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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were coordinated in green as they arrived in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday afternoon Credit: REX

As the Duchess of Cambridge stepped off her Aer Lingus commercial flight in head-to-toe green on Tuesday afternoon, she couldn’t have looked more appropriate for the start of her three-day tour of Ireland with the Duke.

In a long-line racing green coat by Catherine Walker & Co. (a regular, go-to brand that was also much loved by Princess Diana) Kate looked elegant and stylish while paying an immediate visual homage to her hosts.

The coat was teamed with a crystal-embellished silk crepe de chine dress by Alessandra Rich, an 'It' designer of the moment loved by Sienna Miller and Lily James. She’s worn Rich's creations before, though this particular design is a new acquisition.

The Duchess's green suede shoes are a re-wear, , while her bag is the , currently on sale at £112.50 - though it’s unlikely to be in stock for long.

Kate wore a Catherine Walker coat, a new Alessandra Rich dress, Emmy London heels and an LK Bennett clutch Credit: PA

The look was completed with diamond Asprey daisy-shaped earrings and a £58 Lele Sadoughi padded velvet headband, an accessory Kate is particularly fond of, as we’ve seen her wear headbands on several occasions. It also served a practical purpose, keeping her hair in place as she disembarked the plane.

三级成人视频It’s an ensemble that is elegant and coordinated with just enough of a nod to current fashion trends. But it is also representative of how the Duchess’s tour dressing strategy has evolved as she’s become more experienced as a working royal, and the confidence she has developed since conducting an increasing number of solo engagements.

In the past, her style might have been described as a little safe - even predictable, at times - but over the past couple of years she has embraced more trend-led looks, experimenting with new brands, unexpected colour combinations and on-point accessories, under the influence of her university friend, style consultant and Sunday Telegraph columnist三级成人视频, Virginia Chadwyck-Healey.

The Alessandra Rich crystal-embellished silk-crepe de chine dress is a new acquisition for Kate Credit: REX

Now, following the return of her longtime PA and wardrobe adviser Natasha Archer from maternity leave, Kate has the dual benefit of all the learnings from Chadwyck-Healey, as well as the steady guidance of Archer. 

It’s a strong combination, the results of which we saw in Kate’s dazzling Pakistan tourdrobe, and we’re sure to see this sartorial diplomacy continue as the couple visits more Irish locations this week. 

三级成人视频So what are the ingredients for a perfect royal tour look now? Here, we break down the Duchess’s new tourdrobe commandments...

The colours

Kate wore an emerald green dress by ARossGirl x Soler when she visited the Aga Khan Centre in London ahead of her tour of Pakistan Credit: WireImage

Colour is a clear and visually impactful way for Kate to pay homage to a host country, typically used for an arrival outfit as we see here in Dublin. She successfully used the same idea with her green ARossGirl x Soler dress to visit the Aga Khan Centre in London, ahead of her visit to Pakistan back in October.

The brands

In Pakistan, Kate wore several salwar kameez by Pakistani couturier Maheen Khan Credit:  Chris Jackson

Kate largely wears British brands, but a royal tour offers the opportunity to wear a label that is based in, or has links to, her host country. In Pakistan, she wore several salwar kameez by Pakistani couturier Maheen Khan. In Paris in 2017, she wore Chanel. And she chose a dress by Indian-born, New York-based designer Naeem Khan for her visit to the Taj Mahal in 2016. Might the Duchess embrace a new Irish designer, or a label with links to the country, in the next few days?

The details

The Duchess borrowed the Queen's maple leaf brooch for her tour of Canada in 2016 Credit:  WireImage

Kate’s jewellery and accessories are often symbolic. For her royal tour of Canada back in 2016, she borrowed the Queen’s maple leaf brooch, and she wore a gold and emerald Cartier three-leaf shamrock that had belonged to the Queen Mother in Northern Ireland in 2016. It’s not always fine jewellery either; for her arrival in Pakistan, she wore a pair of £10 earrings from affordable Pakistani brand Zeen.

The messages

Kate wore a poppy-covered Beulah dress for her last night in Bhutan in 2016 Credit:  REX/Shutterstock

Kate regularly supports causes close to her heart through her fashion choices. One of her favourite brands is Beulah, which was co-founded by one of her friends, Natasha Rufus-Isaacs, and provides vulnerable women in Nepal with sustainable employment opportunities to help them break the cycle of poverty. She wore the label for her last night in Bhutan - a red evening gown decorated with the country’s national flower, the poppy.

三级成人视频It is via subliminal sartorial messaging like this that the Duchess maintains her professional edge. Her hosts, as well as the wider public of the nation she is visiting, will see that she has taken the time to learn a little something about their culture, or the companies and crafts which are native to their nation. It is a simple but charming approach that shows she cares and, crucially, she is interested in being there.