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Day three: Kate in casual outfit as she explores Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella

On day three of the 2016 Canada Tour, William and Kate spent several hours on the remote island of Bella Bella.   The royal couple met with members of the indigenous Heiltsuk community and toured the Great Bear Rainforest.

William and Kate meet with Heiltsuk First Nation people

Great Bear is the world’s largest temperate rainforest.  Canada has committed the rainforest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a unique network of forest conservation initiatives across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.  More about the project:

“The QCC present a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats, forests.  By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation products, the QCC will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.”

Kate Middleton and Prince William in Bella Bella

Sadly, the poor weather conditions meant a change to the day’s schedule.   The couple were unable to partake in an aerial tour of the Rainforest and some of the day’s activities had to be moved inside.  Kate had to rely on her clear Fulton umbrella to keep her dry upon arrival!

Kate Middleton's Fulton Umbrella

The couple were determined not to let the wet weather ruin the day, though.  A spokesperson said:

“It is still a beautiful place in the rain and everyone is prepared to get wet.”

Kate Middleton and Prince William in Bella Bella

Upon arrival, a number of young people from The Heilsuk First Nation community met William and Kate and guided them to the local community hall.

Kate chatting with children from the Heiltsuk First Nations community

The couple watched as the Heiltsuk shared their culture with Their Royal Highnesses through songs, dance and drumming.

Kate Middleton meeting with Heiltsuk First Nations people

William and Kate received a number of gifts from their First Nation hosts, including traditional ‘dancing vests’ and blankets.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Bella Bella meeting with the Heiltsuk First Nations community

The couple were shown a royal staff with a silver crown head.  Queen Victoria presented this gift to the current Heilsuk chief’s great-grandfather.  Here’s a little information about the staff from the Daily Mail:

“[The staff] was awarded to the Heiltsuk people as a sign of honour with, as folklore has it, a message saying: ‘This is a mark of respect. If your people need anything then you must ask my government.”

Prince William meeting members of the Heiltsuk First Nations community

Later, the weather improved and the couple enjoyed walk through the rainforest.

William and Kate walk through Great Bear rainforest

They made their way over to nearby McLoughlin Bay for a short ceremony, marking the commitment of the rainforest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy network.

William and Kate unveiling a plaque in Great Bear Rainforest

Here’s a closer look at the unveiled plaque:

The plaque in Great Bear Rainforest

After, William and Kate travelled to Elder’s Lodge, where William gave a short speech.  He thanked the Heiltsuk community, thanked the local and federal government for committing the rainforest to the QCC network and spoke of the project’s many benefits.

Kate’s outfit:

Kate chose casual attire for today’s visit to the Great Bear Forest.  She kept warm and dry in a Holland & Holland lightweight safari jacket.

Kate Middleton's Outfit in Bella Bella

Holland & Holland are a renowned British gun-maker based in London. They hold two Royal Warrants. The company also creates “the finest English countryside clothing.”

Holland and Holland Jacket

According to this website, the jacket is made from lightweight Sahara cotton and features four patch pockets on the front.   According to the same website, the jacket dates back to at least 2014.

The jacket retailed for $780 USD (£600 GBP) on before going on sale for $624 (£480).   Sadly, it is sold out and cannot be purchased anywhere else online at the time of writing.  If this changes, I’ll amend the article accordingly.

I did spot this great alternative in JC Penny if you’re looking for something similar, though (see below) –

Beige Safari jacket copy

It costs only $41 USD / £40.10.  It comes in regular, tall, petite and plus sizes.  JC Penny delivers internationally.  Click here to shop.

Kate wore her Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel boots in conker brown.

Kate Middleton wore her Penelope Chilvers boots in Bella Bella Great Bear Rainforest

If you followed the Bhutan tour earlier this year, you’ll remember Kate wore the boots for a three-hour trek up a mountain.

Kate Middleton wearing the brown leather boots in Bhutan

The boots are over 12 years old.  Kate first wore them to a game fair at Blenheim Palace in 2004.

Good news if you want to buy the boots for yourself.  Penelope Chilvers still sells them today.  They cost £495 GBP (around $640 USD) with free returns and exchanges on all UK orders.   The company delivers internationally too.  Click here to shop.

Penelope Chilvers Boots

The Duchess wore a pair of earrings by Canadian-born and London-based designer Pippa Small.

Kate Middleton's Pippa Small Earrings

They’re the “Large Kite Double Drop Earrings” made from 18ct yellow gold.   The earrings are available to buy for £850 in the UK.  (That’s roughly $1,100 USD).  Pippa Small offers free worldwide shipping on orders over £200.

Note:  I spotted these similar earrings on Net-A-Porter, also by Pippa Small.  They’re a little more affordable at £340 / $470 USD.

Kate’s blue and white gingham shirt is from TopShop.   This photograph shows the checks underneath the fairly sheer jumper:

Kate Middleton wearing the Topshop shirt

The check print shirt is made from lightweight chiffon.  It costs £34 GBP / $65 USD.  It is now sold out sadly.

Topshop Gingham Check Shirt

However, TopShop do sell a similar checked shirt in cotton, in red, for £30 / $58 USD.  Shop it here.  It’s also available at Nordstrom too.

Topshop Check Shirt in red

In mid-October, Sue on Twitter managed to identify Kate’s sweater.  It is Jigsaw’s Cashmere Katharine Cloud Crew Neck Jumper in ‘airforce blue.’

Kate Middleton's blue sweater from Jigsaw, worn in Bella Bella, BC, Canada

The 100% cashmere wool sweater has a crew neckline, long sleeves with ribbed cuffs, and a ribbed hemline.  It is designed to be semi-sheer.  It originally cost £98 GBP ($119 USD at today’s exchange rate) before going on sale at £68 ($83).  It is from Jigsaw’s 2015 collection, so sadly, it is no longer available to purchase.

Jigsaw Cashmere Cloud Katharine Jumper as worn by Kate Middleton

However, the brand have confirmed their “Cloud Cashmere” sweater from their autumn/winter 2016 range is an updated version.  From what I can see, the only difference is the cuffs.  Kate’s sweater has horizontally ribbed cuffs, the new version has vertically ribbed cuffs.

Jigsaw Cashmere Cloud Jumper as worn by Kate Middleton in blue

Sadly, it does not come in blue.  You can choose from four other lovely colours: pale taupe, smokey rose pink, bottle green, black and Persian red.  It costs £98 GBP ($119 USD approximately).  Click here to shop.

Jigsaw Cashmere Cloud Jumper as worn by Kate Middleton in blue

The Palace confirmed to journalists following the tour that Kate wore Zara jeans during the visit to Bella Bella.  I am currently unsure which pair, but will update this page if we find out.

Kate's outfit for Canada Tour 2016 - Day Three

Pippa Small Large Kite Earrings

Gold kite-shaped earrings

Click to buy

Topshop Gingham Print Shirt

Chiffon check print shirt

Click to buy
Jigsaw Cashmere Katharine Cloud Jumper

Jigsaw Cashmere Katharine Cloud Jumper

Blue semi-sheer cashmere crew neck sweater

Click to buy

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