Ever since it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were embarking on a royal tour in New Zealand and Australia chatter began about one important thing: Kate's wardrobe. The young royals arrived in New Zealand on Monday morning looking unbelievably fresh for a THIRTY hour flight.
Forget eye masks, sweat pants and UGG boots, K Mids wore a double-breasted pillar box red coat by Catherine Walker, with oversized buttons and a stand collar. She paired it with a red pillbox hat by Gina Foster, black court shoes and a diamond and platinum silver fern brooch, on loan from the Queen.
Kate didn't wear the formal coat during the flight, as during her connection at Sydney airport the royal re-wearer was spotted in an old favourite, wearing a monochrome printed MaxMara Studio Line wrap dress. She wore this back in February 2013, when five months pregnant, to visit Hope House, a residential facility for women who are recovering from addictions to drugs and alcohol.
It was reported that Kate will borrow many of the crown jewels during her time Down Under, as she is also tipped to wear the diamond and ruby Australian hibiscus brooch which the Queen inherited from the Queen Mother in 2002. As for the clothes it has been reported that Kate is expected to change 32 times during the 45 plus engagement trip. Wowza.
The Duchess welcomed at Government House in Wellington [Rex] [Rex]
But it was Prince George who stole the show on the runway as he was carried down the steps by Kate. We can expect to see six glimpses of the prince on his first royal tour as he is expected to attend a photo call at Government House in Wellington and then visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
As expected with a young baby his appearances are likely to change as Miguel Head, the couple's private secretary, said: 'But George being just a little over eight-months-old by the time they travel, I’m sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time.'
The Duchess rubbed noses with a local dignitary when welcomed at Government House in Wellington [Rex]
He added: ‘There is no hiding the enthusiasm for this visit by both The Duke and The Duchess. The Duke because he has been here before, and the Duchess because she has never been to either country but has wanted to do so as long as she can remember. The Duke has no doubt that his wife will fall in love with New Zealand and Australia every bit as much as he did.’