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The Royal Tour: Kate Wears Go-To Labels Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham

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Kate‘s signature style rule? Find what works and stick with it.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore designs from two of her go-to designers for yesterday’s Royal Tour events — though she did stir up a little bit of chatter on Twitter with her glossy high ponytail (not normally a look she wears) at a daytime event in the town of Blenheim.

The Duchess’s belted crepe Alexander McQueen coat fit the bill for the occasion: a public wreath-laying ceremony at a local war memorial, followed by a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

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The cornflower-blue coat featured a sharply tailored silhouette, utility pockets and a pleated back skirt. The British label’s pre-spring/summer collection includes a similar belted crepe coat in black, which retails for $3,995. (Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton has created several designs for the Duchess, including her royal wedding gown and the ensemble she wore to the christening of Prince George.) Kate paired the piece with sapphire-and-diamond earrings, navy pumps and a small poppy brooch.

Hours later, Kate gave royal fashion followers their first taste of nighttime glamour, changing into a bespoke black Jenny Packham dress for a State Reception hosted by the Governor General. The fitted LBD was embellished with hand-stitched silver beading in a silver fern pattern, a motif that represents New Zealand’s national emblem.

At the reception, Kate helped unveil a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sporting the diamond fern brooch she was was gifted on a 1953 trip to New Zealand — and which the Queen has loaned to Kate for this royal tour (see her wearing it on Day 1 below).

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Known as the royal recycler thanks to her habit of re-wearing her designer dresses, so far Kate has debuted new looks at each of her Royal Tour appearances.

Next up, she’ll get casual when she and Prince William go head-to-head in a sailing contest on Auckland harbor. Bring on the skinny jeans!

–Bronwyn Barnes