Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Kate in Sentaler for Carcross & Montana Mountain Visit

It was a change of clothes for the Duchess before she and William travelled to Carcross for the second leg of the day.

The Duke and Duchess received an elder blessing, and experienced a display of song and a welcome dance by the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers.

The royals clearly enjoyed the ceremony very much.

Kensington Palace posted this beautiful photo - the Duke and Duchess will be visitng the "stunning Carcross Commons and Montana Mountain".

A little background on Carcross: Caribou Crossing was a fishing and hunting camp for Inland Tlingit and Tagish people. 4,500-year-old artifacts from First Nations people living in the area have been found in the region. Caribou Crossing was named after the migration of huge numbers of caribou over the natural land bridge between Lake Bennett and Nares Lake. That caribou herd was depleted during the Klondike Gold Rush, but a recovery program raised the number of animals to about 450. The modern village began in 1896, during the Klondike Gold Rush. At the time, Caribou Crossing was a popular stopping place for prospectors going to and from the gold fields of Dawson City. Caribou Crossing was also a station for the Royal Mail and the Dominion Telegraph Line, and it served as a communications point on the Yukon River.

The small town is home to less than 300 people.

Kate was given a beautiful bouquet of flowers as they walked through the town.

William and Kate were given a totem pole to take home.

The Duke and Duchess with Chief Carvill.

The Duke and Duchess met a carver who is working on traditional Inland Tlingit and Tagish totems. He discussed the work that goes into making each totem pole.

After hearing about the traditional Inland Tlingit and Tagish totem project, the Duchess painted an eye on a totem pole.

Prince William showcases his artistic skills.

Emily Nash reports "William and Kate climb out of the cab of a steam train on the White Pass and Yukon Route in Carcross. It was an unplanned stop but the Duke couldn't resist climbing on board and each had a go at blowing the steam whistle! The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelled in one of the carriages during their 1959 visit to Yukon. Choo choo!"

The children of Carcross Commons showed off their new playground.

The Duchess meets local schoolgirl Okasana Baerg.

At Montana Mountain, the Duke and Duchess received hugs from locals.

This is one of my favourite photos of the tour thus far; it's such a lovely picture depicting how warmly William and Kate have been received across British Columbia and Yukon.

More from the Daily Express:

'Gwen Wally, 48, from the Carcross Tagish First Nation shouted out to Prince William, interrupting as he and Kate were chatting to her son, Shane Wally. "I love you. I loved your mum. I've been watching you since you were little," she shouted."Is that your mother?" William asked, laughing.
"That is my mother," Shane, 26, said slightly awkwardly. "I was pretty nervous but also pretty proud. She is their biggest fan," he said after talking to the couple about a mountain bike trail scheme his family helped to set up at Montana Mountain in Carcross, Yukon, in northern Canada.
William and Kate walked across to a group of parents and grandparents  involved in the project, including Mrs Wally. They hugged her and another  member of the Carcross First Nation band, Susan James. Mrs Wally told the royal couple: "You just made the top of my bucket list. I've been following you since the days of Diana." She told Kate she had made some slippers for Prince George and Princess Charlotte but had been told she could not give then to the couple so planned to post them instead. "I'll look out for them," Kate said.'

They watched a mountain biking demonstration atop Montana Mountain with the Single Track to Success (S2S) project which not only builds world class trails, it provides life-changing experiences to local youths and contributes to tourism in the area.

The Duke and Duchess met young riders.

Montana Mountain really is breathtaking!

The Duchess championed Canadian brands for her second ensemble of the day. The brand confirmed Kate wore their Ribbed Sleeves Wrapped Coat - it has now been renamed the 'Kate Coat'.


The $920 'gull' coloured coat is described: "This double-faced superfine alpaca wrap coat has the Sentaler signature ribbed detail on sleeves. It is the perfect statement piece." The coat features a belted waist, shawl collar, two slit pockets at front and Sentaler signature ribbed detail on full sleeves.

Kate's choice of Canadian designer Sentaler will come as no surprise to many of you who suggested the brand for Kate in our 'Choose Your Dream Tour Look for Kate' posts. In fact reader 'Sonshine' actually predicted the exact coat in pink.

Sonshine/Dream Tour Looks Post

The Duchess donned a pair of brown cowgirl boots. We'll update when they are positively identified.

Kate's new earrings are by local Yukon designer, Shelley MacDonald. The $95 Ulu earrings are available to pre-order on Shelley's Etsy Page - her designs are inspired by nature and handmade.  Kate's Closet spoke with a representative for the brand who revealed the earrings were for sale in a store in Whitehorse and must have been purchased by Kate or a member of her team.

A product shot of the earrings.

Shelley MacDonald

**We'll have more photos and updates as they become available**

Tomorrow promises to be a particularly exciting day - George and Charlotte will accompany their parents for a children's party at Government House. It's scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The Duchess in Carolina Herrera for Whitehorse Engagements

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had an early start in Whitehorse this morning where they carried out several engagements throughout the day.

The royals received a warm welcome upon arrival - as they have at each stop during the tour.

The Cambridges did a walkabout through the streets which were lined with thousands of well-wishers. One little girl, Maddison Mills, who met the Duchess said she was 'very pretty'. The schoolgirl added: 'She seemed really worried that we had got cold waiting out for long to see them.'

William to five-month-old Leo: "That is definitely the best way to be dressed today!"

Their first stop of the day was MacBride Museum where they had the opportunity to learn more about Yukon's region.

The Duke and Duchess were very much following in the footesteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who visited the telegraph office in 1958. They were around the same age as William and Kate are now when they visited.

William and Kate signed the Museum’s virtual guest book via morse code on a telegraph machine which was transmitted into a digital message and posted onto Twitter. The message read: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Whitehorse, Yukon, September 2016.’ The message was typed out by former radio operator Doug Bell, 90, who last sent a telegram in 1947. William and Kate simultaneously hit the 'send' button. The Duchess commented: "Wow, that's amazing."

A look at William and Kate's first tweet.

Radio operator Doug Bell shared his history with the royals. More from the Mail Online:

'Mr Bell went on to tell the couple about the time he chatted to William's parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, when they visited Ottawa in 1981. The 90-year-old said: ''I met your parents'' and the Duke replied: ''It seems pretty much everyone has met my family here.''
Mr Bell added: ''I asked your father if he'd been to Yukon and he said no, and I said we ought to do something about that so I called the governor general and we made arrangements. Then I got a call saying 'They can't go, the princess is pregnant'.'' ''Wow, that must have been me or Harry,'' said William.'

William and Kate met with children and elders taking part in Indigenous languages initiatives in Yukon.

Afterwards, it was time for a street party on main street.

The Healing Totem is an 11-metre totem pole dedicated to the healing of residential school survivors and their communities.

The Duke and Duchess walked through the Youth Art Festival, to view the displays, activities and performances that highlight Yukon talent.

Also present were members of Bring Youth Toward Equality (BYTE), a youth organization focused on empowering young people throughout Yukon and helping them develop confidence, skills, openness and a sense of belonging.

The Duchess donned a new red coat by Venezeulan-American fashion designer Carolina Herrera - a new designer for HRH and a favourite of her sister Pippa. The double-breasted red coat features a peter pan collar and is made of a double-faced wool and cashmere mix blend. It retails for $1,915 and is currently only available in store (hence the lack of product shots for the garment. (With thanks to Middleton Maven for the info.) In terms of designers one would like to see Kate wear, Herrera is right up at the top. Known for "exceptional personal style", and for dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama. The New York Times cited her designs as "elegant and worldly without ever being fussy".

There was plenty of conversation regarding Kate's new pumps. They are the £267 Tod's Pumps with fringes. The shoes feature an almond toe, fringed detailing and metal buckle on the toe, with leather insole. They are sold out in Kate's colour but remain available in brown at Italist (with thanks to @Bojana)

Kate carried her maple leaf tartan shawl again today.

Kate carried her burgundy Mulberry Bayswater clutch and wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch as pictured below.

The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka pearls.

William and Kate are travelling to Carcross and Montana Mountain next.