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Kate opts for traditional skirt as Bhutan tour gets under way

Published 14/04/2016

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Paro International Airport, Bhutan, during day five of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The handbag carried by the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Paro International Airport, Bhutan, during day five of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
Detail of the shoes of the Duchess of Cambridge at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge throws a dart at an archery event in Thimphu, Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge throwing a dart at an archery event in Thimphu, Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge with Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge reacts after throwing a dart at an archery event in Thimphu, Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch an archery event in Thimphu, Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in an archery event in Thimphu, Bhutan, during day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a one-of-a-kind traditional Bhutanese skirt as she touched down with the Duke of Cambridge for a whirlwind tour of the small mountainous nation.

Kate looked elegant in the full-length purple and turquoise patterned skirt, which was made using fabric from Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour.

She teamed it with a pair of nude heels and a cream Paul & Joe embroidered wool cape, clinched with a decorative belt.

The Duchess wore her hair pinned back in loose curls, showing off droplet earrings, as she was welcomed by the King and Queen of Bhutan in Thimphu before later taking part in an archery event.

Mrs Kelzang Wangmo, who made the material for the skirt, said she was "so happy" to see Kate wearing her dress, in footage posted to the Kensington Palace official Twitter page.

"I'm so happy the Duchess is wearing that dress from my shop. I'm so happy", she said.

The cape - which is from the Paul & Joe Spring/Summer collection and retails at £340 - has "sold out", according to a spokeswoman from the flagship London store.

But owners of the cape were quick to spot their opportunity.

There were several listings for the out-of-stock item on auction site eBay within hours of Kate stepping out in the outfit, with one suggesting a "buy it now" price of £950.10.

The Duchess changed into another colourful outfit ahead of dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan.

Wearing a Tory Burch floral mesh full-length gown, which retails at £1,160, Kate was accompanied by the Duke, who wore a navy suit with an open white shirt.

The multi-coloured "vintage-inspired" embroidered dress has a red neck trim, sheer short sleeves and split sides.

The outfit was finished with a bright orange shawl, which the Duchess had draped loosely around her shoulders, and paired with strapped black heels.

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