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Princess Kate Wears Traditionally Inspired Ensemble in Bhutan

Thursday, April 14, 2016

After their airport arrival, the Cambridges had some time to freshen up and change before the start of a very full day in Bhutan. The Duke and Duchess were due to meet the King and Queen of Bhutan at the Thimphu Dzong, a massive fortress.



The original Tashichhoedzong was built in the 13th century, but fires and earthquakes have done their work over time and it has been rebuilt on a number of occasions. It remains an imposing structure that is both the seat of the government and a temple, via Wiki:
It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi(or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country
William and Kate are lower in the royal pecking order than the King and Queen of Bhutan and the two made their way to the throne room for an audience with their hosts. Even though this palace/fortress/monastery has been rebuilt many times, it still looks and feels ancient. This striking hallway is decorated with scenes from the life of Buddha...and don't miss the ceiling detailing! 

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The audience chamber didn't disappoint, either. William and Kate had a private meeting with Their Majesties in this striking and intricate throne room. 


As mentioned, a temple lies at the heart of the Dzong, just across the courtyard from the audience chamber. As the two couples made their way to the temple we got a sense of the beauty of the surrounding architecture and mountains. It must have been surreal. Kate seemed to be soaking it all in with wonder. 


Kate and Queen Jetson Pema appeared to enjoy chatting. More than  few mentioned Queen Jetson's towering heels, which helped put her a little more at Kate's height. In this photo, you can see Rebecca Deacon and Miguel Head watching approvingly in the background. All their well-laid plans are running smoothly. What a tour!


Vajrayāna Buddism is the state religion and almost the entire population practices it:


The royal group visited the temple and lit lamps. The images of this morning are certainly firsts for a Cambridge royal tour! 


William and Kate's day continued with tea and archery this afternoon. I think it is interesting that the King & Queen didn't go with them. I am not criticizing when I point this out as very interesting. You would have thought that the two would have accompanied the Duke & Duchess on this afternoon activity and it seems to say something about Bhutan's approach to monarchy that they did not. As I say, not criticism, but of note!



This is where we get to the "Kate: Warrior Princess" part, which was certainly a highlight of the day. The couple went to have tea with Prince Dasho and view some archery.



I thought perhaps they'd just watch, but the couple got down on the range and tried their hands at a number of the competitions. Neither Cambridge seemed to have a whole lot of faith in the other when it came time for archery. Kate's expression in this photo has circled the globe several times by now, to the delight of all:



William, though, also displayed some trepidation as Kate boldly took her stance to let her arrow fly. Kate's enthusiasm was better than her aim, but that is why we love her.




I think at some point we have to address possibly the oddest part of this day, which as when the gathered Bhutanese women began calling insults to Prince William. Apparently, this is traditional, but the ladies got personal calling the heir to the British throne balding and fat. Mention was even made of small anatomy. Yes, that happened. Maybe now we know why the King of Bhutan didn't pal around with Wills this afternoon. I just want to say that I think it is unlikely that William was unaware beforehand that this might happen and I have to give him some major kudos for exposing himself to that. It doesn't matter if it was all "part of the game," I challenge everyone to consider how you'd feel in a similar scenario with the world's media watching. He handled it with grace.  




It was a fun, fun afternoon. Kate's arrows and darts missed the mark on a number of occasions and her hilarious facial expression got a workout. I love how William couldn't help running over and offering his archery advice to Kate. Boys. I love them.




I was very interested to see Kate wear such a traditional ensemble. The Duchess chose a cape from French label Paul & Joe fettering delicate floral embroidery.



She paired her top with a bespoke purple skirt made in London by her private seamstress from fabric woven in Bhutan! It wasn't an actual Bhutanese ensemble, but it certainly was close and she looked appropriate next to the Queen.



I really loved it. It was certainly very unusual and given how Kate has skirted traditional dress to this point, it was unexpected. However, as we saw how closely the Bhutanese adhere to their cultures and traditions, indeed as we learned in the last post, there is a dress code in Bhutan, Kate couldn't have chosen a better ensemble.



Kate added stunning Kiki McDonough drops and wore L.K. Bennett's "Floret" pumps which are just a little lower than pumps she generally wears.  I love these earrings. I just love Kiki McDonough all around. These are lavender amethysts surrounded by diamonds and cost £3,900.



Today was absolutely opulent and, frankly, a tough fashion day to pull off. Kate was spectacular! The couple had dinner with the King and Queen at the Palace. They were photographed leaving their hotel this evening. Kate was wearing American again! This dress is by Tory Burch, a label that is fast becoming a favorite of Kate's.


I like it and I think it strikes the right note. It didn't knock my socks off, but I see why she chose it. Tory Burch and Temperley are both so good for bridging Western and Eastern, and this is a great example. The pop of orange is appropriate for the locale! This look is still sinking in for me, and frankly I hope we get more pictures, but for the moment, it was a solid end to a really impressive day!



Law school homework is calling, and this post isn't as thorough as I wish it could be, but..it is as good as it is going to get! I'll be updating Kate's Clothes with the details on the clothes tomorrow afternoon! 

93 comments:

  1. Jane, I love words, which is one reason I love the blog, but I can't help but notice that your block quote is actually from Charlotte of HRH Duchess Kate blog's writing. You should probably give credit.

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    1. Hi Anon. Hmm, no that block quote is directly from Wikipedia. If you read the same prose elsewhere you should probably take that up with the blogger in question.

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    2. Which part exactly Are you refering to?! But apart from that assuming Jane copies just prooves you do not know her excellent work. She has no need to!!!

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    3. Second that Anon 7.26. Little shocked at this actually

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    4. Most of us knew very little about Bhutan until this trip came up, so everyone is consulting the same bits of information available on the net.
      I watched a TV programme last night on the "East India Co."--seemingly they were trading with Bhutan in the 18th Century. Later when the British Government took over from the East India Co, there was an agreement that Britain should advise on foreign affairs.I believe they still have an agreement with India for defence.
      Yesterday's arrival was very interesting---all the trappings of a state visit, which it is not, as William is not head of state. The whole thing was lovely to watch.
      In between coming to the computer, or watching the tour on TV(well I'm retired so I have time for all that), I have been reading Patrick Jephson's book about the years he spent as Equerry and then Private Secretary to Princess Diana. It reminded me that overseas tours at that time was much easier, always flying in the Queen's Flight and they had use of the Royal Yacht too.


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    5. Jean, I have Patrick Jephson's book on order right now. Looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Alejandra RamírezApril 14, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Love, love, love your post!
    For me this has been my favorite look so far (isn't it funny that everyone says the same with each new outfit?)
    Love your comments and points of view, it gives the reader something to think of and not just the clothes or the couple.
    Love your hard work! Thank you so much! :)

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  3. This traditionally inspired look is my favourite look of the tour so far! Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Kate looked beautiful & very regal standing beside the King & Queen.
    There has been mention on twitter that William & Kate bowed/curtsied to the Bhutan Royals & i dearly would have loved to see this & how they handled it. It isn't something we get to see very often & I admit to being intrigued. Hopefully a picture is floating around somewhere & i'll get to see it!
    Love Kate's expressions during the archery. Classic Kate & so funny to watch! Poor William.... you're right Jane... no matter who you are or how much you've been briefed it would hurt to hear such things said. Especially in front of the worlds media & knowing that those comments will be highlighted in many commentaries.
    The Tory Burch look is ok, but not remarkable.

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    1. They are used to bowing and curtseying to HM so I'm sure this was no problem for them. Since they are lower ranking royals than a king and queen it is fitting. Even Charles and Camilla would have had to bow and curtsey to them.

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    2. Agree Robin it should not have been weird for W&K to bow/ curtsey. But do women from Bhutan (Bhutanese?) curtsey or do they also bow to the King and Queen? Just curious.  (Of course Kate should have curtsied..I am not disagreeing with what she did.)

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    3. Yes, I agree Robin. They would have handled it with no problem. I wasn't clear in my comment though. What I was meaning was the depth/type of bow/curtsey. I have seen Kate curtsey to HM on many occasions & have always been struck by how casual & quick a curtsey she does. This is by no means a criticism - i am sure this has been approved by HM. In fact I've always taken it as a sign of how well Kate has been accepted into the family. But I am curious to how these things work when meeting other Royal Families. Obviously the King & Queen of Bhutan would need a deeper curtsey than she offers to any member of the British Royal family. It's a moment I would have loved to see for my own curiosity.

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    4. I saw a photo of Charles bowing to the King and Queen of Bhutan during their visit to the UK, so am sure that William and Kate did as well.

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    5. I saw the greeting on the Bhutansnese news network live feed. I was about 2 am my time so it might a bit mind fuzzy. The bow and curtsy were typical of what we see to the Queen. The British don't really go super low with the curtsy where your knee is almost touching the ground.

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    6. Interesting thought, lizzie. I know it used to be that the initial bow to HM had to be very deep but that seems to have changed over the years - at least within the family. I always wondered how they managed it when they were wearing heels.

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  4. At last! This trip has been such a dull parade of long sleeve mid length dresses, nipped in at the waist. I'm loving everything about today's outfits, minus the long sleeve mid length arrival dress.

    I know Kate's using a stylist lately but her outfits and style are much less original than in years past.

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  5. Do we have any idea where the big gold earrings Kate wore on arrival and then in the evening are from? I love them but haven't been able to ID them!

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    1. ID of the earrings:
      http://www.brora.co.uk/Product/Product.aspx?WebShopCodeStr=S6&WebSegmentCodeStr=S5&WebCategoryCodeStr=B1&StyleCodeStr=JE1552&PT=1&PC=S6-S5-B1&ColourCodeStr=KF1502

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  6. My theory as to why the asking and queen took a brief leave of absence would be to tend to their son; likely so that the queen could nurse her son.

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    1. I think it was in the original itinerary published by KP that they would meet the king and queen but then go on their own and meet up with them again later in the evening. Everything I've read about this king and queen has been very impressive. They seem very likable and devoted to their families and kingdom.

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  7. Why have you suddenly started calling her Princess Kate ?

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    1. You know, remarks like that would not see the light of day on some Kate blogs.
      Jane allows comments that question her style and ethics. She has nothing to fear.
      I do imagine trolls, however, can get tiresome after awhile and I wouldn't blame her
      for leaving their obvious comments out.

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    2. She only called her Kate: Warrior Princess - I presume as a little joke like Xena, Warrior Princess. Some people are so quick to jump in and criticize. Like others have said here, I don't know why you would come on here to read it if you are hoping to find fault with it.

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  8. Thimphu Dzong *is* a fortress. Amazing! Overall, it looked like a fun day for the Cambridge's. The look on Kate's face, and that of the man standing behind William, is priceless. LOL.

    I wasn't sure what to expect in the evening dress department, but I think Kate struck the perfect note with the colors here. And ohhhh the earrings today! The amethyst and diamond pair is stunning and the gold earrings were a good match for the evening dress. (I do hope she continues to wear larger earrings to balance the look.)

    Thank you for taking the time to keep us posted during this tour, Jane. :)

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    1. Oh, I forgot to mention those fabulous diamond and amethyst earrings! Sooo gorgeous! And the shoes today! Strappy sandals! Suede or not, they looked marvelous!

      Ditto on the "thank you", Jane. Law school and a royal tour all at once! You will need a vacation after this!

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    2. Robin, I am so in agreement. If I could afford them they would be in my jewellery box. 😊

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  9. My distaste for the lewd chants would be reversed if they also jeered their own prince in a similar fashion. If they have too much respect for their prince to insult him (as is traditional), then I think the same respect should be afforded his guest. But if the Prince of Bhutan is fair game, so is Wills.
    -TMM

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    1. In one report I read that, while they chanted at William, they did tone it down from what they would normally do. I also read that this type of event involves a lot of alcohol consumption and there are occasionally brawls afterward. They probably thought they were being very subdued today. ;-)

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    2. A little difference of reporting. See my comment below for a link to Richard Palmers Article on the Archery event.

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    3. I wonder if it was unexpected when W&K joined in the games? In the article Jane seemed to think they'd just watch (as I expect most visitors do and it sounds like they don't have many.) I also wonder if the King (or Queen) plays these games? I don't know about that culture but it seems it would be bad form anyway to beat one's king/queen. I mention this only because of the chants. Maybe there had not been "rehearsal" of how to act when Will played nor experience with their king playing.

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  10. Whoever sourced and put together the welcoming ceremony outfit for Kate is brilliant. Lovely westernized rendition of traditional dress. She was striking. So happy she is wearing larger jewels at daytime engagements. The earrings are to die for.

    I think the Tory Burch gown is incredible. Such a bold and modern choice. I think this is one of her best looks.

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    1. I agree. It is striking, unexpected and just gorgeous. She looked sensational. I am in love with her choice of fashion for this tour.

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    2. Yes, some really pleasant not typically Kate surprises :)

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    3. Me too, just wish I could pull off wearing these fashions. I would love to find the pink and green printed maxi dress Kate wore on the first day in my size. Just my colours and may be I could pull off that one.

      Jane thank you for your coverage. Good luck with your homework.

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    4. I agree Eva. A lot of the clothes would be difficult for most women to wear. The Anita D dress would be quite wearable though.

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    5. You can order the dress on the Anita Dongre website: http://shop.anitadongre.com/promo/gulrukh-dress-28524.html It is UK sizing so size UK 8 = size US 2

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  11. All I am going to say is that I am really loving this tour. It is so good to see Kate in color and fabric and maxis and flats and bold earrings and different hair. I hope she reads how thrilled her followers are with her choices on this tour and just maybe consider mixing it up more back home.

    I am seeing her in colors that she never wears and yet she is gorgeous in them....orange comes to mind. There is no reason that she cannot wear some of these Boho looks... perhaps a bit more elegant when she is visiting a patronage that means sitting on the floor with the children. She doesn't need to be so formal all the time.
    I think many would embrace that easy style. I realize as a royal they need to be seen as always put together. But she has been 'put together' all week. She seems more relaxed and loose in these clothes. Happy. Clothes can definitely make one comfy or uncomfortable. I do like her style and she is very elegant but I hope for some subtle changes post this tour. She is rocking it in my opinion.

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    1. I wonder if this tour and finding these marvellous creations will allow her to feel she can embrace some of these styles when she returns home.

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  12. The purple skirt seemed ill-fitting and difficult to walk in compared to the Queen. Someone suggested she was wearing it backward, which could explsin the awkward fit and stride. I hope she has the print made into a tailored skirt back home--orherwise it's not very attractive. Loved the Kiki earrings, however.
    The evening dress was spectacular--gorgeous colors--she looked comfortable and self-assured.
    I think they bowed because they were greeting monarchs, while they are a few steps down the line to Queen Elizabeth.

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    1.  I don't think its backwards. If it is supposed to resemble traditional garb it needs to open in front.  I know from sewing wrap-around skirts back in the day the front panel and underneath panel need to overlap more than Kate's do. Otherwise each step will kick open the skirt in front. It looks like Kate's underneath panel stops over her right leg. It's not just the wind as it opens a bit in indoor shots too. Maybe because the material was  handmade enough wasn't made? I do like the color alot.

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    2. That's exactly what I was thinking, lizzie. That there may not have been enough material to make a bigger overlap. It is certainly beautiful fabric though!

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    3. She had a half kira made as opposed to the full kira which wraps around more.

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    4. I really don't think it was "backward" because if you look at the way the Queen's skirt was fashioned it also opened on the side. I think she was trying to pay homage to her hosts while not emulating them completely. I really loved the both the outfits this afternoon and tonight. Beautiful colours and while I could not wear the Cape the way Kate did, I really like the detail work. It took at lot of planning to find the beautiful fabric in Butan, have it shipped to UK and made into this gorgeous skirt. No it is not "drop dead stunning", but lovely in its own way and meaning.

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  13. Kate looks exhausted in the dinner photos- anyone would after such a busy week. I don't know how she does it. I don't think the cape and skirt went well together as a color scheme, but it may look different in person. The Queen looks stunning in those beautiful red fabrics.

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  14. There appears to be difference of reporting between Richard Palmer and Victoria Murphy. In the following article Mr Plamer said that the insults were not shouted at William, but at a previous archer. He stated that the spectators observed decorum for William. Interesting how two reporters at the same event heard 2 different things. Maybe they are getting tired.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/660939/William-and-Kate-land-most-dangerous-airport-meet-King-Queen-Bhutan

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    1. Oops, so sorry, it was Emily Andrews who was the one that tweeted that they hurled insults at William.

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    2. I read the same differences too, Eva B. Somewhere between one and the other lies what actually happened.

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    3. I was a little surprised at the difference as it was Richard Palmer, who usually jumps on anything negative about the Cambridge's.

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    4. Speaking of the media, I also have to question how the media knows what William and Kate have said at times like yesterday when they were on Safari and there were no reporters in their car. So I think some reports have to be suspect.

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    5. Was the previous archer bald?

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    6. Palmer is correct. From Bhutansnese journalist
      https://mobile.twitter.com/namgayzam

      Scroll down to the Fact check posts

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    7. Just a minute whilst I steady myself from all this spinning. ha!

      Eva B., I don't think the journalist was supporting the Cambridges so much as deflecting bad press from the source of the goody boxes. The King's US education saved the day. It is a largely closed kingdom and the press no doubt must toe the
      line or be thrown out.I wonder if the original Twitterer of the chanting story has
      been voted off the island? Again, was the archer to whom the chants supposedly referred bald, as the chants reportedly taunted? Of course, you-know-who is.
      Too bad some
      politicians couldn't hire the king-for that matter, the defending journalist.. lol

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    8. Skippyboo- I really didn't see anything that proves anything one way or the other, but thank-you for this site. She has a lot of video and stills of the Cambridges
      that are unprecedented, to my mind, in their openness and display of intimacy. ( I came here first, so have not seen other sources yet)
      I guess they figured the media who braved he trek deserved a break. lol

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  15. Erg...I'd been waiting for your post on these outfits and then my computer got a virus and I had to restore it to a previous back up. Oh, technology, how vexing you can be!

    I absolutely loved the second and third outfits today. I think her take on the traditional clothing for the afternoon was just brilliant! The colors of everything they've done and seen since their arrival in Bhutan are so vibrant and I'm so happy Kate got into the spirit of it all. The photos of them with the king and queen are lovely. The photos of the archery and darts are priceless! They look like they are having a wonderful time! How awestruck it must make one to see all of that colorful traditional clothing on display. Did you notice the king's boots?

    The Tory Burch for the evening really caught my eye. I think it is stunning on Kate. I'm really enjoying her stepping out of her usual sartorial box and trying new things. The orange was perfect. As Diane said, she is rocking it! I hope she continues to be more bold in her color choices from here on out. The dark greens, grays, beiges, and so much blue is going to be so boring after this. She's got the right coloring for these brighter jewel tones (as is evidenced in how great she looks in red) so it's time to go for it!

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    1. It will be such a let down if she doesn't incorporate some of this pizzazz when she returns, Robin.

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    2. I imagine Catherine will up her pizzazz in England when the Queen stops wearing pearls for
      daytime, carrying the ever-present purse, and wearing identical low-heeled shoes.
      The BRF marches to a different drummer, both compared to other royal European fashion
      and away fashion.
      It may be that the colors and style Kate has shown on tours reflect her true colors.

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    3. I'm just hoping for the brighter colors to stay with her at home. I realize she has to dress differently in the UK due to position and weather but brighter colors and shoe variety would be so welcome!

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  16. Reading the articles, it sounds like both William and Kate were observing a Bhutanese archer while the women were chanting, not that they were chanting at William.

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  17. Bhutan has been very welcoming and should be praised and used as an example world wide for environmental preservation and consideration of neighbouring countries.I enjoyed your writing again, a variety of facts, personal opinions and humour. Kate has selected beautiful outfits again. I loved the lavender in the second outfit.Im assuming she also takes in consideration what the queen would be wearing.The Tory Birch was another lovely column shape that really suits Kate's height and body type. The colours and pattern seems to be inspired by the textiles from the artists in the country. Loved the expression on the faces of the school children when meeting the royals. Also William seems to be in his element on this tour with children, wildlife, conservation and National parks.

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  18. I think for the archery the King's brother accompanied the Duke and Duchess (as his sister met them at the airport). It seems to me that the King & Queen are allowing as many family members as possible to meet their visitors and show them around. This is not unlike the way W&K and C&C and HM and the DofE handled different aspects of the China state visit last year. I imagine also in a nation as small as Bhutan, an visit like this doesn't come along very often (once in a generation, really), so it's a rare opportunity for some different members of the family to take on high profile duties and represent their nation.

    And as mentioned above, Queen Jetsun is a new mum, so I'm sure she has plenty on her plate.

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    1. Absolutely, Melissa. I was thinking the same thing about how the BRF shares the duties around during a state visit. This is such a tiny, but spectacular, little country where the king and queen have been so compared to W&K that I think allowing the other members of his family to have their own experience with them is wonderful!

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  19. i love the outfit and shirt who designer they both look good together

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  20. I been following kate and wills sorry wills you seemed to interest me Kate more Royal than you and enjoying herself. will u should've stay home. Kate u need to start traveling and touring with Mary and Fredrick of Denmark they know how to tour looking forward next outfit and your adventure.

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  21. What a wonderful day this was for TRH. I thought Kate's clothing choices were remarkably well chosen for the place, the company, and the events. I liked that the skirt and cape were diplomatic and respectful of the hosts, but styled in Kate's own taste. Kate takes quite long strides when she walks and I would think having the flap of the skirt in the back like the Queen's would make it difficult for Kate to walk comfortably. In any event, I thought she looked great. I liked the Tory Burch for the dinner tonight as well. Very beautiful choice for the occasion too.

    I'm looking forward to the hike. I watched the CNN feature on Bhutan last week by Bill Weir - The Wonder List. He did the hike they are doing tomorrow and although he managed it in one piece, he sure was huffing and puffing and he's someone who does stuff like that all the time. So I think it will be a workout. It sure looked worth it when he got to the Tigers Nest though. Incredible country - Bhutan.

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  22. I love the Tory Burch dress. One thing to note...it's the pashmina that makes the dress photograph well. Somehow it ties it all together and makes it look glam as opposed to garish. I don't know why bc the orange pashmina is quite bright... but when I compare the photos with pashmina versus without pashmina...the ones with win hands down.

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  23. Kate is absolutely incredible. How can one person be so classic, sophisticated, unflappable, appropriate, graceful and gracious - and still be fashion forward and surprising?! These last two ensembles are just plain gorgeous. Incredible. The cape is absolutely love with its colorful embroidery and her addition of a beautiful belt was pure genius! The evening gown from Tory Burch is spectacular. I love that it is so richly embroidered and colorful, not lace - with that wonderful red coral around the neck, she is just glorious! They must be so tired and missing their children so much, but they look as fresh as the day they arrived and glowing with happiness. LOVE this tour!!!!

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  24. Oh and I just saw this! (sorry Drew, the Duchess wore it better!) http://www.eonline.com/news/757055/kate-middleton-s-dress-deja-vu-drew-barrymore-steps-out-in-new-york-city-with-royal-style

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    1. I tend to agree. I think Kate's figure and poise definitely factor in here.

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  25. I don't know; on this tour, they have seemed like gap-year students on a jolly jaunt. And they have been too anxious (like teenagers) to compete in every sport and activity they have encountered, not content to sit back and watch and admire. Kate's clothes have seemed like 'fancy dress' at times. And she was dressed for the catwalk on her hike today, all dolled up with leather waistcoat, curled hair, full make up etc.

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    1. Well, you know 9:32, she dressed down for the trek in Assam and got trashed by some.
      Same person, same outfits, but wildly different opinions-mostly favorable, by the way.
      I suppose it does depend what sources one reads.
      I think she looked fabulous on this trek-(as you apparently acknowledged in a sort of grudging, back-handed way)
      How brave and good-natured of the Cambridges to tackle all those sports and games-knowing it could lead to a snark-fest by some.

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    2. Snarkfest indeed. She looked lovely, poised, and didn't seem to be hindered in any way to make a climb at such an altitude. Sitting and being pampered while doing nothing is offensive to some and taking part and interacting with the people is offensive to others. I think they are correct in doing what it right for them since they'll never please everyone at once.

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    3. Good observation, Robin-active versus passive participation. In fact, I would say it is the younger-generation royal's role to take active part.Without them, the monarchy would lack energy, stagnate and die. Plenty of time for sedentary observation in later years or
      when roles change.
      W&C obviously enjoy their work-a plus for them, for those around them,and for those they represent.
      Kind of makes it hard for those who say William doesn't want to be king and
      should resign. (how does one resign from a job one has yet to fill?)
      William and Catherine are naturals and together are a dynamic duo.

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    4. The activities were planned with their participation in mind. Obviously, if the tour has been planned for HM and PP, there would have been more "sitting back and admiring." I think they have done an outstanding job representing the Queen. It's unfortunate when perfection is an irritant.

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  26. I agree the Tory Burch is lovely and suits the occasion and surroundings perfectly. Looks beautiful with the orange and especially the black strappy heels. Unfortunately, Drew Barrymore wore the exact same dress on the same day back in the USA. I do wish that more of Kate's evening gowns would be bespoke..making them unique and cutting down on this rush to order everything she wears. Knowing what every item cost and where to purchase seems unfortunate.

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    1. Ripples 9:43- technically not on the same day and Drew could have picked hers up after the first photos of Kate came through. I will say, Ms. Barrymore does not impress me as someone who rushes to copy royalty. Quite the opposite.

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    2. Unfortunate for Drew because Kate really wore the dress so much better. I'm sure it was pure coincidence.

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    3. The fact that many of Kate's outfits are not bespoke seems to confirm that she has no desire, or need, to be seen as a Queen of fashion. She considers what is appropriate and what she likes.

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    4. I wonder if she secretly enjoys the idea of sharing fashion preferences with a
      former sometimes naughty but beloved child of Hollywood-now a mother of two.lol
      Sort of a-"How about that" to the uptight, scowling, corseted members of the RF.

      Also, royalfan,she is continuously being compared to Queens, wives of presidents
      and monarchs or fashion mavens of times past and present. She may turn to bespoke more, once her role requires it and provides
      the financial support that allows HM to be exclusive.

      Besides, her message-so obvious, but especially after this tour-is all about
      building bridges and reaching out, not exclusivity.

      It occurred to me that it seems the same commenters on some sites who downplay Kate's
      input into the successful aspects of fashion choices ("her staff does all prep work") are quick to give her full credit when something goes awry. ("she shouldn't have chosen such a fly-away skirt etc; she should choose only bespoke") This highlights for me how
      irrational but determined her critics can be.

      I just jumped right in here. Saw royalfan's comment. I hope I'm not repeating others'
      thoughts.

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    5. 8:52, it's likely that she *will* turn to bespoke more often as time goes by but, for now, I think wearing something that others have access to makes her appear less grand and easier to relate to.

      I agree with your downplay vs. full credit observation. And, sometimes the loudest advocates of a busier schedule for W&K and something more serious to discuss than fashion, are the quietest at a time when there has been much to discuss. Go figure. ;)

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    6. I think they just want Something to pick on. I've noticed it, too. Not here so much as elsewhere.I think kindness and peace must be boring for them. Actually, one needs to
      enjoy the quiet, because they'll soon be back with re-newed vigor.

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  27. Kate looked gorgeous and I love this outfit overall but it seemed a little too 'on the nose' to me. Almost costumey. You wouldn't catch me in it - I would feel like I was pretending to be someone or something I'm not. I realize it's a matter of 'respect' but I wouldn't have felt respectful in it, myself, but a bit silly trying to interpret the culture of another place so literally while mixing with a few of my own bits and bobs.

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  28. I'm sure it was coincidence. My point is...Kate is royalty..seems tacky that much of what she wears is available for purchase. It would be as if everything Jackie Kennedy or Princess Grace wore was available...those ladies knew how to maintain a certain air of mystery and high fashion. But, different strokes for different folks...common denominator is the name of the game today.

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    1. I see your point Diamond but it seems to me that Jackie K and others were trend-setters so others DID copy them. Not exactly but certainly in general styles that were later available to "the masses."

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    2. DR, I understand your point, but can you almost hear the criticism if everything Kate wore was bespoke? :)

      Lizzie, I am reminded of Charles and Diana's wedding day. Before they arrived at BP as husband and wife, we saw images of seamstresses copying her wedding dress.

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    3. I had forgotten that Royalfan!

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  29. The colour scheme of the Bhutanese inspired outfit did not impress me and I didn't like the split in the skirt.To elaborate,I found it useless.The traditional Bhutanese dress doesn't have a slit in it.
    As for the Tory Burch its OK-not a stunner,but its fine.I also didn't care for the split in this gown.
    They said WHAT to William?How rude!

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  30. Sonja from BavariaApril 16, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Meeting the King and Queen must have been so exciting for William and Kate! I'm sure they had lots to talk about, the bhutanese royals just recently welcomed their 1st baby.

    Queen jetsun looked really pretty and I honestly love her shoes!!
    Kate really matched all the bhutanese women in her skirt and I think purple is a gorgeous colour on her. I'm not so sure about the cape (but the cut was perfect for archery!), but I love the kiki earrings - Kate finally purchased sone serious big stones which I think is fantastic!

    Watching them try their hands at archery was pretty funny. And both William and Kate looked pretty good ;)
    But I agree with you Jane, those songs about william were insulting, even though it's a cultural thing. I really admire him for not freaking out, but I also feel sorry that the whole world listens to that...

    ---

    The dress for the evening dinner was pretty, I liked the slit and the fun pattern. (And those sandals are pretty!) The orange shawl... I wouldn't wear this anywhere else than in bhutan or india, but for the occasion it was perfect and complimented the dress very well. Well done, Kate!

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    1. The belted cape was  not my cup of tea but that's OK. I do respectfully disagree, Sonja, it was perfect for archery. I took archery in college for a PE course and we had to wear either tight long sleeves or no sleeves (with an arm guard in either case.) Loose sleeve material can get caught and be very unsafe. Its not just the material can get twisted up and be ripped but it can cause the shooter to lose her grip and a flying bow is not good. That's one reason I wondered if the game participation was planned.
      Maybe Bhutanese bows are different enough that it wasn't a risk but when I saw the pics I was glad it was all over and nothing had happened.

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  31. Loved the Tory burch dress. The orange pashmina just made it for me. So happy that she wore the Brora earrings again. Love those earrings and just pre ordered mine!!

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  32. Why is it interesting that the king and queen didn't go to archery? When Queen Elizabeth greets other royals, she doesn't spend their entire trip with them. Nor do other kings and queens for other royals. Why should William and Kate get special treatment? And remember, he's not even the heir to the throne, he's the heir to the heir.

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  33. Thank you Jane for all your wonderful posts. I appreciate that you add your own opinion instead of just "reporting." I love watching Kate and the dresses she wears. As usual, there are wins and mistakes.I loved the blue dress for the first evening at the Taj Mahal Hotel but the shawl, though beautiful, didn't help to show off the dress nor did the orange shawl in Bhutan. Additionally I would like to mention that the way Kate stands with her hands hanging down in front and barely clasping them does not help to show off her dresses because she slouches. If she carried her hands in front of her waist and well clasped she would stand up straighter and she would look much better. Try it. I did and I couldn't believe the difference in posture!!
    I agree with you that the blue and white dress that ended the tour is beautiful and my favorite is the blue evening Taj dress. The green one she wore to meet the president of India was also spectacular. Yet I feel there were some misses when she overdid the little print dresses. I was expecting more of the green dress type outfits. Again thank you for all your posts. I enjoy them immensely!!

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    1. Have you tried walking in a crowd with your hands clasped at the waist? One tends to "elbow" people. My elbows are so pointy, I'm sure I could do serious damage. lol
      Seriously,look at the airport arrival pictures in Bhutan-for example .
      All royals standing exactly like kate. I think the posture dates from girlhood
      days and has nothing to do with how she holds her hands.i think that started after
      she had been around the royals for awhile.
      Hands at waist is a great resting or standing posture, but rather awkward for
      walking and brings to mind a procession of monks, in my opinion.lol

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  34. The guy next to Miguel Head, in the pic with him and Rebecca Deacon is Sir David Manning Foreign Affairs advisor the Cambridge and Harry.

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