Kate Middleton pays tribute to Singapore in striking dress

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has once again used her status as a fashion icon to pay tribute to a country, this time giving the nod to Singapore.

The 30-year-old Royal was today snapped attending a State dinner after touching down in the country earlier, dressed in a purple and white floral patterned dress which was designed by Singapore-born Prabal Gurung.

The designer launched his own line in 2009 and has dressed the likes of the American First Lady Michelle Obama, herself highly regarded a style icon.

Stepping out in the vibrant dress, which she teamed up with black heels and a black clutch bag, the Duchess was accompanied by her husband Prince William, who wore a navy suit and a red tie.

It’s not the first time Duchess Kate has cleverly used her fashion choices to pay homage to a country; during her tour of Canada with William last year she stepped out in an outfit in the colours of the Canadian flag, and was also spotted wearing a maple leaf brooch.

And earlier today, during a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens on the couple’s first day in the country (which is seven hours ahead of UK time), Kate gave another nod to the East as she stepped out in a kimono-style dress.

The first day of the Duke and Duchess’s tour, being staged in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, was extremely busy for the couple, who started their official visits as soon as they landed in Singapore.

There was no time for jet lag or a quiet night in, as the couple attended a State dinner given by the President of Singapore at his official residence, the Istana, with Prince William reviewing a Guard of Honour before embarking on the evening’s festivities.

They have numerous engagements booked in as they travel around Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, until they leave on the 19th, with some highlights including a tea party for competition winners, a jungle trek and a number of visits to local community projects focused on improving the prospects of young people.

Duchess Kate will also make her first solo speech overseas, when she takes to the podium at a hospice in Malaysia.

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