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High society... Northern Ireland man meets Kate in Bhutan

By Tony Jones

It's not every day you run into a duchess thousands of feet up a mountain in the Himalayas, but that's what happened to Newry man Pio Smith.

He met the Duchess of Cambridge in Bhutan on the royals' visit to the kingdom.

Mr Smith (39) has lived in Bhutan since last June when his wife got a job there working with the UN.

He extolled the virtues of raising a family in the remote country.

He said: "It's fantastic in Bhutan, especially with a young family. We just came from New York and it's quite the contrast."

He said about Kate: "She was really interested in hearing about what it was like to raise a family here."

During the day the Duchess went from hiking chic to evening glamour.

Kate looked elegant in a full-length red chiffon gown featuring a poppy pattern - a nod to the Himalayan blue poppy, which is Bhutan's national symbol - as she greeted guests at an evening reception. The £745 dress is named Juliet and is by British fashion house Beulah, which is one of the Duchess's favourite designers.

She partnered the striking red evening gown with some simple black strappy peep-toe sandals to complete the look.

Earlier in the day on a trek to a remote mountain monastery she wore knee-high brown boots partnered with grey jeans, a white shirt and a khaki waistcoat.

Her boots especially caught attention in yet another look that is sure to sell out in the shops.

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