Wednesday, 28 September 2016

It's a Green Hobbs Repeat & Maple Leaf Tartan for Whitehorse Arrival!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport this afternoon for the second leg of the day following their visit to Kelowna which saw them undertake several engagements in the city on Okanagan Lake.

The couple were well wrapped up upon arrival with the temperature at just six degrees celsius.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers. The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserve and are the military’s eyes and ears in the north. They provide patrols and detachments for national security and public safety missions in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada that cannot be conveniently or economically covered by other parts of the CAF. William and Harry were made honorary members of this reserve unit in 2009.

Chief Bill and Chief Kane welcomed William and Kate to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for a showcase of Yukon's thriving performing arts.

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre is a centrepiece of downtown Whitehorse. Situated on the banks of the Yukon River, the centre features cultural exhibits and local First Nations art.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge viewed "Land of Gold – A Yukon Cultural Celebration", which highlighted the diversity and depth of Yukon’s cultural scene. Dancers, drummers and musicians from a variety of genres and backgrounds shared their songs and stories in a dynamic performance.

A video of a young boy named Evan - who said his family has lived in Yukon for generations - giving Prince William and Kate a book written by his great-granduncle as a gift.

After the show, performers from the cultural celebration met The Duke and Duchess.

William and Kate will spend tonight in Whitehorse ahead of a busy day of engagements tomorrow. It's the only night of the tour they will be away from George and Charlotte at Government House in Victoria. The couple are staying in the three-star The Coast High Country Inn in Yukon where rooms cost in the region of £95 -£150 per night.

The hotel is described as "rustic":

'The Yukon is home to explorers and adventurers of all kinds, and what better place to launch your own expedition to Whitehorse than from than the Coast High Country Inn.
Our quiet downtown location is right next to Jim Light Park and within walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Main Street. Not to mention, we’re just a block away from the famous Yukon River. And if you’re staying on business, you’ll be happy to know our hotel adjoins the Yukon Convention Centre.
As for our accommodations: we have a range of well-appointed, recently renovated rooms for you to choose from, including Jacuzzi, kitchenette and pet-friendly options. All of our rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee, and you’ll have access to our fitness and business centers as well as our airport shuttle. When it’s time to unwind, you’ll want to take The Deck, serving up rustic fare on one of the most impressive patios in the city.'

Below, a premium room.

The Duchess brought back her much loved Hobbs London Persephone Trench Coat this evening. She debuted it at the annual St Patrick's Day Parade in 2014.

The pine green trench coat originally retailed for £279 and was described: "Choose the Persephone trench in pine green for understated elegance. The cut and sew design, raw edges, traditional storm flap and epaulette detailing provide plenty of contemporary cool."

Hobbs London

The Duchess added her own green belt to the coat as she did when she wore it in 2014.

It very much looks like Kate wore the Dolce & Gabbana Pocket Watch Dress underneath, which would make perfect sense, and she likely decided to coordinate the coat with the ensemble she was wearing rather than changing.

A look at Kate wearing the bottle green dress earlier today alongside a product shot of the original design. It remains available at My Theresa in most sizes.

As a nod to her host country - Kate carried a maple leaf tartan scarf.

The maple leaf tartan was designed in 1964 by David Weiser to commemorate the new Canadian flag and declared an official national emblem of Canada in 2011. The four colours reflect the colours of the maple leaf as it changes through the season - green in the spring and summer, gold in the early autumn, red at the first frost, and brown after falling.

Kate wore many of the same pieces as earlier today, including her L.K. Bennett Fern Pumps and Nina Clutch.

Kate's lovely new £125 Monica Vinader Siren Wire Earrings. The organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted green onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct gold-plated vermeil on sterling silver. You can read about them in more detail in today's earlier post.

Monica Vinader

And Kate wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch again.


Tomorrow's Schedule

  • 9:05 a.m. - Visit the MacBride Museum of Yukon History.
  • 10:a.m. - A street party on Main Street in Whitehorse.
  • 11:50 a.m. Head to Carcross for a traditional welcome.
  • 1:00 p.m. - Visit a mountain biking track at Montana mountain.

**We'll have more updates and photos shortly**

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Duchess in Dolce & Gabbana for Kelowna Visit

Fresh from last night's glamorous reception at Government House (if you haven't already seen Kate's to-die-for red Preen dress click this way) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Kelowna for the fourth day of Royal Tour Canada 2016.

William and Kate received a warm welcome upon arrival.

Rebecca English noted William and Kate are the first royals to visit the city of Kelowna since William's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana did so thirty years ago.

More on the history of royal visits in the area from Kelowna Capital News:

"I'm really pleased they're coming—they're a nice example of the royal family," said Marie Ablett, a member of the local branch of the United Empire Loyalists, a group whose members celebrate their British family ancestry.
The Sept. 27 arrival of William and Kate, and their children George and Charlotte, will be a bit of a Kelowna tradition for Ablett. "I saw Princess Margaret when the (Okanagan Lake) bridge opened in 1958," said Ablett. "She was so tiny. Barely five-feet and under 100 pounds. You don't expect the royal family to be so small."
The next time she saw the royals was when Princess Diana and Prince Charles arrived in Kelowna May 3, 1986, just a few days before the opening of Expo '86. An estimated 25,000 people turned out to see Charles and Diana,  but Ablett, her husband and her son managed to get quite close.
"We were only 20 feet away from them," she said. "We stood for an hour before they arrived. But it was absolutely wonderful." Ablett said Charles and Diana drove through town in a cavalcade, then they walked to the podium in City Park, near the rose Gardens. Mayor Walter Gray introduced the couple, referring to Prince Charles as Prince Phillip. "It didn't matter, we knew who he was," said Ablett.'

Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It serves as the head office of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Its name derives from an Okanagan language term for "grizzly bear". Kelowna is the third largest metropolitan area in the province and ranks as the 22nd largest in Canada, with a population of 179,839 in 2011.

The couple visited the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The university is a leader in research in environmental sustainability and resilience, conservation, ecology and resource management. The institution has cultivated a relationship with the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) to better provide tailored networks for Indigenous students, including an Aboriginal centre and Aboriginal Access Studies program.

The royals received quite the athletes introduction with their heights announced.

Rebecca English Twitter

William and Kate watched a women's volleyball game.

UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team in action!

William and Kate were given matching jerseys with 'Cambridge' on the back after watching a women's volleyball game.

Meeting the crowd.

The royals unveiled a plaque marking the conclusion of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the 100th anniversary of the University of British Columbia.

Next on the agenda, A Taste of British Columbia showcasing British Columbia’s agri-food and seafood industries at Mission Hill Family Estate. The Duke and Duchess toured stations of samples and displays that showcase the diversity and bounty of the province’s agri-food and seafood industry.

Rebecca English reported they tried geoduck, which is a type of clam. William said 'presentationally they are quite challenging'. Kate admired its 'firm texture'. When asked if she like cooking Kate said "Yes, especially curries".

The Duchess meeting young participants in the Chefs in the Classroom program.

Prince Williams played a few chords :)

A nice video of William and Kate meeting 'little chefs'.

The Duchess looked elegant in the Dolce & Gabbana Crépe Embellished Dress. Kate's garment is a customised version created without the pocket watch detail.

The bottle-green dress features gold-toned buttons down the front, a bow-tie collar, and a ruffled trim along the sleeve seals. The decorative pocket watch detailing is an eye-catching addition to the dress; it's crafted of sequin, crystal, and gold bead pocket watch appliqué.  It retails for $3,545 and is currently available at Matches and My Theresa.


The $3,545 dress is described this way:

'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. '

When we heard the Duchess was wearing Dolce & Gabbana, we expected a lace dress. It was a lovely surprise to see her trying something new from the label. It's a lovely dress. Do you like it? Would you have liked to see Kate wear the original with the pocket watch detail?

My Theresa

Kate teamed the dress with her £195 L.K. Bennett Fern Pumps in trench leather.

L.K. Bennett

And carried the matching £185 L.K. Bennett Nina Clutch. Bennett

Kate wore her favourite Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


And completed the look with a pretty new pair of earrings. The eagle-eyed Anna swiftly identified them as the Monica Vinader Siren Wire Earrings. The organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted green onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct gold-plated vermeil on sterling silver. The Duchess is not the only royal fan of the earrings - Queen Letizia also owns pair. They retail for £125 and are currently in stock at Monica Vinader, Harrods, Selfridges and Boutique 1.

Monica Vinader

The Monica Vinader website adds: "Onyx is a chalcedony consisting of fine bands of quartz and morganite in a variety of colours. Our green onyx comes from India and is enhanced with natural dyes to attain its strong, pure bright green colour."

Monica Vinader

Background on the Siren Collection:

'Monica Vinaders Siren range features an array of coloured gemstones and organic shapes inspired by sea-worn treasures and the glamour of southern Italy. Simple and sophisticated, the Siren Wire Earrings are great for everyday wear and boast a multi-faceted Green Onyx gemstone encased in 18 karat gold plated vermeil on sterling silver.'

The royals are heading to Whitehorse next!