William & Kate Arrive in the Solomon Islands


William and Kate have landed! Today the couple stepped of their private jet at Henderson International Airport in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.

They were greeted by a tukuwaka, or welcome ceremony,a group of traditional warriors dressed in raffia loin cloths and bearing spears, bows and musical instruments, shouting fearsome chants.
Then the couple boarded a “war canoe” (known as a Tomoko), which were traditionally used for head hunting or fighting but are now used to carry around VIPS. Instead of being a hollowed-out log, the 21st century version was a Toyota flat-bed truck decorated like a carnival float to look like a canoe, with the couple standing in the cargo bay under a rickety-looking roof made of rush matting, bamboo and sago palm leaves.

Their canoe transportation took them towards the capital’s cathedral for a Diamond Jubilee service of thanksgiving. They stopped at St Barnabas Cathedral and were greeted by His Excellency the Governor General of the Solomon Islands, Sir Frank Kabui, the Archbishop of Melanesia, The Most Very Reverend David Vunagi and the Dean of the cathedral, Davidson Nwaeramo.
Kate wore an £840 check-print ‘Evelyn’ dress by Scottish-born designer, Jonathan Saunders.
Pinned to the back of her head, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke cocktail hat by Jane Taylor. www.janetaylormillinery.com/
Photo credit: WKW
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Kate accessorized with her all-too-familiar LK Bennett heels and a matching off-white clutch that is still unidentified.
The Duchess kept her jewelry simple and wore her Kiki McDonough “Green Amethyst” earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Update 9/29/2012
Additional pictures of Kate’s Nude pillbox headpiece with bow (£690) by Jane Taylor (Ref: SS12100).

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