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

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. Photo: Getty Images

  • 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.
  • Green scene... Yes, this is bold, retro and summery. But it's also a bit like a close-up of a basket or the floor of a swimming pool. The little hat does not play well with it. Others have been keener on this look by Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders. It's the Evelyn dress in a cotton-viscose blend. For those keen to steal Kate's style, e-tailer Net-a-Porter stocks the dress for about $1400.
  • Lacy lady... Lovely, just lovely. Consider this Kate's masterclass on how to stay chic and covered up in sultry Malaysia. This Alice Temperley dress, worn in Kuala Lumpur, is in every way modest yet still youthful and sophisticated. It helps that lace is having a moment and Kate's choice looks crisp and modern. The contrast of the ice blue with the white overlay is perfect. She decorated her hair with pearl-tipped pins.
  • White-hot wonder... From vivid prints to chic restraint. Kate opted for a white suit in Singapore, understood to be a bespoke ensemble by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It had built-in air conditioning for Singapore's heat in the form of a broderie anglais hole pattern. White is an admirable choice for tropical climes, assuming you are not going to spill sauce on yourself or catch public transport. But Kate is a royal, so neither scenario applies. The waist-nipping belt cut an admirable shape. The demure sleeves and length drew attention away from the deep plunge front. Does anyone else see shades of Princess Grace?
  • Wartime blues... This pastel blue frock teamed with a parasol is Jenny Packham. It is meek. It is suitable. The Prabal Gurung was bolder and packed a punch. In this ensemble, worn to the Kranji War Memorial, Kate was fresh and pretty, but a tiny bit dull. Apparently it was a nod to vintage wartime styling, circa the Fall of Singapore.
  • Sensual in Singapore... This purple patterned Prabal Gurung was worn in Singapore, where its orchid-like florals fit perfectly. The Singapore-born, Nepal-raised Gurung was  “crazily happy” with her pick. We were happy, too. It was an unusually bold choice for Kate and on-trend, as well. The dress retailed for GB1770 (about AU$2748).
  • Golden princess... Now, to set little girls' hearts aflutter. Kate had us ooh-ing and aah-ing in this floor-length Alexander McQueen empire-waisted, shirred-bust gown, which many said seemed to take its cues from Disney's  princesses. The romantic gown was also a bit Bollywood - with its sparkling gold and sheer sleeves. Apparently the embroidered embellishments were not polkadots but hibiscuses - a reference to the official flower of Malaysia. This was all very apt, as she happened to be dining with the King of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Raoul for a royal... This outfit was a shoutout to the locals - it is by Singapore label Raoul. Pleasingly vintage, it is billowy enough to keep the Duchess cool, and cinched enough to give her shape. The printed silk top and skirt are also a shade cheaper than the Prabal Gurung: together, they cost a bit more than $500, according to the What Kate Wore blog. That is, if you could possibly buy them. Both pieces have sold out.
  • Abstract appeal... There was a touch more pizzazz in this swingy, floaty, chiffon Erdem outfit, an altered piece from the label by Canadian-born British-Turkish fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu. It was worn to an evening reception in Singapore. The runway version lacked sleeves, but Kate's version had some for the sake of modesty in Asia, where covered shoulders are respectful. This is another great abstract motif. Can we dub Kate the princess of prints?

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