William and Kate are in the Blue Mountains today--not to be confused with the Misty Mountains, those guys are back in New Zealand. The picture below is a dawn shot of the Three Sisters rock formation which Kate and William will view later in...this post. Truly spectacular scenery on the agenda today:
Random Twitter shots of the location by hikers:
Due to host the royal couple at their headquarters, the girl guides spent the morning busily preparing for their sausage sizzle. I actually was a little at a loss as to what a sausage sizzle was, but that fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, enlightened me.
Sausage sizzles are a common Australian and New Zealand charity fundraising and community event.
The food was prepped and ready for the royal arrival:
William and Kate arrived by helicopter in Winmalee, where they first met with survivors of the bushfire last year. The only live feed available was a blurry one from the air. The residents had requested that no live cameras roll on the ground in an attempt to guard their privacy. The town is still very crushed from the fires of only six short months ago, with some homes yet to be rebuilt.
The Duke and Duchess met locals and toured a street particularly ravaged by the fire before continuing on to the Girl Guides building for lunch. This is an event that is no doubt close to Kate's heart. She is an avid supporter of GirlGuides/GirlsScouts. It emerged sometime last year that Kate had been volunteering with UK chapters as a Scout leader, and was photographed at a scout training camp when pregnant with George. A lucky break for those of us who are big fans of Kate wearing le Chameau and Barbour.
Kate delighted fashionistas everywhere by wearing a DVF wrap dress in a white and blue print. I love it. Although this is not her first DVF wear, it certainly is one of the more classic DVF styles than some of the pieces she has worn in the past.
The green, silk frock she debuted at a reception in Los Angeles and recycled to a pre-wedding party for Zara later in the same month was DVF. Since it is a very similar green to the Erdem from Cambridge, NZ, we can only assume William thought it "a bit bright." ;)
The coat that she wore when leaving Edward VII was DVF and is one of my favorite Kate coats of all time. I know I say that a lot, but this time I really mean it! It had such a beautiful pattern, lovely a-line skirt, and ruffling along the shoulders and cuffs. It was perfect subdued sophistication. That pop of yellow probably doesn't hurt.
Obviously, this beautiful wrap is also a throw back to Kate's fashion comfort zone. Wrap dresses were certainly a staple of her wardrobe as a single girl, in no small part thanks to her addiction to Issa. Even so, this dress has a twist. Kate usually gravitates toward jersey knits, but this one is 100% cotton and you can see the effect in the way it holds a certain structure that say, her engagement dress, did not.
A lot of you have been asking me to write about William more and it isn't that I don't like him, I just don't often have that much to say. But, I will make an exception today because it seems that the French fashion thing is catching. We had Kate running about in more of her Breton tops (Woot, woot, la Bretagne) and now William is debuting a pair of very suspiciously French looking trousers. I. LOVE. it. There seem to be few things stronger than the Frenchman's loyalty to his closet full of multiple colored trousers. And here we have William...in a pair of his own.
I don't really think the ensemble entirely works for William, to be frank. Those clunky dark shoes with the light blue pants? Every good Frenchman knows these should be paired with leathery boat shoes and a light Saint James sweater. The rivalry between England and France is strong, but take the gold out of Egypt, Will, or in this case, the fashion tip from the French. I like trajectory, though, and hope he continues to tweak the look. He was nicely complementing Kate's color palette, too, so major props for that.
Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoons, my favorite sapphire drops, and her Mappin & Webb pendant. Everything worked together very well for her today. It was certainly a win in my book, and I think a hit with most everyone else as well. She has been wearing her hair in that oh-so-flattering half-do these past fews days, but she reverted to the classic "Kate Middleton loose" for today. I still love it. When she has it beautifully blown out, as it has been today, it is hard to beat.
Kate chatted with service personnel and families alike, and could be heard on the live feed asking about their experiences on the day of the fire, had they been at home, etc. She certainly is a good listener. After lunch, the duo met the girl guides on the lawn and planted a tree.
Next stop was Echo Point over looking the breathtaking Blue Mountains. Rebecca English tweeted a shot of the Three Sisters rock formation.
At Echo Point, William and Kate enjoyed the sweeping views and and undertook a walkabout. But, perhaps the better fun was had by those of us watching the live feed. Our camera man was rather at the back of the pack, and I began to enjoy the behind the scenes melée of jostling and pushing almost as much as the royal action. It is a competitive business, I will say that. It was friendly, and it was funny. And I say that respectfully.
Am I the only one who thinks William looks uncomfortable? He is wondering if he pulled off the blue trousers...
Their color coordination with each other and the Blue Mountains truly is one of my favorite parts and highlights yet again how much detailed thought went into every single aspect of this tour! At the end of the afternoon, the two boarded their helicopter and were flown back to Sydney. Later today, William will meet with Australian PM Tony Abbott and we should have pictures from that by morning, I would think.