Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – Singapore Botanical Gardens Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge went for understated florals on an official visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens earlier today.

For the first day of the Duke and Duchess’ nine-day Asian tour, she opted for a bespoke Jenny Packham silk twill De Gournay dress featuring hand-painted orchids.

Although this might not be my favourite look on the Duchess, I understand why she chose it. Singapore is famous for its orchids and Kate was at the gardens to see an exotic flower dedicated to Princes Diana. 

The kimono-inspired bodice is also a nod to the Duke and Duchesses Jubilee tour plans.

Kate finished her look with pearl earring and nude L.K. Bennett pumps.

Credit: Getty

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22 Responses to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – Singapore Botanical Gardens Visit

  1. EmmaWoodhouse September 12, 2012 at 23:46 #

    This dress is beautiful–love the floral print. I think she looks great here (as usual) and I don’t mind the shoes, as she probably needs something comfortable!

  2. elaine2 September 12, 2012 at 03:17 #

    This dress is all wrong for several reasons. First off the style is very Old Lady. Secondly, the orchid print is ……. tacky. It looks like female anatomy.

    I would think in that climate, the royals would be exempted from the pantyhole/tight requirement. Would rather see a bare leg and an open toe shoe.

    • Beta September 12, 2012 at 07:29 #

      +1 this look is very aging. The shoes are killing me 😛

  3. Molly September 11, 2012 at 23:54 #

    Why the shoulder pads?! The dress is very nice and I like the print, but the shoulder pads make this look like it came straight from Jenny Packhams archives, circa 1984. And enough already, Kate! I get that you are supposed to be frugal and “real”, but I dont think people would mind if you invested in a different pair of shoes and a new hairstyle.

  4. Laura September 11, 2012 at 20:06 #


  5. Amy September 11, 2012 at 19:24 #


  6. Aline September 11, 2012 at 18:32 #

    I’m torn. I do love the dress on her, and yet, I think it’s aging.

  7. Erika September 11, 2012 at 16:30 #

    What a lovely look! But I agree with BeatofA about the make up, I wish she’d switch things up every once in a while. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her wearing red lipstick…

  8. Alina September 11, 2012 at 16:21 #

    Too old for her.

  9. dee September 11, 2012 at 16:14 #

    She looks very pretty and I can forgive the boring shoes.

  10. Moxie September 11, 2012 at 16:05 #

    Beautiful dress, boring shoes.

  11. noo September 11, 2012 at 15:27 #

    this is such a good royal choice! i feel like when she’s 50 she can wear this and it would still look good!
    now my problem is, she’s styling the look like a 50 year old would!

  12. dressaddict September 11, 2012 at 15:26 #

    What a gorgeous dress! What horrible shoes! Look, Catherine, even the red Choo shoes from the right side are a beter choice!

  13. Nishta September 11, 2012 at 15:06 #

    I am so impressed that she wore that in Singapore and didn’t melt.

    • HM September 11, 2012 at 15:31 #

      My thoughts exactly! Then I realized she didn’t have to take public transport and I’m pretty sure wherever she went, it would have been heavily airconditioned…Lol!

      On a style note, she looks stunning! The hand-painted orchids on her dress may have been a bit too obvious (as a nod to the host, I much prefer her subtle Prabal orchid-like print) but then again she looks lovely.

  14. Grace Patricia September 11, 2012 at 14:46 #

    I think she gained some weight. She looks really nice in this dress, but the shoes are awful as always. I like her hair and the earrings.

  15. Lee Ann September 11, 2012 at 14:35 #


  16. BeatofA September 11, 2012 at 14:21 #

    i wish she would stop wearing such dark eye makeup

    • Princess Chi Chi September 12, 2012 at 11:35 #

      agree completely!

  17. Yeliz September 11, 2012 at 14:19 #

    I think she looks great except for the pumps. She is so uninspiring concerning the shoe department.

    • Christine September 11, 2012 at 17:28 #


  18. robbie September 11, 2012 at 14:19 #

    i have to say i adore the entire look even with the boring shoe choice.

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