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Canada 2016 Itinerary + Zara Lawsuit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good morning to all my royal watchers! The summer is still with us, but fading nonetheless, and with the promise of fall comes the return of the royals. This autumn we have even more excitement than usual because the Cambridges' second tour of Canada is just around the corner. The royal couple kicked off their married life together in 2011 with a blockbuster tour of North America and as they celebrate five years of superstardom marriage, it seems appropriate they return. 


Yesterday, Kensington Palace released the itinerary:
Tour Outline
  • September 24: Victoria, British Columbia
  • September 25: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • September 26: Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
  • September 27: Kelowna, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon
  • September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon
  • September 29: Victoria, British Columbia
  • September 30: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
  • October 1: Victoria, British Columbia
Many of you ask where you can best see, or even meet, the Duke and Duchess, but generally these questions are better answered once the Palace releases more details on what exactly the royals will be doing at each stop. Once that happens, it is generally pretty easy to spot the events that are crowd friendly. Historically, William and Kate are very generous with their time on walkabouts, so there should be opportunities aplenty for the intrepid fans who are willing to arrive early enough to get a front row place. 


This tour will be Princess Charlotte's debut on the international circuit, publicly, at least. The little princess has already holidayed in France twice. Although the Palace was slow to confirm that the Cambridge tykes would accompany their parents, this was ultimately confirmed. I don't think it was ever in doubt, but royals like to slow the momentum on anything having to do with the kids, which is understandable. 


I received an email from a reader in Canada who says that the press are booking hotels and water taxis in the Great Bear Rainforest and that leave has been restricted for the RCMP. We are galloping up on this tour and it sounds like excitement is rising quickly in the North. :) I will update as details become available. 


In other news, the Duchess of Cambridge has made it into the pleadings of a class action lawsuit in the US. Zara USA is being sued for price tampering, formally unfair business practice, unjust enrichment, and fraud, in addition to the negligence counts. On page 8 of the filing Kate makes her appearance, right next to Kim K. 


I don't really ever shop at Zara, but the suit alleges that Zara boosts the conversion from euros to dollars. You can read more about that here at the Daily Mail.  Nothing like a good lawsuit to start your morning right.  For those who can't wait for Canada, Kate and William have planned a trip to Bedfordshire tomorrow. They have also scheduled a visit to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the 1st and 2nd of September. 

33 comments:

  1. I think what we've seen over the course of this year is the Cambridges move ever closer to their ultimate roles as full-time royals. Two international tours, a spate of back-to-back engagements at the beginning of the summer, a mini-tour of Cornwall just prior to Canada...

    My guess is that we'll see even more tours, mini-tours and UK engagements next year!

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    1. I agree, I think their activity is on an increasingly busy trajectory, too. Although...I am still hoping for a third little royal, which would slow Kate up for a while. :)

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    2. Alejandra RamírezAugust 23, 2016 at 6:54 AM

      Agree Georgia!

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    3. I think that they ARE planning a third child and have therefore crammed two international tours and so much else into this year so that there won't be expectations of an international tour in 2017 and Kate will have the option to slow down if the need arises. I hope so anyway!:) #teambabyCambridge3!:)

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    4. Thank-you, Jane, for that gorgeous photo of Kate in red.

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    5. Oh, I like that idea, Anonymous 9:46am! I hope that is what's happening :)

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    6. Sonja from BavariaAugust 24, 2016 at 6:59 AM

      I agree, after 2 international tours this year, they can slow down and focus on a baby #3 next year (at least I hope so) ;) but there is still Pippa's wedding to keep in mind, Kate would not want to be sich with HG on her sister's special day!

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    7. Also hoping for baby #3, I think you are correct Anon 9:46. Just my two cents, but I think Kate being pregnant for Pippa's wedding wouldn't be the worst thing, given she were far enough along to not be sick. Would stop the comparison factor between the two ladies as you can't really compare pregnant Kate to bride Pippa, they both shine in their own way. Time will tell :)

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  2. These tours are boosting her numbers but she is still lagging behind when it comes to visiting charities. They did lots of official royal work this summer but I wish they would pay more attention to charities overall.

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  3. It seems they do a number of engagements every fortnight or so and William does the flying in between--though we only hear about that if he is spotted landing his helicopter somewhere.
    I hope he will give up the flying job when the contract ends, but I fear they will be unable to do more royal duties until some of the Queen's cousins retire. Becoming "full-time" with royal duties would involve more office and domestic staff, as well as more travel expenses. I can imagine the screams of wrath from DM if that were to happen.
    Looking forward to tomorrow and next week in the West Country. Spent our honeymoon in Newquay, so it is rather special.
    Prince William is in Germany today.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, Jean. I was focused on tomorrow's joint activities and William's trip skipped my mind.

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    2. I wonder if HM will start to encourage some of the cousins to retire. The monarchy needs to move forward and it's probably time. Unless, of course, there is a baby #3 in the offing and there will be slack to take up.

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    3. Regardless of whether there is a third baby planned or hoped for by W&K, Will does have a contract with the ambulance service til next yr (late spring/early summer, I think so almost another full yr) So I can't see him doing much more work royal duty-wise than he is doing now if he is really averaging around 20 hrs/wk when he works at that job. True, it was widely reported he took Dec and the first half of Jan off and he was gone at Easter, then to India, to France for vacation and he will be off to Canada soon. There have also been periods when he's been in London or elsewhere in the UK for periods of many days. So he can't be working there 20 hrs every week. But he is/was at that other job at other times so barring unforseen circumstances,  I think his royal stuff won't increase much in the next yr regardless of what the cousins do. (I realize he could break the contract but that would be bad for PR unless an emergency arises.)

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    4. Wish we saw Kate with William today but understand why she did not attend. They will be gone away from the children for two days starting tomorrow.

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    5. I wonder how his contract was structured to accommodate his royal duties. Or, maybe he has had time off added to his contract to compensate.

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    6. Robin, I am smiling at the potential irony of the Queen encouraging the older cousins to retire. Not that I disagree with you, but I am imagining myself as a fly on the wall while they have this discussion. ;)

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    7. It was always stated that he would work two thirds of the time to compensate for other duties. His contract probably ends in July of next year and I'm sure he will complete it unless something unforeseen happens .

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    8. Good point, Robin. If he is paid a salary, the amt he actually works may matter. If he is paid per hour for actual work, then it likely doesn't.  (I realize he donates his wages to an unnamed charity but he is still paid those wages by the ambulance company which is also a charity.) If he is earning a salary based on a contract that stipulates working a certain number of hours, maybe  his contract could be extended  if he hasn't amassed the stipulated number of hrs.  In this interview http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/19/prince-william-queen-support/   he did imply this 2-yr contract was the end of that work regardless. But the end of the contract isn't that soon which is why I doubt we'll see much change in royal duties over the current level until that ends.

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  4. I find this lawsuit interesting; I've made several purchases from Zara in the past (mostly to up my wardrobe's "Kate quotient," to be honest), and my calculations of the price conversions based on current exchange rates has never caused me to raise my eyebrows. Fascinating!
    -Tess

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  5. It's is only in the eyes of the public that the number of engagements is important. The Royals just get on and do the engagements. Tours come at the requests of governments and not done to "boost numbers". Royal duties are a combination of ceremonial and charitable work and the various charities are taken care of at least once a year. In the case of royals with many charities, some of those don't even get attention once a year. Jean is right, more royal work, more expense and until the older ones retire that is not going to happen so easily.

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    1. I agree with Jean and anon 9:13.even a simple away day must involve great expense as well as planning down to minute
      details. All this involves paying staff-the more events, the more staff needed.
      Does anyone else wonder who pays for child care of the royal children while the
      parents are away on official duty? I would place my bets that the parents foot the bill. If not, it would be a good reason for older royals, whose children are grown, to
      perform the bulk of duties. Or those, such as Harry and the York sisters, who have no children. A reason aside from the obvious one:raising children exacts a great toll in a parent's time and attention.

      Visits to charities involve the same issues of expense. At some point, it must become a question of cost-effectiveness. Can the UK really afford the morale boost of a royal
      visit? I think William's taking a job in addition to royal work portends the future
      of a viable British monarchy. The draw of royalty for tourists can remain, with its rich history, combined with
      a current-although scaled-down- royal family.
      My thoughts, anyway.

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    2. Charles would not allow the York girls to start doing Royal duties. He wants to down size to save money. And they are not good for anything but going on holidays and partying.

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    3. 7:18, do you really believe that about B&E, or do you seek a reaction? :)

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  6. On a sartorial note - I really hope we see the red maple leaf Lock & Co. she wore before. I'm not always a fan of the percher style but this was so spot on! As we were able to speculate on the colorful Indian prints Kate might wear on their tour earlier this year, I am really hoping for some chilly fall weather up in The Great White North so we see some new winter wear! (Now I feel like finding some McKenzie Bros. sketches on YouTube.)

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  7. I believe this will be a more dressed down royal tour than previously. With the great natural beauty and meeting with First Nation people, I don't really see a tiara occasion cropping up. We might get one swanky night in Vancouver but I am sure we'll see more rugged hiking gear and kid willies!!!

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    1. I meant wellies!

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    2. Lol!!! Ive been giggling a full five minutes over that one!

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    3. @HoosierLori OMG that is QUITE the slip!

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    4. Had me chuckling !!!!

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    5. Darn auto-correct!

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    6. My imagination took flight.
      Just try to live that one down, Lori. ha!
      Now I'm wondering whether that got past the screening or if our scribe has a naughty sense of humor and let it pass. I think the latter option.

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    7. Haha, Oh man. Well, the existence of my naughty sense of humor aside, I did miss that. :)

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  8. I was in Zara's in NYC (midtown) recently, and one of the items still had its Euros price tag on it. As it happened, a jacket that I'd seen in another Zara store had a price tag that was $20USD cheaper. The manager was called over and was quick to tell me that it was a mistake - but she gave me the reduced price. Before this, I'd noticed a hike in prices and this article really confirms it for me. So I'm a little giddy about putting one over on THEM!!! [Especially in light of the fact that, years ago, I bought two really lovely blazers that turned out to be made of material that didn't release normal-level underarm odors no matter how faithfully I had them cleaned. Massive use of Febreze - I nursed them along b/c they were very well styled - but then the black one faded!] Suze

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