In a fitting tribute to her host country of the last eight days Kate chose a deep red Catherine Walker coatdress for the afternoon’s activities in Calgary and departure from the airport.
It is the “Marianne” style in a lightweight wool with self-covered buttons, three-quarter sleeves and shawl lapels. The color sent a wonderful message to Canadians, a lovely gesture at the end of a long haul for everyone involved. The princess seaming along with the fit and flare style created a substantial amount of volume. Despite the fact it is said to be very lightweight, the effect was of a heavier garment.
I posted this Catherine Walker dress on Twitter before I had a good look at Kate’s dress. Clearly there are significant differences between the two garments.
The Duchess accessorized with the same brooch she wore on Canada Day,
That glittering diamond Maple Leaf loaned to her by the Queen.
She paired it with the same earrings worn on Canada Day, the studs from Kiki McDonough’s Grace collection. Once again we saw the LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps and coordinating clutch.
Today’s photo-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-Kate’s-wardrobe involves Frances Miller. But before you see today’s picture of Frances you need to see this picture taken 72 years ago.
Frances was selected to give that bouquet of flowers to King George and Queen Elizabeth (the mother of the reigning Queen) when they visited Canada in 1939. Unfortunately the train carrying the royals never stopped as expected, Frances was literally left standing at the train station with her bouquet, broken-hearted. Today Frances finally had her chance.
The 81-year-old was able to present flowers to Kate and William as they prepared to leave Canada.
It was a wonderful idea to top off an enormously successful tour.
Now it is on to Los Angeles. If there is a change of wardrobe we’ll be back with another post. Otherwise we’ll see you tomorrow.