Kate's New Look
It's no secret that Queen Elizabeth II requested that Kate be given a royal makeover leading up to the duke and duchess's trip abroad. The new look will include having Kate sport more royal jewels (mostly borrowed from the queen's personal stash) and longer, weighted hemlines to avoid more "Marilyn moments" like the one Kate experienced when she was visiting Canada.
Unfortunately, the family's trip won't include many formal galas (they aren't really the ball types anyway), so we probably won't see that many tiaras or blinged-out necklaces, but we can expect to see Kate sporting a much more mature, conservative wardrobe. Hopefully, however, this doesn't mean that Kate and William won't be able to slip into some jeans like they did in Canada!
Kate and William will be taking their largest entourage ever (11 total) for their royal tour. The list includes William's private secretary, Miguel Head; Kate's private secretary, Rebecca Deacon; three press officers, Ed Perkins, Nick Loughran, and Katrina McKeever; an orderly; Kate's hairdresser; the couple's adviser, David Manning; a personal assistant; an extra secretary; and, of course, the nanny. While the entourage may sound large, it's actually pretty small compared to other royal tours, as Prince Charles typically takes along a staff of 14, and the queen regularly travels with several ladies in waiting in addition to the big group of secretaries, press officers, and the like.
Want more? Check out our breakdown of the big moments to watch out for in the coming month and a history of royal tours over the years.
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