The Duchess of Cambridge was rumored to initially refuse the idea of wearing a tiara for her wedding to Prince William on April 29th, 2011, (a few outlets claimed she wanted to wear flowers in her hair, instead).
Thankfully, she went with the dazzling headpiece (American girls-take note. Only royals should be wearing tiaras), and some of us were hoping to see another one on this royal tour.
Unfortunately, Catherine went without a tiara tonight, but she still looked positively regal. Wearing a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown that paid tribute to her host country, Catherine’s selection featured hibiscus (the Malaysian flower) in gold detail.
OMFG does she look like she stepped straight out of a fairy tale.
According to the Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English, Catherine kept with religious protocol at Istana Negara Palace in Kuala Lumpur by covering the top of her arms and wearing a floor-length dress. English noted that the Duchess towered over her hosts in four-inch heels.
William was overheard telling the Prime Minister, “I’m tired. It’s the jet lag that is hardest. We go on from here to the Solomon Islands and then Tuvalu, have you ever been there? Me neither. Tuvalu is one of the smallest and most remote places on earth.
“We hope to do some fishing and snorkelling. – am very interested in the coral and whale sharks. I have dived with them before and although they are huge, they are very docile creatures – not like jaws!”
The Duke and Duchess received gifts from their hosts, including a gold encrusted Malay warrior’s sword, the Malaysian equivalent of Jimmy Choo heels and a purse, as well as a Batik dress.
No alcohol was served at the dinner.