They were in town to visit the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.
The couple were greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they stepped off the plane in the city, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
William and Kate are the first royals to visit Kelowna since Prince Charles and Princess Diana 30 years ago.
More on the day’s initial engagement from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express.
UBC is one of the world’s top research universities and recently celebrated its centenary.
The campus in Kelowna, home to 8,000 students, opened a decade ago and the royal couple helped students and staff celebrate its 10th anniversary.
In addition to the 10 year anniversary for the Okanagan campus, it is also the 100th anniversary of the University of British Columbia.
After ceremonies marking the anniversaries the Duke and Duchess watched the UBC Heat women’s volleyball team play an exhibition.
The next engagement was at Mission Hill Winery. The Winery is hosting The Taste of British Columbia.
It was a beautiful autumn day.
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They took a walk through the vineyard, tasted grapes and William helped young chefs with a salad demonstration as he and Kate visited with the children. The local young people are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture.
Kate with some of the ‘Chefs in the Classroom’ program.
From Chef Vikram Vij they ate Maharaja Style Coconut Curried BC Vegetable Curry With Basmati Rice and Wine marinated BC lamb popsicle. Asked if she liked cooking, Kate replied ‘Yes, especially curries.’
William said: ‘This is amazing. It’s the right level of spice for me. I’m very glad you did not surprise us with a vindaloo. I can’t manage that – it’s too much for me.’
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William also tried a Laird of Fintry single malt whisky, which William pronounced ‘delicious’. He said : ‘You can tell the Scottish element – there’s a peatiness to it.’
Kate turned down the whisky, but tried their cassis – a blackcurrant liqueur – instead, which she said was ‘like sloe gin’.
Kate wore a bespoke version of the Pocket Watch Dress by Dolce and Gabbana.
The frock is made from a mid-weight stretch-crepe in a viscose/acetate/elastane blend. Design elements include decorative goldtone buttons on the fitted bodice, a full skirt, and a concealed back zipper.
It looks like the dress originally came with a deliberately unfinished hem, but Kate elected to have hers hemmed in the standard fashion.
The Duchess carried her go-to Nina clutch from LK Bennett.
From the product description:
These simple, sophisticated earrings are great for everyday wear. The organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted Green Onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver.
The earrings are $195, they are also offered in labradorite and aquamarine.
We’ll see you tonight for the couple’s arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon.