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Down Under Day 16: Roksanda Ilincic for Arrival In Uluru

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcome back! We are rolling into the final four days of the Australian tour. Police lined up outside Government House this morning to escort the Duke and Duchess to the airport for their 4 hour flight to Uluru. The Cambridges will spend the night away from George, undertake a day of engagements, and be home to him tomorrow evening.


William and Kate were headed for Ayers Rock, also called by its aboriginal name, Uluru. They were scheduled to watch the sunset there, and photos taken by the waiting press pack looked pretty breathtaking:



But, the first stop was the National Indigenous Training Academy where the couple presented certificates, after which they in turn were presented with gifts.





Kate quickly slipped a bracelet onto her wrist, while William received a very long and pointed spear. He stood and examined the sharpened tip and I could almost hear him thinking, "something to poke the paparazzi with..."


Kate was wearing Roksanda Ilincic again, which was very interesting to me. Sometimes on these tours we see a particular designer take center stage and then that label is incorporated into frequent rotation in the royal wardrobe at home. We have seen two Roksanda Ilincics in just a few weeks, now. Perhaps we are seeing a trend emerging...



Kate touched down in Australia in a bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic that suited her very well. 



Today's dress is very reminiscent to her first dress from the label, the light lavender from Los Angeles and again from the Olympic event. It is almost as if Kate said, I'll take that in casual, please:



The dresses had nearly identical pleating and asymmetrical collar, but today was certainly a more "dressed-down" fabric. Fashion whizzes over at WKW determined that the dress is the Lovina style in a custom color. So, Kate tweaked it just a little to suit her, but it remains primarily unchanged in design. I thought it very beautiful. I love the folds that Roksanda Ilincic utilizes, and Kate carries them off perfectly. Changing the fabric made it just suitable for this occasion.




The question as raised, "Is Kate a tad too formal for the afternoon's events?"  While I see that perspective I think it is a very hard balance, because frankly, no one wants the jbrands and blazer again--much as I love casual. And she has rather exhausted eyelet for the moment as well. I thought it was appropriate and respectful. She needed to dress nicely to honor the day and the people, and she chose a simple sheath dress that looked professional without being over the top. From a purely utilitarian perspective, it looked like she would be able to keep cool in this sleeveless dress. 


Kate accessorized with her LK Bennett Sledge pumps, her Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings, and I spied her also carrying a clutch that looked suspiciously like her McQueen.

William, who has a degree in Geography, looked to be leading some form of demonstration briefly:



A brief walkabout:




The two met with school children and then moved onto the The Cultural Center for the official Welcome to Country, which included a rhythmic dance, which we will see in the next post...



14 comments:

  1. Agree with you--she dressed to honour those receiving certificates and later changed into a more informal dress for walk round the rock.
    I find it difficult to decide which outfit I like beat---because she always seems to be dressed for the occasion.
    Certainly everything she wears seems to have been carefully chosen. William looks so much better in casual clothes or uniforms---he should stick to one or the other.

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    1. Yes, this tour in particular seemed to need a lot of wardrobe planning. Maybe because they have covered such diverse regions...

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  2. This dress is oddly similar to the one from LA, you're right... At first glance I thought it WAS that dress!

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    1. Yes, it threw me briefly. She certainly likes certain styles and sticks with them!

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  3. I am so grateful to this blog .. to Kate and to this tour in a faraway land, but that's interested in me. This to me is a very hard time, I have some family problems, and then I find myself every day to take refuge in these pages pink pages.
    Also, when posts usually come out I'm awake because my 11 month old son wakes up in the middle of the night (I live in italy) and when he finally falls aspleep I can follow every news with joy.. Thank you Jane and thank you Kate!

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    1. Becky, I am so glad you find the blog a bright spot! I too come to the blog when I am a little down to escape into my royal world. :)
      I hope everything with your family gets better soon! You'll be in my thoughts!

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    2. Thank you Jane, I really appreciate that!

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  4. Oh my gosh, this dress might be my new tour favorite, I feel like I'm saying that alot since Kate arrived in Austrailia. :) I loved this dress when she first wore it in L.A. and even more when she wore it to a reception with her hair up (my favorite up do on her by the way). The cut, the fabric and the color are perfection and I love the belt she wore with it, looks like the one from the lilac dress, great color combo.

    I too liked the second dress she wore today. It's so summery and just the right amount of casual. I look forward to the next post.

    I think the last picture you posted Jane is so precious!! Do you happen to know anything about Kate's new necklace? She's worn it the last few days and I'm curious about it.

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    1. Hi Lauri, I have posted a bit about the new necklace on the next post. If you know anything about mushroom lore, definitely weigh in. :)

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  5. I loved the clour and the dress even she has already had one similar:-)
    My only wish is a different hairstyle but we cant have it all! Thanks for the wonderful post! A.

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    1. Yes, it was a great color, particularly with the colors of the outback. Very lovely choice. Glad you liked the post! :)

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  6. I like how Kate and William match in terms of colour. I'm not so taken with the colour of her dress but it reminds me of safari. So it matched to the location :-) The cut is nice. It's airy, summerly, both casual and elegant, perfect compromise.

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    1. It was a beautiful complement to all the colors of the Outback. She did a splendid job with that!

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  7. There's absolutely no excuse for the wobbly, up-and-down hemline of the McQueen pink 2-piece. That two-piece probably cost in the hundreds (if not more) pounds, and Kate deserved an absolutely flawless outfit. Haute couture isn't what it used to be!

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