Today was a first for both William and Kate as they made their first ever visit to a mosque anywhere in the world.The couple were visiting the Assyakirin Mosque in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, which is the biggest in Malaysia and can host 12,000 for Friday prayers.
Both were clearly fascinated by the building and its history as they were given a guided tour by the imam, Ustaz Saiful.
Before ending their 20 minute visit, the Duke and Duchess watched men of the mosque washing their hands and feet and were explained the meaning behind it.
Kate wore a bespoke ‘Sabitri’ powder dress by Beulah London (£895). The dress will be exclusively sold at Harvey Nichols in Beulah’s Spring Summer 2013 ready to wear collection.
The frock is described as follows on the Beulah London Website www.beulahlondon.com/:
Bulah London is a label she was seen wearing in June for the wedding of close friend Alice St. John Webster. It is run by Kate and William’s friend Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs
Completing her outfit, Kate wore a matching designer headscarf (women must cover their hair before entering a mosque), her nude LK Bennett heels (£185) and her LK Bennett Natalie clutch.
For many, Kate’s appearance today will evoke memories of Princess Diana, who appeared in an almost identical outfit on a visit to an Egyptian mosque during a tour of Egypt in 1992.
From the mosque, the couple were driven around the corner to a dance festival at the Kuala Lumpur Central Park.