The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George jetted out of Canberra on Friday afternoon after their 19-day trans Tasman tour — leaving Australians and New Zealanders spellbound in their wake.
ANZAC Day is a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, commemorating the ill-fated landing of both countries’ troops on Turkey’s Gallipoli coastline on April 25, 1915.
The Duke and Duchess attended both the dawn service and a later service at Canberra’s Australian War Memorial, laying floral wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier during the latter.
For the dawn service, the Duchess chose a Temperley London black coat, black gloves, stockings and pumps. Sydney milliner Jonathan Howard designed the navy blue headpiece she teamed with her as yet unidentified Princess line tweed coat and navy suede pumps for the second service. Both the Duke and Duchess wore sprigs of rosemary.
During their final five days down under the duo visited the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park in central Australia and then Adelaide, before returning to Canberra to attend receptions at Parliament House and Government House.
As with the rest of the tour, the Duchess mixed high-end labels with the high street, intriguing the Australian media with her ability to navigate all terrains — from a Blue Mountains escarpment to Manly Beach and Australia’s “Red Centre” — in a pair of towering wedge heels.
She arrived in central Australia on Tuesday in a taupe Roksanda Ilincic dress and nude patent LK Bennett pumps, later changing into a grey-and-white Hobbs sundress and taupe Pied A Terre espadrille wedges for a stroll around Uluru, aka Ayers Rock.
For Wednesday’s engagements in Adelaide, she wore a blush pink Alexander McQueen V-neck peplum top and full skirt, teamed with LK Bennett nude pumps and an LK Bennett woven leather clutch. For Thursday’s Parliament House reception and tour of the National Portrait Gallery, she chose Catherine Walker’s grass green wool coat and her trusty LK Bennett pumps, before changing into a white Lela Rose cocktail dress with guipure lace peplum and sleeves for the Government House cocktail.
All up five Australasian designer names enjoyed exposure from the tour: London and New York-based Kiwis Emilia Wickstead and Rebecca Taylor and Australians Zimmermann, Oroton and Hatmaker.
According to a Zimmermann spokeswoman, the Zimmermann website briefly crashed on Good Friday after the Duchess arrived at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show in the brand’s white broderie anglaise ‘Roamer Day Dress’. Due to unprecedented interest and demand, the company is upping production of the style, which is not available until June.
Oroton also experienced “the Kate effect” when the Duchess carried the 76 year-old accessory brand’s blue calfskin ‘Odeion’ clutch in Brisbane on Easter Saturday.
“We sold out within the first day and are now taking pre-orders” said Oroton general manager and creative director Ana Maria Escobar. “We have received orders from all over Australia and around the world, particularly the USA and UK”.
The only losers from the tour — the Australian republic movement, with results of a Nielsen poll released just prior to the duo’s arrival revealing support for a republic is at a 22-year low.