Kate and William were in Brisbane, Queensland for Day 13 of their tour. They arrived at Amberley Air Force Base and took a tour of the facility and met members of the crew. They viewed the Super Hornets fighter jets. William got into the cockpit, and after he had his turn Kate got a turn in the cockpit as well. I’m glad Kate got a turn in the cockpit this time. Will got to get in the cockpit of one of Peter Jackson’s planes, but Kate didn’t. So it’s nice that Kate got a turn this time. Will tried to regulate her to the backseat, but she refused–way to stick up for yourself, girl. There was a fly past and then the Cambridges planted a tree in Amberley’s Memorial Garden. There was a special reception where they met bereaved service family members—they met the families of four servicemen who lost their lives in conflict. The Cambridge’s then ventured to the Brisbane Convention Center and had a reception with the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley, the Premier, Campbell Newman, and his wife, Lisa Newman. They then did a walkabout with the crowds outside the Convention Center. There were more “Marry me George” children—sigh.
Kate wore an LK Bennett blue/white poppy print dress ($425). It has a square neckline, to-the-elbow sleeves, and comes to just above the knee on Kate. Kate represented her host country with her clutch selection. She chose the Odeion Clutch by Australian designer Oroton (was $235, but is currently reduced to $115). Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, Mappin and Webb necklace, and Cartier watch. She put her hair up in a half-ponytail style–you can see the back in this photo. I like this outfit, it’s nice. She looks put-together.
Rebecca Deacon sighting! There is also a new photo from the Cambridge’s first day in OZ, when they had a tea party at Admiralty House after they arrived. The photo includes Rebecca Deacon, and the article talks a bit about her: “Rebecca Deacon, a close and trusted confidante. Known as Becca, the 32-year-old got to know William when she helped plan the 2007 Concert for Diana and soon grew close to his now-wife.”
After their day spent in Brisbane, Will and Kate—and their entire entourage—went to a rugby match. Here’s the article from the Daily Telegraph in Australia, with pictures (here’s the Daily Mail article about it). Kate even rested her head on Will’s shoulder at one point. Here’s a front-view photo with everyone—Amanda cook Tucker (Kate’s hair dresser), the blonde assistant that keeps popping up (I’m guessing it’s Kate’s assistant), and Rebecca Deacon (who was relegated to the back row—lame).
By the way, I checked out the Court Circular to see how they counted each event during the tour—because I wasn’t sure, which is why I haven’t updated my appearance’s counter in a while—and this is what I found: Departing London on April 5 counts as an official royal engagement. What the—? How does that count? That is absolutely ridiculous.
Links: Getty Images set 1 and set 2. Daily Mail articles 1 and 2. Express. Mirror 1 and 2.
Photo Credits: First and Second photo from Rebecca English twitter. Pic three is my own screen grab from the Court Circular website.