Our picks: Kate's Royal Tour wardrobe

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 05:00 17/03/2014
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The countdown to the much-anticipated Royal Tour is well and truly on, but while William and Kate's itinerary has been made public, the contents of Kate's travel wardrobe still remain a mystery.

Representatives for the royal pair are remaining tight-lipped about which designers Kate will choose to showcase during her ten days in the country, but one thing is for certain - the Duchess will be photographed more than ever.

The Queen is said to have loaned her personal stylist, Angela Kelly, to give Kate a helping hand during the tour and it's no wonder - she'll have up to four outfit changes a day.

Kelly has worked with the Queen for 14 years and is likely to ensure Kate sticks to more conservative hemlines with minimal skin on show for her public appearances.

However while Kate's clothing may be more on the sensible side, her accessories are bound to dazzle.

According to US Weekly, Kate has permission to "pick out as many items as she needs" from the Queen's personal jewellery collection in preparation for the trip.

With no black-tie events planned, we're not expecting to see any tiaras (unfortunately), but there will be ample opportunity to wear something sparkly.

 As well as mixing high-end designer pieces (and royal jewels, no less) with cheaper, more accessible fashion, Kate is known for embracing local fashion designers while touring.

We're expecting to see various pieces from New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead.

Kate has favoured Wickstead for high profile occasions numerous times in the past; not surprising considering the label's conservative, yet innately feminine aesthetic.  

The whole Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection looks as though it was made with the Duchess in mind - rich fabrics, jewel tones, nipped in waists and beautifully tailored coats; it's all undeniably elegant.

Check out the gallery above for our favourite Emilia Wickstead moments and all of our Kate-appropriate locally-designed predictions.

The Duchess is also expected to don creations from Kiwi labels such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and WORLD during her time here.

While most designers are reluctant to release any specific information, Wellington-based label Millicent confirmed they have sent Kate's team the metallic boucle Luna dress (see above)from their most recent collection and are hoping for the best.

Kate Sylvester is another local designer whose pieces are bound to appeal to the Duchess and her new stylist.

Understated, ladylike and demure are a few adjectives that spring to mind - perfect for a day-time garden party or meet and greet perhaps?

Excitement is mounting, in three weeks' time Kate's fashionable tour of the country will begin and we can't wait!

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