Royals tour NZ aviation museum
RAW VISION: Prince William tries out a World War I bi-plane during a tour of Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim, New Zealand.PT0M0S 620 349
We bring you all the details on the Duchess' clothes as she travels around Aotearoa.
DAY FOUR, BLENHEIM: With Prince George still chilling in Wellington - maybe cuddling his Plunket teddy? - the Duchess wore a customised cornflower blue Alexander McQueen coat for her first trip to the South Island (here is a very similar version for around $4,129 - Kate's is just without the top flap and a slightly darker blue - in case you have a spare few grand burning a hole in your pocket). The coat has a peplum pocket detail as well as beautiful pleats at the back.
The 32-year-old sported her first up-do for her trip to Blenheim - perhaps realising that the NZ weather was not going to play hair-friendly ball. Her classic ponytail utilised the simple trick of wrapping one's hair around and around to conceal the hair tie. Here's how to do it. (We did have a mild moment of panic when we first saw her and thought she was sporting a scrunchie).
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Airport on April 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Hagen Hopkins
There's no doubt that Alexander McQueen is one of the Duchess' favourite designers - not only did the house's lead designer Sarah Burton craft her wedding dress, but Kate wears the brand more often than any other. Remember that amazing McQueen lilac evening gown she wore back in 2012?
Accessories-wise, Kate wore navy suede shoes, sapphire earrings and a poppy brooch to honour veterans.
In male fashion news, Prince Will wore a navy blue suit with a classic striped tie as well as medals - which all members of the royal family are given to commemorate special royal occasions. He added a slightly unexpected element to his look when putting on a bright friendship bracelet given to him by some Blenheim locals.
Outfit rating: 10/10
Kiwi designs worn so far: 1 (none today)
DAY THREE, PLUNKET PLAY GROUP, WELLINGTON: Upon arriving back at Government House at around 1pm on Wednesday, Kate was spotted through the moving window of a silver BMW wearing the same $600 Max Mara dress she wore when transiting through Sydney on Monday (a dress she also wore in London in February 2013 when pregnant with Prince George). We love that she recycles clothes.
After a quick change, she arrived at the Plunket play date looking fresh in a bold monochrome dress from American billionaire designer Tory Burch's Resort 14 collection (which retails on Net-A-Porter for $555). The dress' best feature is definitely the Chanel-esque rough hems on the skirt and arms; this is the first time Kate's worn Tory Burch.
In tiny person fashion news, Prince George was wearing a too-cute-for-words pair of dungarees by British kids' fashion brand Rachel Riley. Fancy them? They retail for around $138. Prince William looked dapper and casual in equal measure in a bold blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves - he does have manly forearms, dark blue jeans and brown loafers.
Outfit rating: 8/10 - boosted heftily by George's dungarees.
Kiwi designers worn so far: 1 (none today)
DAY TWO: No sightings as the family recovers from jet lag at Wharekauhau Lodge in the Wairarapa.
DAY ONE, ARRIVAL, WELLINGTON: Upon landing in Wellington on a typically blustery day, the Duchess' flared jacket and dress did mean she had a minor Marilyn moment while coming down the plane's stairs - maybe Wills should have held George? - but don't worry Kate, all us Wellington ladies have been there, you still looked fab.
In other news, she made the wise choice to wear a hat (it's either hat or ponytail, right?), opting for a bright red pillbox by Gina Foster - who was responsible for the wonderful, albeit very insensitive to the person sitting behind her, hat the Duchess wore to Zara Phillips' wedding back in 2011.
She paired said head candy with a double-breasted red coat that boasted a military feel and strong but not overpowering shoulders. The coat is by French label Catherine Walker, a brand the Duchess has worn before.
Catherine Walker herself passed away in 2010, but her designs were a favourite of the late Diana Princess of Wales (in fact, it's said that Diana was buried in a black dress designed by Walker) and Kate's mother Carole also wore a Catherine Walker design to the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Kate's shoe debut in Wellington was a custom pair by UK label Emmy (Pippa's also a fan).
Adding a touch of Kiwiana and history to her outfit, Kate wore the diamond and platinum silver fern brooch that was a Christmas gift to The Queen from the Women of Auckland during the Commonwealth Tour of 1953-4.
As for the lads, wee George wore a cute cream cardigan with toy soldiers on it and white cotton shorts (the couple possibly underestimated the wind chill and left the little guy's legs and head bare) while William arrived in a well-cut navy suit paired with a classic maroon tie (and sported remarkably similar hair to his son).
Outfit rating: 9/10
Kiwi designs worn so far: 1
- Fairfax NZ News