Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had three changes of clothes to go through as she went through Day 2 of her Asian-South Pacific tour with Prince William. Her outfits reflected an international tone with the British Alexander McQueen in the morning, left, Singapore-based Raoul for the afternoon, centre, and an Erdem from Montreal-born Erdem Moralioğlu, in the evening.
Those walkabouts the royals like to do sometimes produce some interesting chit-chat with the public.
In Singapore on Wednesday, for instance, we learned two things about Prince William: 1) If he could have a superpower, it would be invisibility; and -- here's the real eyeopener -- 2) he's thinking about having two children.
The revelation came from 17-year-old Corine Ackermann, who was among the crowd that came to see William and Kate at the Gardens by The Bay, a 101-hectare park in central Singapore. “Someone asked (the Duke) how many children he would like to have, and he said he was thinking about having two,” she said.
The comment, innocent as it may be, is the kind of stuff that once again will get the baby talk back up to full steam. It didn't help that Kate has been choosing water for wine when there are toasts to be made during dinners on the tour.
While Day 1 of their Asian-South Pacific tour began with a tour through rich orchid gardens, Day 2 had them gazing at mountain plants and 'supertrees' -- 25-50-metre tall structures with vertical gardens topped by giant canopies -- in the Gardens by The Bay.
A large crowd of several thousand gathered for the Duke and Duchess around the Supertree Grove on Wednesday morning, including schoolchildren waving union jacks.
After paying homage to her hosts on Tuesday by wearing a dress designed by Singapore-born Prabul Gurung, Kate went back to her favourite British fashion house, Alexander McQueen, with a white broderie anglaise suit (right).
Later, Kate changed into a silk skirt and top dress by Asian designer Raoul ($760) for her afternoon schedule, which included a series of cultural performances representing Singapore's Chinese, Malay and Indian communities at Queenstown, and a visit to the Rainbow Centre for children with special needs. The royal couple's schedule for the day also included a visit to a Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory in Seletar.
Kate's third change of clothes -- for a British Gala reception at Eden Hall -- completed an international day of fashion as she chose an Erdem dress. Erdem Moralioğlu is a Montreal-born designer who now works in London. Kate has worn his fashions often, including during last year's tour of Canada.
In the morning, the couple toured the 'cloud forest' conservatory, then gave the crowds what they were waiting and chanting for with a walkabout.
The Straits Times newspaper in Singapore reported that one girl in the crowd asked Prince William what superpower he would most want, to which he replied "invisibility." Asked the same question, Kate said: "I'd pick invisibility too so that William can't sneak up on me."
Another one asked how the Duchess keeps her hair in place with all the heat (36C) and humidity. Kate allowed that her hair "would pouffe up soon enough" and in fact it did seem to be a bit more frizzy as the day wore on.
Fortunately for Kate, she has a hair stylist along for the tour, Amanda Cook Tucker, courtesy of her father-in-law, Charles.
Will and Kate say farewell to Singapore on Thursday, heading for their next stop at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
NAKED PHOTOS INCIDENT DIDN'T CROSS 'GOLDEN LINE'
Scotland Yard's royal protection officers have taken a lot of heat for its handling of Prince Harry during his wild Vegas weekend that ended up with his butt splashed around the globe.
"Our role is to maintain the security of our protected individual," Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, told MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
“They (royals) have to lead a normal life and we have to strike a balance between intrusion into their life and keeping them safe.
"There is a golden line that cannot be crossed, which is getting involved in the social lives of the principals."
Howe added that Scotland Yard is reviewing the trip, though one suspects that whatever changes are made to security, they will not be made public.
One mystifying comment from Hogan-Howe when asked about the naked photos taken by someone with a mobile phone in the prince's suite: "There was nothing inappropriate and what appeared in photographs to be wrong was not as appeared."
Whatever that means ....
As for Harry, Scotland Yard won't have to worry about him for a while. He is under the Army's care for the next four months as he pilots an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan.