SEPTEMBER 17th 2012 – After spending the morning in Honiara, William and Kate flew out to Marau Airport in the Solomon Islands. The visit was part of the couple’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of South East Asia.
Here, the royal couple were met by locals who stood on guard, and only stood at ease once instructed by the chief of the Tetekanji area, who declared the couple friendly. This is a traditional greeting ceremony on Marau. After, the Duke and Duchess saw, and joined in with, a choir singing the National Anthem.
William and Kate were then handed garland necklaces made from shell money. Each necklace is worth around £150 and takes three months to make. They’re crafted from nut shells and dolphin teeth found washed up on the shore.
Later, the couple were due to jet off to a private island resort on the island of Tavanipupu. Before boarding the waiting motor yacht, nine women entered the water waist deep to perform a traditional dance. Here we can take a look:
The Duchess wore a dark blue sleeveless dress from the English fashion label, Mulberry. The dress is from the label’s 2012 Spring/Summer collection.
The dress features Broderie Anglaise detailing, as you can see in the image below: