Since I can’t be in Singapore for the start of William and Catherine‘s Diamond Jubilee tour, I’m relying on the stellar reporting and photography of my twitter friends: Royal photographer Mark Stewart and royal reporters Victoria Murphy and Richard Palmer, to name a few.
Murphy, who writes for the Mirror, was part of the “rota:”
Without going into a big long and boring rant about how this works (I know you want me to get onto the bit where the royals arrive) it basically means we (nicely, cough, cough) divide up all the engagements so everyone is on what is called a “rota” for each one.
If you are on the “rota” you go along, get scarily close to William and Kate as they talk to people and do stuff and you tell everyone else what happens so they can tell their readers, listeners etc, etc.
Murphy was part of the rota that greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they landed in Singapore today (September 11th). Catherine wore a blush pink floral Jenny Packham Kimono coat dress with off-white LK Bennett “Sledge” heels (we’ve never seen these ones before) and what is believed to be a Jimmy Choo clutch. As always, the eagle eyes at What Kate Wore were able to track down these looks to share the information with us.
Look at that hair. Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous? Amanda Cook Tucker has been hired to personally style the Duchess of Cambridge’s hair while on tour, and it is believed she is being paid by Prince Charles himself (who funds the royal household of Princes William and Harry). Though Catherine does still go to the Richard Ward Salon in London, she uses Tucker from time to time at home.
“With Amanda she can have her hair done in the comfort of her own house,” a source told the Daily Mail. ”Amanda is an expert at what Kate loves – full glossy blow dries that hold.”
“She’s a hard worker,’ the source added of the Duchess. ”Kate still goes to Richard Ward, she’s very loyal that way, but doesn’t always want to go into a salon. It can be a bit of an upheaval and she is often photographed going there.”
After landing, William and Catherine visited Singapore Botanical Gardens where orchids were named in their honor. A very special orchid named for the late Princess of Wales was seen for the first time by William. The flower was dedicated to Diana in September 1997, one month after her passing.
Stewart tweeted from the event,
Most memorable moment of Day 1 for me was seeing the sun glint on Kate’s engagement ring as she viewed the Orchid named in Diana’s honour.
— Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes) September 11, 2012
Stay tuned for more from Will and Kate’s royal Diamond Jubilee tour!