With the sneak preview of the family in Sydney before they jetted off to NZ, royal – and particularly fashion – watchers got a treat from The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.
Recylcing a grey Max Mara wrap dress, worn to her first engagement post-morning sickenss hospital stay, The Duchess looked immaculate after a 23 hour flight to Sydney.
For footwear, she wore a new pair of nude heels, lower and darker than her famous LK Bennett’s, with a suede finish and pointed toe. Our friends at What Would Kate Do identified them as Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps, retailing at around £360.
The eight-month-old Prince wore a dark romper suit, and wriggled and squirmed as his mother carried him up the plane’s stairs. William, looking dapper as ever in a dark suit, carried Kate’s trusty Longchamp Le Pliage bag, perfect for a lengthy flight to Australia, as well as a small kangaroo backpack for his son. The cute piece costs around 15 AUS $, and is already sold out, but savethekoala.com are taking pre-orders. It is thought to be a gift from the airport, though we don’t know who from. See the bag here.
Seeing Kate’s secretary board the plane with a dress bag and hat box, told us that Kate would be changing on the short flight over to New Zealand. The Duchess emerged from the Royal New Zealand Airforce plane in a bold, red bespoke Catherine Walker coat dress, with an A-line skirt, Prince George on her hip. The coat falls just below the knee, with double buttons down the breast military-style, and button detailing on the sleeves.
Kate accessorised this with a bespoke, red, Gina Foster pillbox hat, and her hair half up, suitable for the windy Wellington weather. On loan from the Queen was a silver fern brooch. Featuring the national emblem of New Zealand, the diamond and platinum brooch Kate wore was a Christmas gift from the women of Auckland to Her Majesty on her tour in 1953.
Her shoes were brown Emmy Valerie suede pumps (previously worn when presenting Shamrocks to the Irish Guards), her Kiki McDonnagh Grace earrings, and a black suede clutch appeared when George was handed to his nanny.
George too, had a change of outfit. He welcomed the photographers and media in a cream jumper, adorned with Royal Guards, like the ones which guard his great-grandmother’s London home! Pale shorts and white booties completed the fashionable young Prince’s outfit. The booties are the Early Days Pre-Walker shoe, £27 from Children Salon.
William seemed to be wearing the same suit in Sydney, as in Wellington: a navy suit, white shirt and burgundy tie, and gave George’s bare legs a gentle rub to make sure he stayed warm.