After their morning in Whitehorse Kate and William did a quick clothing change and headed to Carcross, a town of less than 300 residents.
Above left you see Andy Carvill, Khà Shâde Héni (chief) of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, greeting the royals.
The community is located on the renowned Klondike Highway, and the scenery was spectacular.
The royals were greeted with a traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation at Carcross Commons.
The Duke and Duchess clapped and cheered as they experienced a colourful ceremonial welcome beneath an elaborately carved totem pole by the local First Nations community.
They were particularly captivated by a group of tiny Tagish dancers, local children aged between four and seven, dressed in traditional cloaks and headdresses, demonstrating their’ Raven’ and ‘Wolf’ dances.
Kate and William chatting with some of the children.
The little girl in red and black is named Oksana, and she presented William and Kate with an eagle feather.
After the welcoming ceremony ended it was time for the couple then moved to their next stop. We learn more from People’s coverage:
The royal parents then took a stroll across Carcross Commons to visit the workshop of renowned Tlingit carver Keith Wolfe Smarch
Smarch showed William and Kate how he practices his craft, and even put the couple to work painting a 35-foot totem pole.
Kate and William getting ready to add their own touch.
Each painted a portion of the totem.
William looked rather fierce as he attacked his task.
More about Mr. Smarch from the People article:
The local craftsman also took the opportunity to send his regards to William’s father, Prince Charles, who received a carved mask from Smarch during his visit to the Yukon in 2001.
Smarch told CBC News that his mask’s placement in the Buckingham Palace art collection is “the highlight of my career.”
The Duke and Duchess then traveled to Montana Mountain to watch mountain bike training and meet local families.
While there, they learn learned about the Single Track to Success Project, an initiative aimed at engaging the Yukon’s First Nation youth in trail building and mountain biking to promote health and wellness and restore a connection to the ancestral lands.
Kate and William then headed down the mountain. There was an interesting twist to their journey, as The Evening Standard explains:
After hearing how his grandparents had travelled in the last carriage on the train, which was specially fitted out with a marble table for their 1959 visit, William gallantly helped his wife climb back down onto the tracks and they sidestepped along to the front of the engine.
Their host in Carcross, Chief Andy Carvill, 52, explained: “The Duke asked if he could go in and they got inside the train and blew the steam whistle.
It’s time for a look at what Kate wore.
The piece has a shawl collar, slit pockets, belt. The ribbed sleeves are a signature look for the company. It is made of 60% superfine alpaca / 40% wool, and sells for $920.
Monique Jessen shares the designer’s reaction to news the Duchess was wearing one of her pieces in this People story:
“Kate Middleton is an international style icon and I am very honoured that she chose to wear Sentaler on her Canadian tour,” designer Bojana Sentaler said in a statement. “She wore [the coat] with such grace and elegance and I couldn’t be happier.”
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is fond of Sentaler and wears the brand with some frequency.
The Duchess was in a pair of boots we have seen her wear before in Canada. You can just see them on Kate in this picture from the 2011 Calgary Stampede.
The boots are by R. Soles.
UPDATED: Kate’s boot *are* by the same company, R.Soles, but not the same pair she wore in 2011. More from People:
“It’s a different pair – the design is the same but the heel height is higher,” R.Soles designer Judy Rothchild tells PEOPLE, adding that Kate’s $385 Virgi Chocolate Suede handmade boots completely sold out overnight, mainly to customers in the U.K and the U.S. The suede-and-leather style, which has a nearly three-inch heel, is now on an eight-week waiting list.
Kate wore new earrings from another Canadian designer, Shelley MacDonald.
The earrings are the Large Bronze Ulu style, available on the designer’s etsy site ($73.96).
They are also offered in a smaller size, as well as in sterling silver.
More about the jeweler in this Yukon News story:
What also sets her apart is her age. At 28, she’s the youngest full-time goldsmith in Whitehorse.
She paid her dues and worked diligently throughout six years of studies in jewelry design and metalsmithing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Kate and William then flew back to Victoria to be reunited with George and Charlotte, in advance of tomorrow’s children’s party at Government House.
We’ll see you tomorrow for an event many of us have been looking forward to, the children’s party.