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The reception took place at the Baha Mar Beach Resort in Nassau. The pair were hosted by the Governor-General of The Bahamas.
The event began with a short ceremony to recognise the work of the Emergency Services throughout the pandemic:
Shortly after their arrival, William carried out a duty on behalf of his grandmother the Queen and awarded Platinum Jubilee medals to heads of emergency services in The Bahamas.
Over the course of the evening, William and Kate enjoyed a performance by The Bahamas National Youth Choir, raised a toast to the Queen in honour of her Platinum Jubilee and were presented with a model of a Bahamian Sloop sailing boat. Prince William also delivered his final speech of the tour:
He expressed his “support” and “respect” for any decisions The Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize have about their future (referencing recent news that Jamaica and Belize intend to remove follow Barbados in removing The Queen as head of state and become a republic.) “Relationships evolve; friendship endures”, he added.
One guest at the reception said Kate spoke to her about the children she’d met earlier in the day. She remarked that she’d like to bring George, Charlotte and Louis back to The Bahamas in the future. In his speech, Prince William fondly remembered holidaying in the country with his late mother.
Three very different but equally stunning evening looks, I’m sure you will agree.
The couple will spend one last day in The Bahamas, where they will undertake a full programme of events—including a wreath-laying ceremony, a children’s home visit, a ‘fish fry’ event and a visit to a coral farm—before heading home.
Kate’s gown & accessories in The Bahamas:
It’s safe to say, Kate looked spectacular in her blue gown. Another fairytale look, if you ask me.
The blue satin gown features a crossover front and a bow tie on each shoulder. Below: three Vienna gowns by the designer, all slightly different. I also show the Sophie Bolshoi Dance gown, which has the same crossover bodice.
There was no clear photo of Kate’s shoes, but from what I’ve seen, I am pretty sure they’re this pair by Gianvito Rossi (Thank you to Heaven for the ID.) You should be able to zoom in the photos below to see for yourself:
With an RRP of £1,750 GBP / $2,496 USD, the shoes are easily the most expensive Kate has ever worn (in public). (Something the Data Duchess confirmed on Twitter.)
The Duchess carried a perfectly coordinating blue clutch bag by Lulu Guinness. It’s the Hayworth style. The piece is made from blue silk satin. It’s sold with a gold chain, which Kate has either detached or tucked inside. (ID: Thank you to Lady Parky.)
At first, I assumed Kate had had the clutch made to match the dress. (And there was a moment where I found a similar design by Gucci too!) But subsequent images showed Kate carrying the bag in a different position, where you can clearly see Lulu’s iconic lips design on the clasp:
Those wishing to buy the bag will be pleased to learn Lulu Guinness have just restocked! You can buy it for £225 GBP / $295 USD on luluguniness.com.
EXACT MATCH! This lovely blue bag is now back in stock on the Lulu Guinness website, you’ll be pleased to know. I think it’d be the perfect ‘something blue’ for anybody planning a wedding.
Kate brought back her mother of pearl jewellery by Van Cleef and Arpels for the reception. The set looked beautiful with the dress, I thought.
We first spotted her wearing the necklace and earrings together at the BAFTAs in 2020.
She wears the Magic Alhambra 6 Motif necklace ($9,650 USD / £8,050 GBP) and matching 2 motif earrings ($6,100 USD / £5,050 GBP).
Created in 2006 by Van Cleef & Arpels, the Magic Alhambra® jewelry creations gather different-sized Alhambra motifs, coming together in a joyful dance. Inspired by the clover leaf, their asymmetric designs feature different associations of materials.
Van Cleef & Arpels