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The Cambridges in Pakistan Fashion Recap: Days 3-5

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The royal tour of Pakistan has come to an end, and we’re recapping the last few days of fashion highlights.

Day 3

The third day of the tour was spent in Pakistan’s stunning Chitral district and the Duchess of Cambridge’s neutral-coloured outfit was an ideal backdrop to the setting.

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Whilst some of her pieces remain unidentified, we do know she was wearing her trusty Really Wild Clothing suede boots along with the same Really Wild waistcoat she wore on the 2016 tour in Bhutan. She added a brown button-up shirt, long brown skirt and tan scarf to the outfit, along with dangly gold earrings (the Gold Zenu Chandelier style) from Missoma.

The simple outfit was a smart choice as the Cambridges’ headgear really stole the show on day three.

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Upon their arrival, Catherine was presented with the same style of feathered white hat Diana, Princess of Wales wore when visiting Pakistan in the nineties. It’s the official cap of the Chitrali Scouts, which was a nice tie to the duchess’s work with the Scouts back in the UK. The duchess also received a beautiful embroidered white coat and a shawl. 

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William wore the Scouts hat on a visit to a settlement of the Kalash people, whilst Kate was given a traditional pink feathered headpiece. Both of them really seemed to enjoy interacting with the local people and taking part in their traditions, such as wearing the hats.

Day 4

Arriving in Lahore, the Duchess of Cambridge looked fresh and comfortable in a white shalwar kameez by Pakistani textile company Gul Ahmed. The custom-made outfit was embroidered with white flowers, including jasmine, which is the national flower of Pakistan. She added a dupatta shawl by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.

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The duchess wore Maheen Khan earlier in the tour (see our days one and two recap here) and the outfit was a versatile choice for the first part of the day, which involved an official arrival, visiting an SOS Children’s Village, and playing cricket.

Catherine lost the shawl, pulled her hair in a ponytail, and swapped out a tan pair of J. Crew heels for a more sensible option during the cricket visit. Her shoes actually had an adorable connection, as she chose a white pair of Hampton Canvas plimsolls that both of her older children have worn in blue.

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In terms of accessories, royal fashion fans might recognise her Asprey London Small Oak Leaf earrings and Mulberry clutch from several previous engagements.

Later that day, the duke and duchess paid a visit to Badshahi Mosque and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, with Catherine changing into another beautiful creation by Maheen Khan. The teal shalwar kameez and dupatta featured gold detail and looked light and comfortable for a hot day in Lahore.

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She accessorised with her previously worn Catherine Zoraida Fern earrings and the J. Crew pumps she sported earlier, but a much different accessory was certainly the highlight of the day when she added a plastic tiara to her look.

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In what has become one of the most heart-warming and talked about moments of the tour, the Cambridges shared a tea party with a young girl called Wafia at the cancer hospital. Seeing the look on Wafia’s face as she played with a real-life princess was certainly a moment I’ll always remember from this trip.

Day 5

The Cambridges spent their last day in Pakistan with some special four-legged friends, stopping by the Army Canine Centre. Catherine wore a black coat from Beulah London, sporting the brand’s Papilio style from their 2014 collection.

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The coat, which has several buttons in the middle but flares out into an open style, was perfect to highlight her white tunic and trousers underneath. She added black cross-over style flats from Russell & Bromley and dangling filigree style earrings she’s worn twice recently, which remain unidentified (but are possibly from Accessorize!).

Boarding the flight back to Islamabad before returning to the UK, we saw one final look from the Duchess of Cambridge. She changed into a casual embroidered black-and-white kurta by popular Pakistani brand Elan, wearing it along with a white scarf over the same white trousers from earlier in the day.

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She stowed her in-flight essentials in the black Smythson Panama East West Zip Tote, per UFO No More, and wore the same beige J. Crew pumps from day four.

That’s a wrap on yet another royal tour and the Duchess of Cambridge showed Pakistan a winning combination of traditional outfits, Pakistani designers, and some affordable accessories over the past five days. Integrating the styles of a different culture into their tour wardrobe is always tricky for the royals when visiting another country, but Catherine – like her late mother-in-law, Diana – pulled it off with aplomb.



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Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. She blogs about royal fashion and travel at royallybroke.com. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.