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A New Video for Canada Day & Canadian Fashion Flashbacks

A new video was released today featuring the Duke and Duchess marking Canada Day

The video features the royals speaking with frontline medical workers at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia.

It is the second-largest hospital in British Columbia. 

There is a light moment off the top when William asks, “Can you see us?” In unison, the response came back, “No, we cannot.” Once the video connection was established everyone cheered and waved.  Here is a brief portion of the video. 

The video was recorded last week, on the 23rd. As Kensington Palace notes, the Duke and Duchess wanted to hear about the staff’s experiences working to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as the unique challenges of providing care throughout the outbreak.

They also wanted to learn about the impact on staff, patients, and their families.

The employees spoke about the unique stressors created by the impact of this virus.  More from a Press Association story via the Evening Express

The duchess described it as “heartbreaking” when she heard that a patient’s wife had sung to him from a phone held in a bag as staff did their utmost to keep loved ones connected during the crisis.

Kate said: “That’s heartbreaking to hear. You guys see that and feel that on a daily basis. How do you manage yourself? Are you all OK?”

The couple had been told of the distress experienced by patients and their families who were separated from one another.

They also chatted with Sunny Dulai, who is pregnant.  The first quote is from Prince William. 

“Sunny, is it right in saying a little birdie says you’re expecting in September? How have you found it? How has it been working?”

Ms Dulai told the duke and duchess – parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – that dealing with the Covid-19 crisis had affected her mental health after not being able to see her three siblings, but that she had had amazing support from her team.

You see Ms, Dulai in the center below. 

Back to the Press Association story, quoting Ms. Dulai.   

“Initially I was like ‘No, I can do this’, emotionally, it wasn’t really impacting me,” she said.

“Then, as I got later in my pregnancy and the more the pandemic started to move along, it really did impact my mental health.

“I felt like I was angrier because I didn’t have the support networks at home that I typically have.”

She added: “But I never once felt that I needed to stop working where I work, because of the support I got from my team.”

You can hear Kate say “Good luck, Sunny, going forward … with your new baby.”

The Duchess also tells workers, “It’s an amazing role that you’re playing and a hugely tough one as well, so we’re in huge admiration for everything you’re doing.”

And William says, “I just wanted to just touch base and say how proud we are of all of you and everyone on the front line who have led the way, very stoically, very bravely and put patient care right at the top of the list, and done a fantastic job.”  Here is the full seven-minute video. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore.

Sartorial diplomacy was center stage with the Duchess sporting red and white, the colors of the Canadian flag. It looks like she may have been wearing this Alexander McQueen Tweed Shift Dress

Made in Italy, the tailored design is crafted of a cotton/wool blend and features a fitted silhouette, cap sleeves, jewel neckline, hidden back zipper, and silk lining. If this is the piece, I expect Kate would have had some length added. Many thanks to Sybill on Instagram for her speedy ID of the dress, and also Laura on Twitter for her help.  I added a number of possible repliKates on the RepliKate Dresses page (some better than others).   

I was not able to get a good luck at Kate’s earrings but will try to take a peek later. 

During the call, the Duke also said, “I hope Catherine and I can come and visit you guys one day and say that to you in person.” Many readers will remember that William and Kate celebrated Canada Day in person back in 2011. So those looks will be today’s Fashion Flashbacks! 

For a citizenship ceremony and walkabout, the Duchess wore a recognizable piece, the ‘Nanette’ dress by Reiss, first seen in one of the couple’s official engagement photos.

The creamy white piece showcases an asymmetric draped neckline, frill along the front zipper, bracelet-length sleeves, a tulip skirt, and side pockets.  

Perhaps the most recognizable part of Kate’s ensemble was her hat, with its distinctive maple leaf.

 It was made specifically for the tour by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Company.

The Duchess carried the ‘Fan Clutch’ by Anya Hindmarch.  

Her shoes were by Hobbs, a style called the Albini Square Cut Court shoe. Kate wore the Queen’s diamond Maple Leaf Brooch.

A look at the other jewelry worn by the Duchess for Canada Day 2011. 

She had on her Elsa Peretti® Diamonds by the Yard bracelet from Tiffany, the white topaz Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, and Asprey 167 Button Pendant.

Today’s other Flashback is from that evening, when the royals attended a concert on Parliament Hill.

The Duchess wore an Issa silk knit dress.  A closer look. 

She carried her bespoke Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ clutch in black silk

And it looked like she also wore her Prada pumps.

Kate’s hair was up. 

We saw the Queen’s brooch again, as well as some new jewelry, a pair of earrings, and a matching bracelet. The set is believed to be a gift from Prince Charles. Below, the earrings. (Sadly, I do not have a photo showing the bracelet.)

One more view from the evening event. 

Happy Canada Day to all our friends celebrating the occasion! 


One side note: writing about the Asprey pendant reminded me of the charity versions of that piece Asprey if offering.  I wrote about one of the pendants created to raise funds in Retail Roundup, but keep forgetting to include it in a regular post, argh!  

The jeweler has created a version of the Button Pendant (below left) Kate wears that is a zero-profit initiative on behalf of the National Emergencies Trust. (You may remember the Duke and Duchess at the official launch of the organization.)  The Charity 167 Button Pendant seen below right ($300) is done in sterling silver with an inset amethyst and the NET logo inscribed on the back. Thanks to Sherry for this tip!   

There is also a version of the pendant that supports an American non-profit, No Kid Hungry, an organization working to provide solutions to childhood hunger. Below, a look at that pendant. 


Today’s other note: in light of this year’s Wimbledon cancellation, the Duchess has narrated a video about the event, telling fans that next year’s championships will be “worth the wait.”  



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Monday 6th of July 2020

That alexander mcqueen tweed dress is so darn cute i want to see kate re-wear it.


Monday 6th of July 2020

I love tweed, so I am a fan of the McQueen and its silhouette. I much prefer clean lines and simplicity over fussy and frilly. I am sure she had it lengthened if it is something she plans to wear on an in-person in engagement some day. As for the two flasbacks---I was a huge fan of both looks at the time, and I remain so today. Red shoes, or any pop of color shoe, are something I wish she would wear again with her day wardrobe. The fan clutch was a fun addition. The lovely shade of purple on the Issa is also something we dont see often. Unfortunately, I suspect she will never wear Issa again, which is a shame as the label's draping and ruching were very flattering on her. I also wish that she would start wearing some of the jewelry that she used to wear often in her earlier days as a royal.


Saturday 4th of July 2020

I am a sucker for tweed so I liked this, but like another poster I thought it was pink. I'd love to see it again, especially with booties like the model, but that is probably a bridge too far for Kate lol. And I am again digging the straight hair. I still like the purple Issa is sleeker and more modern than a lot of what she wears these days, and the earrings are gorgeous. But the white look was not appealing to me, even though I usually love a good pop of red


Friday 3rd of July 2020

I was somewhere in that MASSIVE crowd in Ottawa cheering William and Kate on a sweltering day. Although they were really only dots in the distance, it’s always fun to participate in person - or it was before Covid-19. I’m sure the couple’s virtual appreciation of the BC hospital workers was well received and I like Kate’s red/white shift.


Friday 3rd of July 2020

That must have been amazing, Indie!?


Friday 3rd of July 2020

The purple silk Issa dress has got to be one of my all time favorites on Kate!! The color brings out her eyes, and I like that the dress still looks classy even though the cut and the length are a tad revealing. I think the bun and her tan were very flattering to complete the look.

I pray she rewears this Issa, but I doubt it given her new found love for long Boho dresses, which are not personally my cup of tea.


Monday 6th of July 2020

I agree too! The purple silk dress was one of my favorites of Kate! She looked so beautiful in those photos with the color, shape of the dress, tan, and her hair up like that. They both looked so happy and relaxed. I hope she'll wear it again one day!


Friday 3rd of July 2020

I feel the same, Rebecca, about the purple dress. Have always loved that whole look on her that evening. The tan and the hair up really kicked the dress up a notch.

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