Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Queensland, affectionately known as the Sunshine State because of its warm sunny climate. They landed at the Royal Australian Air Force base in Amberley just outside the State capital of Brisbane.
The Duchess wore a frock by her favourite high-street label, LK Bennett. Catherine opted for the 'Lasa' poppy print dress which reportedly had sold out prior to today's engagement. The LK Bennett Lasa poppy print dress has a slim sheath silhouette, adorned with snorkel blue poppies, arranged in an artful print against a white backdrop. It also features a square neckline and elbow length sleeves. It is fabricated from a breathable cotton blend.
In another royal coup for Australian fashion, on the back of yesterday's Zimmermann dress, Kate carried a ombre blue clutch from Aussie brand Oroton. The 'Odeion' clutch is crafted from Italian embossed calf leather and metal, featuring a snake chain strap and Oroton hardware. The minaudiere originally retailed for AU$245 but has now sold out.
For the third time on this tour, Kate wore her bespoke navy blue suede Alexander McQueen pumps. I was however surprised to see them again after they got drenched in the rain on their last day in Wellington, New Zealand. It makes me wonder if Kate carries a few pairs of her favourite shoes!
We again saw the Duchess accessorise with her sapphire & diamond earrings, Mappin & Webb 'Fortune' necklace and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
While at the base the Duke inspected the waiting Royal Guard and later both he and Catherine were given a tour of the No 1 Squadron - which is the first Super Hornet squadron outside the US. They were both given the opportunity to clamber into the cockpit a fighter jet.
After the hour-long tour, the William and Kate visited Amberley's Memorial Garden, where they planted a Plunkett Mallee, a eucalyptus tree, native to Queensland.
The royal pair then headed into the city centre to attend an official reception at Brisbane's Convention and Entertainment Centre. The Duke and Duchess had a gourmet lunch comprised of local Queensland produce, and they had the opportunity to mingle with more than 200 charity, community, political, and business leaders. Following the lunch, William and Kate undertook a walkabout in the centre of Brisbane where they were greeted by over 10,000 fans.
Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess start their day with a Easter Sunday church service at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney. Next they will head to Taronga Zoo. It is possible that Prince George may join them when they visit the Zoo's is a Bilby enclosure, which was the nation's gift on the occasion of his birth. Later that day, they will leave Sydney and travel to Australia’s capital, Canberra, staying at Government House. You can read further details of today's events on the official website of the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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