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Cambridge Arrive by Canoe in Haida Gwaii

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Cambridges arrived at their first stop today by canoe:
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a new green blazer by Smythe and what appears to be a blouse by Temperley. Photo by Rebecca English:

Prince George & Princess Charlotte's Children's Party

Thursday, September 29, 2016

We finally met Princess Charlotte, and it was such a delightful pleasure. As I have mentioned before, released pictures of Charlotte don't really give us the same sense of personality and temperament that live video does. To me, she has been a bit of an enigma, and the fleeting glimpses we have gotten, like the Buckingham Palace balcony, have not really fully introduced us. Today, as she ran around the lawn at Government House in Victoria, interacting with her parents and her brother, we finally, properly met Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  She is an absolute doll and seems to have just the precocious, zesty personality I'd expect from Kate's daughter.

Charlotte had no sooner arrived at the party than she struggled out of her mother's arms to rush to a display of balloons, reportedly saying with purpose, "pop!" I have the sense that Charlotte has encountered and popped many a balloon, and my bet is a significant number of Party Pieces balloons have met an untimely end at the hands of this excited tot.  George looked like he joined in just to be busy while he tried to get the lay of the land. With age, comes the burden and reality of forced social interaction. :)
The party included a petting zoo and performers, and Charlotte's excitement was not limited to the balloons.  When presented with Smores the rabbit, she leaned out eagerly to embrace the fluffy creature.

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A service dog was also the recipient of her enthusiastic affection. I honestly wonder at this point if Marvin is still alive. He probably has his own PPO.

Char clearly has has an abundance of love to give to others, but no moment was sweeter than that with her daddy. British Royals on Twitter recounted the time William was asked what made him happy, and he replied simply, "my children."

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I know we think of the Cambridges as patrons of charities and senior royals, but one more basic thing these two are doing is providing such a beautiful example of family life. They serve as a tribute to fidelity and love, to the joy of parenthood and the blessing of children. Most importantly, they provide these two little people with the attention and love they need to grow into functioning members of society.  

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Here is a sweet video that includes the wildly popular clip of Kate dancing with her little daughter:

 This clip overlaps, but is an extended version of the dancing:

George seemed a little shy today. I think he is the age where he hasn't reached the point where he understands the party isn't normal and that these aren't his regular chums, but he hasn't hit the point where he is entirely used to it. This also makes me think of his teary farewell of his parents when they flew to their two days in Cornwall. He may just be going through some stage. I'm not a parenting expert.;)  In any event, he brightened up, enjoying the balloons, the bubbles, and the company.

Kate couldn't have looked more youthful or lovely today. The dress is a big win. This $460 dress from See by Chloe features a crocheted bodice with a high, ruffled collar and ruffled cuffs.

Kate looks fabulous in cream, and this dress with its feminine touches was the perfect choice for a children's party in the charming garden. Getting a peek at Charlotte's personality was a highlight of the day. Seeing Kate as a mom was the other half of the fun.

I don't think it is hard to see what Kate is up to with all that time people say she isn't working.

The Cambridges took the rest of the day in private to relax with their children.

Kate the Cowgirl: Princess Chic in Yukon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What in the world have William and Kate been up to? When I logged onto my picture account the first images in found were of Kate climbing about on a steam engine. Dressed in cowboy boots and appearing to cling precariously to the side of a train, it looked like she was in the climatic finale shoot-out of an old Western. This wasn't a scene from a shoot 'em up, the couple traveled to Carcross and they were inspecting the engine of a steam train that runs on the White Pass and Yukon route.

This train runs from Whitehorse to Carcross to Skagway and apparently Kate couldn't resist an impromptu look. It isn't hard to see that this girl is George's mom. Kate is like, "It is so awesome up here!" While William is replying, "Sweetheart, we paid almost $1,000 for that Sentaler coat...let's not end up in the water!"

Kate: "Wills, we're in movie."
William: "We're really not...but ok."

Carcross used to be called Caribou Crossing and has an interesting history. More on that from Triposo:
Caribou Crossing was a fishing and hunting camp for Inland Tlingit and Tagish people. 4,500-year-old artifacts from First Nations people living in the area have been found in the region. Caribou Crossing was named after the migration of huge numbers of caribou across the natural land bridge between Lake Bennett and Nares Lake. That caribou herd was decimated during the Klondike Gold Rush, but a recovery program raised the number of animals to about 450. The modern village began in 1896, during the Klondike Gold Rush. At the time, Caribou Crossing was a popular stopping place for prospectors going to and from the gold fields of Dawson City. Caribou Crossing was also a station for the Royal Mail and the Dominion Telegraph Line, and it served as a communications point on the Yukon River. In 1904, Caribou Crossing was renamed Carcross as a result of some mail mix-ups with the Cariboo Regional District in nearby British Columbia.
Kate changed from her Carolina Herrera for this stop and the result was a smashing, smashing success. She scored on a number of levels. In terms of pure style, she couldn't be cuter, and for those who had been waiting for her to wear a Canadian label, she finally came through. The Duchess created a chic, modern cowboy look with this soft grey sweater/coat from Sentaler, a Canadian brand. She paired it with skinnies and what I think are her cowboy boots from Calgary, which was a great nod to her first, fabulous trip to Canada. 

The earrings were a very thoughtful addition. They are by a local designer and thought to have been purchased in Whitehorse for Kate to wear. The designer, Shelly MacDonald sells her work on Easy and you can pick up a pair at her e-store here.

In India the couple painted elephants and on this trip they have been painting totem poles. 

The couple met with local members of the indigenous tribes and chatted wth members of a mountain biking organization Single Track to Success.

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The project "gets youths back on the land" by creating bike trails and biking programs.

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The verdict on this event is success all around. I loved the ensemble. The Sentaler coat is so soft and feminine, it looks like a cozy sweater while keeping her warm and comfortable. The cowboy boots were the perfect addition for this final Yukon stop and fit perfectly with her detour to explore the steam engine. The climate was perfect camera weather. there is something about the clarity of that fresh, cold air. Kate was glowing. This is my favorite event of the week. I love cold air and mountains and trees. I am already looking for a good getaway in the Yukon.

Meanwhile, George and Charlotte have been shown a great time. The two were spotted at Beacon Hill Children's Farm while their parents were out on tour. I wish we had pictures of that! I'll poke around and see if any are available.


I do apologize for how late this post is. Kate's Clothes isn't updated yet, either, but that will have to wait since I am about to rush to the airport. Can't wait to see George and Charlotte! 

Duchess Kate Wears Carolina Herrera in Whitehorse

Beauty isn't actually in the eye of the beholder, but fashion allows for a range of personal preferences. We all have those special labels that make our hearts beat just a bit faster. My list includes Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera. For some time I have been wishing and wishing that Kate would wear the designer, so when she stepped out in frosty Whitehorse this morning in a bright CH coat I thought I would tear up. Granted, what I really want is a Herrera evening gown, but this is a good step toward that ultimate goal (No offense, Jenny P. You are the Queen. )  

Kate was arriving at her first stop of the day, the MacBride Museum to learn a little history of the Yukon. Did anyone else play Yukon Trail back in the 90s? It was a substandard Oregon Trail, and yes, it was set in Alaska, not Canada, but it was close. We weren't allowed computer games growing up, but it came free on my dad's computer. I'd play it with him sometimes when I got to visit his office. Mostly we lost our shirts and ended up buried somewhere in the frozen Yukon, but we struck gold a few times.

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There were no 1990s computer games on the Camridges tour, but they did fit in some older technology. The couple got to send the first Telegram to Twitter message. They signed the guest book in morse code, which was then translated to Twitter when they pressed the button together.

Kate's coat looked more substantial than yesterday's Hobbs, which was a good thing since the rest of the schedule in Whitehorse was outside. The couple attended a big street party where they met locals who had come out to welcome them and browsed the art fair that was part of the festive event.  

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I thought that the day Kate wore Carolina Herrera that fact would eclipse all others, but possibly because this wasn't an evening gown, the part of this ensemble that caught my attention next and held it was not the coat, but the shoes! 

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Kate has only worn "chunky heels" a few times. She has a pair of L.K. Bennett with a thick heel. You can them and the three times she has worn them here at Kate's Clothes. I didn't love the "Art" heels and still don't. Today's shoes, though, have me scouring the internet for a pair. I absolutely love them.

The pumps are Tod's Fringe Heels and they feature that bold block heel, a buckle and two-toned fringe. Kate decided to accessorize this red coat with deep reds--the shoes and the customized Mulberry clutch. I don't mind the darker shoes, but I have to say that the clutch (which wasn't made to match the shoes and therefore does not perfectly coordinate) against the brighter red wasn't perfect. Kate likes to do this, so it didn't surprise me and it didn't bother me too much, just wasn't perfect. 

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Kate wore her Annoushka pearl drops and an expertly executed updo. I don't know how her stylist creates these chignons where not a single whispy strand seems out of place, yet her hair look so soft and product-free.

In this video you can hear the woman who is recording remark how great Kate looks, which reminds me how many people don't track exactly what label Kate wears, or how much it costs, or who designed it, but more simply by how beautiful she looks in it. This is not to say that those of us who do track those things shouldn't, but when we discuss whether her choice to wear American or Italian is giving offense, I think the overwhelming answer is no. People are excited and happy that she is there, in their town, ready to meet them and learn a little about the lives they live. 
If you have been waiting for some local designers, and I certainly agree with a comment below that Kate seemed to highlight Indian fashion more when she travelled on tour in April, the next stop should put a smile on your face.