We have reached Day 18, the penultimate day of the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand. Prince William and Kate Middleton spent their next-to-last day in Canberra—the capital of Australia. They visited the National Arboretum, where they planted a tree (and by “planted” I mean they threw dirt over and already planted tree) and chatted to schoolchildren. They attended a reception at Parliament House where the host PM Tony Abbott and Will both made speeches (opposition leader Bill Shorten also gave a speech). The reception was attended by more than 600 guests including members of Australia’s House of Representatives and Senate, diplomats, and members of the armed forces, among others. The next appearance was at the National Portrait Gallery where they viewed portraits and met some artists and patrons. One of the paintings they viewed is the portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; they also met the person who painted it. I have to say, that is a portrait. CP Mary looks wonderful.
Here is a video of Will’s speech.
During the reception, when he was mingling with guests, William cheekily said he wanted to rip his trousers off on Manly Beach and reveal a Speedo. William actually showed a bit of personality with that line. Way to Go. I imagine making small talk with so many people for 18 days in a row would get tiring, and boring. It’s actually nice to have him throw that line out there. But seriously, no one wants to see that.
Kate wore a green bespoke Catherine Walker coat-dress. After the super low neckline the day before, Kate really covered up with a coat that zipped all the way up to her neck. She apparently was quite warm wearing a coat in the hot sun. Kate wore her LK Bennett nude shoes. For jewelry, Kate wore her emerald and diamond earrings, and Cartier watch. She wore her hair down—again, if it’s so hot, why not put your hair up?
Eh. <--That’s my entire opinion of this outfit. She has other, better green coats. Will and Kate are due to attend a reception at Government House later where we will hopefully see some nice jewelry—I’ll post on that later. Then tomorrow they will attend an Anzac Day service at the Australian War Memorial before they leave to fly home at around 2pm OZ time. Links: National Arboretum website. National Portrait Gallery website. Mirror. Daily Mail. Express. Popsugar.