Sep 252016
 

Kate, William, George and Charlotte were a symphony of blue for today’s arrival in Canada.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

From The Daily Mail:

As they walked down the steps William could be heard to tell George to ‘watch the step’.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A quick video of the family as they leave the Royal Canadian Air Force jet that brought them from London to Victoria, British Columbia.

The royals were greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Governor General David Johnston and Sharon Johnston, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

Justin Trudeau Twitter

Justin Trudeau Twitter

Of course, both Charlotte and George were a big hit. 

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

From The Telegraph

Prince George, three, held the Duke’s hand as he carefully climbed down to the tarmac, looking a little wary and clutching his mother’s skirt before becoming absorbed with his new admirers and the military base around him. The Duchess kept a close eye on three-year-old George, at one point asking him whether he was “okay” as she crouched down to stroke his hair.

Christy Clark, BC Premier (@ChristyClarkBC)

Christy Clark, BC Premier (@ChristyClarkBC)

Here you see all the different shades of blue worn by the family today.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

The family then traveled to Government House, where they will be staying for the week. From The Telegraph:  

After seeing the children settled in, the Duke and Duchess then travelled to an official welcoming ceremony at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

From left to right: BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, Governor General David Johnston, Sharon Johnston, Kate, William, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, BC Premier Christy Clark.  

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

From the National Post

Hundreds of people lined blue gates criss-crossing the legislature lawn, many sporting small Canadian and British Columbia flags in their hands, hats or hair. Many had been waiting since noon, more than five hours before the royal couple’s scheduled arrival.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

Placing a wreath at the Cenotaph. 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

From Hello!:

William and Kate paid respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph and unveiled a new plaque paying tribute to the Canadian veterans who were involved in the Afghanistan conflict.

The Crown in Canada @TheCrownCA

The Crown in Canada @TheCrownCA

The message with the wreath. 

Hannah Furness, The Telegraph (@Hannah_Furness)

Hannah Furness, The Telegraph (@Hannah_Furness)

Prince William addressing the dignitaries.  

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

From Hello! Canada

William said that both he and Kate were “delighted” to be back in Canada, the country they first toured as newlyweds in 2011.

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The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCA)

 “We are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us… beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country,” he said. “Catherine and I have asked to meet as many people from as many walks of life as we can while we are here.”

Christy Clark,Member BC Legislative Assembly (@ChristyClarkBC)

City of Victoria

As is often the case, the pair seemed to enjoy themselves. 

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess was a hit with the crowds. 

Canadian Prime Minister

Canadian Prime Minister

Kate meeting Vicki, a 14-year-old having a wish fulfilled by the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases, similar to Make-a-Wish. Vicki’s wish: meeting the royal family. 

The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCA)

The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCA)

Here you see William with Governor General David Johnston just to his right.  

Canadian Prime Minister

Canadian Prime Minister

The Duke and Duchess leaving the ceremony, ready to head back to Government House.   

Courtesy Arnold Lim Photo @ArnoldLimPhoto

Courtesy Arnold Lim Photo @ArnoldLimPhoto

Some will recognize Kate’s private secretary Rebecca Deacon gathering additional flower bouquets.

Rhiannon Mills, Sky TV  (@SkyRhiannon)

Rhiannon Mills, Sky TV (@SkyRhiannon)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau spent time with William and Kate after the official ceremony. 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

A quick video of the meeting. 

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

While this is not What Sophie Wore, there have been questions about her dress and shoes today. I do not know the designer of either but will happily share updated info should we discover either/both sources for the items. UPDATE: Sophie Gregoire was also wearing Gianvito Rossi, the 100mm Plexi & Suede pumps, available at Luisa Via Roma in black/olive. Many thanks to Fashion Follower on Facebook for the tip. 

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Canadian Heritage /Luisa Via Roma

Today’s look was a hit for the Duchess. The Jenny Packham bespoke dress was in a blue that is very flattering on Kate. It is also one of the primary colors in British Columbia’s flag. The dress is a classic sheath that hits just below the knee; it has a self belt, slightly puffed sleeves that are fluted and bracelet-length, and a concealed zipper. The collar detail is a nice change, as is the vee at the back neckline.   

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©i-Images/polaris i-Images/Polaris

This shows some of the dress details: the princess seaming at the bodice, darts at the hip and a closer look at the collar. 

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©James Whatling, Splash News / i-Images

The Duchess wore the Queen’s platinum and diamond maple leaf brooch, also worn during the 2011 tour.  kate-canada-arrival-blue-packham-queens-maple-leaf-diamond-brooch-side-by-side-sept-24-2016 Kate opted for her tanzanite earrings. We show them below with the pair by G. Collins & Sons almost identical to hers; the difference being Kate’s aren’t suspended from the trio of diamonds.  kate-earrings-tanzanite-arrival-canada-sept-24-2016 Here you have a good look at Kate’s updo, as well as her Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company hat. You can Kate’s style today is embellished with maple leaves, a change from the floral motif on the red hat. That piece was first worn for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, and then reworn in June of this year for Order of the Garter.

©Polaris /i-Images

©Polaris /i-Images

A better look at the maple leaves.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

©Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

We saw the return of Kate’s Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the ‘praline’ colorway. The shoes remain available at Net-a-Porter ($675).

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©i-IMages/My Theresa

The Duchess carried her trusty Nina hard-sided clutch (£185, roughly $240 at today’s exchange rates) in the ‘trench’ color from LK Bennett.

©Polaris/LK Bennett

©Polaris/LK Bennett

Kate and William leaving after this evening’s ceremony.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a parenting thought or two for William and Kate.

We encountered some rather challenging technical issues tonight, my apologies for the post being so late. I hope to update it tomorrow with more photos. Many, many ‘thank yous’ to all who were so patient and helpful tonight.

For all of the details on what Charlotte and George were wearing visit our sister site, What Kate’s Kids Wore.

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LINKAGE:

  • The mirror’s photo gallery is here
  • Global News BC’s story/video is here:
  • Hello Canada’s story about the Duke and Duchess meeting the Trudeaus is here
Sep 242016
 

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Hello-Hello and happy Saturday to everyone. Things in Canada are getting busy, lots of the preps have been completed, and crowds are arriving downtown. As always, the most recent posts will be at the top with older posts further down the page.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES KEPT ME FROM UPDATING, I’LL BE BACK WITH OUR REGULAR POST IN THE NEXT HOUR!  

FYI: THERE ARE 2 LIVE FEEDS 

7:03 Dignitaries awaiting the royals. Via @EmyNash

Emily Nash Twitter

Emily Nash Twitter

6:57 The Royal Canadian Air Force plane is flying the royal standard. 

CTV News

CTV News

6:52: The plane is on the tarmac.

The Mirror

The Mirror

6:48pm The latest look from the airport via The Mirror.

The Mirror

The Mirror

6:40pm Prime Minister Trudeau’s plane has arrived, via CFAX1070.

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@CFAX1070

6:35pm A refresher on some of George’s looks on the 2014 tour.

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6:08pm The Daily Mail has a story about etiquette around the royals.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is warning people to not take any selfies during Prince William and Kate’s official visit this month and the Government of Canada has even shared a ‘Meeting the Royal Family’ etiquette guide.

In reference to the couple’s visit with their children George and Charlotte through B.C. and Yukon, The Department of Canadian Heritage, has stated ‘selfies won’t be possible’ because they just ‘take too much time’.

But speaking to local reporters, Jennifer Gehmair, of the Yukon government’s tourism department, said it was more about ‘not turning your back on the royals’.

6:08 Pop on over to the CBC and watch Amanda from What Would Kate Do” being interviewed about the tour.

6:05pm reminder about some of the sites covering the tour in-depth:

    • The Canadian government’s official Royal Tour page is here. The event timings have been updated. In addition to a form that you can use to send a personal greeting to William and Kate, there are sections with FAQs, “What to do if you have the chance to meet a member of The Royal Family,” and other topics.

5:45pm Brianna and Abbie brought flowers.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

5:55 Media practicing camera moves.

5:35pm EDT: Photographers are in place at the airport, thanks to Lynn Belle for the photo!

Lynne Bell Majesty magazine / Hello! Canada

Lynne Bell Majesty magazine / Hello! Canada

5:30pm EDT Kensington Palace shared this photo earlier today on Twitter with the message “We’re read!”

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

 

Sep 232016
 

We are back with more updates on the tour and a look at Kate’s love for Beulah London. We begin with the latest tour headlines:

  • Most importantly, we have timings for all events. You can see the info on our detailed schedule page from our dedicated Royal Tour section of the site.
  • We will live blog tomorrow’s arrival on this site. We’ll be up and running somewhere between 2-3pm PDT / 5-6pm EDT with all the goings-on at the airport and downtown. (With apologies to those who asked about also having a live blog on the WKKW site, your trusty scribe is not enough of a multi-tasker to be able to accomplish that without some sort of catastrophic event happening, gaaah!)
  • Today the Prime Minister’s office announced that he and his wife, Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will be part of Saturday’s welcome events at Legislative Assembly.
  • The PM’s office also announced that Mr. Trudeau and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau will join William and Kate on almost all of Sunday’s engagements (detailed schedule here), with the exception of the Sheway visit. Below you see the couple with members of Mr. Trudeau’s cabinet last November, they were on their way to Mr. Trudeau’s swearing in at Rideau Hall.
Justin P. Trudeau Facebook

Justin P. Trudeau Facebook

  • For our friends anywhere near the tour locations, the CBC has put together a list of all of the public engagements on the itinerary, the events where you can see William & Kate. Click here to read the story.
  • We now have information on live television programing tomorrow (Saturday) during the arrival and welcome ceremonies.

News coverage about the tour continues, with stories being published almost faster than they can be read. Here are tidbits from a few of the more interesting pieces.

From The Mirror: 5 Ways Kate’s 2011 Tour outfits cemented her as a style icon. Here is a snippet:

She showed us how versatile her style is, mixing up high end and high street, while still respecting royal etiquette – something that has become a constant with every tour the couple have been on.

Everyone owns that in-case-of-emergency-break-glass item in their wardrobe, the one thing you’ve for years you wear or use over and over again. While Kate appears to have retired her nude shoes as of late, her trusty LK Bennett Natalie clutch is her go-to accessory.

Maclean’s has a piece from Patricia Treble asking Does Kate deserve her reputation as a fashion recycler?  (Full disclosure: this one includes input from yours truly.)

“Is it time for Kate Middleton to stop recycling clothes?” screamed E! News earlier this year. “78 times Kate Middleton rewore her clothes,” stated a Cosmo headline.

The Telegraph has an interesting feature: When Diana dressed as the flag and Kate wore maple leaves: revisiting the best Canadian royal fashion moments.

It’s not often that you see the royals in fancy dress but Prince Charles and Princess Diana were excellent sports in 1983, donning full period costume for a historical reenactment barbeque in Edmonton. Diana’s dress took some careful planning. Months before the trip, she enlisted the services of costume designer John Bright, who went on win Oscars for his work on A Room with A View and Sense and Sensibility. He sent a selection of options to Kensington Palace and Diana handpicked this pale pink, ruched design. (Click here for article and photo showing Diana in the dress.)

In a barometer of how intense media interest is in Charlotte and George’s participation in the tour, here’s one from Vogue: 5 Things We Know About Princess Charlotte’s Upcoming Royal Tour of Canada. From that story:

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, have reportedly arranged a custom children’s menu for Charlotte and George, “including a recipe for Prince George’s favorite, spaghetti Bolognese,” according to the Mirror.

It looks like the much-anticipated get together of the Cambridge and Trudeau children will happen at the children’s party next Thursday, the 29th. From the International Business Times:

A nursery has been installed in Canada’s Government House, complete with toys and soft playroom for the young princess and her brother George. She and Prince George will have playmates in the Trudeau’s three children, Xavier, eight, Ella-Grace, seven, and two-year-old Hadrien and will join a children’s party in the city of Victoria.

Our friend Max Foster of CNN has penned a piece about Four Things the Royals will be showing off in Canada. Here is a bit from that piece:

It may not be by choice but there will inevitably be all sorts of coverage around what the Cambridges wear, and that applies to the children as much as to their mother.

Royal fashion bloggers are braced to source each and every outfit right down to the hair clip and where to buy it.

The Duchess will be analyzed for who she wears and whether it works in the setting

And finally, a few fun facts from a Daily Mail story:

  • During their five-and-a-half years together as man and wife, William and Kate have clocked up 71,196 miles on foreign trips and spent 44 days abroad
  • Their longest journey overall was to Australia and New Zealand in April 2014 when the pair were away for 18 days, covering 23,701 miles.

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This brings us to our second part of the post, a look at Kate’s history with one of her favorite brands, Beulah London. It’s somewhat of a timely topic, as many of the designs by the brand we’ve seen the Duchess wear debuted during royal tours. A little background on the brand from The Daily Mail:

In 2009, Natasha and her childhood friend Lavinia Brennan travelled to India for a stint teaching needlework and English to victims of sex trafficking.

Natasha, who has a history of art degree from Oxford Brookes University, spent two months at a workshop teaching vulnerable girls who had been rescued from brothels and slums.

It was there that Beulah London was conceived. Natasha and Lavinia’s idea was to create an ethical fashion label that would pay a living wage to rescued women and save them from the economic necessity of returning to the streets.

In case anyone missed Kate in these two Beulah designs from yesterday, we show her wearing the Juliet gown at a reception in Bhutan during the April tour; on the right we see the ‘Sarai’ dress, worn to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Dinner in October of 2011. It was the first time we saw Kate wearing Beulah.

©Polaris/Polaris

©Polaris/Polaris

Kate chose the Sabitri dress for a visit to a mosque in Malaysia, her frock showcasing that icy blue color she is partial to. The knee-length dress was made of a light, floaty silk chiffon with a keyhole opening at the neckline above a buttoned bodice, sheer sleeves and full skirt.

©Splash News/Beulah London/Carly Watson, ITV/Splash News

The Sabitri was very similar to another Beulah style Kate has worn, the Blossom dress, noted at a 2012 wedding. In fact, the Sabitri was described by Beulah as “the bespoke version of our Blossom dress.” Hopefully the photos below are large enough to show some of the common traits.   

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Beulah London/Official Freyja Twitter (@OfficialFreyja)

A personal favorite: the Chiara coat worn to a 2015 Service of Commemoration at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  The trapeze coat was done in a navy wool, showcasing “a nipped-in waist with soft folds at the hem.”

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©Beulah London/i-Images/Polaris/Polaris

When visiting New York last December Kate wore the brand’s Amara Lace dress from the spring 2015 collection.  The frock featured the fit and flare silhouette we see so frequently on Kate, with elaborate lace in a scroll pattern.

©Splash News/Beulah London

©Splash News/Beulah London

Kate hasn’t limited herself to just dresses from Beulah; she was seen wearing the ‘Delaney‘ sweater in January, 2015.  The garment is a wool/cashmere blend that featured a heart print, part of the a/w 2014 collection.

Beulah London

Beulah London

The Duchess is also fond of Beulah’s scarves.  Here you see her wearing the Shibani scarf in the Blue Hearts design, a piece that is still available today. This was almost precisely one year ago at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony when she paired her scarf with the Emile Sharply Tailored coat from Reiss. Beulah donates 10% of the proceeds from the scarf to the United Nations Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking.

©i-Images/Beulah London

©i-Images/Beulah London

When leaving London on the way to Anmer Hall after Charlotte’s birth Kate wore Beulah’s Brisa shawl, a rayon/cashmere piece in a whimsical blue lips motif.

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Beulah London/Mirrorpix-Splash News

Another design the Duchess has worn, the Eden scarf in a lightweight modal/cashmere blend, seen when she attended a Sydney rugby match during the 2014 tour.

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Looking at Beulah’s current styles there are several pieces that hold appeal. Perhaps my favorites are the Grace jacket and Isa skirt, crafted from navy boucle, a textured, nubby fabric ideal for suiting and dresses.

Beulah London Grace Jacket / Isa Skirt

Beulah London Grace Jacket / Isa Skirt

The jacket features a v-neck and peplum with a single button closure, while the pencil skirt features slant pockets at the hip. Below, photos I digitally lightened to better show the detail.

Beulah London

Beulah London

There is a third piece in the fabric, the Bluebell. It hits above the knee, has a fitted bodice and full skirt. You can see where fabric has been inserted near the hem of the dress to provide the fullness in the skirt.

Beulah London

Beulah London

There is an updated Sabitri style called the Gardenia, we show it in the Lamorran print.  It is done in a silk satin that features the same billowy sleeves, it is more of a midi length than the Blossom and Sabitri.

Beulah London

Beulah London

There are still some lovely pieces from this summer’s collection available. The Iris dress is offered in a Hydrangea print as well as a Fern design, made from silk crepe de chine. There is another element related to these pieces, for the fabric they are made of has been hand-printed in India by women who were victims of human trafficking; the women were rescued and reintegrated into society.

Beulah London

Beulah London

(You may want to remember the Hydrangea print frock, you’ll see someone wearing it for a special occasion in just a minute.)

Styles in a color palette perfect for fall include the Georgia (L) and the Hana wool crepe tulip dress.

Beulah London

Beulah London

There are some splendid bargains to be had in Beulah’s sale section. We show the Leiela in Dusky Pink, along with the Senna Jacket in mint and Isa Skirt in Ice Blue.

Beulah London

Beulah London

The retailer is also offering some nifty scarves. Below you see the Sophia in Blue as well as in Oyster; they can be personalized with up to three initials.

Beulah London

Beulah London

We showed Kate’s Shibani Blue Hearts scarf above, there are several other Beulah Heart products. Among them, the Beulah Canvas Tote, £30.

Beulah London

Beulah London

From the product description:

Made by Freeset, a charity in Kolkata, India, dedicated to helping trafficked women and women who are regarded as high risk of ending up in the sex trade, by providing them with a steady income and a chance to build a new life free from abuse.

There was news about one of Beulah’s co-founders last week: Lavinia Brennan, who started the company with Lady Natasha Rufus-Isaacs, was married in Cornwall.  The bride wore (of course) a bespoke gown by Beulah. 

Beulah London Instagram @BeulahLondon

Beulah London Instagram @BeulahLondon

We mentioned seeing someone wearing the Iris dress; here you see Natalie Pinkham in the frock. She is a Sky TV presenter and also a patron of Hope and Homes for Children, working to have children growing up in homes as opposed to institutions. She is holding her son, who was a pageboy in the wedding. The dress looks really lovely on her, and perfect for a summer wedding.

Natalie Pinkham Instagram

Natalie Pinkham Instagram

Also a member of the wedding party: Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs’ daughter Georgia, she was a flower girl. In this photo you not only see Ms. Pinkham’s son, but we have a better view of the wedding gown. You can see the sheer bodice and sleeves, with lace at the throat and at the wrist.

Natalie Pinkham Instagram

Natalie Pinkham Instagram

Lady Natasha Rufus-Isaacs also wore bespoke Beulah for her wedding in 2013. More about her gown from a Hello! story:

The strapless gown was fitted at the midrift to show off Natasha’s slender waist, and French lace was appliquéd onto the body and skirt of the dress.

“I found some beautiful lace while designing Beulah’s winter collection and ordered it especially from France,” she said. “It arrived three weeks before the wedding which was a slight nightmare for the lady making the dress.”

Hello!

Hello!

Why are we spending so much time on this topic? Because there is news about Beulah and wedding gowns. Back to The Mail’s story:

Beulah will launch a wedding dress range in 2017, after designing a gown for presenter Natalie Pinkham and co-founder Lady Natasha Rufus-Isaacs.

There’s no word on when the new collection will launch, but you know we will be sure to share the information when we have it.

One of the reasons we love having Beulah as a sponsor of the site is their willingness to offer special discounts to readers,. They’ve done just that, giving What Kate Wore readers 10% off their purchases when using promo code WKWB10. Enjoy!

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We leave you with this image from a CBC story about tour preps at Government House, with a focus on the volunteer gardeners working on the property. There’s also a picture of something special for George and Charlotte: rubber duckies have been placed in the fountain just for them.

Mike McArthur/CBC

Mike McArthur/CBC

We’ll see you tomorrow!