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Colorful Kate Kicks Off Royal Visit India in Reds and Pinks

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Duke & Duchess flew from London last night on a red-eye and landed at Mumbai airport this morning and were driven to the Taj Palace Hotel. We were hoping for an airport snap, but because this was an arrival on a commercial flight, it didn't provide an opportunity for some of the more dramatic arrivals we have seen in the past.



Richard Palmer shared a snap of the red carpet waiting for the Duke & Duchess prior to their arrival at the Taj Palace hotel:

via Richard Palmer @royalreporter


The Duke & Duchess arrived at the hotel where they were greeted by survivors of the 2008 terror attack on the hotel.  The attack spanned several days and multiple locations across Mumbai were targeted. It was a terrible massacre and horrible time of terror within the city. Inside the hotel, the couple laid a wreath to commemorate the lives lost:





This is the beautiful wreath the two place, with a card from William and signed by Kate, too, expressing their sympathy:

Carolyn Durand on Twitter

Apparently, there is some concern over meat and food poisoning. William and Kate sat down to lunch at the hotel, where the chef was instructed they wanted a completely vegetarian meal. He made them vegetable kebabs, lentil curry and rice, ricotta cheese and okra.



I love this beautiful bouquet of pink roses that Kate was given upon her arrival. Usually flowers are supposed to complement a royal lady's dress and my first thought was that pink--as beautiful as these flowers are--was a little ill-advised for this red dress. However, I think we are getting one of our first tastes of India here. My limited experience reminds me that India is a country very comfortable mixing a startling array of colors with magnificent and striking success. This has me excited for the opening reception tonight, which should be a breathtaking treat for the eyes:

UK in India Twitter 

Here the two are walking through the lobby after their welcome. I don't know who the woman directly behind Kate is, but her ensemble is on-point. Kate should steal her style. Those red shoes have me on ShopStyle.



After lunch, the couple changed and headed to the Oval Maiden cricket field. This is a video of the couple exiting the hotel to head to play cricket:



Before we get to cricket, though, let's pause and chat about the first ensemble. Kate tapped McQueen for her opening ensemble, picking this bright peplum dress from the label's pre-fall 2016 collection.

McQueen Pre-fall 2016


The altered dress features a number of Kate's preferred style elements, including 3/4 length sleeves, peplum detailing, and that large pleat in the front:



Kate recycled her "Temple of Heaven" earrings and debuted a new clutch from Russell & Bromley and new LK Bennett pumps




The first dress of a tour is a big deal. It gets a lot of front page exposure and it sets the tone for the tour. This was a great choice. She tapped a trusted British label, and a label that signifies real gravitas in her wardrobe (Kate wears McQueen to very important state events) but it is also very colorful and evocative of her host country's style. I think we are in for some fantastic fashion celebrating India!



The Duke & Duchess are at the cricket ground currently, and we will chat about that in the next post! Someone on Twitter asked me about how the royals handle the jet-lag. Kate is a relatively experienced international traveller, and as hard as the red-eye might sound, it is actually the very best strategy to beat jet-lag. You sleep on the plane as best you can and when you arrive you push through a full day. Kate will sleep pretty well tonight and from here on out, although she will still be able to feel that her internal clock is a little off, she should be able to function just fine. 




51 comments:

  1. Great post Jane. Kate was stunning as always. Been up all night reading Twitter. I feel like it is Christmas and Easter wrapped into one...lol just call me crazy...lol. Looking forward to your post through out this tour.

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  2. Fantastic choice for the beginning, love her in red and always like her McQueen choices. I hope she has some fun open toed shoe wear later on in this tour. Her hair and makeup are great here.

    The cricket outfit is cute, but the wedges are a poor choice especially when playing the game!

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  3. This outfit was a very appropriate choice, but I do agree with you, Jane, regarding the red shoes worn by the lady walking behind Kate. :) She wore them in Canada...there's hope! ;)

    To be perfectly honest, THIS is the type of outfit I expected her to wear for the reception at KP.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaApril 10, 2016 at 6:36 AM

      I also like the red shoes the woman behind Kate wore :) but, to be completely honest, her dress looks EXACTLY like the curtains in my grandmother's kitchen!

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    2. The womam's dress or Kates?

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    3. Sonja from BavariaApril 10, 2016 at 8:40 AM

      The woman behind Kate in the cream coloured dress with the floral pattern

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    4. Yes, it's a little bit chintzy. The shoes are a great color though.

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    5. Sonja from BavariaApril 10, 2016 at 9:28 AM

      LOL my grandma sewed those curtains herself back in the 50s ;)

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    6. Lady in red shoes is likely wife of British High Commissioner. They laid wreath after DDOC did.

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    7. I think you are correct, anon 10:54

      Sonja-I am a bit disappointed. I was envisioning your grandmother's snazzy red curtains and thinking, "Way to go, Grandma!"
      I like the floral dress, but it reminds me of something Kate would chose, while the
      Queen wore red. I think courtesy played a part.

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  4. Love both outfits---certainly can't be accused of being dull.
    Just watched the cricket session on TV---the wedges didn't seem to hold her back and William seemed like a big hitter. They seemed to be enjoying themselves with the children.

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  5. A great kick-off look! I like the print and color of the dress. The peplum seems to be a favorite of Kates. She is so slender that she can really pull that off. She wears the dress well. And, my goodness, McQueen was no huge surprise for her arrival look. I'll be anxious to see more pictures of her "cricket playing" dress. On first sight I'm not loving it but I'm hoping to change my mind.

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    1. I agree Laura...Kate is so slim that she can pull of the peplum on the dress just fine. Have another look at the cricket dress...from a distance it is kind of Ho-hum but when you see the pattern and the fabric close up...it is really quite pretty.

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  6. Sonja from BavariaApril 10, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Thank you for getting this post up so quickly!
    I am absolutely in love with her mcqueen ensemble (even though I wasn't sure about the peplum at first, but now I like it). The pattern is so so beautiful and a great nod to India, and red is a fantastic colour on Kate. But the fabric looked as if it was not ideal for the hot and very humid indian climate (apparently 35 to 40 degrees in the shadow!) - hopefully, poor kate didn't sweat too much!

    I wish she had worn this outfit for a bit longer, it is so pretty ;)
    Also, her hair is gorgeous as always!

    I understand that they opted for vegetarian food, I also wouldn't eat meat in such countries, you never know...

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  7. I think the McQueen was a good choice although personally I would have chosen something slightly plainer. There's an awful lot going on with the pattern, the pleat and the peblum. That can make a dress look "cheap" to me. But unlike the blue dress from the reception, at least the pattern is properly placed. But it doesn't look like the designer did a very good job when changing the sleeves..they look like they pull and roll. Another article says the earrings cost over $2000..wow. I agreed they looked cheap the other night and while I never thought they WERE cheap I'd not have guessed that price. They do go nicely with this dress though. 


    Not sure what I think about the cricket dress. I had one like it in the 1970s and I loved it then but...today I wonder if I looked like I was wearing a tablecloth. 

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    1. more probably the veg meal is a nod to the huge hindu population of the country and the deep religious tradition of vegetarianism. Many buddhist people in India are also veg but less so than in other places.

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    2. Love her dress, and that it's a Mc. Queen on arrival. Flying the Brit fashion flag first.

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  8. Not seeing the cricket outfitin this post. Does anyone else?am I blind?

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    1. Sonja from BavariaApril 10, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      You can see it in the video Jane posted before she mentioned all the details about her outfit :)

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  9. I'm from Bombay although I now live in London and I'm so excited picked Anita Dongre for the cricket - her dresses are beautiful and a perfect mix of Indian fabric and pattern and western style. I wear them a lot in the summer and I think this was the perfect choice for Kate here :)

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    1. I love Dongre from what I have seen of her fashions. Wow.

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  10. Hi Jane,

    Yes McQueen! Always a winner for me. I think she looks very nice with all the colors. I hope she wears a new long dress tonight. How much fun would that be !? I do hope she gets her long hair back. Longer hair looks better on her. The short haircut with all the layers is not something i like.
    Anyway, thanks for the post! I really gonna enjoy this week!!
    Alexa, Holland

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  11. I capital-L LOVE both dresses! I often think she dresses older than she is but have found that some of her funkier choices lately (the blue reception gown from the last post, the infamous Erdem "alouette", and the Packham from James Bond) have worn her. But these...she's fully in control of both these dresses! She must feel good because she's owning that McQueen which could have ended up overwhelming. The cricket dress is flowy and fun and looks like it would feel really good in the heat.
    I'm not sure how she's managing to wear her hair down though, it must be so hot.
    These dresses have left me very excited for the rest of the tour!

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  12. One thing I DO like about the McQueen dress...the peblum hits her actual waist. I had posted (way back in Dec I think) that she was wearing peblums and waisted dresses that hit WAY too high on her body. I have heard she's trying to disguise her long waist but that approach was not working IMO. I also said her real waist could not possibly be at the level of her elbow bend. Several folks posted theirs were so I thought maybe I was wrong. But you can see in these pics her waist IS several inches ..like maybe 3...below her elbow bend. I do like this look better than the high waists and honestly think she looks more in proportion with her actual waist shown, not less in proportion. 

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  13. Wow! Both dresses are fantastic. I'm glad she has embraced color and design on this tour as it is suiting her well. Now I am really excited for tonight's dress. Nice that the heat does not seem to be fazing her at all

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  14. Loved this dress, but I'm sick of the peplum.
    The cricket dress is gorgeous too, but I wish she'd nix the wedges for sandals (not flip flops).
    I foresee this tour as great, wardrobe wise, but with several Kate standbys anchoring her to safety.

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  15. What a wonderful choice for her first appearance! I do agree that she needs those red shoes but then I'm always hoping for better shoe choices. What I'm really impressed with is how Kate could see that McQueen dress in its original look and see the beauty hidden in the design. Well done Kate! Disappointed in the accessories and they both look so very tired. Getting over this first day will be the hardest for them so I hope they got an early bedtime. Can't wait to see more detail on the next dress!

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  16. Just once I'd like to see her standing up straight, shoulders back, and not grasping a tiny purse to her stomach. Her posture ruins almost every look.

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    1. 100% agree! She sometimes seems really insecure. Kate is not as confident as she should be in this role. However, I am hopeful she will get there in time. This is why I feel the clothes are wearing her vs. the other way around.

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    2. We must be looking at different coverage of the tour. I have seen a woman who is very much engaged and enjoying every moment with sincere enthusiasm.

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    3. This is not a picture I identify with confidence.


      http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-looks-on-as-former-indian-cricketer-picture-id520187818

      I think for the majority of the tour she did extremely well. However, I do feel she does a lot of it for the cameras (stands up straight/ "acts the part") and is doing a lot better.

      But she is not a naturally confident woman in this role. I have no idea in her private life. I do know she struggled with that a little growing up.

      Regardless, it's ok for me because she didn't grow up in royal life, and I am sure it is extremely stressful! I think she has come a long way and being the smart woman that she is, she will continue to grow in her role. Just my honest opinion.

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    4. I'm not sure how a judgment regarding confidence can be made from ONE photograph from a week long tour where 100's of photos were taken.

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  17. It is so wonderful to see my city being covered on your blog, Jane! I now live in California, but am a born and bred Bombay girl. Really appreciate the nod to the 2008 terror attacks. The Duchess' red outfit is absolutely stunning and perfect for the occasion. Regarding the mixing of colors, I don't believe Indians give flowers to go with the color of the ensemble, and also, as you said, colors you wouldn't typically imagine going together are thrown together in India and they just work! :) And now I miss home.

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    1. Orange-Opinions from people who have actually experienced Bombay are interesting to me.
      I am also so glad Jane brought up their meeting with the staff survivors and
      elaborated somewhat. Some outlets mention the wreath-laying, but skim over what I
      feel is a more meaningful and personal gesture.
      Do most residents refer to Mumbai by the original name, Bombay?

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  18. I really like this McQueen dress and think it looks great on Catherine. I like the beige shoes and clutch with it, would choose different earrings. ali

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  19. While I like both dresses, I love!! the McQueen. Well done, Kate!

    JC

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  20. Kate looks wonderful! Two terrific outfits with pattern and with purpose. A perfect fit for her surroundings and the culture of India. It's nice to see some colour on Kate; many of her clothes are flattering but very plain (and bordering on dull at times).

    It must be difficult for her being away from her babies. I hope she soaks up the atmosphere and activities of the trip despite the busy schedule of the tour.

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  21. Beautiful and stylish. I wonder how Kate looks so well after a long flight. I know I look and feel terrible after overnight flight and especially flying East I get bad jet leg. They probably fly first class? Does her hair get done on the plane before arrival? Just some practical things I wonder about?

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  22. Kate looked great after just stepping off a plane but Im sure they flew first class and slept most of the way. Would love to see what she wears on board the flight.

    I liked aspects of this outfit. I will go against the grain and say that I didn't like this look on Kate overall. I did like the colour, I liked that this was about the boldest print Ive seen her in but just not the whole thing on Kate for some reason. Maybe red shoes with this beige bag, they don't have to match. Maybe it was because it didn't fit very well around the waist. Something just looked a bit off for me but I loved the fact it was something different.

    KiwiNic

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  23. I agree with Lizzie...Nice to see the waist hit at her natural waist. Many times Kate's dresses have struck me as far too short-waisted for her, resulting in an ill-fitting look that also tends to look juvenile. While the McQueen is striking, still think she would benefit from an approach more like Queen Letizia of Spain, chic high fashion while still youthful. This dress and the shoes seem a little staid. The cricket dress is pretty with maybe a heeled sandal...and why 3/4 sleeves in that heat..maybe a cultural observance. Ditto with the hair..in that climate, pull it back partially or even a high ponytail...she always looks gorgeous when she does. So far, interesting...not bowled over.

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  24. What a divine look! This is easily my favourite outfit of the day. I love the bold print, the peplum, the shoes. For me it all works! I even don't mind the earrings with this outfit, although I have said often enough that they aren't my favourite.

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  25. Alejandra RamírezApril 10, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Great post and comments!
    The dress was gorgeous! I really, really like it!
    Love the super big photos! :D

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  26. Diamond 5:20- the waist thing has bothered me in the past, too.
    However,Letiza always looks great, but she also wears trousers quite a bit and to non-sports
    events. That is something rarely, if ever, seen on a senior female BRF member.With Catherine's apparent advancement in HM world, we may never see her in skinny jeans at an
    engagement again.(thank goodness!)

    They march to a different drummer than the European group. ps-it is Queen Letizia-mayhe her
    clothes budget higher?

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  27. I'm enjoying the tour wardrobe! I think all 3 choices have been a nice change from the plain colors she normally wears! Let's hope she brings some of India back with her!! I do wonder if she wears blue so much bc it matches her ring.... Hmm....

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  28. Yes!The perfect tailoring is so McQueen and the color and pattern of the outfit are striking.This is one of her most memorable ensembles.

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  29. Yes!The perfect tailoring is so McQueen and the color and pattern of the outfit are striking.This is one of her most memorable ensembles.

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  30. What is going on with William though? Why does he look so consternated? Brow furrowed. :( Kate looks lovely. She always looks so effortlessly comfortable.

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  31. A huge winner in every way! Outstanding colour, pattern, cut, shoes and clutch. Are some seriously suggesting she should be wearing red shoes with this? Please - no! I for one love the earrings.

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  32. Jennifer from the SouthApril 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    I like this outfit very much. I agree with the other posters who have commented on the proper tailoring of Kate's waist, and I think that that is one of the reasons why this outfit is so flattering on her.

    I like the pleat and the pattern. I wish she'd have gone for black accessories, but I will count this as a win, too.

    :)

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  33. I absolutely love this dress, it's very India and very fashionable. And it makes a great first impression to kick off the tour. Kate's hair looks beautiful as well.

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  34. I do not like this dress at all! I remember the other "first outfits" of the tour (as Jane mentions) and they were SO much better. Her first tour to Canada was my favorite. I feel like this is a mess. It is an Asian inspired outfit (not Indian) and honestly it felt a little "forced" to me. Her second outfit (playing cricket) was better, but definitely not a win.

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