On Day One of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Asia, we saw Kate Middleton cannily using her royal wardrobe to pay respect to her host country. For yesterday's orchid-naming ceremony, she went for Jenny Packham's kimono-style dress covered in, yep, orchids. Very festive indeed. And for the welcoming ceremony, she chose a super-cool frock also covered in an orchid print by Prabal Gurung, a Singapore-native. So that's tick, tick, tick for political correctness, K-Middy.
Onto Day Two and Kate is back to her failsafe Brit brand: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. She chose an elegant white skirt suit by the designer of her wedding dress for today’s activities, which began with a visit to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. After stepping from their Rolls Royce mini-bus, Kate and Wills were met by a crowd of very excited, colour co-ordinated children.
So onto Kate's frock. This latest McQueen number features a fitted top with cuffed short sleeves, a deep V neck and belt to create that super-feminine fit-and-flare silhouette. It comes in a suitably summery broderie anglaise fabric covered in exquisite embroidery. Blimey, she must be sweltering in that heat - appaz, temperatures are around 85° over there *mops brow*
On the accessories front, the Duchess gave her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges another outing (you'll recognise them from her many Olympics and Paralympics appearances) and she carried her navy suede Muse clutch. Under lashings of glossy hair, she wore a pair of diamond sapphire cluster earrings which she gave us a peek of upon arrival. Big thanks to What Kate Wore for the full credits.
And for a visit to the Rolls Royce plant, Kate topped off her look with a pair of goggles. Super-chic!
Next up, Kate and Wills are off to a residential area in Singapore named after Queen Elizabeth II before attending an evening reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence. So what will Kate wear next? You'll know the moment we do!
UPDATE: Phewf, Kate is on a roll. We've barely had time to analyse every inch of her McQueen outfit and already the Duchess is onto another! These snaps have just arrived of the royal couple at their next appointment and the DoC is back to democratic dressing. These snazzily-printed silk separates - a sleeved blouse and pleated knee-length skirt - is by RAOUL, which - you guessed it - is a Singaporean label. Nearly 10 years old, RAOUL grew from a menswear shirting company to two full ready-to-wear labels for men and women designed by Douglas and Odile Benjamin. If you're super-speedy, you can pick up the skirt from Matches for £232. GO!
For more of the DoC's gorgeous outfits, have a flick through Grazia's Kate Middleton Look Book