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It’s Jenny Packham Again for Kate & How About Those Cowboy Hats? (UPDATED)

For tonight’s arrival at the Calgary airport Kate went back to Jenny Packham.  It was the brightest, most vibrant look yet on the Royal Tour for the Duchess, she opted for the ‘Primrose Dress’ in yellow silk crepe, with puffed short sleeves, self-covered buttons and a gathered waist above a full skirt. (More on that skirt later.)

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The dress is most similar to this style at Jenny Packham.

Clearly Kate’s silk crepe hangs much differently from the heavier satin in this photo, but portions of the collar, bodice, and sleeves are similar. Kate accessorized with her trusted Sledge2 pumps and Natalie handbag, both by LK Bennett.

Here we see the Duchess as she watches William practicing CPR on a highly-advanced medical test dummy or mannequin at the University of Calgary.

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And that much anticipated White Hatting ceremony? It didn’t go exactly as most expected. Below we see the hats being formally presented at the airport by Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, and Alberta Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell.

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It is at this point everyone expected the Duke and Duchess to pop those white Stetsons on their royal heads. That didn’t happen. Some are seeing this as the first faux-pas on the tour, knowing the significance of the presentation. Clearly, it was not intended by the couple to be any sort of affront or expression of disrespect, more than anything it was a meteorological issue.

What people may not realize, especially if looking only at still photos, is how very windy it was. Gusty, blustery, updraft windy. Put it this way: it was so breezy that upon seeing Kate’s dress I said, ‘oh no, full skirt alert!” (That’s a term we used in television when it became very windy.) There is simply no way Kate could have held down her very full skirt and used her hands at the same time to put on the hat.

At any rate, the hats *did* go on later tonight.

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The couple made quite an entrance at the Calgary Stampede, riding in on an old-fashioned stagecoach.

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Kate wore an Alice by Temperley shirt.

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Kudos to Siobhan and Misty on the WKW Facebook page for their speedy find of the specific blouse, it’s look #3 from Alice by Temperley’s Resort/Cruise 2012 collection.

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London papers are reporting the jeans are by Goldsign, a premium denim line started by Adriano Goldschmied, formerly of AG and Diesel. We believe it is the Passion Bootcut style as shown at Shopbop, still available and quite the bargain, on sale at $112 from $250.

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Kate’s boots are not the pair made especially for her by Alberta Boot Company, although William did wear the boots made for him by the noted footwear company. Kate’s are said to be her own pair, our fab Facebook friends have several suggestions as to who might have made them.  The couple’s hats are by Smithbilt.

UPDATED 7.18.2011:  The ever-sharp Leisa, a WKW Facebook friend, knew from the moment she saw the boots they were by R. Soles. Leisa received confirmation from R. Soles on July 11th that Kate was indeed wearing its boots, they are the Vegas Setter style. Additionally, Leisa corresponded with Ben Gerwing of Alberta Boot Company, he verifies that Kate was not wearing the boots made for her as a gift. For more on the boots worn by Kate, click here to read about them and see a photo. Thank you, Leisa!©Polaris

Today’s photo-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-Kate’s-clothing is not of the lighthearted, ha-ha-ha variety. It is about 6-year-old Diamond Marshall, who met the couple with flowers out on the runway. Diamond has stage 4 cancer.

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She was a little shy around Prince William, but not so much with Kate.

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Hugs can help. Diamond had a dream and the Children’s Wish Foundation helped it come true. This is the letter Diamond wrote the Duchess.

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I think everyone is sending Diamond a hug.

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Nancy N.

Saturday 9th of July 2011

That beautiful story about little Diamond needs a 3 tissue warning on it! That summarizes right there why the world is embracing Kate...she seems to be as beautiful inside as out.


Saturday 9th of July 2011

I love Kate's yellow dress! And how cute were she and William in their western clothes?!

Diamond's letter brought tears to my eyes. I showed it to my mother and we both thought it was so adorable and so sweet. Seeing Kate hug that precious little girl warms my heart. I'm so glad Diamond was able to get her wish! She's never going to forget that moment!


Friday 8th of July 2011

This post is just full of goodness - that yellow dress of FULL SKIRT ALERT (ha!) sunshine, Wills looking particularly fetching in that hat & proper plaid shirt, and, most importantly, that thoughtful tribute to that lovely little girl.

stella from canada

Friday 8th of July 2011

The yellow dress was such a perfect colour for the prairies! And the cut of the skirt actually had the feel of a prairie skirt. What a lovely choice!


Friday 8th of July 2011

I Love your site! You do a great job identifying Kate's clothes. I also love Make A Wish, they are a great organization that I try to contribute to every year! Well done WKW!

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