9 Oct 2012

Solomons bans US consular agent from Government House functions

2:39 pm on 9 October 2012

The woman at the centre of the royal dress controversy in Solomon Islands has been barred from future official programmes hosted by Government House.

Government House had accused the US consular agent, Keithie Saunders, of replacing Solomon Islands costumes with Cook Islands designed ones for Prince William and his wife, Catherine.

The Solomon Times reports Government House explained the action was taken within its authority.

The measure sees Mrs Saunders not being permitted to enter Government House, nor participate in any official or private events hosted at Government House until further notice.

Her name will also be removed from the Governor General's list of invitees or guests for the Queen's Birthday celebrations at Government House.

The newspaper reports Mrs Saunders says she is sad the gift she left had been misunderstood.