The Duke and Duchess attended their first evening event of the tour yesterday, a reception in honor of the Belizean culture and the Queen’s Jubilee. It was hosted by the Governor-General, Froyla Tzalam, and Prime Minister Johnny Briceno, at the absolutely spectacular Cahal Pech Maya Ruins. The couple received a traditional welcome and the Duke made a speech.
William and Kate will receive a traditional Mayan welcome: #RoyalVisitBelize pic.twitter.com/BDZl02i7Rm
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The deep pink long gown with fan sleeves was designed by The Vampire’s Wife. The sleeves are a distinctive feature of the brand, as is the shimmering fabric. The neckline appears wider than their ready-to-wear versions, which tend to have more of a closed-in effect. It’s also a bit of a chameleon in that it is a hot pink or a deep pink, almost red, depending on the photographic exposure. Vivid by day and deep and sparkling by night. The Duchess wore a pair of crystal dangling earrings (repeated O’NITAA designs, H/T to UFONoMore) and carried a traditional Maya embroidered handbag.
The Case for the Dress
LuckeyGirl: Is it the best thing she’s ever worn? No, But it’s fun and flirty, and great for a tropical evening. And I am loving the 80s throwback vibe I’m getting.
OC: She’s representing a British brand known for subtle goth glamour by wearing one of the label’s more bland creations. The color is fantastic and the styling is spot on. The Hair is glam and ten million points to Gryffindor simply because the garment isn’t blue.
The Case Against the Dress
The Handbag: She has great hair and I love the earrings. I am very mixed about the dress – I think it’s a bit too glitzy for the occasion and that’s throwing me. However, if it’s actually that deeper color in person, it tilts more in favor.
LiL: Hmmm….It’s very shiny, isn’t it? It’s grown a bit on me since I first saw it, and if it truly reads more deep pink/red than the Pepto pink, I can almost get onboard. I do like her hair, and the earrings are nice.