Will Kate be Kiwi-clad during the Royal Tour?

03:43, Mar 24 2014
ROYAL COUNTDOWN: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, pictured during the St Patrick's Day parade in England, arrive in New Zealand on April 7.

After the Duchess of Cambridge declined a coat from New Zealand designer Trelise Cooper, it is unclear if she will be Kiwi-clad at all during her time here.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George will spend nine days in the country as part of a three-week tour Down Under, starting in New Zealand on April 7.

Kate Middleton is expected to wear clothes that give a nod to host countries New Zealand and Australia.

ROYALLY DISMISSED: Dame Trelise Cooper wearing the coat she sent to the Duchess of Cambridge.

When in Canada in 2011 during a North American tour with husband Prince William, she wore red and white - the colours of the country's flag - for Canada Day.

But the Duchess has returned a coat by fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper which had earlier caught her eye, Cooper said.

Cooper, one of New Zealand's most successful fashion designers, sent the nude and neon pink coat to London for the Duchess to try.


ROYAL ROMANCE: Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas enjoy some time together at a Six Nations international rugby match at Twickenham.

In the end Kate decided not to wear it.

The Queen is said to have loaned her personal stylist, Angela Kelly, who will help Kate choose up to four outfits per day.  

Kate is expected to wear a Christchurch-made pearl brooch, which was presented to the Queen by Prime Minister John Key during his visit to Balmoral last September.

Also in the royal jewellery collection is a New Zealand fern brooch given to Her Majesty during her 1953/54 world tour. The diamond and platinum brooch was a Christmas gift from the women of Auckland.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is reporting a "significant" step in the romance of Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, his girlfriend of two years.

Bonas, 25, has reportedly been invited to accompany Harry to an official engagement in the Queen's room at St James' Palace.

The 29-year-old Prince is to host a private dinner party to honour friends from his 335 kilometre journey to the South Pole late last year.

The adventurers include 12 injured servicemen and women from the UK and other nations, as part of Walking With The Wounded charity trek.

Guests were told partners are welcome to attend, and a Daily Mail source said for Harry that included Bonas.

The dinner would be held on Thursday (UK time). If Bonas accepts the invitation, it will be an official stamp on the relationship.

The invitation to accompany Harry at the dinner comes two weeks after the couple kissed and cuddled in full view of cameras at the We Day youth event at Wembley Arena.