The Duchess usually delights her hosts by showcasing local favourites, some of whom go on to become regular names in her wardrobe, as Erdem did after Kate’s trip to Canada.
And this year’s tour was very much in the same vein – albeit with its own very distinctive style as Kate embraced elaborate Indian-style embroidery and patterns.
The varied itinerary for William and Kate’s royal tour of India and Bhutan had everything from red carpet galas to hiking, so she needed a tour-drobe to match…
Outfit 17: Kate wears Alexander McQueen to say goodbye to Bhutan
Not many of us go for all white when travelling, but the washing is less of an issue when you are royalty.
William held an umbrella for wife Kate as they made a damp departure from Bhutan
But after teaming her look with navy accessories last time around, this time the Duchess went for nude and gold.
That meant another outing for her trusty LK Bennett Natalie clutch (Outfits 7 and 12).
Kate Middleton was holding her trusty Natalie clutch
And her nude LK Bennett Fern heels appear to have made another appearance (Outfits 1, 7 and 12).
Nude heels are a style staple for the Duchess of Cambridge
Kate wore her hair down in a straighter style than she has for much of the trip, but her £2,200 Kiki McDonough Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings were glittering underneath. That is four pairs of earrings by Kiki McDonough on the trip – with the three sets we have prices for totalling a combined value of £6,600.
And a closer look shows something new as well – a necklace given to Kate by Queen Jetsun.
Kate took a glittering selection of jewellery on tour
Outfit 16: Kate wears Beulah London for evening reception
Kate paid homage to Bhutan’s national flower as she wore a red dress covered in poppies to a reception celebrating Britain’s relationship with the country.
Kate wore a full length Beulah London evening dress decorated with poppies
The Himalayan blue poppy is Bhutan’s national flower, but Kate chose a red poppy-themed print from Beulah London, a long-time favourite label of the Duchess
The floor-length £745 Juliet gown, from last year’s Spring collection, is made from silk chiffon and features a thigh split as well as a plunging neckline.
There looked to be a third outing on this trip for Kate’s £545 black suede Gianvito Rossi Criss Cross or Sisley sandals (see Outfits 5 and 14).
Kate’s shoes peeped out from under her dress
And there was also a repeat appearance for the gold £1,495 Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings (Outfits 1 and 4), although with Kate wearing her long hair down they were fairly well hidden from photographers.
Kate wore her long hair loose for the reception in Bhutan
Outfit 15: Kate wears Jaeger and Penelope Chilvers for hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery
When you are hiking to 3,000ft in the Himalayas, you don’t really want to be wearing in new clothes – so you can’t blame Kate for wearing some old favourite boots.
William and Kate had a workout on their hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
The Duchess was previously pictured in the Penelope Chilvers riding style boots with a skirt suit in 2004 at a Game Fair at Blenheim Palace.
This time she wore them over skinny jeans. The £475 long tassel boots in conker are one of the label’s classics and remain available.
Kate Middleton’s Penelope Chilvers boots
Some have suggested Kate’s allergy to horses meant she picked the long boots rather than hiking boots, as there were horses standing by if the royals got too tired to complete the arduous climb.
Kate wore a light £89 white Linen Classic Blouse from Jaeger – a comfortable but stylish choice, with practical tabs to hold her rolled up sleeves in place.
Kate Middleton wore a white linen shirt from Jaeger for the climb
And in cooler moments she added an olive green £495 Really Wild nubuck leather waistcoat.
William and Kate on their trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Plus she had the £180 Flora Indian embroidered stole she wore on safari (Outfit 9) for when the temperature dropped further.
William looked to find the climb harder work than Kate
With the sun out, Kate wore her Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (Outfits 2 and 9) at times.
Kate puts her Ray Ban shades on
And they remained close at hand even when she wasn’t wearing them. The Duchess’s earring choice for the day were her £495 Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, as she did for the safari (Outfit 9)
Kate Middleton wore her hair loose on the trek and had Kiki McDonough earrings
Outfit 14: Kate wears Tory Burch for dinner with the Dragon King and Queen
After setting off from India wearing one Tory Burch outfit, Kate set off for dinner wearing another.
Prince William and Kate Middleton leave their hotel for dinner with the Dragon King and Queen
In the pictures it almost looks like beads strung together, but in fact it is a delicately embroidered fabric.
The £1,160 embroidered tulle gown‘s listing on Net-A-Porter describes the dress as “intricately embroidered with retro-inspired florals in shades of sky-blue, orange, green and brown.
“The slit sides ensure ease of movement, while the smooth lining gives comfortable coverage. The red bead embellishments mean there’s no need for a necklace.”
Kate showed off the side splits in the dress as she set off.
THIMPHU, BHUTAN – APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave their hotel for a dinner with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by UK Press Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess wrapped up with a £275 red basket weave pashmina stole from Pickett London. The cashmere and silk wrap is made in Nepal.
Kate’s shoes looked to be the same ones she wore with the black and white Temperley dress in Delhi (Outfit 5), although the £545 black suede Gianvito Rossi Criss Cross or Sisley sandals can be seen far more clearly this time.
Kate Middleton is believed to have worn Gianvito Rossi Criss Cross Sandals in black suede
And Kate returned to the £39 Gold Charm earrings from Brora she wore off the plane in Bhutan (Outfit 12) which can still stand out against her long hair.
Kate wore gold Brora earrings with her Tory Burch dress
Outfit 13: Kate wears Paul and Jo for archery
Kate changed into a traditional Bhutanese kira skirt for an audience with the King at the Tashichho Dzong, the official royal fortress, then got into the swing of things at the Bhutan National Stadium for a fun visit.
Kate seemed to enjoy the archery
The purple and turquoise cloth was woven by Kelzang Wangmo and worn in a sarong style, rather than the full kira.
Kate opted for a sarong-style half kira
Kate wore her hair in a half up style, so should have been able to see what she was doing when she tried her hand at archery – not that it seemed to help, although the Duchess found the whole thing hilarious.
Kate has so many nude shoe styles
And she finished her look off with some serious bling. Kiki McDonough is a favourite with the Duchess (or whoever likes to give her rather nice earrings) and this pair are believed to be the £3,900 Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drops.
Kate fires an arrow as William watches in Bhutan
Outfit 12: Kate wears Emilia Wickstead for Bhutan arrival
It was a surprise to see Kate wearing an outfit we had seen her in previously as she touched down in a new country.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Paro International Airport, Bhutan, during day five of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan
But the Duchess gave another outing to a gold Emilia Wickstead coat dress which she previously wore to the Order of the Thistle ceremony in 2012.
And after the problems with her previous Wickstead outfit on this tour (see Outfit 4), with her skirt flying up as she stood at a war memorial in New Delhi, not to mention the windy arrival in New Zealand two years ago, the heavier fabric of this coat would have been reassuring.
The simple style with just a skinny belt at Kate’s trim waist – a change to the 2012 look – was a little bit Jackie O.
Kate’s Fern shoes are getting plenty of outings (see Outfits 1 and 7), again proving the versatility of a pair of nude heels. We probably haven’t seen the last of them on this trip yet…
William and Kate posed with Princess Chimi Yangzom Wanchuck and Prince Dasho Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck as they arrived in Bhutan
Kate wore her hair loose, but the wind meant we still got a good look at a new pair of dangly earrings – £39 Gold Charm earrings from Brora, now available again to pre-order.
Kate Middleton wore new statement earrings when she arrived in Bhutan
Another item again proving its versatility was Kate’s LK Bennett Natalie clutch (see Outfit 7), a veteran of multiple royal tours.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan
Outfit 11: Kate wears Tory Burch for India departure
William and Kate said a temporary goodbye to India and headed to Bhutan, with the Duchess wearing a Tory Burch dress for the departure.
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) April 14, 2016
The designer was a good addition to Kate’s working wardrobe two years ago when she wore a monochrome dress for a playdate with Prince George on their New Zealand trip.
Kate had previously worn this £345 paisley-style Chrissy print dress for a private visit to one of her charities, Place2Be, in 2014, according to WhatKateWore.
Outfit 10: Kate wears Topshop for wildlife centre visit
Kate may have been meeting the wildlife but she dressed up for the occasion in an embroidered Topshop smock dress.
Kate went high street for her wildlife centre visit
The Duchess looked to be having a ball feeding baby elephants and rhinos at the Centre for Wildlife and Conservation, an animal sanctuary in Kaziranga.
Her £75 pink and black dress kept up the theme on this tour of interesting patterns, although the black detailing is very stark for a daytime outfit and there are other Kate looks we prefer.
William and Kate visited the Mark Shand Foundation in Kaziranga National Park
Her hair was in an elegant up-do, something we would usually associate with a more formal occasion or an evening event.
But with those elephants’ trunks around, it was probably better safely tied back.
Kate made a very elegant lunch date for the baby elephants
And Kate completed her look with the earrings which are already proving an extremely sound investment for this trip: her £8 Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop earrings (see also Outfits 2 and 6).
Kate’s up-do showed off the delicate chandelier drop earrings
Kate was also given a scarf by her hosts as she visited a tea farm in Assam which, as ever, she was quick to add to her outfit.
Outfit 9: Kate wears Zara for early morning safari
Kate and William enjoyed a dawn tour to spot the wildlife in Kaziranga National Park, and the opportunity for a more relaxed look.
Kate looked comfortable in casual clothes as she and William hit the safari trail
Kate picked a lightweight polka dot blouse and skinnyfit brown Zara biker trousers for the early morning jeep ride.
The £29.99 trousers have a lot of detailing at the knee and an extra zipped pocket. The cotton-polyester-elastane trousers were a practical choice for a safari, but we bet they weren’t as comfortable in the heat as a maxi dress.
The frill detail and polka dot pattern brought some added glamour to a simple outfit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on safari in Kaziranga National park. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their Tour of India and Bhutan . Kaziranga 11 April 2016
Kate often wears her Sabago shoes for active visits
Kate wore sunglasses for her game of cricket in the park in Mumbai (see Outfit 2) on the first day of the tour, and her Ray-Ban Wayfarers were needed again as she and William were driven around the park, home to two thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhino population.
William and Kate wore his and hers Ray-Bans
Kate wore her hair loose, using her sunglasses on the top of her head to pin it back at times, and her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings which made regular appearances on the 2012 tour.
Kate looked relaxed as she and William enjoyed the safari
Outfit 8: Kate wears Anna Sui for Kaziranga campfire and dancing
The Duchess added another new designer to her repertoire as she and William arrived at Kaziranga National Park, this time in the form of American designer Anna Sui.
NPA POOL Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch a Bihu harvest festival celebrated in Assam
The floral pattern was stronger than prints Kate normally wears but gave it a relaxed feel – perfect for an evening sitting by a campfire enjoying some traditional dancing.
Kate wore her hair loose with dangly gold and green chandelier earrings – which she has had at least since 2006, although may not have worn on official duties before.
Kate Middleton wears Anna Sui at Kaziranga National Park
Kate wore her trusty Pied a Terre wedges
Outfit 7: Kate wears Temperley for lunch with India’s Prime Minister
Temperley London became the first label to get a second outing on this tour as Kate and William had lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
William and Kate joined Narendra Modi for lunch at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
The mid-length Desdemona dress in jade green cotton was an elegant choice, its high neck and lace style detail in keeping with styles we have seen Kate wear in the past, while the patterning fits with the theme she seems to be developing on this tour.
As often with Kate’s wardrobe, the design was lightly modified, with extra fabric reducing the amount of cleavage and thigh on show.
The dress is available to pre-order for £795.
There was a reappearance of an old favourite in the form of Kate’s ever versatile LK Bennett Natalie clutch, a style she has been using at least since her trip to Canada in 2011 and packed for each of her subsequent tours.
Kate accessorised her Temperley dress with her LK Bennett Natalie clutch
The shoes were also LK Bennett, a second outing for the Fern style Kate wore with her McQueen suit (Outfit 1).
Kate wore LK Bennett court shoes with her Temperley dress
The intricate hair style showed off her Kiki McDonough special edition oval drop earrings perfectly.
Kate had her hair in an elegant up-do which showed off stylish earrings
Outfit 6: Kate wears Glamorous for charity visit to Delhi street children
Patterned maxi dresses are rapidly becoming a theme of this tour, and the Duchess added a new brand to her tour wardrobe on day three in the form of British company Glamorous.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the contact centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak, which provides emergency help and long term support to homeless children at New Delhi railway station, on day three of the Royal visit to India and Bhutan.
The £50 red navy border print lace up maxi dress, which Kate added a belt to, as she did with the Anita Dongre maxi she wore to play cricket in Mumbai (Outfit 2), was a practical choice for sitting down playing and drawing with children.
Kate gained another accessory when she arrived for the visit to the Salaam Baalak Trust, which looks after Delhi’s street children, in the form of a traditional flower garland.
The Duchess of Cambridge during an arts class with street children at a contact centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak
She also gained a red tika spot as part of the traditional greeting.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a children’s centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak
Kate’s hair was loosely twisted back into a half-up style, showing off the £8 Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop earrings which already look to be a perfect choice for this tour (see also Outfit 2).
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a contact centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak, which provides emergency help and long term support to homeless children at New Delhi railway station, India, during day three of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
Kate finished her outfit with a pair of £175 Russell and Bromley Xpresso crossover flats in blush pink suede. After wearing blush pink heels on Monday (see Outfit 4), this colour is definitely a thing – and a handy variation on nude.
Kate put her best foot forward in Russell and Bromley shoes
Outfit 5: Kate wears Temperley for Queen’s birthday party
Kate’s second outfit of the day brought another familiar name in the form of an Indian-inspired gown by Temperley London.
Kate wears a beaded Temperley London co-ord ensemble to the garden party
Kate has made patterning and embroidery a key part of her tourdrobe so far, giving her outfits a very distinctive feel.
Even the outfit’s cropped top and maxi skirt combination is reminiscent of the styles associated with India.
The intricately embroidered two piece comes from the label’s SS16 collection, with the Delphia embroidered silk-organza maxi skirt costing a cool £1,995 and with the cropped embroidered tulle top in pastel pink retailing for £995.
Net-A-Porter says: “Temperley London’s pastel-pink silk-organza maxi skirt is detailed with light-catching crystals and intricate black crochet trims – one of the label’s signature techniques.”
Kate wore her hair in a half-up style, something that used to be a favourite with the Duchess but she seems to have used less in the last couple of years.
There was another pair of statement earrings on display, ones which Kate has worn since long before her marriage and which her sister Pippa has also been seen wearing.
Kate wore statement earrings with her Temperley outfit
Kate teamed a Prada bag with her Temperley two-piece
Kate stepped out in black sandals at the Queen’s birthday garden party
But the long skirt, giving only glimpses of Kate’s black open-toed sandals, have foxed even those eagle-eyed spotters so far.
Outfit 4: Kate wears Emilia Wickstead to say goodbye to Mumbai – and hello to Delhi
If Alexander McQueen and Jenny Peckham are names at the top of Kate’s packing list, Emilia Wickstead must not be far behind these days, with an appearance on day two of the royal tour.
Kate wore a white Emilia Wickstead dress for engagements in Mumbai and Delhi
The New Zealand-born London based designer seems particularly suited to semi-formal occasions in Kate’s diary like garden parties, receptions and ceremonial occasions.
The Duchess is rarely afraid to wear white (we’ve looked back on some of Kate’s best white dresses here) and this was an elegant addition to her collection.
The £1,700 fit and flare wool crepe dress had cute detailing with its Peter Pan collar and double pockets. But there was slightly too much flare when the wind got up – though Kate reacted quickly enough to save her blushes.
Kate wore her hair down but her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings were again on display (see Outfit 1 below).
Kate accessorised with statement earrings
While the earrings were a second wear for the tour, she had new accessories on show in the form of a Mulberry Bayswater clutch, seemingly in blush pink suede. Kate took a black version of the Bayswater with her on tour to Australia and New Zealand two years ago.
Kate Middleton carries her Mulberry Bayswater clutch on a visit to Gandhi Smriti
And Kate finished her look with blush pink Rupert Sanderson heels which she hasn’t been spotted wearing before. The pointy Calice pumps made in kid leather have an impressive 4in heel.
Kate also wore Rupert Sanderson heels last week for the pre-tour reception and at least two other engagements this year, so the brand appears to be becoming something of a favourite.
The Calice is available in various colours from £425.
When you’re walking in 4in heels, however comfortable they are, a chance to sit down is always welcome.
William and Kate took their shoes off on their visit to Gandhi’s house as a mark of respect
Outfit 3: Kate wears Jenny Packham for the Bollywood gala
The final engagement on day one brought the first red carpet event of the tour – and Kate did not disappoint.
William and Kate were dressed to the nines for the Bollywood gala at the Taj Palace Hotel
Having worn McQueen earlier in the day, the Duchess chose another of her tried and trusted evening dress designers for the Bollywood gala in the shape of Jenny Packham.
The removable sheer beaded cape added to the elegance – and when former Miss World Aishwarya Rai is attending the same event as you, any girl would want to pull out all the stops.
Kate left the cape behind as she listened to Wills’ speech
Kate’s Jenny Packham cape, bodice and bag had intricate beading
And while Kate chose a British designer, there was still an Indian influence as her gown and matching bag were hand-embroidered in India with floral patterning on the bodice.
The deep cobalt blue looked beautiful – and is a colour which will always be associated with Kate after she wore that blue Issa dress to show off her sapphire engagement ring as she and William announced their plans to marry.
Prince William and Kate Middleton looked glamorous for the Bollywood gala
Kate wore statement earrings from Indian designer Amrapali, which held their own against the striking evening gown.
Kate wore larger earrings than usual as she attended the Bollywood gala
They were perfectly displayed thanks to a stylish up-do. Kate hardly had her hair up at all on her last tour, which was a real shame, so let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see such an intricate look on the royals’ visit to India and Bhutan.
Kate Middleton wore her hair up in an elegant style for the Bollywood gala
Outfit 2: Kate wears Anita Dongre to play cricket in Mumbai
Kate is no stranger to getting stuck into sport while somewhat impractically dressed – and a maxi dress and heels did not stop her showing off her cricketing skills.
The Duchess also showed off the work of Mumbai designer Anita Dongre, who specialises in bespoke bridalwear, couture and ready to wear.
William and Kate visited the slums and the Oval Maidan
The floaty Gulrukh Tunic Dress, which retails for $236.60, looked comfortable for a walk through the slums in the heat, then a game of cricket with children in the park.
And while the colours were more faded, the Jaipur motif-inspired pattern was still bold. Is this set to be a theme of the tour?
Wedges are a regular feature in Kate’s tour-drobes, and the first pair on show on this trip are Monsoon’s £45 Fleur Espadrille wedges in taupe.
Kate wasn’t afraid to run in her wedges
And the Duchess wouldn’t be the first to stock up at Monsoon’s sister store Accessorize before setting off travelling, Filigree Bead Short Drop earrings – a bargain at £8 – going perfectly with the theme of her outfit.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Accessorize earrings
Kate fished out a trusty pair of Ray-Bans to protect her eyes from the sun. They look to be the Folding Wayfarers in Havana which she has previously worn to Wimbledon. William also appears to be a Ray-Ban fan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore stylish sunglasses
Outfit 1: Kate wears McQueen to arrive at the Taj Palace Hotel
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and Kate said hello to India in striking style.
Kate chose McQueen as she and Prince William began their tour of India and Bhutan
It is the second tour in a row where red has been the chosen colour, but this peplum two-piece was a much better choice than the double-breasted Catherine Walker coat dress Kate wore when she arrived in New Zealand, which was overly reminiscent of an air stewardess.
Kate stuck to a tried and trusted designer for her first outfit of this tour, with the top and skirt based on a design from the Alexander McQueen 2016 pre-Fall collection.
The three-quarter length sleeves and gathered neckline made for a demure choice, while the inverted pleat in the skirt added some interest. But it was the bold colour and Indian-inspired print which made this a real winner.
Nude heels are a versatile option – so perfect for a trip abroad
Nude heels are a must-pack for any Middleton trip, and rather than the trusty LK Bennett Sledge pumps which were her original favourites, these are the high street shop’s Fern design, with a slightly pointier toe and no platform.
Kate wore her shoulder-length hair loose and bouncy, but her £1,495 Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings were bold enough not to get lost in her locks.
Kate Middleton wore Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings for her first engagement in Mumbai
Kate does a great line in clutch bags, on this occasion carrying the £165 Curvy Clutch from Russell and Bromley – a new bag for the Duchess.
Kate Middleton holds her Russell and Bromley clutch in front of the peplum of her McQueen outfit at the Taj Palace hotel
The bag is made of suede – and you can see the fingermarks Kate has left from holding it if you look closely.
It can also be carried on a strap, but the Duchess is just not a shoulder bag kind of girl.
Prince William gives his wife an admiring look – and we can see why