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From Brisbane to Britain, smart duchess rugs up a little


Bridie Jabour

Batik beauty... This is nothing if not festive and somehow the sight of William in a cheery shirt and a cheesy grin is a delight. Kate's floral, clashy and exuberant dress is the exact thing for poolside cocktails. We could question the straplessness of the dress and the way it could have set Kate up for an accidental flesh flash (something she must be shy about after the palace's latest nude picture scandal). These tropical ensembles were worn at an evening reception in the Solomon Islands. Reports say Kate's batik frock, a gift from her hosts for the evening, comes from a Solomon Islands shop called Island Print. Click for more photos

Kate opts for casual glamour on Asia-Pacific tour

The Duchess of Cambridge was a picture of fresh and casual elegance during her Asia-Pacific tour with Prince William, says Claire Low. Photo: Getty Images

IT WAS only a two-hour stopover in Australia. However, it was enough for the Duchess of Cambridge to execute a quick change for the long-haul flight home.

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, left Queensland yesterday after stopping at Brisbane Airport. The couple arrived in a private jet with the duchess in a floral dress from British label Erdem before she changed into a pair of skinny jeans to board a commercial flight to England.

''She looked fresh and beautiful, and they were both very gracious,'' a spokeswoman for Brisbane Airport said.

A tanned Prince William was equally casual in a jacket and white shirt. The couple were escorted from their jet to the terminal by airport staff. Their arrival caused a stir among passengers waiting for flights, who rushed to get a glimpse and take photos of the royals as they were whisked to a private lounge.

The couple had been on a nine-day tour of the South Pacific.

The stopover was followed by reports that French police had raided the Paris offices of Closer, the magazine that published topless photos of the duchess.

Police searched journalists' computers and were apparently looking for the identity of the photographer who took the pictures.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will tour Australia in November as the Queen's ''personal representatives'' in her Diamond Jubilee year.

with AAP

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