The Duchess' cabin chic while on tour [Getty]
Okay K-Middy fans, when it comes to the Duchess and her wardrobe, what have we learned over the years? Why, we know what a fan she is of ‘literal dressing’: think shamrock on all-green ensemble for St. Patrick’s day, head-to-toe Tartan when in Glasgow, red maple leaf on head upon arrival in Canada, Sydney Harbour Bridge shaped hat on touch-down in Australia... Okay, joke on that one, but you never know.
We also know how greatly she admires Mummy Middleton’s style - indeed, Kate very often borrows items from Carole’s closet (we’ve always found this a bit odd, not least because P-Middy does it too - but then Mrs M is one stylish lady). So just imagine our delight when we laid eyes upon our future Queen stepping off the plane in Wellington on Day One of the royal tour.
Not only had the Duchess 'literal dressed' by nailing air-stewardess chic in a red pill box dress coat by Catherine Walker (there was great debate at Grazia HQ as to whether she was channelling Virgin or Aeroflot stewardesses), but she was also paying homage to her ultimate style icon, mother and former air-stewardess, Carole!
The source of Kate's style-spiration? [Pan am, Virgin, Aeroflot, Qantas]
But that's not all. When boarding the plane to New Zealand, Kate’s Max Mara wrap dress bore more than a passing resemblance to the ladies who serve on Qantas. And K-Mid’s cabin chic style was on display yet again today when she was in an Alexander McQueen powder blue ensemble for a walkabout in Blenheim and, naturally, she managed to fit in hopping in a mini flighter jet [below]. More KLM than Pan Am? Again, we are divided.
The Duchess in Blenheim earlier today [WireImage]
You can't blame the girl. Speaking as the daughter of a fellow 1970s British Airways Trolly Dolly, I know how very glamorous those ladies were. So which airline will our fair princess opt for next? Air New Zealand’s pink and black patterned numbers are very jazzy. Stay tuned. Doors to manual anyone?