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.)
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.
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.
It is at this point everyone expected the Duke and Duchess to pop the 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.
The couple made quite an entrance at the Calgary Stampede, riding in on an old-fashioned stagecoach.
Kate wore an Alice by Temperley shirt.
London papers are reporting the jeans are by Gold Sign, a premium denim line started by Adriano Goldschmeid, 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.
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 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!
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.
She was a little shy around Prince William, but not so much with Kate.
I think everyone is sending Diamond a hug.