William and Kate attended a reception at Government House—named Yarralumla—in Canberra, hosted by the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to end Day 18—their last night in OZ. There were about 100 guests from the arts, business, charity, conservation, and sporting industries, as well as surviving recipients of the Victoria Cross. The Governor General gave a speech in which he paralleled the Cambridges to the former York’s trip of 1927—the then Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth—because they had a young child at the time and “accounts of their visit note the deafening cheers of the crowds, the fervent and spontaneous greetings of those they met and the Duchess won hearts from the start – all words that could describe the last couple of weeks.”
Kate wore a white Lela Rose knee-length dress with detailed lattice sleeves and peplum. The detailing on the sleeves and peplum looks like someone attached doilies to an otherwise nice white dress. Kate wore her Jimmy Choo black pumps and carried her black Mulberry clutch. She wore her Cartier watch and her diamond bracelet and earrings combo that were supposedly a wedding gift. Kate wore her hair up in a lovely chignon.
I’m so disappointed. I was expecting at least some nice jewelry for the Government House reception. I wasn’t expecting a tiara, because it wasn’t that type of event, but at least the Wattle Brooch or something. But I got nothing. Kate didn’t wear a speck of royal jewelry. I am surprised, I thought
since she wore the Silver Fern Brooch to the NZ reception [Kate did not wear the brooch to the reception, she wore the brooch to church the Sunday before Easter] that she would wear something like the Wattle Brooch in OZ.
As far as her outfit goes, if it weren’t for those doilies, she would look nice. I hate peplums in general, so that’s automatically a point off, and I don’t like the doily sleeves. If the dress were plain, it would be a nice dress. I do love that she put her hair up in a chignon, so points for that. We must praise her when she does something nice, so good job on the hair, Kate.
During the walkabout outside the National Portrait Gallery earlier in the day, Kate was given a gift for Lupo and she mentioned how everyone has given presents for George, but no one has given presents for Lupo; and that she misses Lupo terribly. I bet Will misses Lupo the most; he really seems to love that dog.
[This video has a snippet of them walking in to the Governor’s reception, but it’s mainly about the NPG visit.]