First of all, I want to congratulate anyone still following along with this royal tour because I think I’ve lost the will to blink. I can actually feel my brain glazing over while the stupid spreads through my body like paralyzing neurotoxin. This tour feels like watching hour after hour of someone else’s vacation footage because, well, that’s exactly what it is.
Many of us have been wondering what the point of this tour is supposed to be.
These royal tours are claimed to boost tourism but its effects supposedly can’t be measured for a few years, a point at which conveniently there are so many other variables, it’s really impossible to extract any kind of concrete data. I can’t even commit to the $70 Glamorous maxi dress Kate wore yesterday, I can’t imagine someone spending considerably more on a holiday because Kate Middleton and Prince William went there. The world already knows about India, far more than the Cambridges seem to.
The tour moment most covered in the international press has been Kate’s flashing moment at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I’ve heard that royal photographer, Chris Jackson, who is romantically linked to Kate’s personal assistant, Natasha Archer, captured the most revealing moment, but has decided not to release the photos. Yeah, that would be super awkward for his girlfriend, plus letting Getty Images have them would probably effect his special access and seat at Wimbledon. Coming in second is the controversy over the state of Kate’s bare feet revealed at the Gandhi museum.
Other than Kate’s curious boho wardrobe, flashing moment, and previously seen high heel-effected feet, there hasn’t been much to discuss because Kate has opted not to give any speeches or provide anything more than small talk stock comments.
Day four of the tour was conservation-themed. William and Kate began the day with a safari in Kaziranga National Park.
Kate wore a top by RM Williams and Zara biker stretch pants which would have violated my high school’s dress code but Kate thought would be cool to wear as a representative of the UK and the British Monarchy on a royal tour.
Like we all do on vacation, Kate took some photos during the safari.
Afterwards, William and Kate spoke to rangers about conservation issues at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.
Not all were impressed with William as champion of conservation.
Piers Morgan wrote a scathing piece in the Daily Mail.
When royal correspondents and photographers were checking into their hotel, they experienced tremors from the Myanmar earthquake.
Everyone was fine, though, including the royal couple and their entourage. Kate changed into a dress by Topshop.
Prince William and Kate visited the Kaziranga Discovery Centre built by Mark Shand’s charity, Elephant Family. Mark Shand was the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, so the event was said to have special significance for them. Neither William or Kate attended Mark Shand’s funeral in 2014, despite both supposedly being in town, although it’s possible they were off on a secret ski vacation before Prince William jetted off to the Memphis wedding festivities of Guy Pelly and Lizzy Wilson.
Both William and Kate played royal nanny to orphaned baby elephants and rhinos.
They also spoke to local villagers and Prince William filled in a design element on an elephant sculpture.
Prince William and Kate then hopped their flight to Bhutan, their luggage causing a bit of an airport traffic jam.