle William and Kate took. There might (or might not) be doubt on where climate change will go, but there is no doubt that the people they met today is and was affected by changes in the climate.
      The glaciers are receding at the moment and while that will likely have catastrophic results in the future, it has already had catastrophic results in terms of flooding and drought for these villages. These people are affected by climate change everyday and don’t have the luxury of debating whether it is a natural phenomenon or caused by human behavior, they just need to survive it.

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  30. What a wonderful day, incredible sights. The Duchess look great in her separates, love the addition of the scarf right the way through so far, they must be pinned, have not seen one slip yet!

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  31. Just a hint to my fellow readers on how I enjoy this blog. First of all as someone else said earlier, READ WHAT CHarlotte SAYS FIRST...before you comment. Then, since we know who the readers are that make only negative comments, scroll on down past them. It's the same ones, look back to older posts and you'll see. Anyway, in the end, what matters most is the enjoyment we get from the beauty and love we see in Kate and William

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    1. I agree! It's sad when commenters scroll through the images finding something to nit-pick after Charlotte took the time and effort to research and craft a beautifully written post! If they want to do that, why not go to a tabloid's website and spare us the negativity?

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    2. I feel the same way Sheila and Anon16, that some people don’t seem to read and think about what Royal tours are about and how the people who receive the Royals prepare for them. If you don’t line the idea of the Royal heritage, why be here? But that’s their right and they can post here as much as we can. I tend to know now who is going to be focused solely on fashion—and critical of it—and try to skip their posts because truthfully it does take the happy bloom off Charlotte’s wonderful in depth reporting.

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    3. Caroline in Montana16 October 2019 at 22:58

      I agree Sheila, and I was guilty of responding to one such person. I already vowed not to engage her again before I even read your post!! very well said. loving the tour and all I'm learning. Thanks charlotte.

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    4. Dee, Adelaide Australia 🇦🇺17 October 2019 at 01:05

      Hi Sheila!
      You’re absolutely 1,000% correct. You made me giggle, you’re totally spot on! I’m going to flick past negative posts from here on!
      She’s gorgeous, he’s beautiful, together they’re dynamic! Let’s celebrate how lucky we are to have them, and as you say, enjoy the magic, compassion and caring ways of the Cambridge’s xx

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  32. Thank you for the post!
    The waiscoat of kate on the photos doesn‘t seem to be nubuck leather but a shining smoothleather. But maybe I am wrong. She looks beautiful in that outfit!

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  33. I think every group of people with a long history has patterns, colors, styles that go back far into the past. When you have blended cultures like in the US, much is lost. I find the history of these people fascinating, and I'm sure they are as modern as they can be but apparently cherish symbols from their past. The elaborate clothing could not have been put together just for the visit, so I assume it was important for them to wear this. Apparently they have lost a lot, and perhaps this represents some of what is left. I understand what Ivy Lin meant, but I don't believe that is the situation. Native Americans, and indigenous people everywhere, have colors and patterns that are important to them. Look at the archaic Chinese and Japanese works of art -- there are repeating themes and symbols. Colors are based on what is available for dyes, and materials are based on what is available, whether it is jade or bird feathers.

    Like Kate's gift, there are some beautiful elaborate intricate patterns on display. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed when Meghan received her cape of good fortune during her trip while she was pregnant.

    Climate change unfortunately will kill us all if it's not stopped, so it's important for the future king and queen to discuss earth-ending topics.

    I loved Kate's outfit -- it's very Kate and appropriate for the adventure. I love
    Indiana Jones, so perhaps that's a bonus to the look! William had a nice shirt on; it is great that "the boys" are getting some cool clothes to wear finally. :)

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  34. I love their activities today, it looks like beautiful scenery and an interesting cultural experience. However I hate her outfit (not considering the gifts! It was polite of her to wear those) but 5 shades of brown is too much! And personally I never liked the waistcoat

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  35. That belt almost looks like it could be from the Reiss Trina dress, but the buckle looks a little more rounded.

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  36. I hate that waistcoat. It should be retired immediately. The leather, the sheen it is completely wrong. It was just plain unnecessary for that outfit or any outfit. How could a woman who dresses so beautifully and knows that she will be photographed and talked about think that a leather waistcoat is appealing?

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    1. Ashley, that’s your personal opinion ;) I think it is great for the occasion myself.

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    2. Ashley I thought she looked fine but agree I am not fond of the vest, her whole outfit was a bit odd but maybe it all worked better in person:).

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    3. That's what I'm thinking too!

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    4. The vest did its job in covering the chest of a royal who was visiting a place that values the modesty and modest dressing if its women. Well done Kate!

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  37. Hello Charlotte and everyone,

    I don't know whether this comment is allowed to stay here, but if yes, pls check this out and donate a little money for this little boy:

    could you check this out?

    There is a little boy in Hungary, who has SMA 2 and funds are raised for him to get the most expensive drug of the world, Zolgensma.
    IT can be given to children under 2 years old, and he will turn 2 in December, so the time is short.
    If he gets this, he could be the second Hungarian child to get this treatment.

    Could you support him and also share this?

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/levente-sma

    Thank you!

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  38. Klara from Croatia16 October 2019 at 21:51

    Even if science is somehow wrong, what is bad about wanting to perserve our planet, reduce amount of plastic, save clean air and water etc!? It's time for all human population to start thinking and talking about these things and acting in a positive way. There is soooo much to be done whether globar warming is true or not. So influential people talking about this issue (and sooo many people listening them!) could be one and only - a good thing!

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  39. Love you blog. Can you identify the skirt Kate is wearing? That is the only item of clothing not identified in your post and I love it so much - want to find one like it! Thanks.

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  40. So pleased they are presenting a united front with Harry and Meghan on the existential problem of climate change. What a fascinating and starkly beautiful region. Thanks for another educational post, Charlotte.
    Kate always looks her best self in upscale, outdoor chic, as she chose today. Echoes local dress, and I bet she loved a day spent in a wild place.

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  41. Are the boots Really Wild or Penelope Chilvers? They both look identical.

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  42. they look lovely what a great post thank you Charlotte for your continued hard work

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  43. When God blesses you with power and authority, it's up to you whether you become arrogant and make people afraid of you; or you respect people and their values to make them fall in love with you..and that is what the true greatness is all about.
    Kate and William are true ambassadors, spreading peace and love around the globe.

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    1. I love your comment Junaid!! It is so true, a wise business man once told me years ago that "there are people who serve the position and those who the position serves them, it's your choice to decide which you want to do." It is something I have never forgotten. Kate and William's demeanor and respect shows that they serve their position and in that regard are 'true ambassadors'. cc

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    2. Oh CeCeUSA, I love that saying & it is so true in life & especially with regards to Will & Kate! :) xx

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    3. Junaid Malik, I love everything you said & completely agree! :) xx

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    4. Thanks CeCeUSA and Becca for your kind and wise remarks. May God help us all become better human beings not by pointing faults in people, but by learning about all the good in them.

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  44. Sorry not being rude but the vest she is wearing is
    not Nubuck/suede. She has a smooth leather vest on.

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  45. I agree with the posters who think it’s time to retire the waistcoat. If there is one clothing item that I would call costumy it’s this. Someone called it Indiana Jones look and I have to say that is spot on.
    My other pet peeve are the earrings. Missoma is a brand I truly dislike. They only became popular because they shower lots of British influencers with their jewellery (that is actually highly overpriced for the quality and the looks). The very yellow gold lowers the whole look.
    I don’t get how people can still deny climate change. It doesn’t even matter if humans play a big role in it or not. Climate change kills people. It always did (someone mentioned the other periods in history). But today we shouldn’t just shrug our shoulders but as the human race do our part to help those who will be affected. I don’t think it’s ok to say, well it has always been like that so sorry but some will suffer and die. Especially if we have the chance to lower the effects and bring us all in a position to deal with the changes that will come.
    C.

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    1. I must say, I quite like Kate's "Indiana Jones" look. She carries it off well because she is so tall, slim, and athletic. Wish I had long enough legs to carry off those knee-high boots.

      Another poster has written that climate change is cyclical, which I'm sure it is, but that doesn't mean that we should do nothing to ameliorate the effects it will change. Each eon of climate change brings its own challenges, and I think that we have contributed to climate change is indisputable at this point. We have advanced enough to have the capabilities and knowledge to react in a productive way and we should be well past the stage where we are arguing about whether there is climate change or not.

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  46. Charlotte, I so very much enjoyed the research and pictures. I’m learning. Thank you. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show great diplomacy.

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  47. This is a most wonderful post. Their good works there will be remembered forever. Thanks for doing all the research required for this post. It was informing re history, goodwill, etc. What a wonderful start to this journey. I love everything about it.

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  48. Royal 👑 Watcher18 October 2019 at 05:00

    I wonder what the skirt is, it is pretty!

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    1. I agree - the skirt is lovely - wish it could be identified!

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  49. Please tell me I'm not crazy.... Did anyone else see what I see...that Kate used two different beige/ecru scarves for this visit to the mountains/village in Chitral? One has lace trim and the other one has fringe.

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