How Kate Middleton Learned To Let Loose For Her Exotic Island Adventure

Stiletto pumps and anti-frizz cream won’t do when you’re in the Solomon islands, where the de-facto mode of transit seems to be a boat, and the humidity always wins.

1. The red carpet was rolled out for the Duchess’s arrival on Guadalcanal Island.

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Prince William can obviously just walk on the pavement next to it.

The two toured the islands over the weekend as part of their never-ending Diamond Jubilee appearances in the Queen’s honor.

2. Kate de-planed wearing a cinched pillowcase and hat that, frankly, could have been a lot more festive.

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But with those perfectly bouyant, frizz-less curls she looks like a brunette Goldilocks. In other words: WINNING.

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The lei was her best accent — the non-crown accessory she never knew she needed.

4. She looked much more island-ready than Prince William.

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But who cares about him? Moving on!

5. Kate’s somewhat matronly look fit right in at St. Barnabus Cathedral.

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This is what you call Sunday Best.

6. By nightfall, Kate’s island style seemed almost second nature.

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Her wedges, dress, and blinglessness were perfect. William on the other hand…

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Knows he should have gotten a spray tan before getting photographed in this shade of blue!

(This is the traditional dress of the region, by the way.)

8. The next day Kate, seized by a fit of confusion surely, seemed to think she was on a London sidewalk.

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Stilettos:gravel::people caring:Prince William. Some things just don’t go, you know!

9. Kate walked around with a bouquet.

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Presumably laughing at the thought of how this is probably how a plebeian feels on her wedding day.

10. Kate did one of the things she does best.

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Bend over and accept gifts from adorable local children.

11. Eventually her hair just gave way.

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Unleashed from the confines of her regular blowout, curling iron, and mousse. Humidity is like going through security at the airport — one of the world’s greatest equalizers.

12. Kate attempted to ward off the elements with an umbrella on this boat trip.

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The elements laughed in her face.

13. So that plan was quickly abandoned!

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The shark in the background is not a princess eater, don’t worry!

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The locals just dressed as “sharks” and followed the boat.

15. Finally Kate really let loose.

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And went SHOE-LESS IN THE GRASS, which has to be a royal’s version of going noticeably bra-less.

16. William also looked appropriately not-quite-disheveled, but less “perfect” than usual.

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I kid about how we don’t care about him and his “clothes” (which we don’t) but I do admire men who aren’t afraid of jewel tones.

17. The Duke and Duchess looked radiant during this procession.

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Except for maybe William, who for once wishes they could take a vacation without being photographed constantly.

18. Back on this boat, they returned to their comfort zone.

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A leather throne.

FIN.

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