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Kate Wears Teal Emilia Wickstead to Sunday Church Service at St. Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin, Jonathan Saunders to "Rippa Rugby" and Zara to Wine-tasting in Queenstown and Shotover Jet Ride

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Day 7! Palm Sunday in New Zealand. We start as has been pretty usual on this you, at the airpot. When William and Kate zoomed to the airport it wasn't easy to tell what she was wearing from the picture, but the initial reports were that she was in a jade green dress with a hat and an updo.


The royal reporters all hopped a ride on the hour and twenty minute royal flight, roughing it in coach. :) In the picture below you can see the curtain that separated Kate and William from the pack. One reporter mentioned she expected to hear the hairdryer soon, which made me think that when the reports came in that her hair was up, it was not a formal updo and that she planned to have her hair styled down.

While in the air, a tsunami warning was issued for all coastal regions in New Zealand--both Wellington and Dunedin are by water--and a quake was announced in the Christchurch area. Locals are welcome to weigh in on this. It isn't clear to me if this is a real problem, or just a crisis to non-locals. Sort of the way people who are not from California have a meltdown from tremors, while CAers just keep rolling when the land rocks. 


By the time the flight landed in Dunedin the warning had been revoked, so I don't think the tsunami was a concern, although the earthquake tremors in Christchurch could be more problematic. Kate stepped off the plane in a stunning Emilia Wickstead and matching Jane Taylor hat.



This photo was a little blurry, but I felt like I was seeing an old friend. Notice anything? I mean, something other than the false report that it was jade green. Obviously it is teal. Something other than that? 

Yes, indeed. The pink Emilia Wickstead she wore to the garden party at BP. My gosh! This is why I love Kate Middleton. If it isn't broken, why fix it! Dyed or just a remake, this is awesome. The pink dress was GORGEOUS on both wears, she gave it a little update and voila. Perfection squared. Don't you have dresses you look amazing in and you want to wear them every day and to every event, but you can't, because, well, how many times does a girl want to do a rewear? Kate has cleverly had her cake is eating it, too. Well down, Your Royal Highness. You are a star.

As I say, I don't know if this is a dyed dress or if she bought it in two shades. I can argue both. I could argue it is dyed because she is a millionaire and you can pay to have that sort of thing done, she is frugal, and it is an older style, so it either is dyed or has been sitting in her closet for a very long time.  Or, I could argue that she has bought beautiful dresses in different shades before, as she did with this Amanda Wakeley sheath dress. I don't know, but a side view of the fasteners shows they are a similar color to the dress. Dyed? Who knows at this point. The Amanda Wakeley sheath was very much "prime matter" in that it was so simple it didn't leap out as a recycle, whereas this dress is quite detailed and quickly recognizable. Perhaps Ms. Wickstead will clarify herself.



One of my Twitter followers informed me that Dunedin is the Scottish part of New Zealand, and sure enough, bagpipes greeted the royal party on their arrival. As they made their way down the receiving line, Kate shared the traditional welcome with a very small little girl.




These tarmac greetings with children are so, so very sweet. I think none of us have forgotten the very moving hug that Kate shared with little Diamond Marshal in Canada. 





As a side note, I was happy to see that Diamond has beat her cancer and is doing well. She was interviewed in 2013 on the birth of Prince George, and you can see that here

Kate's hat is a bespoke Jane Taylor with the New Zealand fern cleverly included at the decoration.


When Kate wore the same Emilia Wickstead in pink (no confirmation on the dyed speculation) to the Buckingham Palace garden party (she wore it a second time, I am just not highlighting that wear) she also accessorized with a Jane Taylor piece. Certainly one of my favorite Kate hats ever!




A lot of people have commented that they prefer the teal to the pink, and although I loved the pink, I have to say this teal is striking, and despite my bias for pink, I prefer this too. Kate has worn teal before and she made my SuperStar-look list in it:




William and Kate then proceeded to St. Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin for Palm Sunday Holy Communion service. 





After the service, the royal couple greeted fans before heading to "Rippa Rugby"!  William and Kate changed and headed off to Forsyth Barr Stadium (named after my New Zealand relatives...I joke) for a game of "Rippa Rugby" where they were to coach opposing teams of young children. 



At the risk of damning myself with my French friends for botching this explanation, basically, the American translation: rugby as I understand it is really rough football where you are allowed to pick the ball up and run with it--don't ask me. And "Rippa Rugby" is basically flag football, so it is non-contact to keep the kids safe. William was keen to get a little of his own back, as Emily Andrews here reports, "It's my team's turn to win."

Helpful advice from William, or a challenge?



Kate seemed focused and ready for the battle:



But not ready enough. Kate's team lost 30-20. A guy has to have the occasional win. I accepted this outcome. There will be fun video for this, but I will have to add it later with the update.




Kate was wearing skinnies, her Plimsolls, which I love so much and she has worn often, notably here and here, and a Jonathan Saunders jumper, or as we would say in the good 'ole USA, light sweater top. 

The Mirror reported on William's victory:
At the final whistle William punched the air in delight with both fists before teasing Kate, saying: "next time, next time".
His team of ten five to seven-year-olds were comfortable winners against Kate's group in front of thousands of cheering fans.





If Jonathan Saunders sounds familiar, he is. Kate wore his cheerful geometric print dress on tour in 2012. I really liked this dress, it was an unusual look for that particular tour and really "spiced" the day up.



Wills and Kate bid farewell to sport and their convoy headed for the airport and a wine tasting in Queenstown. Quick note. Supposedly, William told a woman in Cambridge that they would be needing another hand knit blanket soon, which sparked crazy rumors that Kate is pregnant. At the most I think we can assume the Cambridges are planning a second child sooner rather than later, but frankly it is hard to say what the exact quote even was at this point. Many people are saying that this wine-tasting will be the litmus test. Will she drink the wine? Oh. My. Gosh. First of all, we have been through this before, and no one knew when Kate was pregnant. She hasn't had anything to drink in public (other than St. Patrick's Day) in some time, and has already indulged in water on this tour. Wine tasting is an event at which you are supposed to spit the wine out anyway. The silliness of this rumor is just...typical. Anyway. Off we go. 




 And they are on their way to Queenstown...




Landing in Queenstown, the Duke and Duchess's schedule resembled an ideal first date: wine -tasting and a breathtaking and lightly terrifying boat ride. Royal standard fluttering on the front of their car, they headed to their afternoon of fun:


Reporters were standing by to catch all the excitement of their second stop, the Shotover Jetboat trip:




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But first, wine tasting! Kate sensibly recycled for this event. She popped on her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoons, Zara blazer and skinnies, and switched out the Breton top for a checkered blouse.  I like those Breton tops, but I have to say with this blazer and the heels and all, I far prefer this blouse. It is a little more put together, as is appropriate for today's activities.




There was much speculation about whether Kate would drink or not, as I mentioned earlier. I can't understand the frenzy. She is clearly not pregnant. Unfortunately, the possibility that she will have similar grave morning sickness on a second pregnancy is fairly high. Plus, George is only 8 months old. I am not saying it won't happen soon, but this feels a little too soon. Furthermore, Kate almost never drinks in public anymore, and even if she were pregnant, she could still take a few sips of wine for the cameras. I don't mean to shock, but plenty of women sip wine throughout their pregnancy and heaven knows that in "olden times" women drank throughout their pregnancy. It worked out. Pregnancy rumors are understandable on the front page of certain glossies, but I can't understand why we all get worked up over them. And she drank the wine...

Rant over. They took a walk through the vines. Ooh, so lovely. I want to be there! I know a girl from college who lives and works at vineyards in NZ right now. I should ask her if she chased Will and Kate... :)

They were then were off to the boats. William knows Kate wants a little princess next...

Kate threw her hair into a pony, donned her Ray-Ban shades, and changed her Zara blazer for a hardcore life vest that practically swallowed her, before she climbed into the boat.



A safety instruction speech was given, complete with a placard à la the airlines, and they sped off. 



When I was little I used to go tubing when visiting my grandparents' lake house. My uncle who would drive the speedboat was just nuts at the wheel, and I think his aim was to make us think we were about to die. He is a very successful man in every respect; it was the most horribly terrifying experience. Either he is in New Zealand driving that boat, or his long lost twin is. 


There will be better video, but this gets you started:






Kate was still smiling when she got back, so as I suspected, it seems she had a blast. 


That wrapped the day. It has been the busiest of the tour thus far, that is certain. Tomorrow is another day of activity! Professional pictures have been very slow to trickle in, but we should have more by the morning. Until tomorrow!  

48 comments:

  1. I like this little preview, Jane. Thank you! They do look the same, but I just couldn't say. I am sure you will sort out the truth!

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    1. Thanks. :) I still don't know and we may not know...unless she wears the pink again! That would tell the tale for sure.

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    1. And the fact the fasteners match doesn't indicate a second dress, they'd be easy enought to switch out to match the new color sw well.

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    2. I agree with that. I don't know enough about dying to make judgements. I think it could very well be something she has been keeping in the closet...

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  3. By far my favorite look of the tour yet. I love the color and she looks fabulous.

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    1. It is SUCH a great color on her. It works with her hair and her tan. Really beautiful, I agree. :)

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  4. Funny I thought the exact same thing!! I kind-of doubt it, maybe she liked the pink one so much she had the same coat made in a different color. I know I buy styles I like in different colors because I know that they fit well and I feel good in them. Oh, look the hem is above her knees. lol

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    1. :) so the hemline is! Haha, well, I have no idea. All things told, it is likely a second she bought when she bought the pink. Clearly, she loves the dress, though, and must feel very confident in it. It is one of my favorites, despite the weird pulling at the bodice. :(

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  5. Waved to Will & Kate on the way to the stadium - gotta say it is such a surreal feeling seeing them in the flesh! She looked happy and beautiful! (and I think I prefer the dress in teal rather than in pink)

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    1. Lucky you! That is so cool you got to see them in person!

      Victoria, Oregon

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    2. Oh wow! So cool! William and Kate need to visit my town. :) Seeing someone in person is different than pictures and video. That is awesome!

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  6. I like this dress very much..it's a wonderful colour, length and it fits her so well (not like the green one!)! Maybe I prefer this aquamarine than the pink one even if pink is usually my favourite colour and she was gorgeous in it as well! Honestly I think it's easier for her to buy it in the new colour than dye. From my personal experience I can say that the outcome of a dye isn't always good and there is a chance you can ruin the dress (that is an expensive dress!)..but it would be amazing if you are right!
    Unfortunately I have just seen she has changed the outfit so fast and now is sporty..I hope she'll recycle the dress at some point! I hoped her to wear it the whole day!
    I love your blog..Very funny your writing and I share your point of views! You pay attention to all the details..hihi Congratulations for your perfect coverage of this tour!
    (I'm sorry for my English mistakes..it's not my language as I'm Italian..so many times I wanted to leave comments here but I'm quite embarrassed as I don't speak well..I enjoy so much reading in English these topics but still have some problems writing in the right way!)

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    1. You've done a spectacular job!

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    2. Hi Cinzy,

      I never would have guessed that English was not your first language, well done!! I was wondering about the possibility of a dye job and how easy or not it would be to do. I agree with you, why take the chance on such a beautiful and expensive dress.

      I love these days when she has multiple wardrobe changes, maybe she will put this coat dress back on for the wine tasting.

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    3. My goodness, you honestly did a wonderful job. Actually, it's better than some people who speak English as their first language. Don't shy away from posting. It is good practice! Ciao. - Joan M. from Ohio

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    4. Thank you all for your encouragement..very useful!

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    5. Ciao Cinzy,

      know your handicap. As a german, english is a foreign language to me too. Looking up single words, thinking about the right expression - it often takes a long time.
      As all the others before said: You did a great job! I understood it all. Let's go on practising together ;-)

      Tanti saluti, Vicky

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    6. There are dye specialists who could easily do this job. My girlfriend took lessons from one, and after a couple of years of trying, could do almost naything in dye.

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    7. Cinzy, thank you so much for your kind words about the blog! I am very flattered to read them and am stoked you read the blog! Please don't worry about the language! You do so, so well! I am working on my second language, but in French. It IS hard to write and stumble through, and I am always bashful about speaking in French with my friends who are natives. I tell them "me French is too shy." You do a marvelous job, though, I am very impressed! Thanks for commenting and I am so glad you finally did. :) I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour here, and feel free to weigh in whenever you choose. We are all foreigners in most languages, if you think about it. :) You and Vicky both are amazing!

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    8. @Anonymous 11:24. I agree that given her resources there must be people who could do a dye job from a delicate pink to a darker teal, but with her resources, she could also have bought it a second time. I was convinced it was dyed yesterday, not I rather think it is probably just a second shade. Just because she has done it before...

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  7. Has anyone else noticed the crease in Kate's fascinator? Think it's supposed to be there?

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    1. Absolutely deliberate. Have noticed this in a number of my wool hats as well.

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    2. This hat was confirmed by Jane Taylor as bespoke, so I think it must be part of the design. I would be shocked if she had a defective bespoke hat. :(

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  8. Hi Jane. Sorry but my first thought was:"How boring!" She could have altered the skirt to make it into a different outfit. I'm surprised at her lack of creativity.

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    1. I LOVE this dress and I was thrilled she wore it, at the same time I did find it odd she essentially recycled for such a big occasion and wore a New Zealand designer who isn't really entirely an NZ designer. A lot of choices I didn't expect. I loved the dress and I loved the color and I loved the whole thing, but it felt like mixed signals to me, so I think I understand why you feel that way.

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  9. I just love this site. I found it weeks back and now check it two or three times a day. It is a little break in the day for me. I am so impressed with the coverage, Jane. You do a wonderful job. I wonder what necklace she was wearing this morning at church. It was not showing outside her dress.
    Have any of you wondered what her closet is like at home? I wonder if there is a spreadsheet somewhere that says what day, what event, what accessories, etc. for each outfit. I wonder if her closet is one of those beautiful, huge closets you dream about that has room for everything and everything hangs neatly and is super organized with a place for everything!
    Jane - on any appearance by Kate, is a designer officially announced or do you have to do all the leg-work? If this was explained before, sorry, I did not see it. I'm assuming you're somewhat of a detective for some of the bags, accessories, shoes, etc.
    With all these new clothes and her penchant for re-wearing outfits, I wonder if it will be a while before we something new after the tour. That would be a bummer.
    Thanks for all the hard work and this site is like a fun group of girlfriends sitting around together discussing Kate's fashion. Thanks. Joan M. from Ohio

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    1. Dear Joan,

      I never thought about the possibility of a spreadsheet before, but it makes total sense. I bet the Queen's dresser uses a something similar to track HM's wardrobe. I did read that some celebrities photograph their outfits including accessories each time they wear them and enter them into their computers to keep track of where and when they wear them. I've often wondered about her closet, does she keep all her clothes in her home closet or maybe in some other storage facility? She seems to have an awful lot of clothes, not only the ones we see at engagements but her everyday clothes as well, not to mention hats, fascinators, shoes, boots, etc. Wouldn't it be great to be able to spend an hour (or longer) there??

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    2. With the space at KP, I'm sure at least one or two rooms are dedicated to her wardrobe, and another couple for William's (think of all the dress uniforms, Order of the Garter regalia, etc).

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    3. Hi Joan! First of all, thank you, thank you for your nice comments about the blog. I appreciate every single person who tells me they enjoy the blog--certainly flattering. :)

      I think she was wearing her Mappin & Webb pendant necklace. You can see a bit of it when she went wine-tasting. I have written another wrap up post and included some pictures if you want to drop by and see that.

      She must have a huge closet. She has beautiful and expensive clothes going back years and she doesn't seem to get rid of them. We see rewears from away back sometimes. I don't think Kate has gotten to the point that she has curated closet the way the Queen does. (Has anyone (Lauri?) read Angela Kelly's book about dressing the Queen? Intense organization.) I don't know if Kate has a spreadsheet yet, although she will have something sooner rather than later.

      It is unusual for the palace to release a statement on designer. Kate bloggers tend to work together as we hunt down her pieces. Obviously, when she recycles like today, it is instantaneously recognizable and little work needs to be done to confirm. If it is a new piece, we still know her go-to brands and it is just a matter of searching. A lot of detail oriented and talented women jump in, it is a very impressive push to get the pieces all named and confirmed. It is fun--I think everyone enjoys it!

      William does have a lot of ceremonial clothes, you are right! I think Kate will always win the closet war, though. :)

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  10. She looks divine! I think it is a different dress but she asked for the same cut and style. She has been wearing some lovely bright colours on this tour I love it! I love the picture of her hugging the little girls shes really good with children.

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    1. She is super great with kids. That little traditional welcome photo was one of my favorite shots!

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  11. William should've brought baby George to the rugby, could've have pushed him in around in a little baby buggy thing. I didn't know NZ produces wine. ? I do love a good glass of red wine...I'll have to check it out. Australian wines are terrible. Over commercialised imo.

    Interesting little fct. did you know fact.......... Most of the trees that line the streets of London, are from New Zealand. They're called Londonplanes. They're hybrids brought over by the botanist (captain Cook) who sailed with the first settlers.

    True.

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    1. I had no idea about the trees in London! That is very cool! Wow, I love these tours because you learn so much about geography, nations, other traditions, history... It's great! Thanks for that factoid. :)

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  12. Hi Jane,
    Your coverage is just fantastic. Thank you for all the effort you are putting into this blog- it really shows! One funny side-note from your photos- did you notice that the Duke and Duchess were wearing monogrammed life jackets? It's a sweet gesture, but also yet another gift from this trip that I struggle to imagine them re-using.

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    1. When I watched the video, all I could do was imagine them saying "Again, please, again!" since it was obvious they loved it.

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    2. Hey Lee, thank you! I am so happy people are enjoying the coverage thus far!! I actually didn't notice that at all, but I agree. What can you do with that? I wonder if it is all stored for future use in museums or for charity auctions. They are the future of the monarchy and this will be historical stuff in fifty years. IDK.

      @anonymous Yes, I think William and Kate had a blast. I read William kept asking them to drive closer and closer to the cliff sides. Obvioulsy a guy who likes a thrill. :)

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  13. Gorgeous outfit for Church ---hope we see that again, as she wore it for such a short time.
    I suspect many people buy the same dress in different colours---she knows what suits her and what she feels comfortable in.
    Though I loved the pink---love the teal even more; strong colours seem to suit her so well.
    Also liked her casual outfits.
    So glad I found this site.

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    1. Hi maggie, glad you found us, too! I prefer the teal too, although the pink one with the pink at Buckingham Palace was so great! Jewel tones really are her colors, though... Hope you continue to follow the tour with me! :)

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  14. In regards to the question you posted regarding the earthquake and tsunami from a local's perspective . We are called the Shaky Isles because we get earthquakes all the time and a tsunami warning is not really anything we are overty concerned over. Mind you, Wellington is well overdue for their "big one". We normally get a tsunami warning with any earthquake that has occured within the pacific vacinity that could result in one. In saying that, we are aware that they do happen but we have never had one of significance - yet. The worst one I think (correct me if Im wrong) was about 1 meter.

    Kiwi Nic

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    1. Wow. That was the sense I was getting, that you have these with some regularity. Obviously, with tsunamis always better to be safe than sorry. They say California is due a massive earthquake like the one in 1906. So far so good, though. I will cross my fingers for Wellington. Obviously today this will be on our minds as Will an Kate visit Christchurch. :(

      Thanks for commenting on this, I appreciate it!! Hope you enjoy having the royals in your backyard!

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    2. HI Jane

      Yes, its great having them here. I've been a lucky girl as I actually met both of them in Cambridge. If you ever get the chance - go for it! You may have to wait a long time (get there early) but its worth it. Its nice to see what they are really like without all the airbrushing etc.

      Kiwi Nic

      Kiwi Nic

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  15. I loved every outfit of that day.
    I agree with you, Jane. The blouse fits optimally to the blazer. I love this outfit. casual but elegant.

    And today I had my first immediate "WOW"-reaction when I saw her teal ensemble. To me the best so far. I didn't recognize the Emilia Wickstead first. I like it in pink, but LOVE it in teal. I haven't thought of it could be dyed. I'm excited if we get this solved ;-)

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    1. Vicky, it despite the fact it was kind of a recycle, the color change really made it pop. I am glad you liked it, too! Looking forward to seeing what she wears today!

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  16. Hi Jane,
    I love your pictures and stories of Kate and William. I would love to see a little bit about little prince George and the nanny.
    I look for your stories almost everyday because it breaks up my daily work.
    Janet

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