Kate Middleton penned a “Thank You” note to designers who worked on her Pakistan tour outfits. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the country with her husband, Prince William, from October 14 till 18.
Middleton thanked designer label, Elan, for their help during the five-day tour. Khadijah Shah, founder of the Pakistani brand, posted the note on her Twitter page, praising the “grace and thoughtfulness” of the Duchess.
I was delighted to have even been considered, this is just humbling to a whole different level. However what’s most commendable is the consideration, grace and thoughtfulness of HRH the Duchess Catherine, it is no wonder that she is so respected and beloved @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/1rObILfmYR
— khadijah shah (@khadijah_shah) November 21, 2019
Shah added that she was just grateful to have been selected to dress the Duchess. The royal wore the black and white embroidered kurta-shalwar ensemble during her visit at the SOS Children’s village on October 17.
The British royal stunned throughout the tour in multiple glamorous outfits, including traditional Pakistani Swarti embroidered, silk shalwar kameez by Maheen Khan.
Most of the Duchess’ Pakistani fashion apparel was sourced from Onitaa in London, which is run by Onita Prasad. A high-end South Asian store, it stocks no more than one of each garment. A palace representative approached the store before the tour and singled out 30 outfits for the royals.
Middleton also wore British designer clothes at special events arranged for the royals. She wore a Jenny Packham gown in emerald green and earrings sourced from Onitaa.
The Pakistani Royal Tour
The Royals’ arrival to Pakistan created quite a stir. The Duke and Duchess arrived at the Pakistan Monument in Islamabad in a rickshaw on October 15.
Watch: the couple have arrived at the Pakistan Monument — by rickshaw. William in a sherwani by Naushemian and Kate is in Jenny Packham — and in the green of Pakistan #RoyalVisitPakistan pic.twitter.com/rB0OGFTDAY
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) October 15, 2019
William also wore a Naushemian Sherwani, perhaps the first time a prince has opted for something other than the royal-mandated suit style. He upstaged his wife in terms of fashion at the event hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew.
Prince William spoke at the reception, saying,
“Whether in Pakistan or the U.K. or elsewhere on our planet – we face shared global challenges. The effects of climate change threaten the present and the future – and therefore demand a concerted effort by everyone.”
The royals brought attention to climate change and girls’ education during the tour. They also conducted diplomatic meetings and interactions with the Pakistani President and Prime Minister during the visit.