Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: NZ tour special!

18 April 2014 - 08:00am
Edited by Cindy Stockman
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This next installment of Royal  Fashion Round-up with Chloe will wrap-up The Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits during her time in New Zealand. Starting at the beginning of the tour, is a recap of the Sydney/Wellington arrival outfits. The original article as reported by Royal Central may be found here.


A grey Max Mara wrap dress with new nude pointed heels was The Duchess’ choice for the long journey as Kate was pictured walking through Sydney airport, George on her hip. The shoes were Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps in nude. The Duke carried the family’s hand-luggage onto the plane, including Kate’s black Longchamp Le Pliage bag, a good size for hand luggage.

George’s outfits have also recreated his mother’s ‘Kate-effect’, with items selling out that he has worn. The young Prince sported a navy romper suit, with a moss stitch cardigan by Rachel Riley and Alex black pre-walker shoes by Early Days. William also carried a cute kangaroo-backpack, seemingly a gift from the airport. This is available via a waiting list at, as it sold out once it was identified.


When they arrived in Wellington, The Duchess and Prince George had changed, though Prince William didn’t seem to have! A bespoke Catherine Walker coat, with double-breasted buttons and an A-line skirt saw Kate make an impact as she arrived in New Zealand.

The Duchess’ hair was pulled back in a formal style to accommodate the Gina Foster bespoke pillbox hat, with chocolate Emmy ‘Valerie’ heels completing the look. The addition of The Queen’s silver fern brooch added a subtle class to the coat-dress. The diamond and platinum brooch was a Christmas gift from the women of Auckland to Her Majesty on her tour in 1953 and features the silver fern which is the national emblem of New Zealand.


George donned a white Milo Bodysuit, with a blue-trim peter-pan collar from Trotters. Over this was a cream cashmere cardigan, embroidered with Royal Guards and their bearskins! (This is just visible in the photo above, through Kate’s fingers.) The cardigan came from Sue Hill at The Nursery Window.  His shoes were white versions of his pre-walker shoes, and his father, William, wore a smart navy suit and dark red tie, coordinating with his wife’s coat.



The next time we saw The Duchess of Cambridge was in the car on the way to Government House, for Prince George’s play date with Plunket babies. Kate opted for her Max Mara wrap dress again, and changed at the venue.

She emerged in a Tory Burch ‘Paulina’ dress, in the national colours of New Zealand. The pattern is stripes of white embroidered fabric, in a wave design, with vertical panels down the skirt seams. The sleeves and hem have small tassels on them, adding a chic detail to the stripe patterned dress.

Courtesy of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

Courtesy of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

A new pair of shoes appeared for The Duchess at Plunket, the Jimmy Choo ‘Vikki’, classic black pair of mid-height heels, teamed with her Anoushka pearl drop earrings and Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.

Prince George plays with Plunket playgroup in New Zealand.

Prince George plays with Plunket playgroup in New Zealand.

George was in navy dungarees, with a sailboat detail, again by Rachel Riley. A white peter pan body suit was worn underneath from Trotters, and his black pre-walker shoes made another appearance. William was there too, in a pale blue shirt, dark trousers – a more casual style for the whole family, following the official nature of their arrival.


For a wreath laying ceremony in Blenheim, Catherine wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen cornflower blue coat dress, in a longer style than Kate normally wears. It features a chunky belt, peplum detail at the hip, and a pleated skirt on the back. It is similar to a number of McQueen coats available off the rack, but only features one peplum, as opposed to the two the others bear.


Kate also wore Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps and a Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch, with her sapphire earrings, that match her engagement ring. These are supposedly the ones William’s mother, Diana, wore, but they were made into drop earrings to personalise them for Kate; they were shown off well by the fact that Kate wore her hair in a pony-tail. Under the coat, Kate wore an unidentified navy dress.

Both Will and Kate wore a small poppy pin for the wreath laying ceremony, honouring the fallen NZ servicemen and women.


The same evening, William and Kate unveiled a portrait of The Queen.

The Duchess was stunning in a black Jenny Packham bespoke gown, with detailed silver fern embellishment on the left shoulder, a nod to her host country. The dress was slim fitting with a slash neck, and had a satin style band around the waist; it fell just below the knee, something we have seen more of this tour. Kate’s Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps and matching clutch completed the outfit.


For jewellery, Catherine chose the earring and bracelet set given to her by Prince Charles as a wedding gift.

The designer, Jenny Packham recently said that working with Kate is ‘always quite a collaboration’, and that “you kind of always know where [the outfit is] going to be worn,” . Packham also complimented The Duchess’s ‘great sense of style’.


To meet RNZAF families in Whenuapai, The Duchess dressed down a little, choosing dark Zara Jeans and a navy blazer, with military-style double buttons, and a navy and white stripe 3/4 sleeve top. The nautical themed top is by Me + Em and has ruching detail on the hip, with a slash neckline.


Kate initially wore her Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ wedges, but sensibly swapped them for her Sebago ‘Bala’ boat shoes for the yacht racing later on, which she also wore dragon boat racing on the North America tour. Kate wore her Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and sported a NZ cap for the race against her husband, removing her blazer for the race.


The Duchess has previously debuted other navy blazers, including her Smythe jacket, similar in style to the Zara one. The blazer was a fairly new piece and Zara still had sizes in stock internationally, but they sold out within minutes.


To the couple’s  engagements in Waikato (Rainbow House Hospice/Pacific Aerospace for William, War Memorial and the Avantidrome), Catherine chose a emerald green ‘Allie’ Erdem coat. A straight cut coat, with exposed zip, and a similar detail on the cuffs. The coat also has a Peter-Pan collar and seam detailing on the front, as well as large pockets; a dress to match is also available from Erdem. Kate revealed to a well-wisher who complemented her outfit, that William thought it was ‘a bit bright’!



The Duchess has worn Erdem before, notably when she was pregnant – a navy, burgundy and white patterned dress, and a navy fitted lace dress on the North America tour of 2011.

The outfit was accessorised with a black Episode ‘Angel’ heels and a suede clutch. Beneath her coat, a green Suzannah chiffon tea-dress was worn, visible on a few of the day’s photos. The dress features a v-neck and empire line, with a white floral pattern.

It seems Kate wore her sapphire drop earrings again, along with her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, fast becoming a regular accessory for The Duchess.


A full day of engagements in Dunedin, on the South Island, The Duchess wore 4 different outfits. She arrived for a Palm Sunday service in a copy of her baby pink Emilia Wickstead (a NZ born designer) dress, worn previously to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and to an evening reception at St James’.  It has long sleeves, a pleated skirt, and square neckline with a wrap-over design.


This time it was teal in colour, with The Queen’s silver fern brooch once more. A Jane Taylor fern hat and her carbon grey Emmy ‘Valerie’ pumps (worn to this years presentation of Shamrocks to the Irish Guards) and a black clutch completed the outfit. Kate’s Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings added the finishing touch.

Rippa Rugby:

Then came Rippa Rugby coaching, where Kate chose a casual cream, peach and blue Johnathan Saunders knitted jumper, and her Zara navy skinny jeans, paired with her Mint Velvet plimsolls.

The jumper seems very pale peach in colour, but on inspection pale blue is visible on the cuffs and hem, and under the stitching of the wool too, an unusual colour scheme for Kate. She previously wore Johnathan Saunders on the South East Asia tour in a striking blue and purple patch dress.



As you can see in the pictures above, Will also changed into casual-wear, with light coloured chinos, trainers, and a jumper/shirt combo.


At Amisfield Winery came another change, with The Duke donning a smart jacket over his shirt, and swapping his trainers for a desert-boot style shoe to tour the vineyard.

His wife reused her military-style Zara blazer, this time over a blue and white check shirt, possibly from Gap, as well as her jeans and ‘Corkswoon’ wedges seen only a few days before. Kate’s Mappin and Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace was just visible, and she teamed it with citrine stone earrings.



A Shotover jet ride saw the final clothes-change of the day to more comfortable (and waterproof!) clothing. For both The Duke and Duchess, it was just a case of putting on a waterproof jacket (and swapping shoes for Kate! Her plimsolls came back out).



To visit the Christchurch area devastated by an earthquake 3 years ago, Kate wore her Luisa Spagnoli dress suit; she previously wore this to St Andrew’s University 600th anniversary celebrations, where Will and Kate were special guests to the celebrations, just a few days after the earthquake. This was the same say Kate signed the condolence book for Christchurch’s victims, and red and black are also the colours of the Canterbury region, marks of respect from The Duchess.


The jacket is a peplum style, with a black belt with bow detail just above, and a wide neckline with collar; black buttons tie the colour scheme together. It seems the dress has been converted into a skirt, as it is slightly longer than before, and pictures show the seam detail at the hips sitting lower down.


Catherine managed to play cricket in her Episode shoes, whilst her Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch was put aside. Her hair was pulled away from her face, and pinned in an elegant twist at the back of her head. Anoushka pearl drop earrings completed the look, and William wore another dark suit.

Police Academy: 

To visit the Police College in Wellington, navy was worn by both the Duke and Duchess, perhaps an acknowledgement of the New Zealand Police. The Duchess chose a skirt suit, from Rebecca Taylor, who is a NZ born designer. The suit was a scoop neck jacket with flowers around the hem, 3/4 sleeves with a slightly flared hip. The placket is grosgrain covered, with the same material in a band around the sleeve too.



The skirt a pencil style and was in the same marled blue fabric, with decorative frayed hems and seams, like the jacket. Her navy blue suede pumps by Alexander McQueen reappeared, as did her ‘Muse’ clutch from Stuart Weitzman. The sapphire drop earrings were shown off by her hairstyle, a half-up/half-down style, similar to the day before, and a Mappin and Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace was hidden beneath the jacket, but has been worn a number of times this tour.

George appeared to say farewell to New Zealand, and his guards cardi made another appearance over another Milo bodysuit, which he seems to have in a few colours. His black Alex Pre-walker shoes were worn on the flight over to Sydney, and his kangaroo backpack in nanny Maria’s hands as the family left New Zealand.

Sydney arrvial:

After a short flight to Sydney, The Duchess appeared from the Royal Australian Air Force plane in a bright Roksanda Ilincic yellow and white dress. It was a custom version of an off-the-rack dress, including the exposed zip on the back, but swapped round the panels of colour, making the yellow the dominant colour, with white accent panels, and a square neckline.

Catherine teamed the slim-fitting dress with her LK Bennett ‘Natalie’ straw clutch and LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels, the first time they have been seen this tour – surprising considering how often Kate wears them! Her hair and jewellery remained unchanged. It seems Will wasn’t a fan of the dress, unlike the rest of us, saying his wife’looked like a banana’!

William carried George after alighting from the plane, and the young Prince wore a smock with 3 small sailboats on the front, from Rachel Riley, similar to one William wore on his Australia tour in 1983.  It has a Peter-Pan collar with gingham blue trim, also on the sleeves. The brand seems to be a favourite for The Duke and Duchess’ son; George’s white Alex Pre-walkers completed his ensemble.

Was there a particular ensemble or style you enjoyed from the New Zealand leg of the tour? If so feel free to comment below or contact Chloe on Twitter: @RoyalsWithChloe

Photo credits: with kind permission from The Governor General of New Zealand’s office/Woolf /Crown, and New Zealand Plunket Society

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