Following yesterday's tour of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expected to spend the full day touring the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located just off the Cornish coast. However, heavy fog delayed their travel plans and the Duke & Duchess had to amend their itinerary.
Instead, the royal couple spent the morning in Cornwall visiting the Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor rainforest.
It is a Multiple Greenhouse Complex dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes which emulate a natural biome. The biomes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The largest of the two biomes simulates a Rainforest environment and the second, a Mediterranean environment.
Kate made a surprising departure from her usual style today, wearing the GAP BI-Stretch Skinny Ankle Pants.
The cotton-blend ikat blue pants feature a shape-retaining bi-stretch weave; banded waist with belt loops; hook and bar closure, zip fly; front welt pockets with hidden zippers, rear welt pockets. The pants had an original price tag of £45 before going on sale for £19.
It's no secret that Kate is fond of polka dots and stripes, but could she also be developing an affinity for Ikat print? The Duchess first wore the pattern in the form of the DVF 'Patrice' wrap dress in 2014.
Today, Kate paired the trousers with her Smythe Navy One Button Blazer.
Under the jacket she wore a new off-white ribbed knit top.
Here we see the back of it (photo via @katemiddletonus).
The consensus is, the piece is the H&M Off-the-shoulder Rib-Knit Top based on @Linda_zinha suggestion. As far as I can recall, this is the first occasion Kate has worn a piece by the Swedish multinational fast-fashion retailer.
The Duchess evidently packed light for this 2-day visit because she recycled the accessories she wore with yesterday's outfit. Kate teamed the ensemble with her comfy Monsoon 'Fleur' taupe suede wedges and trusty LK Bennett 'Natalie' straw clutch.
Kate also wore her beloved Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop 'Diana' Earrings.
The weather cleared up after lunch so William and Kate were able to fulfill part of their planned schedule on the Isles.
They visited the Tresco Gardens and then the family business Scilly Flowers on St Martin’s, before a brief reception at the St Martin’s Community Hall.
Kate changed from the Monsoon 'Fleur' wedges to her Sebago Bala boat shoes once on St Martin's Island, and she also donned her Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer sunglasses.
Here's a final look of Kate and William as they headed home.
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Monday, Feb 19:
Kate will have her first joint engagement with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they host a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception will showcase pieces created as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
Wednesday, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wednesday, Feb 28: In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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