27 Sep 2012

Outrage in Solomons over royal dress mix-up

1:31 pm on 27 September 2012

A mix-up over the clothing worn by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their recent visit to Solomon Islands has sparked public outrage.

Although an outfit designed locally had been officially authorised for the couple, the clothing that Prince William and his wife Catherine ended up stepping out in was by a Rarotongan designer.

It has emerged that the mistake occurred because the head of the United States mission in the Solomons capital Honiara placed the Cook Islands attire in the royal couple's hotel room and they then mistook it for the official garments.

Our Solomon Islands correspondent Dorothy Wickham says the incident has raised concerns over security.

"I think there's more of a sense of outrage by ordinary Solomon Islanders here that this expatriate lady has stepped over the line and taken away the privilege that should have been for a Solomon Islands designer. There's a lot of Solomon Islanders who are saying it's like a slap in their face. It's like, hang on, why was she wearing a Cook Islands-designed dress, why wasn't she wearing a Solomon Islands dress. She was here in the Solomons."

Our Solomon Islands correspondent Dorothy Wickham.