Australia Royal Tour: What Duchess Kate Wore

20:27, Dec 17 2014
Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, SYDNEY: Kate wore an altered sunny yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress for her first day in 22 degree Sydney.
Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, SYDNEY: Check those Aussies getting in on our giant toy train. To be fair, wee George does look more keen on this wombat than he did on the ice blue Plunket teddy. He's an aesthetic realist, clearly.
Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing
DAY TWO, BLUE MOUNTAINS: This DVF wrap dress - which costs around NZ$380 in the US - sold out online within an hour after the first blurry pictures of Kate in it hit the internet. (Well, it is one of the first pieces she's worn that is in a shape that would flatter many forms).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY THREE: By choosing a cream-lace Zimmermann dress, the Duchess of Cambridge managed to crash the Australian designer's website within 10 minutes of appearing at Sydney's Royal Easter Show.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William
The $AUD495 dress was not expected in stores until June, but the swimwear and fashion label is rumoured to be bringing its release forward.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY THREE, SYDNEY: Running in heels - going barefoot on the beach was a step too far for the Queen-to-be.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FOUR, BRISBANE: This LK Bennett dress has already sold out ... and we imagine a lot more ladies will start rocking the half-up, half-down hair look soon too.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FOUR, BRISBANE: What does she do with all those gifts? (Maybe her PA carries a wheelbarrow).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FOUR, SYDNEY: The royal couple spent an evening watching the Super Rugby match between the New South Wales Waratahs and the Northern Bulls from South Africa. Wills dressed down and wore his glasses (he could do with an optical style update) while Kate wore a comfy grey sweater and a scarf by Beulah London.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FIVE, SYDNEY: Kate chose an elegantly-shaped Dove grey bespoke Alexander McQueen for the Easter Sunday service.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FIVE, SYDNEY: Kate wore a yellow dress to the visit to the zoo, which was reportedly made by one of the Queen's seamstresses, but all eyes were on Prince George and the bilbys.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY FIVE, CANBERRA: The family were matching in blue for their return to the capital, with Kate in one of her favourite Stella McCartney dresses, Prince George in a blue cardi by Rachel Riley and Prince WIll in a patterned blue tie.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY SEVEN, ULURU: Kate and Wills pose in front of Uluru in a picture that we can bet will become iconic.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY SEVEN, ULURU: Kate arrived in a dusky grey Roksanda Ilincic dress, and was given a gorgeous bracelet crafted from seeds.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY SEVEN, ULURU: She then had an outfit change, and slipped into a dress by British high street retailer Hobbs before putting on a beaded necklace that was also given to her as a gift.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY EIGHT, ADELAIDE: The royal mum touched down in a stunning pale pink Alexander McQueen outfit.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY EIGHT, ADELAIDE: The beautiful designer number complemented her willowy figure and seemed fitting for the occasion.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY EIGHT, ADELAIDE: Accessories were kept simple and chic with a nude clutch and heels both by British brand L.K Bennett.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY NINE, CANBERRA: The Duchess opted for a vivid green Catherine Walker creation for her day in Canberra.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
DAY NINE, CANBERRA: Despite donning her regulation heels, she managed to negotiate a tree-planting session before meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife.
Kate Australia gallery
DAY NINE, CANBERRA: At a reception at Government House, the Duchess wore a cocktail dress by US designer Lela Rose.
Kate Australia gallery
DAY NINE, CANBERRA: The Duchess's Circle Lace Trim dress had a layer of lattice work from the waist. She also wore black court heels and diamond drop earrings.
Kate Australia gallery
DAY NINE, CANBERRA: At the black tie event, the Duchess's hair was styled into an elaborate chignon.
Kate Australia gallery
DAY TEN, CANBERRA: Both the Duke and Duchess opted to wear warm coats for the Anzac Day dawn service at Canberra's Wat Memorial.
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DAY TEN, CANBERRA: The Duke and Duchess share a smile before laying a wreath at the commemorative service.
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DAY TEN, CANBERRA: Kate looked radiant in a single-breasted twill Michael Kors coat accessorised with a navy blue hat by Australian milliner, Jonathan Howard.
Kate Australia gallery
DAY TEN, CANBERRA: Prince George, decked out in a cute-as-a-button red outfit, expresses his dislike at hopping on board yet another plane - we don't want you to leave either, oh adorable one!

The Duchess wowed us with more than 25 outfits during the royal tour - but they didn't come cheap.

She may've recycled many a look from previous appearances, but Kate's mix of high street and designer fashion choices over the last 19 days are thought to have cost around NZ$100,000.

Below we break down each outfit the royal mum has donned since touching down in Australia.

To see what Kate wore during the New Zealand tour, head on over here.

DAY TEN, CANBERRA: The Duke and Duchess' final day in Australia began with the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial. While Prince William's name was on the Order of Service, Kate's attendance was something of a surprise - perhaps it was dependant on how well behaved George was that morning.

Either way, both of them looked suitably regal and conservative for the service.


The Duchess chose a black Temperley London coat for the sombre occasion - an outfit which she also wore during a Remembrance Day event last year.

The elegant piece features a jacquard diamond check design and a pleated hem. It originally retailed for a mere NZ$2,450.

Kate completed the look with her black Jimmy Choo cosmic heels, black tights, black gloves, a cream scarf and a sprig of rosemary.

Will looked dashing in a dark double-breasted coat adorned with medals and a sprig of rosemary, matched with a white shirt and red tie.

For the royal couple's last appearance in Australia - a mid-morning Anzac Day commemorative service - the Duchess wore a coat and hat which both worked perfectly for the military colour scheme.

Her coat, which appears grey but is actually an indigo twill - is single-breasted with flap pockets on the front flaring out to a full skirt. It's by New York-based label Michael Kors and retailed for NZ$3660.

In a final nod to her host country, Kate paired the classic coat with a navy hat by Australian milliner, Jonathan Howard. The Sydney-based designer was reportedly contacted by Kensington Palace in January and proceeded to exchange more than 30 emails and various colour swatches with them before settling on the appropriately named 'Duchess Blue' of the modern headpiece.

Kate also wore her navy blue suede Alexander McQueen pumps, her Russel and Bromley clutch, sapphire earrings, her Asprey woodland charm necklace and a new enamel poppy broach which was given to her the previous evening.

In male clothing news Prince William donned his regulation suit along with a maroon and navy striped tie. Meanwhile, Prince George looked adorable in dungarees (by American designer Neck & Neck) and a red cardigan. We're making the most of this last look at the wee Prince as it's quite likely we won't see him again until his iorthday when an official photo will probably be released.

Aussie designers worn on the tour: The white lace Zimmermann dress on Day Three, the blue Oroton snakeskin-style clutch on Day Four, the gifted Aboriginal jewellery on Day Seven and finally the navy Jonathan Howard hat on Day Ten brings the grand total to five.

DAY NINE, CANBERRA: Remember that gorgeous red coat-dress Kate wore when she first touched down on Kiwi soil? Well, upon arriving in Canberra she once again opted for a Catherine Walker design, this time choosing a show-stopping emerald creation.

The sleek and contemporary dress appeared to be a modified version of the label's 'Evelyn' design, which is constructed from Venetian wool and features the Duchess' favourite fit and flare silhouette. Instead of the rather low neckline, Kate's number appears to have been adapted from Catherine Walker's 'Lara' dress.

Once again, she paired the outfit with her trusty nude patent L.K Bennett Sledge heels.

Will and Kate's first task of the day was at the National Aboretum where they helped twin brothers plant and water an English Oak tree.

The Duke and Duchess then moved to Parliament House, where the Australian Prime Minister Abbott hosted a reception. Prince William changed his tie for this event - we're unsure if it was down to a coffee spillage or a yearning for something a tad more formal - but either way, he looked the part.

Later, Kate opted for a beautiful white cocktail dress by American designer Lela Rose for the evening reception at Government House.

The linen blend sheath, aptly named the Circle Lace Trim Dress, was part of the Lela Rose 2012 Spring/Summer collection and features delicate circle lace short sleeves, a matching peplum panel along the waist-line and a back centre slit.

The Duchess wore the diamond bracelet and earrings she often chooses for formal occasions along with her black suede Mulberry clutch and Jimmy Choo cosmic heels.

Aussie designers worn so far: The tally remains at four.

DAY EIGHT, ADELAIDE: For the royal visit to Adelaide, Kate returned to one of her go-to designers, Alexander McQueen.

This time the Duchess chose a rather beautiful structured top, midi skirt combination in a soft pale pink - a customised shade that worked a treat on her.

Royal wardrobe fanatics will be disappointed to learn the outfit is one of a kind, and that the closest match - renditions of the top in both black and white - have long sold out (they originally retailed for NZ$1,116).

The skirt appeared to be a hybrid of two different Alexander McQueen styles (this box pleat number and this more floaty pleated a-line design), neither of which retail in pale pink.

Accessories-wise Kate opted for her nude patent L.K Bennett Sledge heels and her woven clutch, also by British brand L.K Bennett, along with her regulation Cartier watch and pearl drop earrings.

As per usual, Wills looked dapper in a navy suit, although he may not be able to wear this particular one again after dabbling in a spot of graffiti street art during their day out.

Aussie designers worn so far: Still four - no new additions today.

DAY SEVEN, ULURU: Kate re-wore two of her favourite dresses for her trip to one of Australia's most sacred sites.

As she arrived near majestic Uluru she was wearing the Lovina dress by Roksanda Ilincic in a custom dusky grey colour (the second dress by this designer on the tour - she also crafted that bright yellow number that Wills thought looked like a banana). Kate wore the dress, just altered slightly, on her 2011 tour of the US. 

Upon arriving at the National Indigenous Training Academy Kate was given a gorgeous bracelet made from seed and she wore it straight away. She was also wearing gold-plated silver double leaf earrings by British jewellery designer Catherine Zoraida (which retail for NZ$235). 

The couple's next stop was the Uluru Cultural Centre, and while Will stayed in his beige linen shirt (sleeves rolled up, natch) Kate changed into a Hobbs dress that she's been seen in around London before. The high street boatneck dress is crafted 100 per cent from flax and has already sold out everywhere online. While at the centre Kate was gifted a beaded necklace, which she wore for the rest of the day. 

Aussie designers worn so far: Four - the gorgeous Aboriginal jewellery has doubled the count.

DAY FIVE, EVENING, CANBERRA: After their trip to the zoo, the royal family had another outfit change as they landed back in Canberra - with George wearing a wee blue cardi by Rachel Riley again (his favourite designer, clearly) while Kate wore the blue Ridley Stretch Cady dress by Stella McCartney that she's been spotted wearing a few times in the past year in London. 

Monday was a day off in Canberra for the couple, however some entrepreneurial paps managed to get snaps of the family hanging around in the grounds of Government House, capturing moments of optimal cuteness: now these snaps of Kate hanging out with George and just being a mum; this GIF of her giving him a jiggle and this GIF of her doing a toe tap are going viral, naturally. 

We love how Wills just keeps casually walking, like she pulls this elf jump all the time. 

Aussie designers worn so far: Still two. 

DAY FIVE, AFTERNOON, SYDNEY: Kate repeated a dress for her visit to Taronga Zoo, wearing a primrose-yellow eyelet dress that she originally wore in the Solomon Islands during the Jubilee Tour. The royal mum paired the beautiful dress, which was crafted by the palace's dressmakers and reportedly partly designed by Kate, with Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges and Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

Meanwhile, gorgeous George, who got to visit the Bilby exhibition that was named after him, wore a polo shirt and shorts by British luxury childrens-wear designer Rachel Riley (who also made the gorgeous dungarees he wore to his NZ Plunket play date). 

Will wore a casual gingham shirt with his favourite Argentinean-style belt by polo clothes label Polistas

DAY FIVE MORNING, SYDNEY: Kate wore an elegant custom dove grey ensemble by Alexander McQueen for an Easter Sunday service in Sydney. Her chapeau headpiece is also bespoke, crafted by Jane Taylor Millinery. She wore LK Bennett suede shoes and her favourite Cartier watch (which she only ever takes off for events that baby George comes along to - he must tug at it or attempt to eat it as is a toddler's want). 

DAY FOUR EVENING, SYDNEY: The royal couple went out to watch a Super Rugby match in Sydney on Saturday April 19 (checking out the match between the NSW Waratahs and the South African Northern Bulls).

Will looked relaxed in a bold blue sweater and his glasses (we do wish he'd go for a more stylish 'geek chic' pair) while Kate wore plimsolls, jeans, a comfy jumper and a beautiful modal-cashmere scarf by Beulah London that retails for $NZ233 (we also love the look of her diamond-effect iPhone cover). 

DAY FOUR, BRISBANE: For her only day in Brisbane, the Duchess wore a mid-sleeved summer-bloom dress by one of her favourite British designers, LK Bennett. 

The 67% cotton, 32% viscose dress is covered in blue poppies (perhaps another nod to ANZAC day?) and retails for $NZ495.

Again, it sold out online less than an hour after the world discovered it was in Kate's wardrobe (a fan on Kate-following Facebook page 'What Kate Wore' said that one woman rang up the LA LK Bennett store and bought all four of the dresses the shop had in stock on the spot over the phone). 

The new 'people's royal' sported a half-up, half-down hairdo (ladies, if you don't wear this hairstyle, find yourself a YouTube tutorial, as it's so easy and elegant), navy blue heels and her fave sapphire drop earrings (which are Diana's old studs, which Will gave her as a gift, remodelled into drops). 

She also held on to a small blue snakeskin-style clutch by Aussie label Oroton (most people thought it was Alexander McQueen at first). 

Aussie designers worn so far: Two - including the clutch. 

DAY THREE, SYDNEY: The white lace Zimmermann dress that the Duchess wore to the Royal Easter Show is sure to be a hit with the locals, given it's from an Australian designer. In fact, the swimwear and fashion house's website crashed within 10 minutes of the Duchess appearing in their dress and they are rumoured to be bringing its release date forward from the expected June.

The dress costs $AUD495 ($NZ538).

Australian designers worn so far: One. Phew.

DAY TWO, BLUE MOUNTAINS: The navy and white patterned DVF dress that the Duchess wore on her trip to the Blue Mountains sold out on all of its major sources online just an hour after the first blurry pictures of her in it appeared on Twitter. Thus proving the 'princess' propels us all to purchase. 

The just-above-the-knee dress, which is in Diane Von Furstenberg's classic flattering wrap shape, retails in the US for just under NZ$400. Kate paired the look with Stuart Weitzman 'corkswoons' and sapphire drop earrings. 

Australian designers worn so far: Still nada. 

DAY ONE, ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY: For her arrival on the Australian runway Kate has gone for gold.

Wearing a sunny yellow 100 per cent wool crepe dress by Roksanda Ilinčić, a London-based Serbian fashion designer, the Duchess made a nod to Australia's official colours. The dress retails for NZ$1530 and is originally white with yellow accents, but Kate had the colours reversed to make more of a statment. She's also had the round neckline altered to be strikingly square and has had the sleeves made less billowy than the original design. 

William's reaction to the dress was less fawning than most, with Grazia UK reporting that Kate told a woman in the Sydney crowd: "William said I look like a banana".

Love this frock but don't fancy laundering a pure white dress on a regular basis? It also comes in an easier-to-wear navy with mint green accents (this may be the greatest colour combo we've seen in some time). 

Australian designers worn so far: