Kate Middleton wowed in a purple Bhutanese kira-style skirt and a white embroidered cape as she and Prince William were given a ceremonial welcome. The British royals met King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema in Thimphu on Day 5 of their royal visit to India and Bhutan. The royals arrived at a former monastery, Thimphu Dzong, where they took part in a Chipdrel, a traditional welcome ceremony.
Kate looked stunning in a purple and blue patterned skirt that looked like the traditional dress of Bhutan for women – the kira. The material for the 38-year-old royal’s skirt was sourced and woven by local weaver Kelzan Wangmo in Bhutan. It was then brought back to London where it was made up to her specifications.
The mother-of-two paired her skirt with a Paul and Joe embroidered cape. The Lyrisme cape jacket was silk-lined and featured high neck, a wool ensemble with floral embroidery and bottom arm slits. It was cinched in at the waist with a belt that showed off her slim figure.
The Duchess of Cambridge added height to her frame in nude high heels. She accessorized with diamond drop earrings and her engagement ring. Her long brunette tresses were swept into an elegant half up, half down style. Kate sported her favorite smoky eyes and frosted pink lipstick.
William, 33, meanwhile appeared to be wearing the same outfit that he wore for the flight from India to Bhutan earlier. Kate’s stylish counterpart Jetsun, 25, looked charming in a red and white embroidered kira and a matching silk loose-fitted blouse. The ‘Kate of Bhutan’ paired her outfit with a red floral embroidered stole.
The new mom accessorized with a pair of red and white drop earrings, a gold bangle and wore a pair of high heeled strappy sandals. Her long, silky tresses were left loose in a side part, while she wore brown lipstick. Jigme meanwhile looked handsome in a traditional white and yellow dress.
After the colorful procession of dozens of dancers and musicians in the national dress to the sounds of Buddhist chanting, Kate and William entered the Thimpu Dzong, overlooking the capital. The couple posed for a photo with their Bhutanese counterparts.
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