William and Kate Take India: Day Three

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It’s just past 5am in in New Delhi, and here I am on Eastern Time writing up the happenings from day 3 of the royal tour.

I think my favorite dress from the tour so far is Catherine’s Temperley London “Desdemona” lace dress, worn for a lunch meeting today with the Prime Minister in New Delhi.

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Catherine’s color is part of Temperley’s Autumn collection (on pre-order), but the white version is currently available.

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Catherine debuted a new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings, described by the jeweler as “special edition Green Tourmaline, Green Amethyst and Diamond.”

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Earlier in the day, Catherine and William deplaned at Tezpur Airport in Assam, India with their entourage in tow, including Catherine’s PA and personal stylist, Natasha Archer, as well as Sophie Agnew, who is Rebecca Deacon’s assistant.

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According to Richard Palmer of the Daily Express, Catherine’s remaining outfits were “laid across several rows of seats” inside the private plane.

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After lunch, William and Catherine visited a charity run by the Salaam Baalak Trust, which supports and offers opportunities to children who live near the city’s railway station.

It was a significant visit, since the children who benefit from the charity would otherwise have to become professional beggars.

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Sanjoy Roy, the charity’s director, explained to William and Catherine that “the boys come here for four hours of lessons and some food every day.”

When they leave the facility, they’re back at the railway station, which is very dangerous.

To protect themselves, Roy said, they “try to stick together.

“The primary reasons they run away from home are misunderstanding with step-parents, physical and mental abuse, incredible poverty or a life event such as forced marriage,” Roy went on.

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About 7,000 kids per year are looked after at the facility, and each day sees about 40-50 new faces at the station.

“They often have to deal with trauma, learning difficulties, ADHD and we have special programmes to help them with that,” Roy said.

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When William asked what he and Catherine could do to help, Roy encouraged them to “spread the word. People think of them as street kids, beggars, thieves but they are just children. They deserve an education, future and a life. They have a right to a childhood.”

For the visit, Catherine wore “border print” lace-up maxi dress by UK designer Glamorous (about $72), according to What Kate Wore.

HRH paired the dress with Russell & Bromley’s “Xpresso” flats (first ID’d by What Would Kate Do).

Tonight, the Cambridges watched the Bihu festival by the Diphlu River Lodge in the Kaziranga National Park, where they will spend two nights.

“This event means we are happy that the harvest is over,”Ranjinee Bhukan, of the British deputy high commission, explained of the Bihu festival.

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“We welcome the new year and we pray to the Lord that the year goes well.”

During their stay, William and Catherine will learn about wildlife preservation, and take part in a safari.

Tonight, they were greeted by the chief minister of Assam state, Tarun Gogoi, and his wife, Dolly, and presented them with traditional hand-woven scarves called “gamochas,” given only to VIP guests in Assamese culture.

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Among the dancers was a little boy who was running here, there and everywhere, even going so far as to stomp on Catherine’s wedge.  RUDE.

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Apparently she and  William got a kick out of the youth.

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“They were so happy to see him, Bhukan recalled. “They were really watching him.  I’m sure they were remembering their little ones.”

The little boy found himself in the presence of the future sovereign, who said “you were very energetic.”

William and Catherine looked to be enjoying themselves at the festival.

“They are a lovely couple,” Bhutan later said of the Cambridges.

“I thought I would be overwhelmed and I might get tongue-tied, but when I saw them they were so friendly and so normal.”

Catherine wore Anna Sui’s Printed crinkled silk-chiffon and twill maxi dress ($820), a perfect selection for the occasion, designed with floral and animal motifs.  She paired it with her Dune London “Karly” espadrilles.

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This is the first time we’ve seen Catherine wear Anna Sui, who herself tweeted about the look today”

“What an honor to see Kate Middleton wearing my Fall ’15 printed dress in India today! xxx Anna.”

 Ok, back at it tomorrow!

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