Cathy Cambridge in Roksanda and Vintage in Jamaica for the Caribbean Royal Tour

Posted on March 23, 2022

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge continue the rocky Caribbean royal tour in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by landing in Jamaica, to protests and to cheers of approval. With the news that Jamaica has begun the process of removing the Queen as their head of state and the Bahamas National Reparations Committee has released a statement asking for reparations and a full and formal apology from the British royal family and government for their role in slavery, it’s getting increasingly impossible to characterize this tour as a success, although we don’t think William and Kate can shoulder much of the blame for that –except in the sense that they can’t help but embody the wealth and privilege that comes with being royal. As for matters of style, Kate returned to the pattern we noted a couple of days ago: a perfect warm-weather look that falls right within her usual official duties wheelhouse followed by a casual look that comes off a little gimmicky and tourist-y to us.

 

This is lovely. As noted, it falls very much within her rather strict style parameters when it comes to royal duties. The bold yellow is a surprising choice, as are the gold and white slingbacks, but it all works for her and feels appropriately royal.

Later, they went to visit the birthplace of reggae, Trench Town in Kingston. This is when we get tourist Cathy:

 

It’s a very cute dress that surprises not just because it differs from her usual official duty fare but also because it’s vintage. It looks perfectly appropriate for drinking Margaritas at a vacation resort.

As we noted the other day, there’s no crime being committed here, just a sense that her tendency to dress in nods to local cultures can hit differently depending on the culture and how she chooses to acknowledge it. We raised similar questions when she wore green all over Ireland and dressed in local styles while in Pakistan. It’s impossible for them to escape any undertones of colonialism, but given the reasons for and reception to this tour, we think dressing like a tourist on vacation comes off a little cringe.

 

 

Style Credits:
First Look: Roksanda ‘Brigitte’ Dress | Sézane ‘Celeste’ Earrings | Ferragamo Clutch | Aquazzura Cece Pump 105
Second Look: Vintage Dress from Willow Hilson Vintage Store | Maria Black ‘Cha Cha’ Earrings | Russell & Bromley ‘Impulse’ Shoes

 

[Photo Credit: Jane Barlow/Pa Images/Instarimages.com, Chris Jackson/PA Images/INSTARimages.com]

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