From traditional dress to hints of Diana: Everything Kate wore in Pakistan

The Duchess of Cambridge paid homage to the country by wearing a shalwar kameez and a kurta.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just completed their latest royal trip together, travelling to Pakistan where they discussed climate change and met with various political and cultural leaders.

The level of preparation that goes into these royal tours is almost unimaginable. Kate and her team recognise the power of fashion: it can be used to pay tribute to the country they’re visiting, but it has to be employed wisely. On top of this, the duchess has to ensure she’s dressed modestly and that her outfits are comfortable enough to last a jam-packed day of events and meetings.

It seems Kate pulled this off with aplomb in Pakistan, and has garnered widespread praise on social media for her fashion choices.

As the royal tour wraps up and the duke and duchess head back home, here’s a look at everything Kate wore during the trip and the significance behind it…

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Kate arrives in Pakistan wearing Catherine Walker

She started the trip in a modern spin on a shalwar kameez, the national dress of Pakistan which is made up of a trousers with a long shirt or tunic over the top. She wore a turquoise ombre custom-made Catherine Walker dress and trousers, along with her signature nude heels by Rupert Sanderson.

Diana cradles a sick child during a visit to Pakistan in 1996

Diana cradles a sick child during a visit to Pakistan in 1996

This was her first outfit in Pakistan, and already people were drawing comparisons to Diana, who visited the country multiple times in the 1990s. The colour and draped scarf neckline of Kate’s outfit reminded people of what Diana wore during a visit to a hospital in 1996.

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Kate wears a jewel-tone kurta

On day two, Kate wore a more traditional outfit to visit the Islamabad Model College for Girls. She wore a bright blue kurta; a loose, collarless, unisex shirt which normally falls just below the knee. She wore the embroidered shirt with matching trousers and scarf by the Pakistani designer Maheen Khan.

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Kate goes for more bright colours in Catherine Walker and Maheen Khan

Here, Kate again wears Catherine Walker – a British designer Diana also wore regularly. She wore a bright green coat by Walker, paired with cream trousers again by Khan. Paying even more tribute to the country, Kate accessorised with Pakistani designers: a green scarf by Satrangi and delicate drop earrings by Zeen. These earrings cost only $8 (£6) and are still available to buy online.

Diana visits Pakistan in 1991

Diana visits Pakistan in 1991

The combination of a light green coat with a darker hued scarf is reminiscent of what Diana wore during a visit to Lahore in 1991.


Kate in Jenny Packham

Sticking to green tones, for an evening event Kate opted for a sequinned emerald gown with long sleeves and a high neck. The dress is somewhat unsurprisingly by Jenny Packham, Kate’s go-to designer when it comes to formalwear.

Diana wears a traditional hat and jacket in 1991 and Kate does the same in 2019

Diana wears a traditional hat and jacket in 1991 and Kate does the same in 2019

During a visit to the remote Chitral Valley, Kate was given a traditional beret and jacket to wear. Back in 1991, Diana was also presented with the same garments as she was made an honorary Chitrali Scout.

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Kate kept things simple in various shades of brown to visit the Chitral Valley

Underneath the jacket, Kate wore different colours of brown with a shirt, skirt and leather vest, pairing these with flat knee-high boots to help her navigate the rocky terrain.


The duchess wore all-white to play cricket

Kate got into the spirit of cricket by donning an all-white outfit to play a match. She wore a traditional shalwar kameez by Pakistani designer Gul Ahmed, pairing it with simple plimsolls – probably the most affordable shoes in her wardrobe, the Hampton Canvas Plum shoes cost £38. The Kate-effect is very much still alive and well, with many sizes of the shoes selling out online.


Kate wore green again to visit a mosque in Lahore

It appears Kate had a preferred colour palette for this tour, but it may no be coincidence that she’s worn so much green on the trip – it’s the national colour of Pakistan.

On the fourth day she wore an emerald green shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan with a matching headscarf to visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore – a visit Diana also made in 1991.


Kate wore a Pakistani brand at Lahore airport

The duchess opted for a monochromatic embroidered kurta by Pakistani brand Elan on the fifth day of the tour, when a storm forced the royals to reschedule their last day of the tour.

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Sticking to the monochromatic theme, Kate rounded off the tour in a black coat by Beulah London and white trousers to visit the Army Canine Centre – a visit which wouldn’t have been complete without playing with a few puppies. Her shoe choice was sensible but stylish: Black flats from Russell and Bromley, which retail at £195.

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29th Oct 2019
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She is a credit to our Royal Family and a credit to her own parents and family....! She can carry any look and always looks amazing whether formal or casual.
I do wish though that the media and magazines, including yours, would stop comparing her with Diana....she is nothing like her, she is her own person and will make an excellent Queen ....!
18th Oct 2019
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The green set with the matching scarf by Maheen Khan is absolutely fab!

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