A mix of tradition and modernity

On Monday, Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Pakistan, their first trip to the country. From the moment she stepped off the plane, the Duchess of Cambridge turned heads with her choice of looks.

The royal’s trip has been described as their most “complex” to date, so it is evident that they would want to make the most of it. So Kate and Prince William have decided to pay their respect to Pakistan and its culture, by donning their traditional clothes. For her first look, the mother-of-three channeled her late mother-in-law, stepping out in a blue ombré shalwar kameez inspired ensemble. She even championed Pakistani label Zeen.

 

 

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For her first official engagement, the Duchess donned a traditional kurta, by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan. She paired her royal blue ensemble with nude Russell & Bromley flats. Kate and William kicked off their trip with a visit to Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government run school for disadvantaged 4- to 18-year-olds, where they focused on highlighting the importance of education for girls.

On the same day, Kate had a wardrobe change, going for a bold green ensemble. While meeting Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minsiter Imran Khan, the Duchess opted for more Pakistani representation. She wore white trousers by Maheen Khan, which she paired with bright green buttoned tunic by Catherine Walker. She also accessorised with local brand: scarf by Bonanza Satrangi and Zeen earrings.

 

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For her third and final look of the day, Kate decided to go out with a bang. Attending a formal event hosted by the British High Commissioner in Pakistan, the Duchess wore a sparkling emerald-green Jenny Packham gown. She paired the ensemble with Jimmy Choo heels and earrings from O’NITAA. However, this time around, Prince William stole the show in a dark green sherwani by Pakistani designer Naushemian.

 

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For day three, both Kate and William decided to take a more casual route. The royal couple took a helicopter to Chitral, Pakistan, where they visited the glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The Duke and Duchess then went to meet with Kalash locals, where they sported traditional headwear. For their trip, Kate wore Mint velvet dress-shirt under a brown suede midi skirt. She paired it with a leather waist-coat and Spanish boots from Really Wild.

 

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After that, William and Kate jetted to Lahore, capital of Punjab, Pakistan. The Duchess left behind the casual look that she sported earlier in the day, and went for another traditional ensemble. Supporting local talent, the royal was a vision in white in a shalwar kameez by Gul Ahmed Fashion. She then added some of her go-to accessories, featuring nude J. Crew heels, a Mulberry wallet clutch and Asprey earrings.

 

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The royal’s third day at Pakistan didn’t end there. While in Lahore, they stopped by the city’s historic Badshahi mosque. For this trip, Kate had another wardrobe change, putting on another traditional ensemble with a head-scarf, in respect of the mosque visit. The Duchess wore a turquoise Shalwar Kameez by Maheen Khan, with a matching headscarf.

 

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The royals were forced to spend the night in Lahore, after their plane got caught in a storm. The next day, while flying out, Kate was spotted wearing a black and white embroidered kurta by Pakistani label Elan. She paired with a black tote from Smythson and her favourite nude J.Crew heels.

 

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For their last day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined dog handlers at the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad, where they trained dogs, before taking some of the puppies through their paces on an agility training course. Kate stepped out in a pair of white trousers, worn under a black blazer coat from Beulah London.

 

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It’s a wrap!

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