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After two years of being grounded in the UK thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on their first royal tour in 24 months: a week-long Caribbean Royal Tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
With travel abroad comes adjustments to Kate’s royal tour wardrobe, for both the weather, and for the numerous events and occasions that the royal couple must attend whilst they represent the monarch in her 70th year on the throne.
Of course, dressing for a royal tour doesn’t come without its significance. Both the duchess’ blue outfit for landing in Belize, and a Tory Burch look to visit a Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory on the second day, nodded to the deep blue flag of Belize, the first island the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited on their week-long tour of the Caribbean.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved on to the second island of their tour, the symbolism continued. Landing in Kingston, Kate disembarked the ministerial jet wearing a bespoke golden yellow Roksanda dress in a shade similar to that of the Jamaican flag, and paired it with a bangle by a local Kingston-based Jamaican designer, Lashawndla Bailey-Miller.
But it’s her latest outfit, a Jenny Packham gown that has royal fans really taking note. The second of the royal tour’s formal evening wear pieces, the duchess continued the glamorous tone that has come to define her Caribbean “tourdrobe” in the floor-length gown, borrowing the Queen’s emerald and diamond jewellery for the exclusive event hosted by Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, at King’s House, Kingston.
Here’s everything the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing on the Royal Tour of the Caribbean.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off day five of their Caribbean royal tour with a meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet, and a visit to Shortwood Teacher’s College.
Kate dressed for business in a white crepe suit by Alexander McQueen, the same British fashion house that designed her wedding dress in 2010, and continued the vibrant theme of her “tourdrobe” by pairing the tailored two piece with a tangerine crepe-de-chine blouse by Ridley London.
Kate dressed for business in a white crepe suit by Alexander McQueen, the same British fashion house that designed her wedding dress in 2011. Continuing the vibrant theme of her “tourdrobe” the duchess paired the white tailored suit with a tangerine crepe-de-chine blouse by Ridley London.
The duchess repeated her golden bangle by Jamaican designer Lashawndla Bailey-Miller, this time adding a pearl bracelet for layering beneath the McQueen suit. She wore her Maria Black pearl drop ‘Cha Cha’ earrings for the occasion, too, and stuck to her trusty Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ white leather pumps.
Elsewhere, the duchess’ commitment to sustainability continues to ring true, and she chose another vibrant vintage piece to add texture to her outfit in the shape of a tangerine raffia beaded 1960s handbag, from the Willow Hilson Vintage Boutique in Cheltenham.
For the evening’s exclusive event hosted by Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, at King’s House, Kingston, Kate chose an off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham gown. The dress is believed to be a bespoke version of the designer’s ‘Wonder Glitter Tulle Gown‘, recreated in a dark emerald green hue in honour of the host nation’s flag.
Jenny Packham is one of the duchess’ go-to designers when it comes to making a splash in evening wear, opting for the British designer’s expertise in statement sequin and tulle gowns for glamorous events such as the London No Time To Die premiere last year, for which she wore a bespoke gilded sequin number.
Kate wore her hair in a chic chignon updo, which allowed for her emerald and diamond earrings to shine through. Borrowed from the Queen, the duchess’ earrings and bracelet for the evening are from Her Majesty’s Emerald Tassel Parure collection.
The duchess also wore her Royal Family Order and the GCVO Star, which Her Majesty gifted to her in April 2019 for her eighth wedding anniversary, for the occasion.
The fourth day of the Royal Tour of the Caribbean featured not one, but two outfit changes for the duchess. Kate boarded the jet in Belize wearing a red vintage Yves Saint Laurent safari jacket, which she paired with a pair of white wide-leg trousers.
The vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket was reportedly bought during her time as a student in St. Andrews, but looks brand new, showing her care and commitment to being sustainably conscious with her “tourdrobe”.
Kate accessorised with Aquazzura white Cece pumps with a subtle gold detailing, a pair of Anthropologie coral shell drop earrings, an aquamarine and gold bangle by Halycon Days and her Mulberry Amberley crossbody bag in white.
A quick change on the jet and Kate arrived in Jamaica with a bang. Wearing a bespoke Roksanda Brigitte dress, the duchess nodded to the golden cross of the host nation’s flag. The original dress by the designer is sleeveless, but it looks like Kate had short sleeves added to meet the Governor General of Jamaica.
Kate kept her Aquazzura Cece pumps, but switched out her white Mulberry bag for a white Ferragamo clutch bag. For jewellery, the duchess chose a pair of Sezane ‘Celeste’ earrings and a bangle by an independent, Kingston-based jewellery designer, Lashawndla Bailey-Miller, giving a second nod to the host nation of Jamaica.
She kept her hair swept bag into a low ponytail, as she had done in Belize, which proved useful as the wind crossed the tarmac at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Following a welcome meeting with the Governor General of Jamaica, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken on a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music, to meet with the locals. The duchess flew the sustainability flag once again by opting for a colourful vintage 1950s dress for the occasion.
The vintage striped coral and turquoise dress from Willow Hilson Vintage in Cheltenham had been slightly tailored from its original state. The original spaghetti straps had been replaced with wide straps, created from the original dress’ bandeau feature. The updated dress better fits the etiquette of the royal dress code, but still revealed a rare glimpse of the duchess’ extremely toned arms.