Sep 252016
 

Kate returned to a favored designer for day two of the Canada tour, choosing Alexander McQueen for a series of engagements in Vancouver.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The couple being welcomed at Vancouver Harbor by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

Christy Clark, BC Premier @ChristyClarkBC

Christy Clark, BC Premier @ChristyClarkBC

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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)

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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.   

©i-Images/Polaris, i-Images/Polaris

©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.

We’ll see you tomorrow. canada-tour-2016-schedule-graphic-agenda-events-sunday-september-25

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.

@CFAX1070

@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