Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

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.

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

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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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Royals Bid Farewell to New Zealand

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On The Cambridge's last day in New Zealand, William and Kate braved the rain and paid a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington. After commemorating Kiwi police officers killed in the line of duty, the two visited the facility's Dog Training Centre, where they got to meet some of the dogs and even held some puppies.

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The couple went from their final engagement to the Civic Square where hundreds of royal watches had gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple during their last walkabout.

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Then it was off to the airport in Wellington where a Royal Australian Air Force plane was ready and waiting to fly to Sydney and finish the rest of the royal tour in Australia. Prince George joined his parents in bidding farewell to New Zealand as the trio boarded their plane.

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Kate, once again, shopped her closet and wore her indigo tweed jacket and matching pencil skirt designed by New York based Kiwi designer Rebecca Taylor (pre-fall 2012 collection). The jacket has floral accents on the round neckline, and a frayed trim and hook-and-eye front.
 
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The Duchess first wore the outfit in April, 2012 when she attended a reception to honor the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole.
 
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Completing her look, she wore her bespoke, blue suede Alexander McQueen heels, held her Stuart Weitzman matching blue suede 'muse' clutch, her sapphire and diamond earrings and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.
 
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Her hair was pinned back in a half-up, half-down style.

Kate Pays Tribute to Christchurch in Red and Black

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Christchurch was the final stop and day eight in the couple's South Island tour.

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William and Kate were formally welcomed to Christchurch by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and elder members of the Ngai Tahu tribe at the city council building.

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Then it was off to a scheduled meeting of four families who were victims of magnitude 6.3 earthquake which struck the city on February 22, 2011 but the couple chose to cross the grass to meet many more people.

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After meeting the families of victims they attended a service at the city's 'cardboard cathedral', a structure made of cardboard tubes that award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed to replace the 1881 Anglican cathedral destroyed in the quake.

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Next, they headed to the Botanic Gardens to open a new $16.4 million visitor center.

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Then it was time for a spot of cricket in Latimer Square, and former New Zealand stars Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley spoke to the couple before the royals took up a bat and ball.

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The Duchess of Cambridge recycled her red Luisa Spagnoli tailored skirt suit with black belt — the official colours of the region of Canterbury. Though her pure-wool jacket and skirt is the same, there have been a few subtle refinements. Kate, sneakily added a good three inches to the skirt to give the whole look a more sophisticated edge

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She purchased the skirt suit by the Italian designer in Knightsbridge back in 2011 for £495, and first wore it during a visit to St Andrews on February 25, 2011 just after she and William got engaged

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This time she paired it with nude tights, her Episode Angel black suede pumps and her black Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch to match the buttons and belt.

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Completing her colorful ensemble, she complimented it with her Annoushka Pearl Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace which remained hidden most of the time beneath her jacket.

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As for her signature curls she had her hair pulled away from her face in an elegant half-up, half-down style.