William & Kate Enjoy the Beauty of Uluru

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Canberra on a three and a half hour flight to Uluru, touching down just after 1pm local time.

 
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They were greeted by dignitaries including the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Sally Thomas, her husband Duncan McNeill, Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and his wife Tamara, and traditional owners Daisy Walkabout and Vincent Nipper who are from one of the most respected Aboriginal families in the local Anangu community.

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The Anangu are the traditional owners of the land that includes Uluru. They jointly manage the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with Australia’s federal parks agency. Aborigines have looked after the land for 10,000 years but only won back the title to it in 1985.

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First on the agenda was a visit to the National Indigenous Training Academy which trains local people to work in the tourism industry. The  couple presented students with graduation certificates. Each of the 100 people who graduate each year are guaranteed work at the Ayers Rock Resort or other hotel complexes.

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After the certificate presentation, the couple mingled with the crowd and then met Northern Territory school students at an afternoon tea.

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Kate chose a bespoke, taupe cap-sleeved, double-crepe dress by Roksanda Ilincic, with a pale grey belt. It features a ruched neckline and front detail. The frock is similar to the off-the-rack Roksanda Ilincic ‘Lovina’ dress.

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We have seen Kate wear a similar Roksanda frock before – first on the royal tour in 2011 and then later at the UK’s Creative Industries Reception in July 2012.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her LK Bennett nude sledges, her Alexander McQueen bespoke clutch, her Catherine Zoraida ‘Double Leaf’ earrings and her three-charm ‘Woodland’ necklace from Asprey London.

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Following afternoon tea, they visited the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn about Uluru and neighboring Kata Tjuta, the major geological features in the national park, both of which are sacred sites to the indigenous people.
 
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Next, the Duke and Duchess visited Uluru itself. They walked up to it along one of the marked out routes for tourists that avoided the most sacred parts of the rock.

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Kate made a quick change into her, previously seen 50s-inspired white and grey Hobbs ‘Check Wessex’ dress. She previously wore it to an event at Bacon’s College which she attended with both William and Harry in July 2012.

 
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To complete her look, Kate added a white woven Hobbs ‘Neston’ belt and low beige Pied-a-Terre sling back wedges.

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On a side note, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed in almost the identical spot to the one chosen by Prince Charles and Princess Diana 31 years earlier – when William was roughly the age his son George is now.

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William & Kate Touch Down in Sydney

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William, Kate & Prince George have arrived in Sydney, Australia.

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The family were met on the tarmac by Tony Abbott, the prime minister. The welcoming party also included Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor General, and Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales.

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George was whisked off to the Governor General’s residence meanwhile the couple headed to Sydney Opera House for an official welcome ceremony hosted by the prime minister.

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Thousands of people were waiting at the Opera House to greet the Duke and Duchess. The couple were cheered enthusiastically as they made their way into the building.

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The Duke of Cambridge made a speech inside to 400 guests.

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Outside the opera house, the couple went on a ten minute walkabout to meet cheering fans before setting off by boat across the harbor for Admiralty House, the governor general’s residence and where they will be staying the night.

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Kate wore short-sleeved, form-fitting, color-block yellow dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilinic. Her choice of color is key as yellow is one of Australia’s national colors.

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The frock is a bespoke version of a commercially available dress called ‘The Ryedale’ from the designer’s S/S 2014 collection and retails for $1,441.Modifications include, the neckline has been turned from round to square, sleeves reduced in size, and the color scheme was inverted as the original was white where Kate’s is yellow, and vice versa

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Complementing her elegant dress, the Duchess wore her nude LK Bennett Sledge shoes, LK Bennett Natalie clutch, her Annoushka Pearl Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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Kate Makes a Solo Appearance at the Royal Academy of Arts Reception

Last night Kate made a solo appearance at the arts institution in central London for a reception celebrating the best of British music, film, art and entertainment. The event was hosted by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP.

She walked the red carpet and was greeted by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore an elegant dove grey dress by Serbian born designer Roksanda Ilincic.

We first saw this outfit, which has an unusual slashed neckline, when she arrived in LA last year on her inaugural royal tour.

Roksanda Ilincic still has the dress available but you won’t find it at their boutiques. You need to contact them via email. They are selling it in the US for $1300.

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However the dress is still available at stores in a peridot color. This is described as a petrol blue wool crepe.

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The Duchess completed her outfit with a pair of light taupe LK Bennett ‘Harper’ suede heels (£195), tan tights, a sparkly white and gold clutch (yet to be ID’d), and hooped Kiki McDonough blue topaz circle earrings.

Additional information on Kate’s ‘Harper’ heels:
Closed court
110mm heel
Modern silhouette
Concealed platform
Material: Suede

Kate wore her hair up in an elegant side-chignon, showing off her beautiful earrings.

William & Kate Have Landed in California

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have touched down at Los Angeles International Airport just before 4 p.m. aboard a grey Canadian military jet as they continue their first official overseas trip as a married couple.

On the tarmac, the pilot flipped open a cockpit window and waved William’s Canadian flag.

Kate left Canada in a red satin and wool scarlet coat-dress by Catherine Walker but changed aboard the flight and emerged under sunny skies in Los Angeles wearing a light blue/gray peridot crepe cowl-neck knee-length dress by Roksanda Ilincic (Was $1,089 Now $761). The dress is available at www.matchesfashion.com

Description from the Matches website is as follows:
‘Light blue grey. Draped neck to one side. Cap sleeves. Pleats down from drape neck to waist band. Pleated skirt. White tulle neckline and cuff trim. Centre back pleats. Small pleated panels from back waist band. Exposed centre back zip. Beige grosgrain front tie.’
Kate accessorized with her woven straw LK Bennett ‘Natalie’ clutch, Jimmy Choo ‘Lovely’ heels in powder pink (4.3″ heel height) and her Kiki McDonough ‘Grace’ earrings.
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Jimmy Choo has confirmed that Kate wore their shoes. The following was taken from their Facebook page:

‘We are pleased to announce Duchess of Cambridge wore LOVELY in Powder Pink on her recent trip to Los Angeles and Prince Edward Island

/Discover LOVELY http://bit.ly/DiscoverLOVELY ‘

It appears that powder pink is sold out but the shoes are still available in for $525