William, Kate, George and Charlotte land in Victoria for day one of the 2016 Canada Tour

William and Kate’s second official tour of Canada started today (September 24th, 2016).  The royal couple and their two children arrived in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on board a Royal Canadian Air Force plane at approximately 4pm local time.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte at Victoria Airport, British Colombia. The family of four will be visiting a number of regions across Canada over the next week.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie met the Cambridge family at Victoria Airport.  British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and her son, Hamish, and the Governor-General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon also formed part of the welcoming party.

William, Kate, Charlotte and George in Canada

Prince George and Princess Charlotte took it all in their stride.  The two children were very well behaved and quite alert considering the difference in time zones between Canada and the UK (it would have been after midnight back home in London).

Princess Charlotte in Canada

After arriving at Victoria Airport, the family travelled to Government House for a brief stop.  The Cambridges will be based in the 13-bedroom property during their week’s stay in Canada.   The couple settled George and Charlotte, leaving them with their nanny before heading to British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings for an official welcoming ceremony.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge in Canada

We later heard from British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon that two two children were fast asleep when the Duke and Duchess later returned to Government House.

Charlotte, Kate, George and William in Canada with Prime Minister Trudeau

Before taking part in the official welcoming ceremony, the couple laid a wreath at the nearby Cenotaph. They also unveiled a new plaque to honour the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.

William and Kate lay a wreath in Victoria BC Canada

As the couple made their way to the official welcoming ceremony,  a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute welcomed them.  William carried out an inspection of the guard.  The couple also took part in a brief walkabout, meeting with local Canadians.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte at Victoria Airport, British Colombia. The family of four will be visiting a number of regions across Canada over the next week.

The royal twosome chatted and shook hands with other officials before posing for photographs.  They also listened to the national anthem being sung.

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Kate received a posy of flowers from 14-year-old Victoria Foster from Ottawa.  The teenager has Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects her lungs and digestive system.  Each day, Victoria has to go through nearly two hours of treatments per day and is very dependent on medicine to assist with the digestion of food.  Victoria was given this opportunity to meet the Duchess through the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada, National Capital Chapter.  Victoria loves the Royal Family and has visited Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and has seen the crown jewels at the Tower of London.  She has also memorised the names of each King and Queen of England, in order.  Impressive.

Kate is handed flours during the Canada Tour

Later, the Canadian Prime Minister took to the stage.  In a speech, Trudeau joked that William and Kate are now learning how difficult it is to travel with children (they were 40 minutes late to the ceremony), before thanking them for introducing George and Charlotte to the country.

Justin Trudeau welcoming William and Kate to Canada

Then it was William’s turn to speak:

“Catherine & I are delighted to be back in Canada. We are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us… beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country.  Catherine and I have asked to meet as many people from as many walks of life as we can while we are here.”

William delivered the final part of his speech in French, but not before apologising for being a little “rusty”.  You can read the full speech here.

William delivering a speech in Canada

 

After the speeches, the couple departed for Government House where they took part in meetings with senior Canadian leaders, including PM Trudeau and his wife Sophie:

William and Kate Cambridge with Justin & Sophie Trudeau

That’s it for today, a short-but-sweet welcome to the country.  William and Kate will take part in a number of engagements in Vancouver tomorrow, starting at 10:45am local time.  Here’s that translated into a few other time zones for your reference:

Vancouver timings

Kate’s outfit:

Kate opted for a chic all blue outfit by designer Jenny Packham.  Reporters confirmed the piece is bespoke.

Kate Middleton's outfit in Victoria during the 2016 Canada tour

The gorgeous dress featured structured shoulders, a pencil shaped skirt and waistband detailing.  The dress had a spread collar at the front:

Kate Middleton's collar on the blue Jenny Packham dress

The collar folded over to the back of the dress.  After grappling with words to try and describe the collar, I asked Twitter for advice.  One person came to my rescue, describing the collar as the Chelsea style in reverse.  That seems right.  Here’s a closer look:

The collar on Kate's blue dress in Canada

In the photo above, you can see the blue dress also featured bracelet length fluted sleeves.

Anna from My Small Obsessions noticed the blue Jenny Packham dress looked similar to the brown lace frock worn by Kate in France earlier this year (namely the structured shoulders and shape of the skirt):

Image shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the Thiepval service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France. Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

As you’ll recall, the Palace didn’t reveal the name of the designer on that occasion, due to the sombre nature of the event.  I’d now guess that piece was also by Jenny Packham.  UPDATE:  Jenny Packham has confirmed she designed both dresses.

 

Back to the Canada tour now.  Kate chose to wear her hair up in a chic chignon with a blue hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.  I believe it’s a bespoke piece, made especially for Kate.  It’s adorned with a cluster of blue maple leaves (a nod to the host country).

Kate Middleton's blue hat in Canada

You’ll recall that Kate chose a maple leaf adornment to top her hat during the first visit to Canada too? It’s by the same milliner.

Canadian Maple Leaf Hat

Kate’s blue hat is very similar to another piece designed for Kate by Sylvia Fletcher and Lock & Co, worn by Kate to the Queen’s Jubilee river pageant in 2012:

Kate Middleton's red hat worn to the river pageant in 2012

If more information about the hat becomes available, I’ll update this post accordingly.

Kate opted for a pair of coordinating blue earrings for the visit:

Kate Middleton's blue earrings in Canada

They’re a pair of Tanzanite earrings surrounded by diamonds and set in platinum.  They’re designed and made by G. Collins & Sons. Pictured below, a similar pair of earrings suspended from diamonds drops made by the same company:

Kate Middleton's blue tanzanite and diamond earrings by G Collins and Sons

Kate first wore the blue earrings in March 2015 to St Paul’s Cathedral in London for a service of commemoration to mark the 13 years of UK military operations in Afghanistan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Afghanistan Commemoration Service

Kate’s shoes will feel familiar to some of our regular readers.  As you may recall, they’re the Gianvito Rossi pumps in bisque.

Kate Middleton's beige shoes in Canada

The Gianvito Rossi shoes come in a number of heel sizes.  It’s impossible to know which size Kate wears specifically, but we’re pretty sure it’s the 105.

Gianvito-Rossi-105-beige

Good news if you like the shoes!  They can still be purchased from:

Kate owns these shoes in four different colours and you can read all about them here.

Kate Middleton wears the Gianvito Rossi pumps in 4 different colours

Kate chose her L.K. Bennett Nina clutch to coordinate with the bisque suede shoes:

Kate Middleton carrying the LK Bennett Nina clutch in Canada

Now a staple in Kate’s closet, she’s carried it regularly for the last 6 months.  The £185 GBP / $325 USD clutch bag is sold out in the USA and Canada, but it’s available everywhere else.  

L.K. Bennett Nina box clutch bag

L.K. Bennett also sell the Nina bag in black, newly launched for the autumn winter season.  It is still in stock globally.  View it here on the UK/International site and here on the USA/Canada site.

LK Bennett Nina clutch back in black

If you followed Kate’s style during the 2011 North America tour, you’re likely to recognise the silver maple leaf brooch she chose for the occasion?

Canada Maple Leaf Brooch

You may remember it from the 2011 tour too?

William and Kate attend the Canada Day Concert

Back in 2011, the Duke and Duchess’s press office confirmed the Queen loaned the broach to Kate.

The Queen's Maple Leaf Brooch via Orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk

The Queen’s Maple Leaf Brooch via Orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk

My initial impression is that the royal blue ensemble was very well received by Kate fans and fashion critics on Twitter.  I received a number of positive tweets about the overall look.

Kate Middleton wearing blue in Canada

You might recall Kate opted for a similar shade on her arrival to the country back in 2011?  She chose a blue lace dress by Canadian-born designer Erdem:

Kate Middleton wearing blue erdem dress in Ottawa, Canada during the 2011 tour

Interested in Charlotte and George’s outfits?

Check out my good friend’s Susan’s blog here.  She’s written about their ensembles in great detail.

Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte in Canada

Kate's outfit for Canada Tour 2016 - Day One

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Comments

  1. Diane Lehnowsky says:

    Beautifully impeccable as always. Just a gorgeous family. Diana would be so proud .

  2. Bonnie Suni says:

    Truly elegant and loving parents…we love you four

  3. Kate and William are the essence of elegance. Absolutely impeccable style and graciousness. The children are just beautiful! Diana’s light beams thru this wonderful family.
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  4. Great post. I just wanted to let you know that the girl giving the posey wasn’t actually a local school girl. She was a recipient of a wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation to meet the royals. This is an article about it. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-childrens-wish-foundation-of-canada-national-capital-chapter-is-pleased-to-announce-a-royal-wish-with-the-duke–duchess-of-cambridge-594609791.html

  5. Jane Barber says:

    I think this should be the next King of England not Charles!!

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