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St James's Palace explains Duchess' dress mix-up

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She's never put a foot wrong fashion wise until now, but even the Duchess of Cambridge is not immune to the odd sartorial mishap.

While visiting the Solomon Islands as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour to South East AsiaWilliam and Kate were seen sporting what they believed to be the nation's traditional dress, as they attended an island feast held in their honour.


Unknown to the couple, however, the clothes were in fact gifts from the Cook Islands - some 3,000 miles away -  which had been mixed up with their official outfits.In response to the mistake, which reportedly caused "incredible frustration" to the host country, St James's Palace apologised by saying "the situation arose through no fault of the Solomon Islands Government or the Royal Household and no offence was caused."

They explained that officials had been "reassured the clothes were correct, so the Duke and Duchess wore them. It was understood that the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated."

It has since been confirmed that original garments intended for William and Kate are now in their possession and will be kept "as a memento of the Duke and Duchess' wonderful time on Solomon Islands".

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