Kate Middleton has had a tough time over the past few days, dealing with the controversy over topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge published by the French magazine Closer. However, the rustic feel and charming locales of the Pacific islands seem to have revived both Kate and William. The Duchess in particular looked visibly more relaxed, as concluded her visit to the Solomon Islands on 17 September.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, once again sported natural, radiant smile, as she was led through a cultural village in the capital of Honiara and spoke to local women. She also took a ride in a traditional war canoe, along with the Duke, to Tavanipupu Island and even walked barefoot on the island.
A seemingly perfect day was then completed by watching a cultural programme featuring music and dance shows from the Solomon Island's nine provinces. The Duchess also attended a reception for the Solomon Island women's groups. For both these occasions, Kate wore a bright yellow dress from Jaeger and a floral tiara gifted to her by the islanders.
Happiness Quotient: Two Dresses a Day
Kate's happiness was wlso reflected through her style - the Duchess opted for yet another chic dress when visiting Marau, which is on the furthest end of the main island of Guadalcanal and also when visiting Marpa Island. She flew in to Marau, wearing a chic navy blue belted dress from Mulberry, which she teamed with her favourite suede wedge heels of the same colour. Incidentally, it wasn't just the Duchess who shone. Prince William shed burdens and inhibitions and wore a vibrant pink shirt.
The royal couple then proceeded by boat to the island of Marapa, where they travelled on that traditional war canoe to Tavanipupu, the last stop of their Solomon Islands tour. Kate and William will stay at Tavanipupu Island Resort before beginning the visit to Tuvalu on 18 September. In Tavanipupu as well, the Duke and Duchess were treated to a local musical and dance welcome that left Kate smiling all the more.
If the sight of Kate's smile, after all the upheaval in recent days over topless photographs, is a welcome one, then check out these photographs of the Duchess of Cambrdige at the Solomon Islands