Kate Middleton wearing Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen coat in New Zealand


After yesterday's frivolities with Prince George, Kate Middleton's and Prince William's next stop on their royal tour was more of a sombre affair.

The Duke and Duchess flew to the South Island, where they attended the Blenheim war memorial, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War and remember those who fought in it.

Prince William and Kate Middleton at WWI memorial

Kate opted for a cornflower blue pre-spring/summer 2014 Alexander McQueen coat dress for the occasion – altered from the original style (which is currently available online for £2,345) for a more utilitarian (and length appropriate) look. The Duchess accessorised with a pair of navy suede heels and matching clutch, and, of course, a poppy.

Wearing her hair in a voluminous ponytail, Kate laid a wreath at the memorial, which was attended by hundreds of localas and war veterans from WWII,  before she and William headed off to see the 'Knights of the Sky' exhibition – Sir Peter Jackson's display of World War One aircraft and vehicles from the Great War.

Prince William in a light aircraft

The Omaka Heritage Centre, where the exhibition is based, is home to one of the world's largest collections of World War One aircraft and rare memorabilia. And it looks like Wills couldn't help but try out some of the exhibits... 

By Olivia Marks

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