After this afternoon’s arrival in Singapore and a whistle-stop tour of the Botanic Gardens, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rushed back to their hotel room to change outfits before attending at welcoming ceremony, reception and state dinner at the Istana Presidential Palace.
The first task on the itinerary was an inspection of the guard; Prince William sprung into action while Kate watched from the sidelines. We share some excellent photographs taken by Paul Harrison (@SkyNewsRoyal on Twitter):
After, the royal couple attended the State Dinner and Prince William gave a speech. He thanked Singapore for their involvement in the Olympics, congratulated their athletes and joked about meeting more Aston Villa fans during his stay in Singapore. You can watch his speech in the video at the bottom of this article.
During a toast given at the dinner, Kate drank water instead of wine. This naturally sent the media’s tongues wagging about a possible pregnancy!
Let’s get down to business! Kate kept things local by wearing a Singaporean-born designer, giving a nod to her host country. Her dress was a ready-to-wear piece by Prabal Gurung’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection:
The wool-silk dress is largely cream with a vibrant, purple floral pattern swirled over the top. It features a bateau neckline, three quarter length sleeves and a full silk lining. The exquisite dress retailed at Browns department store for £1,770 but was recently reduced to £710 in the sale.
Here’s a look at the dress in more detail, courtesy of the Browns website:
At the time of writing, the dress has sold out in Browns, however, the following pieces are still available from the same collection:
Here you can view a video from Prabal Gurung’s 2012 runway show, you cans see the purple and white colours and floral pattern feature heavily in his collection:
With the dress, Kate wore her diamond bracelet and earrings (saw for the first time with her purple Issa dress in Canada), which we believe were given to her as a wedding present. She also wore her black Prada pumps and the Anya Hindmarch “Maud” clutch bag, which you can see on Anya Hindmarch’s website in more detail:
View a video from the Istana palace here: