William and Kate had an (almost) crack of dawn start this morning to their full day in Kaziranga National Park. The two were to be treated to a jeep tour of the park to view the animals which make their home in this UNESCO World Heritage refuge.
Both William and Kate love nature and enjoy these safari type activities--just think about where William proposed to Kate! It wasn't surprising that they had a special glow as they set out for their adventure..although it seemed like William was still rubbing some sleep away just before they pulled out!
Kate had brought along her camera and on several occasions whipped it out to take some snaps. The Duchess enjoys amateur photography and as you know, documents these tours herself for her private collection.
|Scott Furssdonn Wood|
You might recall that Kate released photos she took while touring Borneo during her 2012 tour of Southeast Asia.
She likes black and white, but also released color shots. You can see her collection at the Mirror here.
I suspect in the future we will see a lot of these photos. I could see Kate putting together an entire exhibit in the future for charity--sort of the way Diana sold her dresses. It would very neat and I am sure it would raise a king's ransom.
On longer tours the Cambridges often take days off to rest and relax. This tour is short enough they are pushing right through, but I think this morning was their recharge time. Up on the back of the jeep--even with a car in front photographing them as they rode along, they seemed to get lost on the beauty of their surroundings and enjoying each other's company.
Kate went casual and relaxed, wearing skinnies and printed blouse, her Sebago flats, and a scarf to keep away the dawn chill--a scarf that was quickly discarded. The trousers are from Zara and they are "Low Rise Biker Trousers" but I intend to call them the Pangolin Pants.
They are (a) the exact color of pangolins, and (b) those ridges remind me of pangolin scales. So, hereby known as the Pangolin Pants. Before those of you who bought these rush to your email to send me a nasty-gram about how much you love them, I like them, too! I think they are cool. A pangolin reference does not preclude coolness.
|Visiting with Park Rangers|
These pants are a little edgy and Kate is not edgy. She styled them in a feminine fashion, with the ruffled blouse, a scarf, and loose hair. The contrast was fun and something Kate pulls off really well. It was a great look on her!
Her blouse is by RM Williams out of Australia and features small diamonds in navy and gold and ruffles down the front. Kate turned to her citrine drop earrings which she loves so much to complete her look. Although the Duchess arrived in a scarf of her own, she quickly crumpled it into her elbow to receive a gifted welcome scarf from park staff. This is a beautiful scarf featuring rhinos another animals and bright greens and reds. This will probably be a piece Charlotte plays with growing up!
This event was really fun, both for the royals and those of us watching. The fashion was a nice change of pace and it was fun to see Kate switch it up a little from J.Brand. The couple's afternoon is covered in a second post which you can find here.