Following this morning's arrival into Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to the beautiful Thimphu Dzong (Buddhist temple and monastery) to meet the King and Queen of Bhutan.
First they took part in a Chipdrel, a traditional welcome procession, complete with music, ceremonial dress, and plenty of colour
Inside the Dzong, they had a private audience with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema.
Their Majesties then led the Duke and Duchess across the Dzong’s beautifully decorated courtyard, across to a temple where they received a blessing and lit butter lamps.
Kate, who originally arrived in the country wearing a yellow Emilia Wickstead coat, made an outfit change for the ceremony and donned a Bhutanese kira inspired look. The Duchess teamed an embroidered cape with a long purple skirt made by her mystery seamstress in London using fabric woven in Bhutan by Kelzang Wangmo.
The cape is a ready-to-wear piece from the Paul & Joe clothing line. The cream cape is cut from lightweight wool and intricately embroidered in India with pink, turquoise and red florals. It retails for US$520.
This is the first time we have seen Kate wear a garment from this brand, launched in 1995 by french designer Sophie Mechaly. The label mixes Parisian chic with on-trend detailing to create a style of laid-back elegance. Here's a taste a few of some their current range which I think the Duchess would approve of.
Kate complemented the outfit with a stunning pair of Kiki McDonough earrings. The Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings (£3,900) are a new addition to Kate's jewelry box. They feature large pear and oval shaped lavender amethyst stones surrounded by dazzling diamonds set in 18ct white gold.
On her feet were a new pair of nude pumps. You may be forgiven for thinking they look just like her LK Bennett 'Fern' trench leather courts, but Kate opted for the lower heeled 'Floret' style also by LK Bennett (£175).
After the ceremony, William and Kate said goodbye to Their Majesties for the afternoon before heading to Thimphu’s open-air archery stadium, located in the heart of the small city. They begun their time at the venue, by taking tea under a covered dais with the King's brother, Prince Jiyel Ugyen Wanchuck and watched an impressive archery display.
William and Kate were then given the opportunity to partake in Bhutan's national sport.
The Duchess channeled her inner Katniss!
The royal couple concluded their visit to the stadium with a walkabout, meeting local children from nearby schools and NGOs.
Tonight, William and Kate will have a private dinner with The King and Queen at Lingkana Palace.
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Wed, 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.
Wed, 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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