From what we’ve seen of Kate Middleton’s tour of the Caribbean so far, you’d never guess that she and Prince William were forced to postpone it when anti-colonialist protests broke out ahead of their first stop in Belize. On Monday, the 40-year-old Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a relatively rare glam moment when stepping out to celebrate her the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee wearing a floor-length sequined gown by the Vampire’s Wife. She rounded out the look with Jimmy Choo stilettos and gemstone earrings by the London-based jeweler O’nitta, and notably nodded to the fact that she and William had just paid a visit to the Mayan ruins in Belize’s Chibiquel Forest by toting an embroidered black-and-white Mayan clutch.
One could easily imagine Princess Diana wearing a similar shimmery gown, though the one that Middleton went with is decidedly present-day. Designer and former model Susie Cave, who is married to the musician Nick Cave, launched the Vampire’s Wife in 2014, and the label has since become a red carpet staple thanks to fans like Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, and Courtney Love. Middleton, who tends to play it safe, is somewhat surprisingly among their number; she previously wore a similar shimmery gown designed by Cave while touring Ireland in 2020. (As the Duchess loves a theme, it was appropriately shamrock green.)
It’s no doubt only a matter of time before we see Middleton do what she does best while carrying out her royal duties: delight us with photographs of her appearing to genuinely have a ball while participating in activities like teaching youngins how to chop wood and giving her all in a game of rugby. She and William are next headed to the Bahamas for a sailing regatta, and will close out their Caribbean tour with a celebration of Bob Marley in Jamaica (where locals have also planned protests). A few more glam moments may be in store, but rest assured that Middleton hasn’t given up on dressing practically entirely; just hours before donning her raspberry evening gown on Monday, she stepped out for a bit of sightseeing in a notably casual ensemble of a white t-shirt, olive-green jeans, and her favorite Superga sneakers.