By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Duchess Kate is leaning on Alexander McQueen for her royal tour of Southeast Asia, choosing a voluminous gown by wedding-dress designer Sarah Burton for a dinner tonight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It's the end of day three of the tour and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a dinner with Malaysia's head of state, His Majesty the Agong, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah at his official residence, the Instana Negara palace.
For the first time on the tour, she donned a floor-length dress, a creamy white gown with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and an overleaf of sheer material studded with embroidered gold hibiscuses, the Malaysian flower, according to the HRHDuchessKate blog. She wore gold jewelry and carried a gold clutch. Her hair was half up and half down, and she wore gold high-heeled sandals.
Malaysia, a constitutional monarchy, has a conservative Muslim culture, so the dress was designed to cover her upper arms and her legs, and there was no alcohol at the dinner for 400 guests.
The Daily Mail's royal correspondent, Rebecca English, tweeted that the dress was exquisite and she looked like a "fairy-tale princess" even though she wasn't wearing a tiara.
Prince William, English joked, was in a blue suit, maybe the same one he's worn already during the tour. She also tweeted that William was "very chatty" this evening, telling guests that the couple were suffering jet lag and that they hoped to swim with whale sharks on the trip.
The couple received gifts: For William, a gold-encrusted Malay warrior's sword known as a kris, and for Kate a pair of black-lace peep-toe shoes, a diamante clutch bag and a batik dress.
The duchess has worn McQueen dresses earlier in the tour, as well as frocks by Brit designer Jenny Packham and other designers associated with Singapore or Malaysia, the first two countries they visit on their tour. They are representing Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the throne.
On Friday, they're due at a traditional English tea party and on Saturday they're off to Borneo to visit the tropical rain forest.