Jul 272016
 

A fall tour of Canada for the Duke and Duchess was confirmed today by Canadian and British governments. The initial announcement came from Canada’s Governor General, David Johnston:

Once again, Sharon and I will be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada,” said His Excellency. “Their Royal Tour will take them to the beautiful province of British Columbia and the scenic territory of Yukon. Our true Canadian pride and spirit will shine and be at the very heart of this visit so they can feel at home.”

The couple first visited Canada in 2011, when they were newlyweds. Below, celebrating Canada Day during that trip.

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©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The Governor General’s release was followed by the official Kensington Palace statement:

‘They hold very happy memories from their visit in 2011 – their first overseas tour as a married couple. They are really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country and having the opportunity to meet many more Canadians along the way.’

Kate in the ‘Cecile’ dress by Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu for the official welcoming ceremony in Canada.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

After the first two announcements Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments were released.

“We are delighted by the Governor General’s announcement that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will visit Canada this fall.

During their stay, the Duke and Duchess will travel to British Columbia and Yukon on a visit that will showcase some of Canada’s finest natural beauty.

The locations the couple will visit are on Canada’s western edge. Below, an effort to visualize where the Cambridges were in 2011 and the two general areas where they are expected to be this autumn. In 2011 the couple’s visit included Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, Yellowknife, Slave Lake and Calgary.

2016 Canada Tour Map Showing 2011 Stops and 2016 Planned Stops Made July 27 2016

Today British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark compared the upcoming tour to other milestone events, via The Vancouver Sun:

“Like the Olympics, Women’s World Cup, Expo 86 and other international events, the royal tour will focus global attention on B.C. and showcase everything British Columbians take pride in, from our unmatched natural beauty to our thriving, diverse communities,” Clark said in a statement.

There were plenty of social media posts about the news. Governor General David Johnston’s Twitter post.

Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

The Kensington Palace tweet.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

And the Palace’s Instagram post.

Kensington Palace Instagram

Kensington Palace Instagram

Combined with a traditional news release online. 

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Royal.UK

The Governor General’s office has already launched an online component for the Tour, it includes a place to send messages to the Duke and Duchess.

Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

The topic generating the most online chatter about the tour: will Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompany their parents across the Atlantic? According to The Telegraph it looks like a go.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are widely tipped to be taking both children overseas on official duties for the first time as they recreate their honeymoon tour of Canada.

George was just 9 months old when traveling to New Zealand and Australia with his parents for the spring 2014 tour.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

More on the possibility via Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirror:

No mention of the royal children was made in their official announcement today…However, the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited “William and Kate and family” to visit and as things stand, George will one day be Canada’s King.

….sources have not ruled out the possibility that he and Charlotte will both join them on this trip. However, as with children anything can happen, their attendance is unlikely to be confirmed until much closer to the time.

If they do go along, the family is likely to travel with their largest entourage yet including royal nanny Mario Borrallo.

William, Kate and George arriving in Sydney, Australia.

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Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris Images

The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English’s shared this on Twitter:

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail  & Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

As always, we’ll keep you posted on any updates.

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©Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Patricia Treble notes in her article for Maclean’s Canada that the tour will generate enormous interest, whether the children are along or not.

Regardless, it is bound to be a spectacle. In 2011, more than a 1,000 media representatives were accredited on the tour. If anything, interest is even keener today. Though the autumn colours should make for beautiful pictures, whether the weather will cooperate is anyone’s guess. While B.C. can be quite temperate, depending on the area, the Yukon is in the Arctic.

The expectation is for a late September and/or October visit. Below, average temps for the Territory as calculated by WeatherSpark.

WeatherSpark.com

WeatherSpark.com

More on the interest in the Trudeaus and Cambridges from a Toronto Globe and Mail story:

Any public event featuring the two families would stand to make headlines around the world…. the Trudeaus are relative newcomers on the international stage, but have quickly gained a worldwide following after a series of planned and impromptu photo-ops.

Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Grégoire Trudeau have been featured in international publications like Vogue and Paris Match, and created a stir during official visits to countries like Japan, giving them an unusual reach on the world stage.

Below you see the Prime Minister with his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and their children, Ella-Grace, Hadrien and Xavier. This is shortly after Mr. Trudeau’s swearing in last November.

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©Raffi Kirdi/Polaris

The couple with HM at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, also in November of last year. (With apologies for the fact the picture isn’t terribly flattering, but the quickest I could find.)

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©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

More from The Globe and Mail piece:

“In terms of the public interest and the frenzy that has been surrounding some of the events that the Prime Minister and his wife and his family have been a part of, you can multiply that exponentially if you add in the Royal Family,” said Amanda Alvaro, a communications strategist and frequent Liberal commentator.

Kate shaking hands with some of the crowds near Slave Lake during the 2011 tour.

©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A note about the timing from the CBC’s coverage:

“The timing of the homecoming is ideal to raise fresh awareness of the significant year of 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation: a time to be extra proud of our institutions and all the good things that, together, Canadians have built and are accomplishing,” he said.

Events marking the country’s 150th anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2017. 

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In other news, the Cambridges are said to be vacationing in France. Richard Palmer has more in his story for The Express:

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown to south-west France with their children on a friend’s private jet for a family holiday.

A local French newspaper, La Rep des Pyrenees,quoted sources saying the party, which is thought to include the children’s nanny Maria Teresa Turrion  Borrallo, were  going to stay with relatives.

The family holiday is confirmation if it was needed that after Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to the Sandringham Flower Show today, the summer season of working in Britain is over for the Royal Family.

As to where they may be staying, the The Daily Mail offers this:

After a few minutes unloading and repacking their luggage, the UK-registered cars then headed off in the direction of north Bearn and Gers. It is not clear where they were heading but the airport is 70 miles from the coastal resort of Biarritz.

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A few quick retail updates to share, beginning with word that the Nike Baseline Half-Zip top Kate worn in Edinburgh is on sale at Nike.

Andrew Milligan/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Andrew Milligan/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The Duchess wore it in February while in Edinburgh when taking part in a tennis clinic put on by Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother. The piece originally sold for $70, but it’s now discounted almost 50%, to $39.97. It is available in almost all sizes at Nike.  A big ‘thank you’ to Alex A. on the Facebook page, she let us know about the sale at Nike.

Jul 242016
 

Kate and William returned to Portsmouth today for more America’s Cup race action.

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©Stephen lock/i-Images/Polaris

The duo were on hand to support the Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) team.

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©James Whatling/Splash News

Kate was also acting in her role as patron of the 1851 Trust, the official charity of Ben Ainslie Racing. More from the organization’s website:

The Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to:

  • Experience sailing and give them opportunities to continue in the sport
  • Understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Consider the environment and act sustainably

The Duchess with Zak Kay, the winner of an 1851 Trust competition to design the trophy for the weekend regatta winner.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

William was asked how George’s birthday was; The Express has more:

Zak Kay, 10, a pupil at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth, asked what George got for his birthday.

“What did he get for his birthday? I’m not telling”, William, 34, said. “He got too many things. He’s far too spoilt, he’s not into boats yet.”

The Duke and Duchess with more of the young people participating in the Trust program at today’s races.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

After being greeted by dignitaries the couple moved inside the immense Land Rover BAR boat shed.

Kate William INside Land Rover BAR HQ Monsoon Wedges Henri Lloyd Polo July 24 2016 via KP

Kensington Palace

More about the team’s goal from the America’s Cup website:

Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, is setting his sights on the America’s Cup. “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge,” he said.

@RoyalReporter

@RoyalReporter

After speaking with team members and support staff it was time for the races to get underway.

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

There were three races this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess had a great vantage point.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth Facebook

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth Facebook

There were also three races yesterday. More about the significance of the weekend competition via Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

The two days of racing are part of a long series of qualifying races to determine who will challenge the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, in the finals in Bermuda in 2017.

After the final race was completed the Land Rover BAR team had taken first place in the weekend regatta point totals.

America's Cup World Series Portsmouth Instagram

America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth InstagramMore on the

With all of the weekend’s races completed Sir Ben’s team is in first place for the overall series, just one point ahead of Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA.

Land Rover BAR

Land Rover BAR

The Cambridges were delighted by the outcome of the day’s competition.

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Kate and William congratulating team members.


This was a big win for the local team; more from Land Rover BAR:

“It’s brilliant for us as the home team to win again in front of our home crowd,” said skipper and team principal Ben Ainslie. “It means a huge amount to us. For a new team to be leading the World Series now is a good indication of how far we’ve come, but there’s still a long way to go, a lot of hard work between now and the America’s Cup.”

The result puts Land Rover BAR into the overall lead for the series with just two events left in 2016. The top two teams after the World Series take points into the America’s Cup qualifying series in Bermuda 2017.

It’s been quite a week for Sir Ben. Below you see him with his wife Georgie as they welcomed their baby girl Bellatrix, born Thursday.

Ben Ainslie Instagram

Ben Ainslie Instagram

The royals and Sir Ben Ainslie immediately after the races. 

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

William and Kate spoke with members of the 6 international teams competing this weekend. Below, the Duchess with Swedish sailors.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

And French team members.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

William and Kate’s duties today included the trophy presentation.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

It’s always nice when you can give the top prize to the local team. 

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

Now to the specifics of what Kate wore. The Duchess was in Henri Lloyd official Land Rover BAR team gear for the engagement, starting the day in the Land Rover BAR Pique Polo.

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

The shirt is 97% cotton with 3% elastene (for stretch); it features raglan sleeves and side vents.

Henri Lloyd

Henri Lloyd

Kate donned her Half-Zip Tech Womens Top during the races.

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

We saw the Duchess wearing a jacket that is almost identical to one worn a year ago. It is made of a stretch polyester fleece with a fitted silhouette. (Our thanks to HRHDHD for her comment pointing out the difference between the piece worn today and last year’s garment; among other things, the stripe below the word ‘Cambridge’ is a different color.)  

Henri Lloyd/Stephen lock, i-Images/Polaris

Henri Lloyd/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Polaris

Kate also wore her Henri Lloyd Land Rover BAR Team Elite Jacket

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Below you see her in the jacket in May of this year when out racing with Team BAR. 

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©Polaris/Henri Lloyd/i-Images

At this point we are still trying to identify Kate’s jeans. 

For the early part of the afternoon’s activities she wore the Monsoon Fleur Wedge (now sold out), first seen during the India/Bhutan tour.

©Monsoon/Splash/Monsoon

©Monsoon/Splash/Monsoon

The shoe has a leather upper with an almond toe design and 3.5″ heel height. It turns out Monsoon has “no plans” to reissue the shoe, with thanks to Christin on Twitter for that update. The style is still available in ‘coral,’ a rich tomato-like red.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Before heading out on the water Kate changed into her Adidas Pure Boost trainers/sneakers ($104.99), initially seen on a previous visit to Portsmouth.

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The Duchess also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren 18k Gold and Diamond Earrings (£2200, about $2800 at today’s exchange rates).

©Splash News/Kiki McDonough

©Splash News/Kiki McDonough

We saw the Duchess change her hair three times over the course of the afternoon to accommodate the difference of being onshore and inside, then out in the wind on the water. There is also a great shot of her with a Team BAR cap on when out watching the races, but I’ve not yet found a photo that I can license.  

All ©James Whatling/Splash News

All ©James Whatling/Splash News

One other quick note via The Duchess Diary

It’s been confirmed that the Cambridges will not attend the Rio Olympics next month.  Monaco’s Princess Charlene will not attend either, according to her husband, Prince Albert.

The royals are said to be avoiding Brazil due to the Zika virus epidemic. 

We’ll leave you with this video of Kate and William presenting medals and the trophy.

. At this point Kate does not have any formal engagements scheduled. I expect that will change and we’ll be updating her calendar in the not-too-distant-future.   LINKAGE:

Jul 222016
 

As hoped, new photos of Prince George were released today to mark his 3rd birthday. And they’re fabulous. George 3rd Birthday Standing on Swing Matt Porteous July 22 2016

 

There was also a brief statement about the pictures, this is via The Mirror:

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.

“They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.”

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