With less than one week to go before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to India, Catherine has already given us a glimpse of what she’ll be wearing on her tour.
From 10th April, William and Catherine have a busy schedule planned, visiting Mumbai, New Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Last night, the couple opened the doors of their London home, Kensington Palace, to greet Bhutanese and Indian UK residents.
The Duchess chose a full-length gown by Indian designer Saloni
Lodha, a designer she’s favoured in the past. Catherine first stepped out in a Saloni dress back in November 2015, when she chose a cobalt blue midi style. With a daring sheer sleeve andfront panel, will we be seeing the Duchess in more of her styles during the tour?
Sources predict that Catherine will be packing between 12 to 15 outfits, around 2 per day of their trip. And how does she make sure she gets it just right? The Duchess’ personal secretary Rebecca Deacon and her team did a
‘rehearsal trip’, trialling various outfits, taking photos so Kate can
use images as guide to what colours and prints will look best.
Nothing is certain, but the Duchess is known for picking local designers when abroad, so she’ll likely be pictured in bright patterned traditional dresses.
“She is in charge of it herself and takes an interest in paying tribute to the host country with nods to their culture and local style on at least a few of the engagements,” a royal source told The Telegraph. “The important factor on this tour is the heat, so that’s an issue that plays a big part in the choice of outfits.”
Temperatures in India during April can reach a sweltering 35 degrees celcius, so Catherine will need to opt for light, loose fabrics like cotton and linen during the day to stay cool.
On the Duke and Duchess’ first night, they’ll be attending a glittering
reception with Bollywood stars, which means you can expect Catherine to
wear one her most glamorous looks. Will she choose an Indian sari, or
opt for one of her failsafe designers such as Jenny Packham, Erdem or
Althought most outfits are likely to comprise dresses and heels, Catherine will have to wear sportier attire for hers and William’s 6-hour trek to Paro Taktsang. It is believed that she’ll be packing the £106 Hillmaster walking boots she wore abseiling in Borneo for the Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.
designer likely to be commissioned for the royal tour is Ritu Kumar,
whose dress was worn by Princess Diana during her trip to Pakistan in
On the fourth day of their trip, the royal couple will be heading to Bhutan for a number of visits to Buddhist monasteries, which may require Catherine to wear a traditional Bhutanese outfit of a kira (piece of patterned fabric wrapped into a dress or skirt) paired with a wonju (long-sleeved blouse) and tego (jacket).
During her trip to Malaysia, the Duchess gave a nod to the national flower – the lotus – in a stunning Alexander McQueen dress. Perhaps she’ll wear something equally dazzling printed with the Himalayan blue poppy – Bhutan’s national flower – during her stay?