All eyes were set on the royal couple -Kate Middleton and Prince William as they touched down Mumbai on Sunday (10th April) to kick off a week-long trip to India and Bhutan as part of their royal duty. This is the pair's first royal visit together in two years.
Will and Kate, as the couple are lovingly called, are in India as the Queen's representative. So while the Duke of Cambridge made the speeches on behalf of grand-boss, Her Majesty. It was the Duchess of Cambridge who impressed many with her fashion diplomacy. Her's was the image that made to front pages back in the United Kingdom. Her sartorial choice of picking an Alexander McQueen dress with paisley print for her arrival look was a subtle nod to Indian art. But it was only when Kate changed into a boho maxi dress with Mughal-inspired print by Mumbai-based designer Anita Dongre that it became clear the Duchess means diplomacy! A move many praised to be "smart and stylish" of Kate to wear a local designer on day 1 itself which report says 'she's off the mark in her promise to promote Indian designers.'
Opting for a local designer and showcasing Indian print is not the first time the Duchess has used her outfits to pay respect to the host nation. She's done it before during her royal trip to New Zealand, Canada and the US; she knows it works and she is only proving her skills.
Royal engagements give Kate Middleton an opportunity to send out a diplomatic message of appreciation and good will. Looking every inch the modern princess. She packed 15 outfits carefully chosen to give a nod to her host's culture and local style. Here take a look at all the time Kate Middleton paid tribute to Indian fashion:
In Alexander McQueen pre-Fall 2016 collection
She may be flying the flag for British fashion in McQueen peplum dress but the paisley print and the red hue were a clear nod to the colour-rich culture of India. She accessorised her arrival look with a £165 clutch bag from Russell & Bromley and L.K Bennett shoes worth £175. The eye-catching peplum skirt suit was a nod to the Indian traditional print, a tear drop shaped design, which is very popular in the country, especially in Kashmir shawls, and saris.