Kate Goes Dancing in Traditional Polynesian Grass Skirt

Prince William and Kate

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updated 09/18/2012 AT 9:10 AM ET

originally published 09/18/2012 AT 9:20 AM ET

The Duchess of Cambridge has been trying on local fashions during her time in Asia. And she looked smashing Tuesday in the most traditional clothing imaginable – a colorful Polynesian-style grass skirt – on a visit to the island of Tuvalu.

She and her husband, Prince William, said “talofa” (“hello”) to the tiny and remote South Pacific nation, where they were given a royal welcome – transported in a leaf-topped shoulder-high carriage by more than 25 men in pandanus leaf skirts.

In the evening, they joined local chiefs for an exuberant celebration of food and dancing, with Kate getting to her feet time after time – William a little less often – to join the performers in swaying her hips and arms in time to the music.


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