Thursday 29 September 2016

Kate Middleton's 'Marilyn moment' - Duchess suffers wardrobe malfunction

Duchess suffers wardrobe malfunction during solemn wreath-laying ceremony

Toby Jones

Published 12/04/2016 | 08:09

NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath to honour the soldiers from Indian regiments who served in World War I at India Gate on April 11, 2016 in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath to honour the soldiers from Indian regiments who served in World War I at India Gate on April 11, 2016 in New Dehli, India. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

It's every girl's worst nightmare, but the Duchess of Cambridge was forced to grapple with yet another 'Marilyn moment'.

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Kate managed to maintain her modesty as the wind whipped up her dress during a solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

The royal couple were honouring India's war dead at its National Memorial - so there couldn't have been a worse time for the wardrobe malfunction.

As they bent down to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Delhi, Kate found herself battling to stop her £1,700 (€2,100) dress from flapping up, in images reminiscent of the iconic Marilyn Monroe 'white dress' pose from The Seven-Year Itch.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit India Gate Memorial where they laid a wreath to honour the soldiers from Indian regiments who served in World War I, on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit India Gate Memorial where they laid a wreath to honour the soldiers from Indian regiments who served in World War I, on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)

Kate has experienced problems with her featherweight dresses misbehaving before, notably in Canada during the Cambridges' first official tour when it happened a number of times.

Weights are said to be sewn into the hems of the British queen's dresses to avoid any problems with sudden gusts.

Kate's flyaway hair and outfit then continued to cause her embarrassment as she tried to stand in a moment of reflection while the Last Post was played.

Meanwhile, Prince William showed off his culinary skills making a tasty Indian treat - all thanks to an innovative labour-saving device.

William not only cooked a dosa - a savoury snack similar to a crepe - using the automatic machine but was pleased with the results, describing his effort as delicious.

But he could not persuade Kate, who wore an outfit by Emilia Wickstead, to taste the food made by the DosaMatic machine.

The couple, who are at the start of their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, were also shown a Braille typing machine, and each wore a blindfold as they tried their hand at typing.

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