The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accidentally wore traditional clothes from the Cook Islands to an official Solomon Islands dinner their recent royal tour through the Pacific.
Before the couple’s arrival, Clarence House and the islands committee agreed Prince William would be given a traditional shirt made by Solomon Island tailors for the evening, while Catherine would wear her own dress that she brought with her.
But according to Marie Claire UK, a member of the couple’s official Solomon Islands welcoming committee went into the royals’ room to add a few more gifts – including a blue shirt and the pink dress from the Cook Islands. The royal couple thought they were to don those pieces for dinner, Huffington Post reported.
The Independent printed a harsh press release reportedly issued by the Solomon Islands’ Government House slamming Kethie Sunders, the official who reportedly made the mistake.
“We are incredibly frustrated that this situation has come about and see Kethie as entirely to blame. It was completely inappropriate for her to go to Their Royal Highnesses’ room, which she filled with various things, causing confusion.”
However, the Daily Mail claims Clarence House released a more relaxed response: “We saw they weren’t the same design of the traditional clothes we were told would be gifted. So we checked with the Solomon Islands government to ensure the right ones were worn. We were reassured the clothes were correct, and so the Duke and Duchess wore them to the event. It was not learned until later in the evening that the clothes weren’t from the islands. But it was understood that the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated. No offence was caused.”