Royal Tour Style Recap: Check Out Kate's In-Flight Change from Rebecca Taylor to Roksanda Ilincic

04/16/2014 at 10:06 AM ET

Kate Middleton Royal Tour StyleCameron Burnell/Getty; Chris Jackson/Getty

No sweats and sneakers for this international traveler! The Duchess of Cambridge spent part of the three-hour flight from Wellington to Sydney changing from a chic blue suit into a sunny yellow dress to kick off the Australian leg of the Royal Tour.

The Duchess started her day in a “Sparkle Tweed” jacket and matching skirt by New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor (which she paired with black Alexander McQueen pumps) for a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College. Fashion followers will remember that Kate first wore the ensemble to a reception for the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race in April 2012.

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For her final appearance in New Zealand, hairstylist Amanda Cook Tucker — who is a member of the Royal Tour entourage — swept Kate’s locks back into a half-up do. The Duchess, who normally prefers to wear her hair down, has worn the pulled-back style often over the past week, perhaps because of the rainy weather.

The skies were clear when the Royal trio deplaned in Sydney later in the day. Carrying Prince George, Kate arrived wearing a yellow-and-white color-block Roksanda Ilincic dress. Though the designer has no ties to Australia, yellow is one of the country’s national colors.

The contemporary dress signaled a bit of a departure from the Duchess’s usually classic sartorial aesthetic, but Kate paired it with her [LINK "http://www.peoplestylewatch.com/people/stylewatch/gallery/0,,20624188_21171173,00.html" "trusty nude LK Bennett heels"] and a clutch by the brand. And despite the wardrobe change, Kate stuck with her half up-do, which has us wondering: Is the Duchess transitioning to new go-to hairstyle? What do you think of her first Australia look? Share your thoughts below!

–Bronwyn Barnes

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KimKayden on

she’s probably wearing it back now because george is in the pulling at things phase. i remember having to wear my hair back so my son wont pull it

Andi on

She probably pulled her hair back because of the weather — you can see it’s rainy which is hard on loose curls.

Lolo on

She is really a lovely young woman but I do wish she would change her hair a bit even if it’s just to cut a few inches off so that it would be a bit more “fluffy” instead of flat. It’s always the same except when she wears it up. I bet she would be evn more attractive.

Connie on

She is beautiful and classy…. love both outfits, if only i could afford them…

JP on

She is beautiful inside and out.

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