All eyes were on Kate and George [Getty]
Today saw Prince George's first ever official engagement: a super-exclusive play day. The adorable tot arrived at a New Zealand playgroup to have a whale of a time with a room full of fellow babies. Oh, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were there too.
Yes, Kate carried the eight-month-old in her arms and despite him pulling (and even sniffing) that gorgeously glossy (and presumably fresh-scented) hair of hers, she managed to look as sleek as ever. The Duchess also displayed her expert dressing skills, choosing a black and white frock by Tory Burch for the occasion. A royal press secretary confirmed the dress was chosen for the New Zealand colours, a subtle tribute to her host country. Score!
Cuteness alert! [Getty]
The Kate Middleton effect is still alive and good as the Paulina dress, £390, sold out in a matter of hours on Net-A-Porter and there are only a couple left on the Tory Burch site. The ladylike knee-length look was topped off with a pair of black heels with Kate's hair left loose. As for George, he was spruced up in smocked dunagrees with a sailboat on the front - a £75 design by British designer Rachel Riley - and the same shoes as he wore for the arrival. Expect to see many more perfectly co-ordinated outfit choices in the days to come.
Of course, this isn't the first time Kate has treated us to a dose of diplomatic dressing. She's learned from the likes of the Queen and Michelle Obama to take a cue from the occasion when it comes to her wardrobe choices and cannily pay tribute to the host country.
Kate is excellent at dressing to please [Getty]
Take, for example, that nod to Singapore’s Botanical Gardens when the DoC wore a dress covered in orchids, the flower most closely associated with the country. She also dressed to impress when she visited Canada by wearing an actual maple leaf hat, aka: the country's national symbol. And what does one wear to the rodeo in Calgary? A cowboy hat, of course! But that's not all. A trip to Glasgow means lashings of tartan, St Patrick's Day always requires a green ensemble and a trip to Wimbledon naturally calls for a cable knit sweater dress.
We're putting our bets on a corkscrew hat when she makes the trip to Australia. How about you?