17-09-12

Kate is crowned an Island Princess as she wears decorative headpiece given by well-wishers during village visit in South Pacific

The Duchess of Cambridge became an Island Princess as she was crowned with a headdress of fresh flowers today.

Kate and her husband, Prince William, were visiting a cultural centre in South Pacific when the decorative headpiece made from exotic frangipani and bougainvillea was placed on her head unexpectedly.

The Duchess beamed at the tribute as she and William were cheered by thousands of barefoot well-wishers in the Solomon Islands.

 
Newly-crowned: The Duchess, wearing a £180 bright yellow dress from Jaeger, proudly sports the decorative headpiece given to her by well-wishers

Newly-crowned: The Duchess, wearing a £180 bright yellow dress from Jaeger, proudly sports the decorative headpiece given to her by well-wishers

 
 

 

 
 
Crowning glory: The Duchess of Cambridge happily paraded her new headwear, given to her by well-wishers in Honiara and made from exotic fresh flowers
Star attraction: The Duke and Duchess are treated to more energetic song and dance performances from villagers, having given Kate a brightly-coloured decorative headpiece (right)
 

Crowning glory: The Duchess of Cambridge happily paraded her new headwear, given to her by well-wishers in Honiara and made from exotic fresh flowers 

Processions of dancers from the provinces making up the Solomon Islands were all out in force to greet the Duke and Duchess today

Processions of dancers from the provinces making up the Solomon Islands were all out in force to greet the Duke and Duchess today

 

 
Special performance: Fearsome spear and shield-wielding warrior-like men showed off a number of dances for the Duke and Duchess in the Cultural Village

Special performance: Fearsome spear and shield-wielding warrior-like men showed off a number of dances for the Duke and Duchess in the Cultural Village

Dressed in a bright yellow sleeves dress, which cost £180 from Jaeger, and her trusty beige LK Bennett heels, Kate cut a colourful figure as she and William were greeted by fearsome island warriors singing war chants.

The men were dressed in loin cloths, body paint and carried spears, while the women were bare-breasted and wore skirts made from tree bark with bracelets and necklaces from leaves.

 
 

The Festival Village in the capital Honiara had nine thatched huts each featuring singers, dancers and handicrafts from the provinces that make up the Solomon Islands, 900 miles east of Papua New Guinea.

The dances on display included the vevei, a clapping dance which denotes war or sacrifice, the vevua, a celebratory fan dance and the levu, which is a ceremonial dance performed when 'big men' or important guests come to the village.

 
 
Island princess: The Duchess of Cambridge waves from a car while wearing her flowery headdress as she leaves the cultural village in Honiara in the Solomon Islands

Island princess: The Duchess of Cambridge waves from a car while wearing her flowery headdress as she leaves the cultural village in Honiara in the Solomon Islands

 
Child's play: Kate is presented with a miniature canoe by two local children during a visit to the Commonwealth Youth Programme in Honiara

Child's play: Kate is presented with a miniature canoe by two local children during a visit to the Commonwealth Youth Programme in Honiara

 

At one hut, a group of traditionally dressed musicians from the Isabel Province played God Save The Queen on their pan pipes, surely one of the most beautiful renditions of the national anthem the couple have ever heard.

As is often in the tropics, a sudden downpour occurred as the couple walked around, with staff hurriedly holding umbrellas over the Duke and Duchess.

At the Temotu Hut the Pele Dance Group from the Reef Islands danced up to the Duchess, but then scuttled back crippled with shyness.

The Duke turned to his wife and said: 'Look, they have gone all shy.'

The couple then split with the Duke going on to make a speech to a Commonwealth Youth Conference, while Kate met a group of women and young girls all working to highlight inequality in Melenesian society, where there is a distinct lack of female health facilities and domestic violence can be common.

All smiles: Traditionally-dressed local villagers were in a friendly mood during the day as they happily chatted to the Duchess of Cambridge

All smiles: Traditionally-dressed local villagers were in a friendly mood during the day as they happily chatted to the Duchess of Cambridge

 
Come together: The royal couple are introduced to a group who provided them with a traditional chorus in the Cultural Village

Come together: The royal couple are introduced to a group who provided them with a traditional chorus in the Cultural Village

 
Crowd-pullers: The Duke and Duchess, together with security and local officials, take a stroll through the Cultural Village in Honiara watched by hundreds of locals

Crowd-pullers: The Duke and Duchess, together with security and local officials, take a stroll through the Cultural Village in Honiara watched by hundreds of locals

 

 

Earlier on the visit the royal couple were greeted and cheered by thousands of barefoot well-wishers in the Solomon Islands today

Earlier on the visit the royal couple were greeted and cheered by thousands of barefoot well-wishers in the Solomon Islands today

 
Warm welcome: The Duke and Duchess appeared relaxed and comfortable in the Cultural Village in Honiara, as they moved into the second half of their nine-day trip

Warm welcome: The Duke and Duchess appeared relaxed and comfortable in the Cultural Village in Honiara, as they moved into the second half of their nine-day trip

 
Souvenir: During the trip today the Duchess was presented with a cake in the Cultural Village which she described as looking 'delicious'

Souvenir: During the trip today the Duchess was presented with a cake in the Cultural Village which she described as looking 'delicious'

 

 
Local culture: The Duchess talks to a woman in traditional costume while stopping to get to know villagers who came out to greet her and The Duke

Local culture: The Duchess talks to a woman in traditional costume while stopping to get to know villagers who came out to greet her and The Duke

As she walked in to the open-sided hut, Kate was taken by a group of nine young girls, again one from each province, clad in their regional dress.

She asked Leonie Palmer, 17, from Makira what her necklace was made from and looked slightly surprised when the girl told her it was dolphin's teeth.

'We use them for bartering for food and other things,' she explained.

'We only wear these necklaces on the most important of occasions.'

At the end of the meeting Kate was handed a beautifully decorated cake to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which she was told would be sent on to their hotel for the night so that she and William could try a bit.

'It smells delicious,' she said.

'How long did you take to make it. Twelve hours? Wow. It is amazing.'

She was also handed gifts of books and beaded pots as well as beautiful hand carved canoe by brother and sister Hubert and Vasiti Devisi, aged ten and seven.

 
 

 

 
Taking it all in: Fearsome bare-chested men performed a ceremonial dance for Kate, along with a 'levu' dance normally reserved for 'big men' or very important guests

Taking it all in: Fearsome bare-chested men performed a ceremonial dance for Kate, along with a 'levu' dance normally reserved for 'big men' or very important guests

 
Pleased to meet you: Kate took time to chat with a wood carver during her daytime walkabout in the Cultural Village, after which The Duke gave a speech to 40 young people

Pleased to meet you: Kate took time to chat with a wood carver during her walkabout in the Cultural Village, after which The Duke gave a speech to 40 young people

 
Intricate: The Duke and Duchess looked suitably impressed by the work of carvers in the Cultural Village, who were fashioning detailed models by hand

Intricate: The Duke and Duchess looked suitably impressed by the work of carvers in the Cultural Village, who were fashioning detailed models by hand

 

Royal approval: William looks on as his wife talks to locals in the Cultural Village, where the Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome

Royal approval: William looks on as his wife talks to locals in the Cultural Village, where the Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome

The Duke gave a speech to 40 young people involved in a Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference as part of a project to engage and empower young people ages 15-29.

He said: 'I find it inspirational that young people like you, coming from all over the South Pacific, have chosen to become involved with the Commonwealth. We are its heirs and successors.

'We must take on the responsibility, the mantle of leadership for the future. I applaud you for being here, and I wish you well in your work in Honiara over these days.

'What you are doing, and the friendships that you make, are critical for your future as young leaders, both in your own countries and in the global family that is the Commonwealth.'

The Duke also presented six young people with Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards: Bryan Anga, Hudson Oeta, Harry James Olikwailafa, Ray Richard, Ashley Watson from Solomon Islands and Rebecca Solomon from Vanuatu.

Having a ball: The Duke of Cambridge even found time to briefly demonstrate his football skills with local boys in Honiara as part of the day's itinerary

Having a ball: The Duke of Cambridge even found time to briefly demonstrate his football skills with local boys in Honiara as part of the day's itinerary

 
 
Staying dry: The Duchess holds an umbrella while waving to well-wishers, as the royal party refused to let a spot of inclement weather ruin the friendly atmosphere

Staying dry: The Duchess holds an umbrella while waving to well-wishers, as the royal party refused to let a spot of inclement weather ruin the friendly atmosphere

 
Meeting the locals: Kate watched women and children take part in a traditional dance, where singers and dancers emerged from nine thatched huts in the Festival Village

Meeting the locals: Kate watched women and children take part in a traditional dance, where singers and dancers emerged from nine thatched huts in the Festival Village

Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Regional Director, Pacific, Afu Billy said: 'It is an honour to host the Duke and Duchess with us at the start of the Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference.

'The Royal couple are an inspiration to young people in the Commonwealth. We are delighted about the Duke of Cambridge’s comments that he has been inspired by the young leaders he met in Honiara.'

The Duke of Cambridge also paid tribute to the value of the Commonwealth as he commented: 'We are, more than ever before, a global community.

'The Commonwealth reminds us of what we have in common, what our responsibilities to one another are, without this ability to cross the boundaries of nationhood, race and creed, humanity in the future would find it very much harder to advance toward greater harmony and sustainable co-existence.'

Yesterday the Duke and Duchess had been pictured boarding an unconventional truck in the shape of a canoe as they made their way from an airport in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.

The couple will this afternoon fly out to the paradise island of Tuvanipupu, famed for uits crystal waters and luxury hand-thatched bungalows, where they will spent a night in private before continuing with the last few days of the Diamond Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen.

 
Sailing into the sun: Yesterday William and Kate had boarded a truck decorated as a canoe while leaving an airport in the Solomon Islands

Sailing into the sun: Yesterday William and Kate had boarded a truck decorated as a canoe while leaving an airport in the Solomon Islands

 

 
All aboard: The Duke and Duchess's method of transport from the Honiara airport may not have been conventional, but still raised a smile from onlookers

All aboard: The Duke and Duchess's method of transport from the Honiara airport may not have been conventional, but still raised a smile from onlookers

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