Friday, 14 September 2012
Kate makes first visit to mosque - and wears veil and attire like her mother-in-law wore 20 years earlier
The Duchess of Cambridge evoked memories of Princess Diana this morning as she and Prince William made their first ever visit to a mosque.
Kate echoed her late mother-in-law in a pale grey dress by Beulah London with a draped head scarf. The ethical label is run by the couple's close friend Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs.
As she stepped out of her official car the 30-year-old royal was ushered to a chair to kick off her £185 nude LK Bennett heels, displaying her stockinged feet in line with religious protocol.
The couple were visiting the Assyakirin Mosque in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, which is the biggest in Malaysia and can host 12,000 for Friday prayers.
It's the royal couple's first visit to a mosque anywhere in the world.
Kate's appearance at the mosque evoked memories of Princess Diana, who displayed similar cultural sensitivity on royal visits to mosques in Egypt and Pakistan.
The late Princess of Wales appeared in an almost identical outfit on a visit to an Egyptian mosque during a tour of Egypt in 1992.
A royal aide said: 'It is the first time that either the Duke and Duchess have visited a mosque. They were keen to do so as it is is an important part of UK culture as well as being the predominant religion here.'