How exciting! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge begin their nine-day tour of Asia and the South Pacific TODAY as part of their Diamond Jubilee duties. The couple will be travelling from Malaysia to Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, ie: hot, hot, HOT. So how will our beloved Kate Middleton cope in the humidity? Will she wear a multi-coloured hula skirt? And — question of all questions — can her glossy hair avoid the frizz? Let's assess...
If Kate's Fash Tour of Canada and LA is anything to go by, she'll continue to champion British designers abroad. You'll remember those knee-length frocks, from the likes of Roksanda Ilincic, that she looked so lady-like in — but Grazia Daily is itching to see the Duchess in a feminine print. The floral beauties above are from Erdem's Spring / Summer 2012 collection and are an elegant yet summery option for our K-Middy. But would she ditch her beloved nude heels for a pair of matchy-matchy courts? Here's hoping.
Kate’s a huge fan of Mulberry, sporting not only the brand's covetable Polly Push Lock bag [above left] but also their green pleated dress for a reception to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. So can we count on more Mulbs in Malaysia? One thing's for sure, the Resort 2012 collection is packed with seaside-suitable outfits with an English edge, like this button-front day dress that's totes K-Mid. Admittedly, she might want to leave the toasty socks at home in Buckingham Palace, but those colour-popping pink heels are a MUST.
Of course, Kate's go-to label for formal events is Alexander McQueen, so it’s safe to say we can expect more Sarah Burton creations on her South Pacific trip. Pieces from the designer's catwalk collections may be a tad too Gaga-tacular for our Middy, but there are more than enough chic numbers in the brand's Resort 2012 collection, like this form-fitting ensemble with a waist-clinching belt, which we're sure Ms Burton will adapt for her.
We also know the Duchess loves a good dollop of the British highstreet — she's been spotted shopping at Topshop, Zara, Whistles and Reiss — so we’re placing our bets on some more ‘I’m-just-like-you’ highstreet hits. Maybe even a pair of dressed-down jeans? But let’s not get carried away. Whistles' Veronica safia print dress, with a defined waist and long sleeves, is top of our wishlist.
And what of Kate’s headgear — surely she’ll wear a hat or two? As a fan of recycle chic, we're expecting the DoC to crack out some designs we've already seen, from the pringle-esque concoction she wore at Zara Philip’s wedding to the red maple leaf beauty she wore on Canada Day.
So as Kate Watch begins, let us know what would you like to see the Duchess wearing on her South Pacific trip. And take a look at her recent hits with our Kate Middleton Look Book.