After it was announced K-Middy won’t be wearing tights on the 2016 Royal Tour (*gasp*) we’ve actually got quite excited about what she will wear.
The heat and active itinerary for their India and Bhutan vacay is going to pose some sartorial challenges for the Duchess.
It’s been reported she’s taking 12-15 outfits (not so crazy for a week-long trip), including a pair of £106 Hillmaster walking boots.
Judging by her latest look — a dress from India-born designer Saloni —and her usual diplomatic looks, she’s going to continue her interest in paying tribute to the host country.
Thought has also gone into ensuring the colours she wears complements her surroundings, with a team doing a rehearsal trip before planning outfits. PA slash stylist Natasha Archer is accompanying Kate and Will on the trip, though Kate has the final say.
The Itinerary (& What She Should Wear)
Saturday 9th April: Flying overnight.
WHY: K-Middy's already a fan of Brit designer Amanda Wakeley, it would be hella comfortable AND deep orange is a colour on the Indian flag.
Day 1, Sunday 10th April
Arriving in the morning, landing in Mumbai.
Visit the Taj Palace Hotel and lay a wreath to commemorate victims of the 2008 terror attacks and meet staff who helped protect guests.
WHY: Kate likes Brit designer Emilia Wickstead and white is the colour of mourning in India.
Visit to ancient Banganga Water Tank in the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai and meet people living nearby.
A posh dinner and fundraiser with Bollywood stars and industry names.
WHY: It's pretty fabulous and Kate loves Whistles.
Day 2, 11th April – Mumbai And New Delhi
Meet aspiring young entrepreneurs at a GREAT campaign event, promoting Britain abroad.
WHY: It's cool and from Hobbs.
Lay a wreath at India Gate, a war memorial in New Delhi.
Go to the Gandhi Smriti museum at Old Birla House, where Mahatma Ghandi spent his final years before he was assassinated in 1948.
Attend a garden party for the Queen's 90th birthday at the High Commissioner’s. (William will make a speech).
WHY: Wouldn't she look fabulous in this Roksanda dress?
Day 3, 12th April – New Delhi And Kaziranga
Visit a charity for vulnerable young people in New Delhi.
WHY: It's practical and easy.
Meetings in New Delhi Go to Kaziranga and watch dance and musical performances around a campfire celebrating Assamese New Year.
WHY: It's no fuss
Day 4, 13th April – Kaziranga
Go for a drive in Kaziranga National Park and meet the rangers.
WHY: Safari chic.
Visit the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation which homes animals like elephants and rhinos.
Visit the Kaziranga Discovery Centre which was built by the Duchess Of Cornwall’s late brother Mark Shand's charity, Elephant Family.
Complete an elephant sculpture for India’s elephant parade.
14th April (Day 5) – Thimphu, Bhutan
Arrival in Bhutan.
Meet senior state representatives and see a Chipdrel traditional welcome procession at Buddhist Monastery, Thimphu Dzong.
WHY: It's simple and classic, from Indian-born designer Saloni Lodha.
Meet the King and Queen of Bhutan and visit a temple.
Visit Thimphu’s open-air archery venue and watch traditional games.
Have dinner with The King and Queen at Lingkana Palace.
WHY: Green is one of the colours on the Indian flag and this Toga dress is beaut.
15th April (Day 6) - Thimphu, Bhutan
Hike (for up to six hours!) to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery.
WHY: Practical, chic and, really, nothing's going to look good with walking boots.
Attend a reception for British nationals in Bhutan.
16 April (Day 7) – Agra
Fly to Agra.
WHY: This Emilia Wickstead look is the same colours as Diana's but updated.
Visit the Taj Mahal.