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The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a colourful design by Tory Burch with thigh high side splits. Getty

Kate Middleton strayed from her sartorial repertoire of British and Indian designers as she headed to dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan wearing American designer Tory Burch.

The choice is surprising given that her outfit choices so far have centred on wearing British, Indian or Bhutanese designers with the likes of Emilia Wickstead and Alice Temperley being favoured alongside Mumbai-based Anita Dongre.

More recently, the Duchess wore a reworked traditional Bhutanese skirt by Kelzan Wangmo this morning (14 April) to meet King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema ahead of their official dinner tonight.

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Kate Middleton chose US designer Tory Burch to attend a dinner with King and Queen of Bhutan. Getty

The floral mesh gown from Tory Burch's Resort 2016 collection is currently on sale at £1,160 ($1,641). A colourful and confident choice for their first evening engagement in Bhutan, this column dress is embroidered with vivid flowers with an elegantly embellished neckline. Kate added another dash of colour with a bold tangerine-hued shawl and accessorised with bold chandelier earrings.

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The embroidered floral mesh gown by Tory Burch is available to buy for £1,160.

The Duke and Duchess landed in Bhutan this morning before heading to the the 13<sup>th-century royal fortress in Thimphu where they were welcomed by traditional dancers, flag-bearers, pipers, drummers and Buddhist monks. While Kate arrived in the country wearing British design favourite Emilia Wickstead, she quickly changed into a carefully woven traditional skirt by Bhutanese weaver Kelzan Wangmo that she paired with a cape by French label Paul and Joe, that retails at £393.

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14 April: The Duchess wore a traditional skirt by Bhutanese weaver Kelzan Wangmo that was paired with a Lyrisme Cape Jacket from French brand Paul and Joe (£393). Getty

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and wife Queen Jetsun Pema are often referred to as the "Kate and William" of Bhutan, having met in similar circumstances, and Jetsun Pema was also a commoner before her marriage to King Jigme in 2011, the same year as the Duke and Duchess.

While the Bhutanese Royals have paid a visit to Clarence House back in 2011, this Royal visit was the first official meeting of the two couples.