Day four of the 2016 Canada Tour began in Kelowna, a city in the Okanagan Valley. The couple visited the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. As the couple arrived, they received a warm welcome from the crowd.
UBC, which has recently celebrated its centenary, is regarded as one of the world’s finest research universities.
The Okanagan campus opened a decade ago and it is home to 8,000 students. During their visit, William and Kate met with students and the wider community.
They also unveiled a plaque marking the campus’s 10th anniversary.
In UBC’s Okanagan gym, the couple met with varsity athletes.
They also watched the campus’ nationally ranked women’s volleyball team play an exhibition match.
William and Kate are both avid sports fans.
Next, the couple made their way to Mission Hill Winery to take part in the British Columbia Government’s ‘Taste of British Columbia’ festival.
The couple met with some of British Columbia’s celebrity chefs who carried out cooking demonstrations for the couple.
William and Kate sampled a range of food and drink from the region, which is renowned for its world-class wine and cheese.
There was lots to try! The couple sampled Vikram Vij’s Maharaja Style Coconut Curried BC Vegetable Curry With Basmati Rice and Wine marinated BC lamb popsicle.
The chef asked Kate if she liked to cook. She replied “yes, especially curries”.
The couple also met with local young people from the region who are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture.
They took time to speak with some of the young chefs who were invited to take part in a demonstration at the festival.
Later, the royal couple flew to Whitehorse in Yukon for the second part of the day’s engagements.
They arrived at Whitehorse International Airport in the early evening and were met with a guard of honour.
The guards are members of the Canadian Rangers, the military branch that provides a presence in the north of the country. The royal couple also met some of the young people who serve in the Junior Canadian Rangers.
Reem Arafat and Macey Hangartner presented the royal couple with posies of flowers. Reem is a young Syrian refugee who has recently moved to Yukon.
Macey Hangartner represents Special Olympics Yukon, an organisation that works to enrich the lives of Yukon residents with intellectual disabilities through sport.
William and Kate made their way to the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.
Inside, they watched a cultural performance, which included country singing, dancing and stories.
Evan Lafreniere Clark presented the couple with a gift, a book of old photos and incredible stories by his great uncle, J.J. Van Bibber. You can watch the adorable video on Facebook here.
During the evening, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski announced the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Yukon scholarship.
“The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce a new Yukon Leadership Scholarship in commemoration of Their Royal Highnesses’ historic visit to Yukon and their ongoing work with youth. This scholarship will allow promising young Yukon leaders to take part in exciting learning opportunities and bring new knowledge back to the territory.”
After, the couple met performers outside around a roaring campfire. Kate joked that William “has some moves of his own”, while William called it “one of the best shows I’ve ever seen”. He told the performers that they “should be very proud”.
The royal couple stayed in Whitehorse for the evening at the three star Coast High Country Inn. They will carry out additional engagements in Yukon on day five of the tour.
For the day’s events, Kate wore a green dress by Dolce & Gabbana:
It’s a bespoke version of the label’s ‘Pocket watch-applique’ midi dress.
Here’s how the green dress is described at MatchesFashion.com where it retails for $3,545 USD / £2,150 GBP
“Dolce & Gabbana is inspired by the magical world of fairy tales for AW16. This bottle-green dress is cut from smooth stretch-crepe, and playfully embroidered with a pocket watch motif in reference to ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. A self-fastening neck tie and polished gold-tone acetate buttons draw the eye down to the elegantly nipped-in waist. Wear it with sparkly heels and a ladylike tote for an enchanting evening look.”
It can also be purchased for the same price on MyTheresa.com
You may recall the Duchess is familiar with the Italian design house, she’s worn two of their dresses before.
She chose a white lace dress by the brand for the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2016. She wore it again Royal Ascot later in the year.
She wore a purple lace dress to the Creative Collaborations event in October 2015.
Kate carried her L.K. Bennett Nina clutch bag for the day’s events.
Kate’s debuted a new pair of earrings. They’re the ‘Siren’ style by Monica Vinader.
They’re 18ct gold plated vermeil on Stirling silver. The stone is an organic, irregular Green Onyx.
Monica Vinader describes them as “simple, sophisticated earrings are great for everyday wear. ” A special thank you to Anna from Sophie & Kate blogs for the quick ID.
Kate wore a pair of sunglasses at Mission Hill Winery. Regular readers will notice right away that they’re the Ray-Ban WayFarers. She usually wears the folding variety, but does own the non-folding version too, I believe. I have a page about the folding wayfarers here.
During the evening’s visit to Whitehorse, Yukon, Kate wore a dark green wool coat.
It’s the Hobbs London Persephone coat. It dates back to 2014, so is not available to purchase now (though there are some on eBay). Originally, the pine green trench coat retailed for £279 (approx $464 USD).
You may remember the coat from St. Patrick’s Day in 2014. Here’s a photo of Kate and William with Irish Guard Officers. Credit: Sergeant Steve Blake RLC, Crown copyright.
Kate carried a scarf with her during the evening.
The print is Maple Leaf tartan, the national tartan of Canada.
About the tartan:
“Tartans were first brought to Canada by Scottish settlers; the first province to adopt one officially was Nova Scotia in 1956 … The tartan for Canada as a whole is known as the maple leaf tartan and became an official national symbol in 2011.”
The National tartan was designed in 1964 by David Weiser … The four colours reflect the colours of the maple leaf as it changes through the seasons—green in the spring, gold in the early autumn, red at the first frost, and brown after falling.” Wikipedia.
There’s a label on Kate’s scarf, which helped with identification –
My wonderful mother tracked the company down! They’re called York Scarves. The company only sell their scarves wholesale (business to business) but I’ve tracked down a stockist on ETSY. She charges £9.99 (around $14 USD) for the scarf and delivers to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, European Union, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.
I asked her to confirm it’s the same scarf and she sent me a close up of the logo. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
Yup! Same scarf!
Lastly, Kate wore a silver Cartier wristwatch. It’s the Ballon Bleu style (33mm size). Kate’s owned it for years and regularly wears it.