Friday, 30 September 2016

The Cambridges Canoe to Haida Gwaii!

The penultimate day of the Cambridges' royal tour of British Columbia and Yukon saw the Duke and Duchess travel to Haida Gwaii for a variety of engagements.


The couple paddled in a Haida war canoe from Skidegate landing.


They were accompanied by a team of Haida warrior paddlers, elders and drummers.


They were welcomed by representatives of the Haida Nation.


William and Kate were given raven's tail scarves - a sign of wealth in the Haida community.


It was a beautiful day.


Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago located off the northwest coast of British Columbia. It is the ancestral home of the Haida Nation. The breathtaking natural beauty and Argillite carvings, totem poles and ancient Haida villages encourage visitors from all over the world to learn more about Indigenous culture and environmental stewardship. Haida Gwaii means 'Islands of the people'.


The Duke and Duchess experienced a Haida prayer, and a song and dance performance with representatives of the Haida Nation during the welcoming ceremony at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum.


An overview of the ceremony.


More from the Mail Online:

'They sat entranced as they watched several displays including a woman's dance in honour of their daughter Charlotte - the Haida are a matriarchal society - and a man's in honour of George. Kate was also left giggling after a dance to represent the Haida people's relationship with the animal and spirit worlds. 'He's looking for a princess,' said the narrator cheekily, as a man hopped around with a wooden mask in the shape of a frog. 
William also gave a short address - ironically his Haida was better than the French he spoke earlier in the week. He said: 'Women of High Esteem, Chiefs, Friends, Aan t'alang isis ska-wada-gee id ga dalang kil laa, haaw - thank you very much for having us here.' 

The royals experienced a celebration of the past, present and future of Haida art and culture.


The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay is an award-winning Aboriginal cultural tourism attraction located on Haida Gwaii on British Columbia’s Northwest coast. Through the Ḵay Llnagaay Heritage Centre the living culture of the Haida people is celebrated through language, art and stories.


Next, the Duke and Duchess visited the new Haidi Gwaii General Hospital in Queen Charlotte. The replacement hospital will enable Northern Health clinicians and staff to continue to deliver client-focused health care services in a modern environment that will improve outcomes for patients.


They heard from new mums how the new hospital means they can stay on Haida Gwaii to give birth.


The Duke and Duchess visited the long-term care wing, where they meet residents in the common room.


The couple unveiled a plaque marking the completion of the new hospital.


The Duchess looked excited as the couple approached the next leg of the day - a boat ride and fishing.


The couple took a boat ride on the Highlander Ranger from the Queen Charlotte boat launch.


Kate looked a little squeamish as she picked up a freshly caught fish.


William and Kate enjoyed a spot of fishing.


The Duke and Duchess take a look at crabs.


The Duchess appeared to be having a great time.


A beautiful photo of Kate.


Rebecca English posted this video on Twitter.


The Duchess debuted a smart new Smythe blazer today. It very much looks like Kate wore the (aply named) Wool Duchess Blazer (with thanks to Kate Middleton Style and What Kate Wore). The army green blazer features peak lapels, long sleeves with button cuffs, front button closure, chest and waist welt pockets. It retails for $595 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue

I thought it a fitting choice for Kate to choose a new blazer by the Canadian brand. The Duchess wore their navy One Button Blazer during the 2011 royal tour of Canada and it's been a firm fixture in her wardrobe ever since - often paired with skinny jeans and wedges. I expect we'll see the new green one in the future too.


Kate's blouse is the Somerset by Alice Temperley Spot Pretty Blouse in ivory (with thanks to Kate's Closet and Kate Middleton Style).

John Lewis

The chic £79 design is crafted in a lightweight and semi-sheer material. This blouse has an all-over textured spot design, lace insert detailing around the bib and at the cuffs, pleating around the short placket, and a flouncy bow around the neck. It's available at John Lewis.

John Lewis

The blouse also comes in black. It's an elegant piece which can be dressed up or down.

John Lewis

For the boat ride, Kate changed into the Really Wild Clothing Cashmere Mix Cable Crew Sweater in ruby. The £195 sweater is described as "This relaxed fit jumper is a modern way to wear Really Wilds beautiful knitwear. With a stylish cable knit detail and thick ribbed collar detail".

Really Wild Clothing

When William and Kate went fishing the Duchess put on a parka by Troy London. It looks like Kate wore their £350 Wax Parka. It's described: "A fresh take on our bestseller, this new lightweight coat is made from 100% cotton milled in England with a dry wax finish. A black sports-luxe lining provides 100% waterproof protection and brings an urban appeal to this casual but elegant coat with a cinched waist and drawstring hood." The brand offers a free monogramming service to personalise the pocket of your wax pocket.

Troy London

What Would Kate Do noted the Norfolk-based brand is run by sisters Rosie and Lucia Ruck Keene. William allegedly dated Rosie briefly during his 2007 split from Kate. Shortly after, love blossomed for Rosie with one of William's old friends, William van Cutsem, and the couple were married with the Duke and Duchess as guests in 2013. William van Cutsem was chosen as one of Prince George's godparents later the same year.

What Would Kate Do

Middleton Maven identified Kate's jeans as the ZARA Skinny Mid-Rise Trousers. The khaki trousers retail for £26 and come in several colours.


Kate selected her new £295  R. Soles Virgi Cholocate Suede Boots.

R.Soles

The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear-Drop earrings.

Kiki McDonough

And her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Kate's wore a plaited Alice band for the majority of the day (it's thought to be a band as Kate changed into her leopard print alice band when they went fishing). It's a very fresh, youthful look for the Duchess.


We leave you with this great photo from the day.


Tomorrow's Itinerary:
  • 10:10 a.m. - Charity visits in the morning beginning with the Cridge Centre for the Family.
  • 10:55 a.m. - An engagement with the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at a local cafe.
  • 11:45 a.m. - Then they will board a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society, a charity that uses the power of sailing to give young people skills and direction in their lives.
  • 3:50 p.m. - Official departure from Victoria's Inner Harbour by float plane and a private tour of the south end of the island.

See you tomorrow for the final day of the tour!

127 comments:

  1. It has been interesting to see the many gifts given to Their Royal Highnesses.It would be
    just as interesting to know and perhaps see if TRH brought any gifts for their many hosts.

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    1. Great question! I wonder too.

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    2. That is an interesting question !

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    3. For other tours, they had a photo the gave to commerate the tour. I have seen other websites say they left other things too, like the flower in Bhutan. It would be very interesting to know what was done for tour.

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    4. Iv never thought of this good question! I hope they do something nice, a photo of one self is kind of an odd gift lol.

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  2. Beautiful country. William spoke in their native language. This looks like a wonderful last full day adventure for them.

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  3. Love the outfit! The green jacket is a beautiful color for fall. The blouse is a nice feminine touch with the jeans and jacket. When I first saw her I thought maybe one or more pieces might be Ralph Lauren. The look is totally his design. Wish they were, but she still looks great. Kudos to you for always being so quick on this tour to keep us informed on what Catherine is wearing. Thank you!

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    1. I too thought of RL. Love his designs. They both looked great.

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    2. I thought RL also. I love her outfits for today. She looks terrific. This has been such fun, sorry to see it come to an end. I will never forget the gorgeous red Preen cocktail dress, and how magnificent Kate looked that evening. Also what struck me, is what wonderful and loving parents they both are. The love and tenderness was breathtaking.

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  4. This Kate Effect is unbelievable. When it was first tweeted that she was wearing a Temperley Blouse is was available in all sizes except 8. As a matter of interest I went back to the site after Charlottes post and now it is sold out in all sizes except 16 and 18.
    On another note, many commenters have complained about the lack of interaction this tour. However a large focus of their visit has been on our First Nations and First Nation people regard it as an honour and respect to entertain guests and bless them. Their lack of participation should be regarded as a sign of respect, rather than lack lustre. I think it has been a hard tour for them diplomatically, but I think they have do a really commendable job.
    I guess what I am saying is that before judging, we should consider the culture they have ventured into and as a proud Canadian, I completely understand and I respect the dignity and happiness that they have brought to this tour.

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    1. Happy to read your remarks. You would know. :)

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    2. Thank you JN for your perspective. Really appreciate it and I also agree. This tour has it's own feel and purpose. Which makes all the tours interesting - the differences between them rather than the similarities.
      Cara, Australia

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:43

      This tour really feels very focused towards politicians and Firs Nations! Quite a hefty tour even though it looks like alot of tourism and kids and fluffy there are alot of heavier things underneath it. I wonder if the royals might be used as a tool by the Canadian government to smooth over with First Nations? I mean, William and Kate were specifically asked for and that I think was because of the PR angle and the current PM is very PR savvy. But I also wonder if it also is because William is going to be queen, and appearantly there is quite a few rumblings among First Nations because they thought things were gonna get better after promises from the new government and it's going slower than they want. I wonder if William and Kate might be acting as a bit of a distraction and an "I see you". I mean, on this event both the blue shirts and the orange shirts worn by alot of the locals were different protests. Not towards the royals, but they used the media focus from the royals for their causes. I feel like this tour is more than meets the eye. Similar to William in China etc.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:44

      To show what I'm talking about, here is a great summary of the shirts from a poster called FairMaidofKent over at the Order of Splendor blog:

      FairMaidofKent • a minute ago
      The blue shirts were to protest a natural gas plant off the coast. The orange shirts are because September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, which has the slogan "Every Child Matters." It was started by Phyllis Webstad who was in a residential school as a child. She had a new orange shirt that she really loved, and upon arrival the children were stripped, given uniforms, and their own homemade, traditional clothing was taken and never given back to them. Phyllis has said she never got her beloved shirt back, so today we wear orange shirts for the girl who didn't get to wear hers. (it goes far beyond the clothing being taken away, of course... the residential schools were horrible places. But I won't go into that here) People wear orange shirts to recognize the harm the schools did to First Nations people, and to show support. I was glad to see quite a few people wearing orange downtown today.

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    5. Rebecca, it is a hefty tour as you surmise, and I am sure it has at times been quite uncomfortable for Will and Kate. However all credit to them for showing the utmost interest and respect and warmth wherever they have been. I think a lot of the public choose to underestimate this duo, but W/K seem to remain true to their values, which is quite admirable considering the constant hype and social media negativity around them.
      Rebecca English has written a very nice article today on fatherhood been the making of William. Worth a read.

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    6. Thank you JN, very good insight. Cultural respect comes in different formats, sometimes you join in, sometimes you observe. Either way, I enjoy learning through Kate and William, they are doing a really good job here.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 02:53

      http://www.macleans.ca/society/why-royal-visit-2016-is-the-edgiest-most-provocative-inspiring-ever/

      This is a very interesting article I just found. I don't know what kidnd of publication this is (validity, political side etc) so I cannot be truly critical of the source, but it's worth a read I belive and shows much better than my speculations earlier why this tour is heavier.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 04:03

      Haha, I just noticed that I wrote that William is going to be Queen.. That was not exactly what I was planning to type but I assume my point got across :P

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    9. Rebecca, I think you've hit the nail on the head with your first remark. At the moment, it apparently suits both the Canadian and British governments to use William and Kate as pawns. For one thing, Canada is now involved with setting up a trade pact with Australia and New Zealand--maybe all three have signed on already--and adding the UK to the mix would perhaps strengthen the mix. And with Brexit, the UK could use the business.

      For another thing, government approval for the liquid gas pipeline and natural gas plant on the coast of BC was very conveniently announced the day W&K were set to go to Kelowna. The upshot, for Will and Kate, was that, on the next day, if memory serves, the aboriginal chief due to speak at UBCO didn't go--he cancelled that morning,stating that he had issues with the Crown, meant no offence, but that it was a matter of principle. Too bad a few more politicians didn't have more of that.

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    10. Thanks for the insight! He in particular did a wonderful job, what a pity he admitted jokingly, of course that he didn't read his briefing notes:) maybe this helps to understand the lack of participation and their walking and smiling attitude.

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    11. Thank you, Rebecca, those are very interesting articles. Mackean's is a general interest Canadian magazine, about to reduce publication from weekly to monthly. Its current editor is somewhat conservative, according to Wikipedia, but I think iMacleans journalism is respected. Kate and William have plunged into a difficult area, and apparently carried it off. They excel when they can be in direct contact with people.

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    12. Hi Rebecca,
      I agree, this tour has had some very meaningful stops for British Columbians (like myself!). It is great to see that Will and Kate recognize the importance that the First Nation's communities have here and take time to meet with the chiefs and observe their traditions. There have been controversies, not over the Royal visit, but the community are using the publicity to peacefully protest. I think having Will and Kate visit brings attention back to these communities that the rest of Canada can turn a blind eye to. (Also no worries about Macleans, it is a very highly respected Canadian magazine). It's been very interesting to watch, you can see that often the Chiefs are being more welcoming to the Royals than to Christy Clark (the premier).

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    13. I keep getting the very strong impression that this tour is absolutely purely political in every way and that Will and Kate are pawns in this tug of war between the Trudeau government and the folks on the west coast of Canada. It was likely offered to the Trudeau government as a deal so he'd continue to promote the Commonwealth, in light of the rather major blow from the Brexit vote; Trudeau has had some very public problems with the First Nations and they have been very vocal about their displeasure with what they see as his failure to keep campaign promises made to the First Nations tribes and his failure to address issues of poverty and social services and there are a number of mineral rights/land rights feuds going on between the Canadian government, the First Nations tribes and private developers and/or energy companies.
      Will and Kate completed their first tour of Canada shortly after they were married. While Kate was just getting her feet wet, William was very hands-on in the tour, he flew and landed a helicopter, they both participated in the dragon boat race, they took part in opening the Calgary Stampede and they participated in a number of events when they went to the U.S. We saw the same in Australia and New Zealand and also in India and Bhutan.
      This tour has been markedly different. They've not been able to participate in many events, it's been sit and watch, sit and watch, etc. etc., which is definitely not their style at all when on tours like this.
      Then there's the issue of the two rather embarrassing political protests involving the royal visitors, that of the refusal of the First Nations chief to attend the Black Rod ceremony and the t-shirt incident today. Sorry but that's absolutely embarrassing to Will and Kate and it places them in an awkward position. The royal family are formally supposed to be above politics and not get involved and actions like today's protests. As the English say, very bad form, in my opinion.

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    14. JN, Will and Kate brought dignity. Would that some of their hosts had done the same, instead of putting their royal guests into the middle of some Canadian political feud.
      Here's betting they don't return to this area anytime soon.

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    15. Very interesting, thank you Rebecca. There is so much more to this tour than meets the eye. William and Kate are of course the perfect couple to carry out this tour.

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    16. Absolutely agree that the Will and Kate have been used by the Canadian governments agenda on this trip and it was made especially clear after the pipeline announcement yesterday. Point I was trying to make is that don't accuse Will and Kate for being boring and no interaction. The political undertones and cultural dynamics have reigned in the spontaneity and I still contend that they have done well. If the monarchy hopefully continues, they will visit the area again,but they will touch other areas that they have not visited first.

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    17. Rebecca you are so right! We focus so much on the fashion but they really had a big underling job here this time and I think they did great. I have to disagree with a few here I dont think the protest were disrespectful they were peaceful and safe!

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    18. Rebecca-
      Macleans is the Time Magazine of Canada.

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  5. A hairband of plaited synthetic hair?

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    1. Looks to be synthetic to me - it's not her hair, that's for sure!

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    2. I think so! I'm in love with the look.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:46

      I'm not sure about that Beachgal. It's very possible. But I think it could be her hair. When you do a braid like this you take the hair from underneath and not the topmost hair. My under-hair is usually way darker than my upper after the summer. So it is possible. It's also possible that it is a hairband :)

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    4. One of the royal reporters confirmed that it's synthetic hair and she mentioned the brand of the hairband. I'll try to find the information that she posted on Twitter.

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  6. Wow! Crazy In Love With Kate's Hair Styled With The Braid Today! Her Whole Outfit is Great & I Love The New Version of Such a Favorite Jacket..... But Wow! That Hairstyle! :)

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  7. I love all the pieces individually but I thought this to be a totally bizarre outfit to wear to remote Haida Gwaii, especially when you know you'll be canoeing. The more formal bow tie blouse and upscale blazer just seems very out of place. And paired with cowboy boots? This is a huge miss for me!

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    1. They were opening a hospital too, so I think it was a goid choice.

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    2. When you describe it it does sound weird, but as I was following the arrival on tumbler with just pictures, it looked really right and very chic too! Haha I thought that was her real hair in the braid though. Not a fan of synthetic hair.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:47

      The formal top part was because they were doing some "regular royal buissness" and opening a hospital, so she had to look a bit more formal while still being able to Canoe etc. I think the balance was very nice.

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    4. I think the look was very appropriate for both activities. She looked amazing.

      (Remember her worn out denim blue skinny jeans, striped tee and boat shoes, and wedges?)

      California Girl

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    5. Kate wore the R. Soles Vegas Setter boots at the Calgary Stampede in 2011. Those boots are lighter in photos but bear a striking resemblance to these boots. I'm rather surprised she wore these boots today vs. a flat pair or, as someone mentioned, her Sebago boat shoes. The cowboy boots over skinny jeans look has just never been a favorite with me.

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  8. Love her look!! The blazer, the blouse, pants and boots are well put together and she always manages to look effortlessly chic, even while rowing a canoe!. The new hair accessory is a nice little twist and her hair looks fantastic. cc

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  9. Lovely Kate. Great choice for today's activities. Love the shots in the canoe.

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  10. How amazing to travel by traditional war canoe! I've been to Haida Gwaii and it is such a beautiful place. They definitely lucked out with the weather, when I was there it rained or was overcast the whole time.
    I love the blouse and blazer combo, but those trousers are too tight! In my opinion it looks unprofessional to see them pulling at her legs and hips. Note this is not meant to be a comment about her weight, merely the styling of the pants.

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    1. Yes, this has been mentioned before. Her legs are so shapely and pretty, but seeing every curve is too much...even the zipper is pulling on her amazing flat stomach! Regular jeans would have been better.

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    2. This is how pants look these days. It is entirely normal.

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    3. Agreed, anonymous. This is how pants look. Baggy loose pants are ugly and unstylish.

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    4. I disagree that this is how pants look these days. You can have fitted pants that aren't glued to your legs. She is very slim, but these pants look uncomfortably tight and are pulling. It is unflattering, even on her. I wear skinny pants all the time. J. Crew for example makes beautiful skinny pants that don't look like this when worn. I love Zara and think it is a classic brand, but there is a reason why these pants are under 50 dollars. They look cheap and wear cheap. J Crew pants are under a hundred dollars, but would look a million times better.

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    5. Yes, I had the same thought, whether or not that is the normal look for today's pants. She certainly doesn't let today's normal influence her when dressing George. She is a princess after all. Pants so tight that they are pulling at the zipper are not a good choice. That being said, I wish I looked this good!

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    6. I would love to see her in more expensive skinny pants, even though I think she pulls off Zara better than anyone I know! Thanks for pointing that out Nina. BethNy, this is normal dress for a bit in a commonwealth country.

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    7. Cee - really? Where do you live? In London, baggy trousers are everywhere this season.

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    8. I agree with Brina. The fashion is changing, you'll see it soon if you haven't already.

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  11. I like this outfit a lot! So nice to see her wear Smythe of a different color and it is The Duchess Blazer!!! The blouse is beautiful as well. Love the combination of the two. My one quibble: black riding boots instead of the brown westerns.

    They seem to be enjoying their visits with all the tribes. Kate, especially, seems very interested and animated during these
    engagements. Very cool to canoe in :-)

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    1. It is a great blazer and a new color is great. I remember reading somewhere that the blazer was renamed for her after it's debut on tour back in 2011.

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    2. Or black jeans instead of the olive jeans. Loved all the pieces (as usual) but the olive blazer and jeans was too monochromatic for me, even with the break of the brown boots.

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  12. Such a pretty woman, she has matured nicely into her role as chief supporter of her husband and a competent and intelligent representative of the Queen and Great Britain.

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  13. I like the green blazer; is she wearing trousers in a matching shade? Less keen on the 'cowboy' boots and the blouse with the 'pussy-bow', an odd choice for this occasion, 'dressy'.

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  14. I'm so glad to see her finally choosing an outfit that is appropriate to the weather, season, and type of engagement! I especially love the blazer. She looks classic, stylish and comfortable. The braid is a nice touch.

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  15. I don't like either outfit today. I don't like this color, and it looks off with the cowboy boots.
    I do like her red sweater, but to me, it doesn't go with her pants, or the cowboy boots. A miss for me today for both outfits. I like her hair. I think that is a headband that looks like a braid? Looks
    Nice:)

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    1. The dark khaki and red combination was very much a thing in the 1980's. It's definitely making a come back. We have seen that a lot on this tour. Kate is an expert at pulling these looks together, and she always blends in so well with locals. I love it!

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    2. Red and brown is a really great color combo. It's warm and friendly and really pretty for autumn. Think about all the variation of colors when leaves are changing, and you'll see how well they compliment each other.

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  16. Perfect for the occasion, her hair looks great and the Haida scarf looked so good with her outfit and hair

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    1. Zora from Prague1 October 2016 at 09:00

      It's exactly how I feel about it, Valerie. It must have been a beautiful day, a great experience, one that will be remembered long after!

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  17. I like the blazer and blouse, but I don't love the entire outfit. But I do like the focus on the Haida people. Thank you Charlotte for including such detailed information on the places, causes and people TRHs have selected to visit on this tour. I know this is a blog about her fashion, but that is not their reasons for the tour, so I appreciate the added information. I am fortunate enough to have visited Haida Gwaii for 3 weeks back in 2011, and indeed it is a very special and unique place. I am so glad they went there, and put the spotlight on it. Hoping to send them off tomorrow and get some good views! Thanks again for the awesome posts!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:48

      This blog is not only about her fashion, it's about her fashion and life and a big part of Charlottes posts focus on the engagements itself so its perfectly appropriate to discuss here!

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    2. Rebecca-Sweden, did you misread Amy Theade's comment? Maybe I am misreading your's but you appear to be defending the discussion of the engagements. If so, no need.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 16:28

      BethNY I was just commenting on the "I know this is a blog about her fashion", and assuring that that is not all this blog is about :)

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  18. I really do not like any of the outfit choices today. The blazer is too matchy with the color of the jeans and the red sweater looked too large and just wrong when paired with the colored jeans and cowboy boots. Misses for me today, but I have for the most part been very impressed with her style choices this tour!

    -Brooke in South Carolina

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  19. It's funny, I think what really makes the outfit is the ravens tail scarf! Love the blazer, but would like to see the jeans in a different shade.

    Before the tour and even early on, I heard a lot of criticism of the lack of interaction with the First Nations, but I think they've done this wonderfully - I have learnt so much about them. Thank you Charlotte for bringing it all to us so promptly :)

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    1. I agree! That's what I noticed initially as well! The raven tail scarf matches perfectly with her outfit. Thank You Charlotte!!You have done an amazing job with this tour and I've really enjoyed all your posts!XOXO

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    2. Completely agree that the Ravens tail scarf really finishes off the outfit. Great planning on her part.

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  20. In photos on the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3816426/Wills-Kate-arrive-remote-island-traditional-WAR-CANOE-British-Columbia-charm-locals-penultimate-day-tour-Canada.html you can see that she wore two different headbands - one braided one, and the other one that we have seen before.

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  21. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 01:38

    I don't know if my post didn't go through or if I didn't acutally post it :P Or maybe I will look a fool and it shows up twice, but here is my comment I first wrote when the post came up:
    (This is written when only early pictures were out so my opinions may change :P )

    I am in love with her hair! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! So feminine, pretty and right up my alley! Its so cute! So pretty!! And something new! God I love it so freaking much!

    She looks very nice, I like the natural colourscheme.

    I love that they helped row themselves to the island!

    This tour really has focused and included alot of First Nations! Very interesting and very nice!

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    1. I completely agree with you Rebecca. Someone above referenced that it looked like Ralph Lauren, and I think its close to that, very much love the color scheme. Her hair of course is her crowning glory and this style is very fresh, fitting and very pretty. cc

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    2. I agree cc,

      She could have worn her old skinny jeans, striped tee and boat shoes. Her old uniform.

      Thankfully, she did not.

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  22. Maybe this has been talked about before but did the Duchess receive boots on the last Canadian visit? Why isn't she wearing those?

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    1. Maybe she has worn out hem out! ;-)

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    2. I thought these were those boots. She has worn them twice. They look fantastic!

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  23. https://twitter.com/_mio/status/781936543782936576

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  24. This outfit was not styled well. I love the blazer but a simple beige cashmere sweater would have looked more appropriate for the outing. The matching color pants and cowboy boots are just a terrible look overalll. The outfits this tour are very strange. She looked every bit the princess walking off the plane in the bespoke blue dress but for example the ivory dress at the children's party was a miss as well. She is so beautiful and polished and can look great in anything but I wish she would go back to the styling of her post wedding wardrobe as the designers being chosen are too "runway" rather than princess. Sadly these outfits look like pieces Beatrice and Eugenie would wear.

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    1. How many people here actually work in the fashion industry?

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      You don't need to work in the fashion industry to form an opinion on her outfit.

      I think this tour proved it for me, I am not a fan of Kate's everyday/casual style, which is combination of skinnies with a blazer. The best part of this outfit was the otter fur scarf- poor otters.

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  25. Janet from Oregon1 October 2016 at 02:38

    I really like this look. I think the feminine blouse works great with the blazer, jeans, and boots. I love the way her hair is done. It says something for the comfort and quality of that blazer that she could row in it!

    My post from yesterday did not go through. I agree that Charlotte looks like the Queen! Yes, she is outgoing where George is kind of shy. At first I wondered why, as many of us did, Kate would wear a white dress to a children's event, but maybe it's because she can! That is why we read this blog about her and say she is effortlessly chic. How many women could wear a white dress to an outdoor children's party and not get something on it--grass stains, mud, drool from Charlotte's teething! But she does it, and does it elegantly and, apparently, comfortably. That's why she is a Princess and we are but mere mortals :). As for the lack of interaction with other parents and children: I noticed that and it bothered me. However, in news reports, I read quotes from parents who were there about the conversations they had with William and Kate, so at some point there must have been some.

    And, yes, this tour is way different than, say, India. No hobnobbing with Bollywood stars, no visit to a fairy tale mountain kingdom, no photo in front of the iconic Taj Mahal. They are in a place the world pays little attention to, giving their time and attention to the people there and doing it generously and graciously. Kudos to W&K for that. And I think Kate has done a great job of choosing clothes that reflect the country she is in, that reflect the Fall season, and that work well for her.

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    1. Janet I loved how you put words to my own thoughts about yesterday that I was struggling to express! Thx:) So my additional thoughts were:
      1) As a Hostess/Guest of Honor its always nice to error on the side of being dressed up. It tells the guests that you find the event & their presence important enough to do so. Also, seeing other Mums in dresses tells us that this was an important day for them. :)
      2) Yes George is at an age to be more aware/hesitant of his surroundings.... But I can't tell you how many times it took all my kids at that age to warm up when I brought them to a new playgroup or outing with new girlfriends & their children & they all hung back until they got the lay of the land. Also with so many distractions it was a wonder any of the children interacted with all of the many fun things to grab their attention. It was definitely more of a "Parrallel Play" situation for any child.
      3) I too read of several chats parents had with Will & Kate, who while being fellow parents were also focused on keeping track of & tending to their own little munchkins.
      4) I leave with the question... Would we rather see the kids alone with W&K at an old school Photo Call with a Slew of Photographers Snapping away at them like they did with Will & Harry? Or the lovely party yesterday which enabled other Military Families to enjoy all the fun & escape their concerns about their loved ones deployed (even for just a bit) & have Photographers etc there to capture some much craved video & snaps of PG & PC? I love the idea of The Children's Garden Party & appreciate that the world was given a peak in for a bit of it.
      I think it was a Great Idea & Wonderful Day all around! :)
      I also love that Kate wore a Cream Dress...... "Because She Can" (Thx Janet love it) lol :)

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  26. this is a total miss for me, cowboy boots on a boat to go fishing? the red sweater din't go with anything she wore. however love love the hair it is her real hair they take the under hair and braid it then pull it around the color is different because your top hair is always lighter. great post charlotte thanks

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 04:06

      I've never worn cowboy boots, but those who have say they are the most comfortable thing you can wear :P

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    2. They are very comfortable if they are fitted correctly and on top of that they are extremely functional. The heel, especially a walking heel, is a great choice for walking all day or being on your feet. While I am from the Southwest and cowboy boots are very common place and worn daily by many people, they are not just for cowboys or cowgirls. They are quite on trend and aside from being stylish, are quite useful. I see no problem with her wearing them with her outfit, on the contrary think it is a practical choice for being outdoors and in nature (including a canoe/boat). cc

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    3. Rebecca-Sweden, you are right. Cowboy boots are very, very comfortable. My BF wears them all the time and one day brought a pair home for me. I wore them to make him happy but I have to admit that they are much more comfortable than my Valentino Rockstud Pumps!

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  27. Why skinny jeans and not a modern trouser? Would have looked more royal....

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    1. I don't know why people on this site keep insisting on Kate wearing "trousers" when that mean old-fashioned ugly pants. Stylish, trendy, modern trousers are skinny cut. That's the way it is. Flare or bootcut trousers are incredibly dated.

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    2. I dont get why people want her to look like an old suburbanite at he mall. I NEVER see young women in loose pants. Its all skinnies or leggings.

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    3. Depends on one's point of view!

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    4. Prepare yourselves to see more loose fitted pants, the latest fashions from London are not skinnies. And I'm very happy about it!

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  28. Not an outfit for boating. Blazer is just off on a boat. Add those cowboy boots, ugh! I get the part of honoring your hosts by wearing something local but everything is just off. Then comes the flaming red sweater. Red+khaki is just a big No No! Where were her popular Sebago flat boat shoes to complete the look?

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    1. 02:49, no offense, but

      A blazer is a navy/military/boat basic. That is where the concept of a blazer came from. Cowboys boots with an outfit like Kate wore is classic. Ralph Lauren classic. Red and khaki and red and the color of breen (brownish green) that Kate wore is classic. Again, Ralph Lauren classic. Very preppy, but in the best way. I love this outfit.

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    2. Janet, the ABC video here shows them interacting normally. They fit easily into the flow of things there.

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  29. I love all the elements of her outfit(s) today. But I don't love the blazer and the pants together. The color is too close but not completely matching. The sweater does not bother me at all. It kind of makes sense, fishing in a blazer doesn't seem like an ideal choice.

    I think this was an event that worked for them. They were able to interact and engage with the community and culture in the area plus getting to do something fun.

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  30. Kate looks splendid! What a great way of dressing to honor her hosts while traveling by boat. And more green, yea! Only, the blazer has that notch, my one disappointment.

    I am a bit concerned for those who think the red pullover is too large. We have been reconditioned to expect overly tight clothing. The sweater is beautiful and it's a fine fit for fishing! I am altogether amazed by all of the criticism of Kate's attire today. I find it lovely, engaging, appropriate, practical, and elegant.

    Does 'raven's tail' refer to the weave of the scarf? The fur is sea otter, according to the Daily Mail article. The DM could have made an effort to identify the Haida people around William and Catherine. And Kate, who they say asked to handle the fish, did not look the least queasy or green! Such nonsense.

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  31. Jeanne, Vancouver1 October 2016 at 04:16

    Kate and William really lucked out with the weather in Haida Gwai! Beautiful images, beautiful place. Kate looks smoking in the khaki Smythe jacket and skinnies; and the blouse just perfect. Loving the chocolate cowboy boots - the 2016/17 runways have been full of cowboy boots of all styles and colours, so again, she's en vogue. Besides, they look great on her. Red and khaki a no-no Anon 02:49? Since when? I think it's the combination is stunning and wear it often. Another win day.

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  32. I was very close!
    https://twitter.com/marywitttn/status/781999435236638720

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    1. Yes you were!! Great choice!! :) cc

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  33. Kate looked adorable today! Everything she had on was completely appropriate. Plus its the Great North West. ANYTHING GOES. The point is to stay warm and comfortable. I do wear boots fishing and I have worn them on a boat too.
    I grew up (and still live) in the northwest or else I wouldn't comment on clothes or shoes.

    Charlotte, I've truly enjoyed reading your blog. You do such a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!

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  34. I don't think her outfits for today could have been any more perfect. Total home run. The color combinations are very Ivy League and posh. The boots are so unique and very classy.

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  35. I think red looks nice with khaki! However I wouldn't describe Kates pants as khaki. They look more brown to me. Khaki is tan or beige. Agree the boots are totally off for canoeing. The jeans and blazer are fine but that flimsy blouse is out of place too. A crew neck long sleeve t shirt would have been better. Love her hair today.

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  36. I thought the cream jumper from NZ tour would've been more suitable that the red.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 16:32

      I think that one was more pinkish with mintgreen parts. Probably a bit too light and summery for the look :) But that one came to mind for me as well :)

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  37. Since when have brown and red not gone together?

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  38. Great day. Loved all the events, and I thought she looked fabulous.

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  39. Love the alice band and plait..very youthful on her! But I feel like she has only worn red and green this entire tour :/

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2016 at 16:32

      The arrival outfit was very blue :P

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  40. Love Everything She Wore Today! I Would love To Get The Red Sweater & Jacket If Any Are left? lol :) Again I Rave About Her Hair! Wow! Full Glossy & I Loooved The Braid Band! Loved The Day, Loved The Scenery, Loved The Activities, Loved Seeing Them Lit Up From The Fun They Were Having, Loved All Her Clothing, Just Loved It All! lol :) This Tour Has Truly Been A Treat! I Thank All The Photographers & Others Documenting The Tour & Most of All You Dear Charlotte For Bringing It To Us In Your Trademark Amazing Way! xo xo xo

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  41. Oh & side note, I've been purging my closets & have a pair of olive skinny jeans in the "to go" pile! They will most certainly be moved to the "keep" pile after seeing Kate's today! lol :)

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  42. While I didn't exactly love the sweater, I did think that the red and khaki were a perfect match! And I would also rather style it with brown than black boots. Love the new blouse and blazer, and the braided hairband looked fresh and young. Generally, I'm more for the more dressed up looks and don't care so much about functional outerwear, but Kate can pull really anything off! ;)

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  43. I'm obsessed with that parka. Sporty Duchess is my favorite!

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  44. Why oh why does everyone pick this poor woman apart? Dos no one remember what this did to The Princess of Wales? She is a lovely woman and great wife and mother! I think she is beautiful in all she wears. If you can't say something nice...don't say anything!!!!

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    1. I agree. I love the blog but I have to stop reading the comments because they really bring me down.

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    2. Agreed. The people here think they are style pros. There usually a reason why Kate dresses the she does on the Royal tours. We should sit back and enjoy this great blog and all the different styles Kate is wearing now.
      I think we have Ms. Archer to thank for the wear Kate is dressing now. Read an article in the DM explaining Ms. archers roll in dressing Kste now. Great read.

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    3. I agree as well. People who know nothing about British or Canadian cultural heritage are suddenly experts at what Kate should or shouldn't wear. They ignore the wonder of a traditional children's tea party and snipe at dress and so-called "lack of interaction"--they have obviously never been at a toddler's birthday party where the little ones are far more interested in presents and games than each other. They think that the Duchess should have worn anything else than what she did. And finally they call her "dense" because obviously she didn't see the psychology of her 3 year old even though he enjoyed himself and didn't throw a tantrum. Get a life peeps. This is a happy family that have expended time and energy to visit a country and people that have largely been ignored. And they have done it with warmth and grace forging new Royal traditions.

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    4. We are her to comment on her clothing. That I don't think the skinny jeans/pants/whatever are appropriate doesn't mean I think she's a bad person or not a good mother. It means I don't like her in skinny jeans.

      Obviously she doesn't care what I think--she's been wearing this style of pants for years despite my dislike of it. ;)

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  45. I read your wonderful blog and never comment on this tour Canada this is amazing ;)

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  46. I think Kate was very suitably dressed and looked as pretty as ever. But the thing that interests me most is the way that the scarves tone with the outfits - green for Kate and blue for William. Either the hosts asked in advance which colours would be appropriate, or the palace was told what gifts to expect and planned the outfits round them - I wonder which?
    Sarah UK

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  47. I just realized that when Kate wears "regular" clothes my reaction is "meh". It's when she wears things that I will never, ever have occasion to wear that I get excited. The blue arrival outfit was so fabulous. Even if I looked like Kate I would never have occasion to wear something like that. Seeing her clothes on such occasions feeds the dream of the happily-ever-after princess story. Every day clothes- not so much. Even though I'm in my mid 50'September I enjoy the happily ever after dream.

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  48. Wonderful post. I love her outfit, especially the red sweater. Thank you, Charlotte for all the info on the native peoples of Canada. When I was eight, my father drove us from Utah, up through BC to the Yukon and then to Alaska. I wish I could remember more of the trip, but I remember how breathtaking it was.

    Is it just me, or does HRH make a life jacket look like the must have Fall accessory of 2016! LOL!

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  49. I love this new 'uniform'! I wonder if she will change for the departure?

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  50. Fantastic post Charlotte she looks gorgeous and so great to be with the Haida Nation

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  51. Michelle, lol. That's what I thought also. Only a beauty like Kate with an awesome personality could "make a life preserver look like an accessory". And she did.

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  52. I think the blouse works better not tucked in.

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