Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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.

125 comments:

  1. Oooh, a nice look today! I like her experimenting a bit more with shoes. I like that she matched her red coat with oxblood! And they are very interesting! A nice combo! Kate always look good in red so nice look I would say. I also very much like her classic chignons and such. So a nice solid look from what I can see so far. Happy to see the tartan again!

    Shaping up to be another great day on the tour!

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    1. You are forever the optimist Rebecca. She could wear her pajamas and you'd give a positive comment! I lOVED the shoes. The fit of the jacket is really nice but the buttons are a little too wide and awkward. Nice hair style but the jewelry could have given more of a kick or a colorful scarf would have done. Overall, I give it a 7!

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  2. Wow!!! Kate looks fabulous! Red is so good on her & her hair is lovely! I see a little shoe detail. Something different, great!

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  3. I love the color and length but the button placement is well, not ideal from a distance. Looks, well, odd. The rest is great! Hair, shoes, earrings...all of it otherwise is great.

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    1. Haha! You're right about the button placement (giggle)!

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    2. Nicole from France29 September 2016 at 11:49

      yes, very right ! that's the kind of details I can't understand her PA does not deal with !

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  4. Sarah Maryland USA28 September 2016 at 18:20

    Like her hair but I would like the coat of it was a bit more fitted
    Also I came across this article online and was wondering what the rest of you guys thought about it?
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/28/what-s-wrong-with-william-and-kate-s-tour-of-canada.html
    I tend to agree. There is almost zero coverage of this tour in the USA especially compared to 2011. And they don't seem to be featured highly on any UK cites. So I'm wondering if their obsession with privacy has backfired?

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    1. Well, it's Election season in the US so nothing will get through that. And the UK is in the wrong timezone so they don't get the pictures from the day until after deadlines so when they print pictures it has been a day old already. But I've seen front pages, I heard that Australian news have talked about it on morning shows etc. CBC (Canada television) has said it has been blockbuster numbers of viewers etc.

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    2. You're right, Rebecca. Here in the USA, they'd have to don masks of Clinton and Trump to get any coverage. ;)

      The Pacific North West areas may be covering it locally more, I wouldn't know.

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    3. This is a typical article that comes out every time there is a tour. You got to love the British press. The palace knew that there is an election in the States that will dominate coverage in any part of the world, so I don't think they will be too concerned. I am sure that if Trudeau had not extended the invitation they would not have come, but seen that he did they had to come this year as Charles will on all likelihood come next year for July 1st 150year celebrations, At the same time I see that they are making the papers in the U.K. daily

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    4. I read the Daily Beast article, and I hate to say it but I agree with it. This tour seems boring in comparison to others - W&K are obviously a very charismatic couple, but there is something wooden about them. There are hardly any spontaneous, off script interactions. The press following them hardly get any sound bites from them and all they seem to be doing is walking around or sitting talking to people - nothing that fabulous and it all seems very rehearsed.

      There's a reason people love Harry and Sophie so much - they are spontaneous and much more relatable. Just my opinion.

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    5. Well I would not say that the events of today were rehearsed. Plenty of spontaneity there. Jumping on steam trains, hugging and when meeting with children it can never be rehearsed.

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    6. My thought on the DB article ... perhaps Camilla was the ghostwriter.

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    7. I think it all depends on your expecatations. If you expect them to walk and smile during a week long tour, it is done.
      If you expect more, you might find yourself agreeing with every single word of that article.

      I tend to agree with Sarah. On her fashion note, it is one nice but plain coat again.

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    8. Good point on the article, Anett!

      Furthermore, I find them in danger of becoming as "nice but plain" as her coats, which is probably unfair, considering his groundbreaking position as a rescue pilot.

      She needs to grab hold of that microphone and say something. Be a modern woman, Kate! That's the future of the monarchy! Not yet another red coat.

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    9. As non Canadians many will not recognize the diplomacy that is taking place here on a very difficult issue. Therefore before criticizing walking and smiling and not saying anything, and expressing boredom maybe some research should be done. The royals are doing an excellent job and should not be readily criticized without some background information.

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    10. Rhiannon Mills of Sky News has an interesting chat with Arthur Edwards on her facebook page. Comments certainly negate a lot of this article and I am more inclined to take the word of the people on the ground.

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  5. I love your blog, Charlotte! It is great to get these quick first looks - satisfies my curiosity until more photos and information comes out :-)

    The Aurora Borealis were out last night where I live in Alaska, and I bet they were even more visible in Whitehorse. They're supposed to be spectacular tonight! I sure hope William and Catherine get to see them!!!

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    1. wow. Thanks for sharing Meg. Enjoy. I hope William and Kate get to see them.

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  6. Already love that she's changed up the style of her shoes...about time!

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  7. Love the new coat and shoes! Not such a fan of her updo today, a little too 'prim' looking IMO.

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  8. Okay, for those nude heel haters--those brown block shoes are a change-up! Love her look, when she wore the green coat she matched the Rangers at the airport, this coat matches the Rangers at the Community Center :) Some will probably complain that she isn't wearing Canadian designers. Maybe not, but she looks great anyway.

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    1. Valerie, congratulations. You just pointed out two "Kate things". :)

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  9. I do enjoy the dress and the overall look, but feel it to almost be too formal for the engagement. Especially as William isn't even wearing a tie. I would have anticipated her to also be more appropriately dressed for the weather if it is in fact as cold as everyone keeps mentioning. A pair of tall boots would have been equally as appropriate for what they were doing. Surely she won't wear this outfit to see the mountain bikers. Or you could only hope. One last comment, and I may very well be in the minority, but I have had enough red in one tour. I know she wore a decent amount of red in the last tour and the royals try to wear items which allow them to stand out, but after the red dress it seems hard to beat.

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    1. I can tell you that as one of the thousands who were out waiting to see the couple in Whitehorse, we all appreciated her red coat. It was the only way we could spot her and track them as they approached until they were close enough to see clearly. She stood out, and we all loved it!

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  10. I'd be interested to see more photos and see if those change my opinion. I feel awful saying this, but this coat seems rather unflattering compared to her usual style. She's such a slender person, but this adds bulk to her frame.

    I'm normally a big fan of hers, but this is a miss for me.

    Im confused about the scarf. I thought plaid/tartan was a Scottish thing?

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    1. There are lots of Scots in Canada! It was one of the reasons the Queen Mother loved Canada. The tartans are officially approved. When I was in Canada during the summer, I was given samples of the maple leaf tartan and of the official tartans of the provinces I visited.

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    2. I love Kate, but I agree 18:46, this coat is bulky or she needs a size smaller. Not one of her best coats. Her glowing presence shines through though.

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  11. Thanks for these "first looks"! :)

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  12. Caroline Herrera always gets it right. Her clothes are timeless. I like seeing Kate in red, but I hope she wears some other colors.

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  13. Lovely wool coat and l love the style. The pumps are by Tods I think.

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  14. Looking forward very much for the fresh news. I love the red coat. Beautiful!

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  15. Great look: beautiful coat and interesting shoes! (Wish we had a better shot of them.)

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  16. Hmmm. Not too sure about this coat - it looks a bit big around the waist on Kate (of course on us mere mortals it would probably fit just fine!) I absolutely love the shoes and the clutch though - I kind of wish she'd chosen a coat in that burgundy shade today rather than the bright red again. I know it's in the flag, but for the rest of this tour anything bright red is going to be measured against that stunning Preen dress (and will probably fall a bit short!).

    As an aside, I just noticed the Steller's Jay (BC's state bird) in your tour header this morning Charlotte. As a birder, that made my day! I have fond memories of seeing my first one at Lake Louise back in the late 90s. Thank you so much for including it.

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    1. I also noticed that Steller's Jay back a few posts. Haven't been back to find out if my story about being surrounded by those birds in the redwoods made it. They are fascinating, and noisy!

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      It made it. :) Sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

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    3. Thanks 3:32, I'm glad to know you saw it.

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  17. New Shoes!! This made my day! Love that heel shape!

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  18. Thanks Charlotte. You are the best. x

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  19. Also the shoes should be new! Wonderong who is the stylist... Great outfit!

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  20. I wonder if Kate is wearing these shoes in a wine/burgundy color...
    http://www.bluefly.com/tods-navy-leather-fringe-buckle-detail-pumps/p/

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  21. Yay! Fancy pretty shoes!! The coat is looking nice too.
    Waiting for updates.

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  22. Julia from Leominster28 September 2016 at 19:42

    It's a fantastic look as much as I can see so far - love the new shoes, the hairstyle, the coat.

    But at the risk of a quibble - and I'm not the best judge, isn't wearing the clothes of a designer from the States (and an Italian one) just a little strange when there are so many great Canadian designers. Wearing British designers of course makes sense but the Canadians I know, while extremely gracious, do like to make a distinction from their big neighbour to the south.

    Kate is meant to be representing the Commonwealth - I just have a feeling most of her fashions should come from Commonwealth nations for tour clothing (what she wears privately or on non-state visits at home is a different matter.) - even though I admired many of the looks from Kate stylists who used States designers.

    For instance, although the queen wears all British clothes, the Angela Kelly books explains how they sent a jacket to be embroidered by Native craftswomen, I believe in the eastern provinces, before a Canadian tour. It was a quite wonderful, although subtle diplomatic touch. Kate has used colours and tartans and while she doesn't need to use Canadian designers if she doesn't wish - choosing other foreign designers seems odd. But perhaps I'm wrong.

    Just throwing this out there, not to take away from what is an excellent look I like very much and a designer who does wonderful clothes - and hurray for the shoes!!!

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    1. I totally agree with you. I think Diana really tried to wear British designers when on "official" business. I am surprised that Kate doesn't make more of an effort on this. She and William are there to fly the British flag and to honor the local businesses and people. There is a lot of great Commonwealth fashion to choose from, and frankly, she could easily find a coat like this from other sources. Nothing really special here.

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    2. I agree Julia. And people are noticing even more because she hasn't worn Caroline Herrera before. I don't think the coat fits her properly either. Love the shoes though.

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    3. The only Canadian items were the earrings, if I am not mistaken. It is funny because when she is at home, she rather wears any other labels than British. Kind of.

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    4. She has worned british designers everyday except for today when mixing in a Canadian designer. Don't see an issue here. Diana wore Italian designers a lot. Let us not change history.

      It doesn't hurt to use an american designer when Britain will soon have to negotiate a new trade deal with the US.
      Early diplomacy never hurts.

      Kate has looked absolutely radiant on this tour. She has represented the UK extremely well. Be proud.

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    5. Diana wore plenty of non British designers and Kate wears plenty of British designers at home as well. Agree with Anon above, with Brexit the UK is on a different footing and what better way to foster soft diplomacy through their most high profile candidate in the fashion industry.

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    6. Julia from Leominster29 September 2016 at 15:03

      Just to clarify - Diana only wore Italian designers towards the very end of her marriage and only wore them "a lot" after the separation when it became apparent she would never be queen and no longer had any reason to dress representing the nation - she wore almost exclusively British for the first nine or ten years - one exception was wearing Chanel on an official visit to France which was diplomatic dressing - Jackie Kennedy did the same.

      A trade agreement with Canada is also at issue - I will simply say that I'm glad to see some Canadian dressing - jacket and Native earrings later - and hope to see more Canadian or British outfits. I'm not too trouble with Kate wearing American designers on charitable engagements at home - but I think when she is representing the nation - (this was also my feeling when she wore Dolce with Chinese visitors and a couple of choices on the Indian trip) that the outfits should be either from the nation being visited, from a designer of the heritage of the country visited, or British.

      We all have our own opinions but I wish she had saved this lovely coat for one of her visits at home.

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  23. Kate looks nice, but I am getting sick of all the red. It's great that she is trying to theme her wardrobe around her host's colors, but there is such a thing as too much...

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    1. Never too much red because she looks fabulous in it. She has emerged as an absolutely stunning woman. I agree with Prince Phiillip, she is a breath of fresh air to the BRF. William is very lucky.

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    2. I can see this red coat being recycled for Christmas this year. IMO its a little too much red in this tour, even though It's a nod to the home country,, its getting a bit of an overdose for me,,,

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  24. Uhm.... I wonder why she did not simply go For the red cost she used in the Australian tour. It's dress cost n. Three. And the National Flag colour block Series continue ...

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  25. Couldn't a tailor have moved those buttons a little higher or lower?
    #TryingNotToGiggle

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    1. Then I think the coat would have gapped badly. As it is, it pulls next to the bust line because it is a bit tight there. I do like this coat, but it needed just a bit of tailoring.

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      People are noticing the fit and the tailoring. Both need improvement.

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  26. Terrible button placement on the front of this coat. Whoever advised her on purchasing this item should have looked a little more carefully.

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  27. Oh, lovely coat! And some kind of decoration on some new shoes, I think! I like the dark red purse with the bright red coat. It kind of echoes the maple leaf scarf she is again carrying.

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  28. I am loving the look!! Beautiful cut and so flattering on her. And with the updo we get to see the full effect. Very nice.

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  29. Anonymous in Colorado28 September 2016 at 20:32

    Ahhhhhh!! Just saw on Twitter that Kate's changed into a coat by Sentaler!! Wasn't it Sonshine who used that coat in a different color in her "style Kate" look?! Nice prediction, Sonshine!

    Loving the chunkier heels today! Whoever said she's been going for a vintage '50's vibe on this tour is rightone.

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  30. EEEK! Do I see new shoes! :)))

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    1. lol, Courtney. you do. you do.

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  31. The shoes steal the show. The coat is beautifully fitted and lovely, but a bit on the boring side for an international tour. It needs styling--a scarf (holding one doesn't count)or brooch, perhaps.

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  32. And new shoes! With a block heel AND a decoration on the toe. Can't tell if it's a bow? Hip Hip Hooray!

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  33. Charlotte, I HAVE to lead off by expressing my absolute amazement at your swiftness in getting these posts up! It's NIGHTTIME where you are and you're beating the news wires to these stories, which is remarkable!!
    As usual, your posts are so incredible because you've not only provided the fashion but some great information and photos on the different venues and organizations on the tour! Just an amazing job you're doing with this, as you always do, but given the 10-hour time difference, it's especially amazing!
    Huge, huge thanks and "you are AWESOME!" to you! Go get some sleep, girl!!

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    1. Charlotte, I so agree. THANK YOU. :)

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  34. Now, the style.
    I wish Carolina would have belted this coat. Unless you're about 6'5" or unless the coats are much shorter, A-line coats like this tend to shorten and flatten even the thinnest of women, like Kate.
    I like the color and I like the coat, in general, but it would have been a stunner with a slimmer silhouette and a belt.
    Not a fan at all of those pumps. Did she borrow those from the late queen mother's shoe collection?
    Just saw some glimpses of her more-casual second ensemble and I'm seriously loving it, esp. the boots and the shawl-collar sweater!
    I feel bad for Will and Kate. I'm just getting the repeated vibe that they've (along with George and Charlotte) been used as pawns in some kind of Trudeau political gesture - and a UK government desperate to hold onto the Commonwealth partnerships in light of the Brexit upheaval.
    This tour has just not their style at all, they're SO much more active, hands-on, get in on the activities, and they've been mostly spectators on these events.

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    1. I think pawns is too strong a word. If they had been opposed to going, they wouldn't have gone. They knew what it would entail before they agreed.
      Also, showing a gesture of reconciliation to the native people of a country, who have been wronged, is not the worst political scheme to be participating in.

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    2. The problem is that an empty gesture does not mean anything. I don't know whether pawn is the right word or not but the Trudeau government has definitely been using them for his own image. With time it will become more apparent what exactly went on behind the scenes.

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    3. I agree with ya'll. While William and Kate are making the most of an awkward situation, it is an awkward situation and more than William and Kate were bargaining for.

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    4. I don't know, it doesn't look awkward to me. I'm not Canadian and don't know much about what's going on with Canadian politics but from the outside, it neither looks more nor less political than these tours usually are.
      I don't know if it's an empty gesture. If it is, that's not a good thing, obviously. If it's an earnest one though and one that will be reflected in politics, it's a good thing. Personally, I liked that the First Nations were being given this much attention. I also understood that some chiefs felt it was an empty gesture and therefore refused to participate, however.

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  35. I really like this coat, however, I don't like the buttons right at a woman's chest area.
    To me they just look strange and in a strange position on a woman's chest. The buttons remind me of the light blue coat she wore that had a similar button style and I didn't like those buttons right at her chest either.
    While I'm glad she wore a different pair of shoes other than the ferns(those seem to replace the sledges she wore so much!) I don't like the shoes, I was never a fan of clunky thick heels, they just end up looking, well, clunky. But still glad she chose a different pair lol! I don't like how she mix and matches red shades. Greens blues greys etc seem ok with different shades of the color, because they "go" but with red I just feel it's sort of off? But I do get it so the red doesnt blend into the coat, but why not try to match closer to the shoes maybe? Although I'm glad it isn't the nude lk Bennett clutch haha!
    Her hair looks nice up, but I do wish she would do a different updo that isn't always a low bun, but still nice!

    Also, has anyone noticed she seems to be wearing "way to dark for her skin" tights? Or hose some people call them. They look way to orange on her. Especially when she came off the plane. Seems like she's trying to make her legs darker but it's coming off 80s orange tights to me :p maybe she just is feeling especially pale so she's trying to offset it!

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  36. Just saw this picture
    https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14433004_1226014237448657_3260232896212555170_n.jpg?oh=ccad79a1953bafc8bf78cec30b45fef6&oe=5868569B
    OMG – this looks like the Duchess is wearing Sonshine’s jacket in blue :O Bravo, Sonshine, you nailed it :D

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  37. Lovely coat! Chunky heels are great for tired feet. I imagine after days in stilettos this would be a nice relief, and consistent with the retro vibe of the tour. I thought we might see the red coat she wore on arrival to New Zealand at some point (purely because it's red and one of the last items that hasn't been repeated from the Downunder tour). Time will tell!

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  38. New designer and NEW SHOES! Be still our hearts

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  39. Why doesn't she just wear the scarf already? Seems easier than carrying it around. Also, there seems to be some sort of heavy short sleeve going on under the coat...you can see the outline. Too bad we didn't get to see what was underneath - looks like she's gone straight to the cowboy boots look.

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  40. She looks Great & They Both Look Like They Are Having Fun:) I'm Just Disappointed as Each Time I Checked In at CTV for Their Live Feed, It said there was Nothing at This Time. I may have had wrong times etc but I Really Want To See The Children's Tea Party Tomorrow so I Hope I Get It Right Timewise!

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    1. Becca,

      this has worked for me a couple of times. I was having the same problems about that as you were. I return to Charlotte's "Live Blog" page. Then
      I scroll down to where it says CTV Livestream here
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      Hope that helps.

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  41. This is the first time I've had a chance to comment during the tour. I love all the sartorial choices HRH has made for this trip. I like all the red. Her look today is stellar, from her hair to her shoes.

    I'm a huge fan of black and white photography, so I was thrilled to see one included on this blog. Thank you, Charlotte. You're doing a remarkable job.

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  42. I adore the Tod's pumps - chunky stacked heels are very in vogue right now!

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  43. What a great addition to Kate's collection of warm coats! I also like the red and burgundy combination and wish she had bought the shoes in the other color. Black is probably more useful, however. The shoe style has a western edge that is appropriate. I remember that Kate had pumps with blocky heels a long time ago, but as far as I know wore them only once. Good hairstyle, too.

    If they were really going mountain biking, she must have changed into a sportier outfit at some point.

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  44. One can never have too many red coat dresses - surprised she did not wear the one she wore when she landed in NZ. Hate the shoes!

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  45. My previous quote isn't up yet but I see that Kate wore a Canadian wrap sweater in Carcross!!!

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  46. I did not realize that the royal tour was getting such little coverage. I guess that we live in our own little bubble here in HRHKate blog world LOL.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/28/what-s-wrong-with-william-and-kate-s-tour-of-canada.html

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    1. Not true in spite of the DB's beastly and misleading comments. There is lots of coverage in Canadian papers. First rule of journalism is fact checking. Someone at the DB slipped up.

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    2. Julia from Leominster29 September 2016 at 15:11

      The crowds in Canada show a very clear interest and the print and Internet press at home has covered it but there's no question - attention has generally become more muted.

      There's a lot of truth in that article - William and Kate do need to be seen more at home - I've said in the past and will say again, because William and Kate have not spread themselves wide in Britain - they might want to consider their next "tour" being of their own nation.

      But on the positive side, I do see a change - with the recent engagements - that this may have been noted. And I don't think that it's too late - interest is there prepared to rise up when there is a visit but it has become unquestionably more dormant (and with it, interest in the royal family all together) There's no question that bad relations with the press have hurt William and Kate but Charlotte has noted that things are improving. Hopefully, that will continue.

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    3. Not sure about Canadian papers but I haven't seen anything in American media (of course we have a lot going on at the moment, but other tours, especially the first Canada tour, were covered here). It's been kind of difficult this time around to find anything more than glancing coverage of what they are actually doing, versus a couple of pictures of Kate's outfit. The only substantive comment I've seen get any traction was actually pretty negative, namely William's comment about not reading his briefing papers. I wouldn't know kate was speaking at all of it wasn't for speciality blogs like this one! Thanks Charlotte!

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    4. First tour received coverage in the States because they were visiting the States after their visit to Canada. CBC have given an excellent article account of what the British think of the tour and also that the tour has been done to highlight certain issues that are not always up for discussion and William and Kate have managed to navigate some very serious issues quite diplomatically. Well done!

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  47. So so glad the nude pumps have been ditched. These are WAY more trendy and attractive. Loved the dress last night but the red suede pumps were frankly awful with the dress and looked shabby about the toes. Far too much a day shoe. Dress was just gorgeous though.

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  48. Gorgeous and I love the shoes! So good to see something which is not a strict court shoe. Thank you Charlotte for another informative and speedy post. I don't often comment but follow your blog religiously.

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  49. A great look except for the nipple buttons. I'd like to have seen the dress in burgundy instead of bright red, but I can live with the red. I love her shoes!

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  50. Can someone tell me the purpose of carrying the scarf? I have seen Kate do this several times before but she never actually uses it. Carolina Herrera clothing is amazing and I did jumpy claps as soon as I saw the headline. Thank you, Charlotte for your excellent coverage once again. How did we ever live without the internet and wonderful blogs like this?

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    1. I am wondering the same thing about holding the scarf. I could understand if she had on short sleeves and brought it to cover her shoulders if the weather got cool. Also, I wonder why she didn't hand off the clutch to an aide while on walkabout. It's awkward when your re shaking outstretched hands as well as receiving flowers.

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    2. I wondered the same thing! It would seem like such a nuisance to carry something extra. Hmmmm.........

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  51. I much prefer Kate in the next outfit, cosy but stylish grey cardigan and very Kate suede boots. She really knows how to do casual and evening wear.

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  52. I haven't had time to comment since returning from Vancouver, but I do have some VERY interesting tidbits to share w/readers! I went to dinner next door to my Vancouver hotel on Sun night and noticed 2 men behind me editing Kate pics. We recognized them as James Whatling & Mark Stewart - who are responsible for many of the gorgeous photos Charlotte posts on this blog! I introduced myself and bought them a couple drinks as thanks for all the wonderful pics they put out for us Royal followers. In return, they came and sat through dinner with me - Mark showing me unpublished photos on his laptop of the BRF!๐Ÿค— and telling me wonderful stories about his many years photographing them (sometimes getting hired for their private parties!) and James telling me fascinating stories about all the European Royals he's worked with in the past. Both have been on all the Cambridge tours so far & I've never been so engrossed by anything! I took a silly pic of me spying on them and then a real pic afterward that readers can find on my Twitter handle: StefanBerlyann5.

    It was so wonderful meeting people who have a great personal and working relationship with the BRF - specifically W&K! It made me believe all the stories relayed were legitimate and the 2 men could not have been bigger admirers. They have a true respect for them that really comes through in all the pics they take. James told me that I really have to give Camilla a chance, she's very warm & kind (and even bought him an ice cream a couple weeks ago!) and that he wouldn't be surprised if another pregnancy came soon! Do we dare to hope?!? He said he can really see the love between them when looking through the lens - they're the real deal. Ohhh it made me so happy to hear that! So to all the commenters who don't feel the pics of this tour show Kate as happy, rest assured the people that have been by her side every day feel otherwise.

    Everyone say a small prayer for James as his camera fell off the Royal convoy onto the tarmac this morning and since I haven't seen any pics from him today, I'm wondering if might be badly broken. ๐Ÿ˜”

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    1. Hello Berlyann,

      It was so lovely to read your comment and great to hear you met James and Mark - they are two really great guys who take professionalism seriously and always do a quality job. So many interesting stories and insights shared, I'm going to copy your comment onto the comment section in the most recent post too, if that's OK?

      P.S. - James got sorted in the end, all the above 'Splash News' photos shown today are by him :)

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    2. Wow!!! Thanks for sharing This! What a great experience.

      How did you recognize them?

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    3. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. :)

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    4. I recognized the 2 photographers cuz I follow them on Twitter and very recently familiarized myself w/pics cuz I was following the tour in person. I wanted to know who was who taking their pics!

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    5. Thank heaven. So happy to hear that Charlotte. Thanks for letting us know. He would have missed some amazing photo ops.

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    6. That is SO fun!!! Yay for you Berlyann! Thank you for sharing some behind the scenes intel! =D

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    7. Oh wow, what a fabulous experience! Thank you for sharing! It really is heartwarming to know how the people around W & K feel about them, the love they share radiates out to all of us, even through a camera, making the world a better place. You must have had such a fun time at dinner, too bad we can't tag along with them all the time! ;)

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    8. I really enjoyed reading your post Berylann. What a lovely way to have gained some true insight into W&K, and their relationship. Thank you for sharing.

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  53. I hate to say it but this tour has been so boring to me compared to India, Australia, and Canada round 1. I'm used to seeing them get involved in activities, speak, play sports, have cute interactions with each other, etc. I can't help feel like this tour is such a let down in terms of their involvement. They've just done a lot of standing and smiling. I hope it gets better.

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  54. I do admire the Duchess for combining scarlet red with maroon. That's rather daring and very interesting in my opinion. Love the shoes (what an interesting departure from her usual preferences) and the clutch bag. Not sure about the dress coat. I find it a bit boring and I think a girl can actually have too many dresses + coats + coat dresses in very similar shades of red. What I do like very much is that she has been wearing subtle yet saturated block colours throughout the tour so far. Very fitting for early autumn.

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  55. Charlotte - I'd love for you to post my previous comment on the new post! I was actually gonna copy it and do it myself at some point after it was published!๐Ÿ˜‰

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  56. Really like this coat - and I do like the shoes a lot! Nice to see her not teetering in 5" stiletto heels in territory that is clearly NOT stiletto terrain.

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  57. berylyann hmm love to hear stories from you... what a wonderful experience if ok I will follow you on twitter hmm I love the duchess coat and her hair too love the shoes

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  58. I like the coat but am not a fan of burgundy purse with a red coat.I guess its just me. and I agree there is something going on with the buttons. And change from the nude heels is a plus for me.



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  59. I wish her stylist would dress her in pants other than skinny jeans. You know what would've really looked nicer in this location? long slightly flared pants with long sleeved top with a warm long woollen coat like Max Mara. and a long pendant chain necklace....I'm picturing a young Diane Keaton here. She would've looked much better. I'm a bit tired of seeing her in coats like this.

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  60. SHOES!!!!!!! So excited to see a new style. Catherine looks fab - whole outfit is great but so excited to see her wearing a different kind of elegant shoe.

    Really am enjoying seeing such a high and respected profile for the Canadian First Natives people on this tour.

    Cara, Australia.

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  61. She looks absolutely gorgeous!! Wow love the coat and hair and full look ! I love red on her thanks Charlotte

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  62. I hope I can access the CTV Live broadcast of Geroge and Charlotte's play date. Does anyone know anyone who is going to be there?

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  63. I guess her streak of perfect outfits had to come to an end! :(

    This CH item is an ill-fitting coat and takes so much away from her statuesque frame. Makes her posture seem off, as well. (Or maybe she's just hunching)

    I also agree with some other commentators about selecting an American designer (again), the formality of it all, and the decision to wear a new piece. She has plenty of similar coats to chose from in her existing wardrobe.

    Just my opinion. Have loved all her other looks! :)

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  64. Nicole from France29 September 2016 at 11:47

    alleluia ! our lovely Duchess has, finally, changed her shoe style ! no nude, for once !!! and her clutch is not the same colour as the coat ! alleluia bis ! even if the two colours are not precely matching .....The coat is beautifull, too . I so much agree with Lekheeka about the pants ! tall and slim as is Catherine, she would be perfect ..... unless it is her PA who chooses, I do not really see the interest of hiring this lady ...... remembering Catherine's attires some years ago, she was far more elegant and even sensual (without provocation, of course !). Even beeing a mother of two do not oblige her to sometimes dress like a civil nun .....

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  65. Kate looks pretty but I wish she would experiment with colours..got a bit bored with this look..however I love the change up with the shoes :D

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  66. I really like this coat. Plus, I'm happy for all royal fans who have been hoping to see a new style of shoes on Kate :)! I like her same-style-shoes myself but I'm sure this change will make many people happy :)

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  67. HOW do we access live coverage of the play date?

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  68. I really like the new shoes, but the burgundy color clashes with the bright red coat.

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