ICYMI: Kate Middleton and Prince William embarked on a historic royal tour of Pakistan this week. While there were special engagements and meaningful meetings galore, we couldn’t help but relish in the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion during the trip. Here, every single look she sported from Islamabad to the foothills of the Himalayas.
1. Channeling Princess Diana
The Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Pakistan wearing a custom Catherine Walker ensemble that bore a striking similarity to a shalwar kameez (a traditional Pakitstani pants and dress set) that Princess Diana wore during a 1996 visit. Great minds think alike, right?
2. Pretty In Periwinkle
Middleton donned a periwinkle blue kurta and trousers designed by local designer Maheen Khan for a visit with school children in central Islamabad. She paired the traditional look with nude New Look low block heels and Zeen statement earrings. (Zeen is a Pakistani brand the Duchess of Cambridge has sported several times before and during the tour.) All we can say is periwinkle blue looks good on you, K-Middy.
3. Meeting & Greeting in Kelly Green
The same day, Middleton chatted with officials and met with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, while wearing a green Catherine Walker tunic, Maheen Khan trousers, a Satrangi scarf and Zeen earrings. Is it just us or is that tunic kind of putting out Khaleesi vibes?
4. Sequins! Sequins! Sequins!
K-Middy looked every bit the star she is in a sequined green Jenny Packham floor-length gown at a special reception hosted by British high commissioner Thomas Drew. She accessorized the ensemble with gold drop earrings and a megawatt smile. More sequins please, Kate.
5. Your Highness Goes Hiking
The duchess taught a master class in high-low dressing while enjoying a casual hike through the Himalayan foothills. She donned an embroidered cloak and traditional Chitrali hat—both gifted to her upon arrival in the country’s northern region—worn over a leather vest, brown shirt and belted skirt. The best part? We found a less expensive version of her $467 boots for $201 and her Missoma earrings are only $149.
6. Let them Eat Birthday Cake
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance at three children’s joint birthday party at the SOS Children’s Village in Lahore. They sang happy birthday, got some compliments from the kiddos and even helped cut the birthday cake. Middleton wore an all-white shalwar kameez crafted by Pakistani textile company Gul Ahmed and a shawl by Maheen Khan along with nude J.Crew Elsie heels ($136) for the celebration.
7. A quick match
Later that day, Middleton pulled her glossy blowout into a ponytail and traded out her heels for Hampton Canvas white sneakers ($37) at the National Cricket Academy. Sure, her outfit is almost the same, but the shoes totally change her entire vibe, right?
8. Honoring Royal History
On the second to last day of their tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed in Princess Diana’s literal footsteps and visited the Badshahi mosque in Lahore, which the late Princess of Wales visited in 1991. For the occasion, Middleton looked to Maheen Khan once again and selected a stunning turquoise shalwar kameez, a matching headscarf, and bare feet (out of respect).
9. Jetsetter Style
Middleton sported a dressy-casual take on travel style while arriving at the Lahore airport on the final day of the royal tour of Pakistan. Middleton hit the tarmac alongside Prince William wearing an Elan kurta, white Gul Ahmed trousers, nude J.Crew Elsie heels ($136), a Maheen Khan scarf, UFO gold drop earrings and a Smythson carryall that’s basically made for travel. Although Middleton’s exact tote is sold out, the Smythson Panama tote ($1,195) is very similar. *Adds to cart immediately*
10. All’s Well that Ends with Puppies
What’s the best way to end a monumental royal tour? With a puppy meet and greet, of course. Middleton and her hubby rounded out their Pakistan trip with a visit to the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad, for which Kate donned a black Beulah London blazer coat with white pants (a bold choice around puppies) and strappy Russell & Bromley flats. Hopefully their pup, Lupo, isn’t the jealous type.
And that’s a wrap. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for another royal tour ASAP.