Kate Middleton Will Pack 15 Outfits, Hiking Boots for Her Upcoming Tour of India and Bhutan: “She’s In Charge of It Herself”
If you obsessed over Kate Middleton's wardrobe when she toured Australia and New Zealand with Prince William and a baby Prince George, get excited—it's happening again! The couple is set to go to India and Bhutan for a six-day tour, jetting off on April 10, and royal insiders have provided some scoop on what the Duchess of Cambridge will be packing. She'll bring between 12 and 15 outfits, with two typically worn per day. While the actual act of packing might go to someone else, Kate is still very involved in what makes it into her suitcases.
"It's very much a process that she leads, though she does have some help from her staff when it comes to sourcing outfits. She is in charge of it herself and takes an interest in paying tribute to the host country with nods to their culture and local style on at least a few of the engagements," an insider told The Telegraph, referencing the way she's picked designers from the countries she visits. "The important factor on this tour is the heat, so that's an issue that plays a big part in the choice of outfits."
Kate in an Emilia Wickstead dress while arriving in New Zealand in April 2014; Wickstead is a British-based designer born in New Zealand
Kate, mind you, is not going into the adventure blind as we might when packing for vacation. A scouting group has made a "rehearsal trip," and the young mum's private secretary Rebecca Deacon took notes to help inform fashion decisions. Photographs were also taken of all the stops on the couple's itinerary to ensure selected outfits look good against the background where they'll be photographed. While the majority of her looks will likely be pretty dresses and heels (there's a formal reception and dinner celebrating Bollywood's best that sounds promising on the glamour front), we know a few sporty moments will be included. The Duke and Duchess are set to play with local children, watch a cricket match, and embark on a six-hour hike that's supposed to be strenuous—maybe she'll pack something from the label that provided her with athleisure togs for an event earlier this year.
We do know that the wardrobe cost will likely be sizable. For the three-week tour Down Under, estimates came in around $54,000, a pretty penny for the thrift store-loving royal.
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