We're back with our second batch batch of 'Choose Your Dream Tour Looks for Kate', but first a brief look at the latest news updates. Kensington Palace has announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "will go back to school" to see how children are supported through changes. William and Kate will meet pupils and parents at Stewards Academy, Essex - a school working with Heads Together charity partner and Kate's patronage Place2Be - next Friday, 16 September.
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The Cambridges traditionally travel to Balmoral towards the end of the summer to enjoy time with the Royal family in the Scottish highlands before the Queen returns to London for a busy autumn/winter schedule. William and Kate adore the outdoors and Balmoral offers the royals a private retreat in stunning surroundings. For ITV's documentary marking the Queen's 90th, Princess Eugenie described it as "the most beautiful place on earth".
Hello! reports the family of four will stay there for a week and will no doubt be discussing their upcoming trip to Canada:
'The Cambridges are making the most of the end of summer and will soon head to Balmoral in Scotland for a short break, HELLO! understands. Prince William and Kate, and their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will enjoy some private time with their family ahead of a busy autumn – which includes a royal tour to Canada.
The Cambridges will be relaxing and catching up with the Queen and Prince Philip, who have spent the summer at their sprawling estate in the Scottish Highlands. William, Kate, George and Charlotte are expected to stay for a week.
The couple are perhaps using their downtime at Balmoral to swap anecdotes and stories with the Queen and Prince Philip. Canada remains one of Her Majesty's favourite destinations and she has visited the Commonwealth country over 20 times.'
When the royals will travel is not known, however, it is rather likely we'll see them attending Sunday service at Crathie Kirk during their stay. Below we see William and Kate arriving for the service last year.
Next, we have news of a favourite item restocked at L.K. Bennett.
Kate's much-loved L.K. Bennett Jude jacket has been reissued under the new name Judi. The Judi jacket in evergreen retails for £225. The classic piece features a peplum silhouette, coordinated belt and collarless design.
Below we see the matching Judi skirt and the Saskia dress (an updated version of the Davina dress Kate wore with the jacket). It's a fantastic suit; very professional yet youthful and on trend. I do hope we see Kate's ensemble again.
Also, Lela Rose is still taking pre-orders for Kate's Double Faced Twill Elbow Sleeve Dress. The blush dress is being sold for $777. One important note for those interested in the piece: there's an 8-12 week wait due to demand.
Time for the main portion of our post, the Part 2 look at our stylists' designs for the Duchess to wear on tour in Canada. Once again, you're in for a treat full of global brands, classic designs, treasures from the royal vaults and much more!
Downton Abbey Fan - For a day visit to a charity/hospital/monument we have the Taylor Dresses Sweater Knit Sheath Dress teamed with the lace Gianvito Rossi Elodie Pumps, a Monique Lhuilier clutch, the Hobbs Fleur Earrings and the Annoushka Shard Cuff. A sparkling gala look features the Needle & Thread Butterfly Embellished Gown, a floral McQueen clutch (sans skull), a new pair of Robinson Pelham earrings,a ruby and diamond ring and the Nina 'Kerstin' Ankle Strap Sandals.
Sophia from Germany - The daywear look consists of the Alexander McQueen Pleated Mini Dress (altered to have short sleeves), styled with Kate's popular black coat which was created by her private dressmaker, Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, the Queen's Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch and Kate's black suede Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. For a black-tie event: Zuhair Murad's Floor-Length Silk Blend Gown with Lace and Point d'esprit, the Duchess of Gloucester’s Pendant Earrings from the Queen´s Vault. the bracelet Prince Charles reportedly gave Kate as a wedding gift, her Prada Logo Box clutch and Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandals.
Marike le Roux - The rose beige Long Wrap Alexander McQueen Dress (styled without the belt) teamed with the Jimmy Choo Cloud Clutch and Lottie Ivory Satin Strappy Sandals. The look is completed with the Queen's Greville Chandelier Earrings (worn by HM in Canada during a 2010 visit) and one of the Queen's Diamond Collet Necklaces.
Smiley - For an outdoors day in the country with George and Charlotte that might include hiking, a visit to a playground or forest we have a top by Tory Burch, a burgundy gilet, super skinny jeans from H&M and Kate's R. Soles cowbody boots worn in Calgary in 2011. For the evening look, it's a Long Red Evening Dress styled with the black Prada Raso Satin Box Clutch with Oscar de la Renta Long Pearl Earrings and Vince Camuto Satin CrissCross Strap Sandals.
Kirsten (Melbourne,Australia) - For Kate's arrival outfit: the L.K. Bennett Tamara Floral Print Dress, the Jimmy Choo Romy Pointy Toe Pumps, the Croco-Dialogue Yellow Clutch, Kate's Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drops and Kate's gold charm bracelet (reportedly a gift from Camilla). For the evening look, a dress from Canadian designer Lucian Maris' Spring 2016 Collection styled with Kate's Links of London Hope Egg earrings, Kate's Gianvito Rossi Sisely Suede Sandals and the L.K. Bennett Fay Cherry Clutch Bag.
Mary in TN - For a daytime outdoor event: the Women's Vintage Cable Cardigan from L.L. Bean worn over a white crewneck or turtleneck top, with brown slim fit jeans and the dark brown Ralph Lauren Page Burnished Calfskin Boots.
Sofy - An arrival outfit featuring a navy Erdem coat, Sergio Rossi Blink Pumps, a silver sinamay and lace headpiece by Jane Taylor, the Queen Mother's Sapphire Flower Brooch and Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings. For the evening look it's the Zuhair Murad Cherry Blossom Dress styled with the L.K. Bennett Delilah Clutch, the Queen's Antique Girandole Earrings and Queen Mary's Diamond Indian Bangle Bracelets.
Sue. T. - For an early afternoon reception, take a look at the Temperley London Evadine Dress inspired by the Baroque architecture of the Spanish renaissance teamed with the Ann Taylor Odette Suede Bow Pumps, Kiki McDonough Chalcedony and Diamond Drop earrings and one of Kate's small black clutches. The second look is a casual outdoorsy look: "I wanted to upgrade the Duchess' usual casual look, without taking her outside her comfort zone :-) It must be challenging enough meeting lots of new people, trying to remember names, bending, picking up children, etc. in an outfit you feel very comfortable in." The Modern Boot Cut Jeans are styled with the Me + Em Luxe Henley Tee, a plaid vest from Eddie Baeur, Wedge Boots from Sorel (which was founded in Canada. And jewellery includes Kate's Mappin & Webb earrings and necklace.
Christine, U.S.A. - The Roland Mouret Beaumont Gown from the designer's Pre-Fall 2016 Collection styled with Kate's glittering emerald and diamond jewels. The look is completed with a clutch from Jenny Packham's diffusion line and Kate's silver Jimmy Choo silver sandals.
Lauren from New Jersey - The 70s-inspired red one-shoulder Roland Mouret Galaham Gown with the Gianvito Rossi black suede sandals, Kate's baroque pearl SORU earrings, the L.K. Bennett Eliza Beaded clutch and a bracelet Prince Philip gave to the Queen for their wedding - which was loaned to Kate for last year's state banquet.
Alaina from NJ - For a more casual engagement involving the children we have the BCBGMAZAZRIA light blue top teamed with J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in pale smoke, grey Emily plimsolls from Mint Velvet and the Claudia Bradby Camelia Necklace & Kate Rose Quartz Earrings (which Kate co-designed during her time with Jigsaw). The evening look includes the Cameron Blake Dress with Brooch and Shawl, Giuseppe Zanotti peep toe stiletto pumps, gold and diamond bangles and Kate's Kiki Morganite earrings.
AnnaMartina - shared her picks for a dayitme look on this Pinterest board. We have the Gucci Silk Georgette Dress with Bow styled with the Christian Louboutin Apostrophe Suede Pumps and the Astley Clarke Icon Diamond Earrings.
Rebecca, Sweden - "My first looks is technically one look but that pulls double duty. It's for a scenario of them deplaning with the kids (hence no clutch to handle!) and then a change of event to a more cocktail-ish reception (with removal of hat and coat). I've added the maple leaf brooch but not on the coat, but on the dress!" We have the red coatdress by Eponine London styled with Kate's Gina Foster Pillbox Hat placed on her standard chignon (both removed after arrival). Underneath, Kate would wear her Saloni Martine Dress with the Queen's Maple Leaf Brooch pinned onto it. The look would be completed with the L.K. Bennett Fauna Blue Suede Courts, Kate's G Collins & Sons Tanzanite Earrings and Kate's Tiffany bracelet..
For the evening look, it's Kate green bell sleeve McQueen gown with the Queen's Enamel Maple Leaves Brooch worn in her hair. The Rupert Sanderson Zelena Pepp Toes, Monica Viander Baja Precious Cocktail Earrings, the Annoushka Cherry Droplet Bracelet, a clutch by Mascaro and a raspberry coloured lipstick completed the look.
Nancy - For a day out, it's the Dolce & Gabbana Fluted Floral Print Stretch Midi Dress with Kate's Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps, Kate's Kiki Grace earrings and Asprey Pendant. The evening look evokes the colours of Yukon's flag. Below, the Jenny Packham Beaded Draped Column Gown teamed with the Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandals, the Jenny Packham Casa Clutch, Kate's wedding Robinson Pelham earrings and Kate's art deco bracelet.
Casey H - The day look features Kate's Smythe Blazer with the Lush V-Neck Crepe Blouse, Joie Skinny Twill Cargo Pants, Steve Madden Holster Booties and the Coach Pebbled Leather Prairie Satchel. For an evening gala look, it's the St. John Shimmering Mermaid Gown styled with the Stuart Weitzman Nudsitsong Sandals, Kate's Cartier Diamond Tricolor Gold Trinity Hoop Earrings and the Multi Gold Russian Rings Necklace.
Elle - "Should Kate be attending a formal event in British Columbia or perhaps in the very beautiful city of Victoria I choose this rather romantic, long sleeve light blue gown from Jenny Packham. Pair it with her LK Bennet Pink Bow heels and those lovely pink Kiki McDonough Classic cushion drop earrings (the dress doesn't need much) and finishing with the bespoke Alexander McQueen clutch, similar to the brand’s Knuckle Box or Knuckle Duster clutch (originally carried with the other baby blue Packham)." For a visit to the Butchart Gardens, we have the Mackage Mai Belted Coat With Waterfall Collar in Rose styled with the Reiss Ailette Dress, Kate's L.K. Bennett Harper Suede Heels, Kate's diamond art-deco earrings and the Queen's pink diamond brooch with Canadian roots (Read the fascinating story behind it here).
For a day out in the country with the children, it's the Smythe Wool Gingham Blazer, Ralph Lauren Stretch Twill Skinny Pants, Kate's Malene Birger Ruffled Blouse, Stuart Weitzman Brown Boots and Kate's Kiki Citrine Earrings.
Anett - A daytime look features an Erdem Pre-Fall 2016 dress with the designer's signature floral print styled with Jimmy Choo Romy Elaphe Pumps and Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings. For the gala look, we have a blue gown with a floral top from Jenny Packham's AW16 Collection. The gown is styled with Kate's (hugely popular) Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandals and jewels coming from the royal vault - the Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure.
We will be featuring all remaining submissions in a bumper 'Part 3' post, there's an array of stylish looks to come! In the meantime, we expect to see a detailed itinerary for the Canada tour released shortly - most likely within the next few days. It will be very interesting to see the events planned and of course engagements where George and Charlotte may make appearances. The tour is just over two weeks away now, are you all looking forward to it? :)