When Kate Middleton and Prince William are visiting another country, they always try to represent the nation by wearing traditional clothes. Unfortunately, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting the Solomon Islands they accidentally wore the wrong ensembles.
Before the Sept. 16 celebration, the wrong outfits were accidentally laid out in the royal couples’ suite for them to wear. A spokesman for William and Kate, both 30, tells reporters in a statement, “We saw they weren’t the same design of the traditional clothes we were told would be gifted. So we checked with the Solomon Islands government to ensure the right ones were worn.” But the Solomon Islands’ government “reassured the clothes were correct, and so the Duke and Duchess wore them to the event.”
Eventually, the royal couple was made aware of the mistake, but there were no hurt feelings.
“It was not learned until later in the evening that the clothes weren’t from the islands. But it was understood that the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated,” and that “No offense was caused.”
According to insiders, the pink strapless dress Kate styled and the bright blue shirt William wore was actually the traditional dress from the Cook Islands — which is 3,000 miles away from Solomon Islands.
Prince William and Duchess Kate have spent most of their time together as newlyweds in the spotlight. But now that the royals have completed their first official tour, they’re planning on staying out of the public eye for a while.
“The Duke and Duchess are planning to slip under the radar, undertaking only a handful of duties for the rest of the year,” a royal spokesman tells Us Weekly. “[Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip] are supportive of their decision.”
William, 29, and Kate, also 29, “are very conscious to make sure the run-up to 2012 is the Queen’s year,” the spokesman adds. “[Queen Elizabeth] quite rightly should be in the spotlight.”
A pal of Kate’s says she and her hubby “plan to just settle down in Anglesey. It will be the first time they have truly done so.”
According to the couple’s spokesman, Will and Kate are planning to do “no more than one or two engagements a month in autumn and winter.”