The Royal Couple Attend an Informal State Dinner in Tuvalu


On the last night of their South Pacific tour, William and Kate attended an unusually informal ‘state dinner’ hosted by the island chiefs. The couple donned grass skirts and took part in a traditional welcome dance, known as Fatele.


Following the exertion William and Kate were then invited to sit on heart-shaped thrones and enjoy a celebratory meal of local delicacies. The menu included raw slices of paala fish, leg of pork, lobster and fresh clam, with pii, or fresh green coconut juice, to drink.


When Kate removed her skirt she revealed a floor length, flowing dress by Alice Temperley.The ‘Beatrice’ embroidered crepe maxi ($795 and sold out) creation looked like it could be a designer relic from the 60s or 70s. It featured gold buttons and embroidery on the sleeves, waist and center panel of the dress.

Photo credit: WKW

Photo credit: WKW
Description of the dress from the Net-a-porter website:
‘Beautifully bohemian, ALICE by Temperley’s cream crepe maxi dress perfectly captures the label’s must-have aesthetic. Red and beige embroidery and a sweet keyhole-fastening neckline enhance the chic retro feel.
Product code: 197743
•Sheer sleeves, button-fastening keyhole, button-fastening placket, partially lined
•Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
•100% viscose; lining: 100% polyester
•Dry clean’


The Duchess of Cambridge wore a headpiece of flowers and her Catherine Zoraida earrings – double leaf earrings.


William & Kate Launch The Calgary Stampede

William & Kate have arrived at the final stop of their nine-day tour of Canada — a reception celebrating the world-famous Calgary Stampede, a rodeo festival and show.
The couple arrived  on an eye-catching 1912 stage coach amid a tumultuous welcome and were suitably attired for the event wearing white “ten gallon” hats they had been presented with earlier in the day, and finishing off the look with cowboy shirts and boots, and jeans.

Specifically, Kate wore an Alice by Temperly blouse, Goldsign jeans and her own cowboy boots.

The blouse is the ‘Armonia Blouse’ ($255) from the Alice by Temperley Resort 2012 collection. The description is as follows ‘White and blue feminine blouse features embroidery bib and collar with scalloped detailing and puff sleeves .’
•White semi-sheer cotton
•Purple and navy embroidery, ruffled high neck and bib, buttoned cuffs
•Button fastenings through front
•100% cotton

William & Kate’s hats are made by the Smithbilt Hat company
The company produces three styles of white hat. The New West made of glazed canvas goes for $18.50, and Smithbilt recommends it for large groups who need to be Stampedeready. The “truly gorgeous” Old West model is made of Merino wool and priced at $72.50, precisely sized to the wearer. The Cadillac of Smithbilt hats is the Wild West, an “Official White Hat” made of 100 per cent rabbit fur and ringing in at $199.99.
According to the company’s history, Calgary’s iconic white hat was born in 1946, when Morris Shumiatchew of Smithbilt Hats introduced a pure white cowboy hat made of imported Russian felt.

Two years later, the hats became a de facto symbol of the city when the Calgary Stampeders competed for the Grey Cup and 250 raucous fans wearing Smithbilt hats descended on Toronto to support their team, bringing with them a chuckwagon, 12 horses and a hat for the Toronto mayor.

When Don MacKay, a man Smithbilt describes as a “born promoter,” became Calgary mayor in 1950, he started presenting the hats to prominent visitors to the city.