Kate Middleton is prepped up for her and husband Prince William’s much-awaited India and Bhutan official visit. The royal couple will begin their six-day tour from April 10. The 34-year-old stylish royal has reportedly packed 12 to 15 outfits for the trip.
An advance team completed a recce of locations, including the iconic Taj Mahal. The British royals will arrive in Mumbai on Sunday. Apart from her daytime dresses and evening gowns, she has packed a pair of hiking boots. The last time the Duchess of Cambridge was seen in the pair of hardy Brasher Hillmaster GTX hiking boots was when she visited Borneo’s jungle in 2012.
According to The Telegraph, Kate will take around 12 to 15 outfits for her India and Bhutan tour. A small team made a rehearsal trip to India and Bhutan, on which Kate’s private secretary Rebecca Deacon made notes on factors to consider about the locations the former will visit. She took the notes so as the mother-of-two got an idea of what outfits will work out.
The team has reportedly taken photographs of every place the Duchess will visit, so that she can use these images as a guide to determine how formal she needed to dress and what colors would look best against the backdrops. “She is in charge of it herself and takes an interest in paying tribute to the host country with nods to their culture and local style on at least a few of the engagements. The important factor on this tour is the heat, so that's an issue that plays a big part in the choice of outfits,” a royal source said.
On previous royal tours, Kate has always made it a point to give a nod to the host country. She wore a dress by Canadian born designer Erdem Moralioglu during when in Montreal. Besides, she opted for a dress by Australian label Zimmermann during Australia tour, and during a visit to New York, Kate wore two pieces from American designers, a Tory Burch coat and J Crew jeans.
During their stay in Bhutan, Kate and William will go on a six-hour trek to Tiger’s Nest monastery. The arduous trek is said to require peak physical fitness and hiking gear. The Duke and Duchess will also travel to New Delhi, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, and Thimphu, apart from their visit to the Taj Mahal.
They will hike to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, visited by the Prince of Wales in 1998 pic.twitter.com/4chly4ZGNg
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Kate will host an exclusive charity dinner for 80 members of the county’s high society – a 10,000 pounds ($14,202.55) per head dinner. The extravagant gala will be held at Houghton Hall, Palladian stately home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley which is a short drive from Kate and Wills’ Anmer Hall home. The party is in aid of the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, the charity of which Kate became a patron in 2012.