On the evening of their arrival, the Cambridges were guests of honor at an evening reception hosted by the Governor General. Unfortunately, a wardrobe mix-up overshadowed every other headline.
Before the trip, Clarence House sent the Solomon Islands Prince William's measurements so they could make him a custom shirt to wear for the evening. While they also provided Kate with a matching dress, staff made it clear the Duchess would be wearing a dress she would bring from London. However, U.S. consular agent Keithie Sunders, a member of the welcome committee, left a blue shirt and fuchsia print dress as further gifts in the royal hotel room. When the Cambridges arrived at their room, they mistook the gifts from Mrs. Sunders as the official pieces from the Solomon Islands government. Kate tried on the dress, loved it, and in a snap change of plans, wore it instead of the dress she had brought with her...or the actual gift from her hosts.
The Governor-General actually banned Keithie Sunders from Government House after the incident and requested the United States replace her.
Tour: South East Asia 2012
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands
Event: Diamond Jubilee, Evening Event, Public
Venue: Government House Solomon Islands