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Kate Middleton Wore a Sparkling Dress in the Season’s Favorite Color—Hot Pink—During Her Royal Tour in Belize

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With the easing of coronavirus travel restrictions coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, this spring will see a number of Royal Family members representing the monarch on commemorative visits across the Commonwealth. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their own trip in this capacity at the weekend, swapping the UK for the Caribbean, where they’ll be visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas from March 19 to 26.

Last night saw the royal couple attend a special reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize, at the historic Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech. Kate Middleton pulled out all the stops for the occasion, shimmering in an ethereal metallic pink gown by one of her go-to designers, The Vampire’s Wife, teamed with Jimmy Choos and a Mayan embroidered clutch bag. Prince William, meanwhile, looked dapper in a dark blue jacket and pale shirt. He delivered a speech at the event, saying, “Catherine and I are delighted to be here with you tonight in Belize at the beginning of our first official visit to the Caribbean,” and that he was “honored to convey the very warmest wishes from my grandmother, The Queen of Belize, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.”

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As the tour first got underway in Belize at the weekend, Middleton dressed for the occasion – and the climate – in two summery blue ensembles, nodding to the country’s flag, which features a coat of arms against a deep blue background. On arrival in the country, the Duchess disembarked from the plane in an elegant lace suit by one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham. She accessorized the look with matching sapphire earrings and a necklace, reworked from a set that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

 

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The royal couple were out and about on Sunday for a visit to a cocoa plantation farm in southern Belize, the Che’il Mayan Chocolate Factory, where they were shown by chocolate maker Julio how he and his family create their organic product. Kate opted for a vibrant blue floral midi-dress by Tory Burch for the outing, teamed with an Anya Hindmarch clutch and fun blue, dangling earrings, by French brand Sézane. On both days, Prince William complemented his wife’s ensembles by opting for a pale blue suit, followed by a blue shirt.

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The Duke and Duchess made sure to have some fun on their trip, joining in with music and dancing as they spent time with the Garifuna community and learnt about their traditions in Hopkins, a village in Belize, yesterday.

Kensington Palace previously released a statement about the tour, stating: “The Royal tour begins in Belize where Their Royal Highnesses will visit historic Mayan sites and celebrate the rich culture of the Garifuna community as well as exploring the country’s biodiversity. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Jamaica where their visit will include engaging with the Jamaican Defence Force and celebrating the seminal legacy of Bob Marley and other ground-breaking Jamaican musicians alongside some of tomorrow’s stars. The Duke and Duchess’ visit will end in The Bahamas where they will spend time with communities across a number of islands and experience a world famous junkanoo parade.”

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The couple have been on a number of tours together throughout their royal careers, including to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US. This is the first time they’ve made an official visit to the Caribbean, however, which the Duke’s younger brother, Prince Harry, previously visited to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

See all the best pictures from Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour below.

Day one, March 19

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The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge visit the Laing Building, Belize City, as they begin their Royal tour of the Caribbean.

Day two, March 20

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The Duchess of Cambridge during a traditional Garifuna festival in Hopkins, Belize, on the second day of the Caribbean. tour.

Day three, March 21

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an ancient Mayan archaeological site in the Chiquibul Forest in Caracol, Belize.

Day three, March 21

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The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the British Army Training Support Unit (BATSUB) jungle training facility in Chiquibul, Belize.

Day three, March 21

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The Duchess of Cambridge at a reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, at the Mayan ruins in Cahal Pech, Belize.

Originally published in Tatler.com

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