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Cambridges Arrive by Canoe in Haida Gwaii

Friday, September 30, 2016



There are all sorts of ways a royal can make an entrance. On tour they often emerge from planes or trains waving to the waiting fans, or at home from helicopters and Range Rovers. On the final full day of the Canada 2016 tour, William and Kate arrived at Haida Gwai by canoe. Nothing like getting places on your own steam. 



For some reason seeing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paddling toward the waiting press in a war canoe makes me laugh.


This first stop was focused on the Haida Nation. The Cambridges met with official members of the tribe, as well as the the broader community when they enjoyed a welcome ceremony at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum. William and Kate were given "Raven's Tail" scarves trimmed with sea otter fur upon arrival. The scarves signify wealth in the Haida culture. I am not sure that William wanted to highlight that as part of the tour, but he was a good guest.

The prince gave a stab at a brief speech in the local language, and by reports from those who would know better than I, his accent was better than his accent is in French.


They took a brisk walk around the town with a girl wearing boots that I want for this winter.

There was another totem pole, even bigger than the last.

Crown in Canada
A visit to the Haida Gwai General Hospital was the second stop of the day. Located in the town named Queen Charlotte (how appropriate) the hospital has recently been completed, to the delight of local residents young and old who now won't have to travel long distances for healthcare.

Crown in Canada

Kate debuted a new ensemble technically, although in some respects it was the same favorite business-casual in a new colorway. The Smythe jacket, skinnies, and ruffled blouse that was such a success in Slave Lake in 2011 got a twist today in olive green. Kate wore skinnies from Zara paired with a new Temperley blouse, the Smythe Duchess blazer (very similar in style to her One-Button, including the cut-out back) in green, and rather than wedges, she wore her new R.Soles boots.


Kate's first look doesn't win for me the way the similar ensemble in blue did. Green is a great color on Kate, but I don't love the shade of the skinnies here and paired with the jacket I thought that it gave the entire appearance too muddy of a color. I thought half shots of Kate were very flattering. Perhaps the most controversial element of her ensemble was the hair headband she wore. I actually loved this. I thought it fit the mood of the day and the location and was very unique. When described as a "fake hair headband" it sounds a little off-putting, but women wear hairpieces all the time for fashion shoots or big events where more body is needed. Here, the hairpiece was meant to look like her own hair had been braided around--just another use of a hairpiece when your own does not suffice. 


To my mind, the best part of a tour is when the Cambridges step out of their usual patronage activities and are instead placed in environments which we don't usually see them. The couple's next stop certainly qualifies. Kate and William were booked on a fishing boat!


To head out on the boat, Kate changed her jacket for a Really Wild red sweater. The first outfit was on the edge for me, but here she slid off. I thought there had been a change of schedule and the couple was going to an ugly sweater party, but no, she just chose...an ugly sweater. This top might be cute in either a different color, or paired with different pieces. Part of what I found unattractive was the red with those greenish skinnies. She looked like a Christmas tree. The ribbed collar was too masculine and utilitarian, which fit the theme of the event, but didn't send me scrambling to the website to buy my own. Had she worn different shoes, too, it might have balanced the relaxed fit of the sweater, but at it stands, it's a miss. 


Once she put a life jacket over it, and we couldn't see the cowboy boots, I thought the sweater looked more in its element and it nudged back toward a win. When the wind picked up and it got nippy, Kate and William added parkas, which made the entire event all the more authentic. This was my favorite part of the day. As usual, Kate was enthusiastic and bright, seeming to enjoy every moment. The couple got a chance to try their hands at fishing:


There was no live feed of this event, but the report I read said that the Cambridges didn't catch any fish. This must be someone else's prize that William is posing with. ;) 


The Duke & Duchess have been on their fair share of boat trips, but I think this was the first fishing expedition if memory serves. It certainly looked like an experience they won't soon forget! 


Apologies for this very late post. I am home for the weekend and decided to take the evening off. We watched Poldark and I went to bed early. It was perfect. Pilates and coffee this morning. Slowly getting back into the tour here. 

85 comments:

  1. I was wondering if she would break out a Smythe since that's a Canadian designer and she didn't fail! Looks like the cowboy boots are back as well. She always dresses to the occasion and it's wonderful! I love when she wears a headband. It gives her and elegant, yet casual, look.

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    1. Is that a headband or her own hair?

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    2. I haven't had a really good look at it but it looks like a braided hairpiece. It's a slightly different shade than her own from the photos I've seen. I really like it!

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    3. I think it's probably a faux fur headband. I love the native scarf added to the jacket!

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    4. It appears to be braided hair.

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    5. It looks like she switched it up for the fishing trip though and the leopard print band is back!

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    6. I don't see how the hair "hairband" can be part of Kate's own hair that's braided (if it even is hair) I'm not sure even Kate's hair is long enough to braid that way. I do think Kate uses hairpieces on occasion to add bulk...some chignons seem larger/wider/thicker than even her thick hair could make. I don't see anything wrong with that but here, whether or not it's her own hair, I think I would have preferred a traditional Alice band of some sort. Her blowout looks good though and sure did hold up well after being out on the water. If she and her hairdresser are getting into braids, I'd still love to see a french braid (not for today with the water and wind but sometime.)

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  2. Kate's hair looks great! This is definitely my favourite tour so far
    Soha

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  3. I'm a huge fan of the Smythe, so I'm loving this new olive shade. The blouse is very very pretty as well. Not a big fan of cowboy boots but that is only personal taste. I realize it was cold in Carcross but I like this outfit so much more than the one she wore there. Not bulky and much more stylish.

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    1. Maybe you can answer the question then: why is there a cut-out piece in the back of Smythe blazers, please? Just "fashion?" I should think there'd be a "draft!"

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  4. Nice article about Natasha Archer here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/duchess-of-cambridge-stylist-natasha-archer/

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    1. Thanks for link about Natasha Archer.

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    2. I believe the story about Natasha appeared originally in the DM.

      I wonder what stories will be hatched on the tabs to discredit this tour. There are always a string of made-up tales in an attempt to undermine the positive benefits from a tour or group of engagements.

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  5. Love that new Smythe blazer! What a great cut on her. The green is gorgeous, as is the headband and hair. The canoe ride looks AMAZING. What a great way to enjoy nature and go on a royal tour at the same time. So beautiful, and so respectful to the culture. Love it!

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    1. It strikes me as an update to that green tweed Ralph Lauren jacket she wore frequently several years ago (thinking of the Angelsey ring of fire event they went to just after George's birth)

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    2. Oh yes totally, that's what I thought it was at first glance, but relieved it wasn't. This Smythe cut is so sharp, and it looks great in the green. I have to recant about the headband however, I kind of hate it. Fake hair? Yuck. It would have been perfection in leather, or a black or brown plastic. Oh well, I love those boots! Great heel! :)

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  6. Allie in Churchill, MBSeptember 30, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Love love love/covet covet covet that blazer! Wow, it looks great on her! Kate's hair is absolutely perfect today as well. I envy her trip to Haida Gwaii; I've wanted to visit it for years.

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    1. I want it too. The green is gorgeous.

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  7. Love everything but the headband. I think my 80s childhood has left me anti-headband though. That blazer is stunning!

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  8. Note on Archer, just read the link above, while she seems to be a lovely trusted aid I feel as thought Catherine is suffering through her learning how to be a stylist, and frankly not sure she will really ever be top notch in this area. There are really just too many misses and details missed. It is actually despite all of "us" :)feeling as though we could do it, very very difficult to continually put together wardrobes for others on a regular long term basis that really work and evolve with the client.

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  9. I think Kate looks fine. I like that  she wore a Canadian designer again but the overall look is not a win for me. I must say though the tight jeans (sigh, those seem a permanent fixture now for official events), jacket, cowboy boots and belt seem color-coordinated even if the styles differ. But a sheer lacy blouse with a bow and jeweled earrings seem out of place with the rest of the outfit. I know W&K also opened a hospital today but the look doesn't make sense to me. Maybe the earrings and blouse worn with jeggings-type pants and cowboy boots create a "daring juxtaposition" (or whatever term fashionistas would use these days..like Vogue shoots of women wearing glittery ballgowns in frost-killed fields on overcast days) but it just strikes me as odd. 

    The security agents on this travel team will need a very long vacation after this tour. No life jackets when in the canoe? (I know canoes are pretty safe but given who W&K are...) And walking on that narrow ledge above the river a few days ago? The plane exit on arrival? We've all held our breaths-- the security people must be exhausted!

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    1. I really like how you pointed out the plane exit on arrival Lizzie. It always strikes me as dangerous that they (and other famous people) walk down those enormous stairs into the open, and not into the regular attached exit, going straight into the arrival building. Not just can they trip and fall, but a potential attacker could move in from afar with nothing shielding them. Maybe safer to have cars picking them up from the tarmac?

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    2. I LOVED the Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid-esque escapade Kate and Wills pulled off with the train! And yeah, I think they scared the security detail (and, possibly later, the Queen - and if you think Wills got royally dinged when he bent down to talk with George at the Trooping of the Colors, wait 'til they see "Gan-Gan" again THIS time!) to pieces. Good on them! I wonder who initiated it...? ;) But I didn't think of life jackets in the canoe. You're right, of course, but being such avid sailors, I suspect they both swim very well.

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  10. Lizzie you are sweet:) But there was nothing harrowing about her plane exit or the train exit. The canoe and life vest is only important in terms of promoting boat safety. There were so many people around and other boats that any capsizing should have been quickly taken care of:) I actually think the security detail was less tiring than someplace like India, where you had many many more crowds and a much different political environment.

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  11. At the risk of being booed off this website...I am going to admit I have this Smythe jacket. I swore I wasn't going to buy another Smythe jacket...but this color is so gorgeous and we haven't see green very much for the last couple of seasons....so I broke down and bought it the first week in September.

    Love this look on the duchess. I like the jeans being in a similar shade to the blazer. Better then the other day with the grey coat (although the I love the coat) the blue jeans and brown boots. That was just a mish-mash too me. No coordination. Today was better.

    Have loved most of Kate's choices this tour. I think they have represented themselves, the Queen and the U.K.very well.

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  12. Today's outfits were great for what she was doing and how does she manage to get three changes in a few short hours?
    I think this has been quite a hard tour, as though what we see are happy events in lovely places, the travelling has been pretty horrendous and they have steered a diplomatic course through what might have been a political minefield.
    It seems George and Charlotte visited a petting farm and a beach without being recognized---presumably because the paps were all otherwise engaged.
    Personally I have enjoyed watching the fashions; two great young people and the wonderful scenery.
    Thank you Jane for keeping us informed.
    A vote of sympathy for the naval officer equerry, doing his best to keep them to time, but eventually seeming to learn that William and Catherine like to talk to people and won't be rushed.

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    1. "Today's outfits were great for what she was doing and how does she manage to get three changes in a few short hours?"

      "Tash" wasn't in the canoe... ;) And I love that the Cambridges are the people's people...persons?...whatever. They can afford to be chatty, and are building bridges like mad in a time when the idea of "royals" is not always in favor. Besides, if they just stood around they'd be bored out of their skulls. (There's enough of that at State occasions back "home.")

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  13. I believe those pants were described as "trousers" in official product descriptions, not
    jeans or jeggings. She varied her outfit several times yesterday, depending on the event.

    I certainly agree about security. I've noticed a blond woman, who stuck to Kate like glue during crowd, walk-about times.. Is "Mr. Security" for W or K? Do the children have PPOs?

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    1. There are such things as "treggings." (Trousers + leggings) I didn't make up that term, but if you use it here I'd be flattered to get attribution... *wink*

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  14. I think Kate looks fantastic. As always. I see no problem with the colours or pant choices. She looks fine. I think that William and Kate are doing a great job on this tour.

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  15. I used to live in Newfoundland (opposite side of Canada), and my family hails from northern Minnesota. These pictures are bringing back such memories, I can still smell the fresh and moist wilderness. Makes me want to go back.

    Everything Catherine is wearing is the norm up there, including the red sweater. It is always cool, by now turning cold, and everyone owns a warm Parka and Boots. Bright colors are best when hiking/camping, so that you don't blend in with the scenery (or Snow) in case of emergencies. Everything The Duchess wore there was appropriate.

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    1. My point, exactly [which I wrote below before I saw this]. I come from Long Island, NY and, while it's not AS cold and snowy, the climate can be harsh. Come to think of it, I'm surprised it wasn't colder during Cambridges' trip - although I'm sure "Tash" had them covered...literally!

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  16. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Let me start that I have immensely enjoyed Kate's new wardrobe this tour - she has finally upped her style game, and I love it. I think everything has been more or less a win, but my favorites are the McQueen from earlier this week and the grey coat.

    Now - it hasn't been discussed here yet, but I have been absolutely floored at the apparent rudeness by the Cambridges and their team on this trip. They have smiled and performed for the cameras but have apparently absolutely shut down any sort of requests for interaction or pictures with the actual Canadians working where they have gone or stayed. Isn't that part of the job? To take a picture? Or at the very very least, acknowledge the help they have received? It reeks of nouveau riche behavior to absolutely ignore the staff who have gone out of their way to prepare a hotel room or meal, or those who row you across a river. I would think that William knows better - and he does, because at least he dragged Kate back to speak to the rowers - since there were cameras around. But he participated in the atrocious behavior when there weren't cameras.

    I, overall and apart from the fashion, have been consistently hugely disappointed in this tour. It seems like a vacation for them, where they also scheduled a few work engagements to squeeze in.

    Why bring th children? They have served absolutely no purpose except perhaps trying to get some better PR and also have lighter days.

    I am so interested for more media perceptions - they haven't been glowing, and they are getting worse because the Cambridges continue to shut the media out... They haven't made many friends in Canada this week.

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    1. What on earth are you talking about? I think you need to give specific examples, not through out nasty accusations.

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    2. Gee Jennifer, your idea of a vacation is vastly different than mine if you think what William and Kate were doing this week was relaxing.
      And maybe they brought the children because they could and wanted to have them with them. They probably missed them a lot during the India tour.

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    3. Gosh Jennifer, that is harsh. No interaction? They have been photographed interacting with people the whole week, and I have never seen so many film clips of them ever before. I don't understand what you mean obviously, it makes no sense to me at all. Lighter days? They had half a day off, otherwise they were flying all over the place, it must be exhausting. And I think it was important to bring the children, so they get used to what travelling and meeting people are all about. William and Kate did so well, just enough of everything and the children had some time to adjust, then be involved just a little bit. I think the tour was great.

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    4. First of all are you from Canada Jennifer? The response has been overwhelming to the Cambridges here? Interaction with the crowds that have turned out has been tremendous. The media were allowed access to all events. Of course they would not consent to a photo where there is a possibility of money been made from that picture and that is exactly what the hotel wants to do? Cambridges did not ask hotel to renovate. Why would we as the public find it necesssry to dictate whether they travel with their children it not? It's commendable that they do.

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    5. Even when I don't agree with a given view, I enjoy reading other perspectives so I am glad Jennifer posted and I am glad Jane allowed it. The comments section would be a bit dull if all comments were of the "great, wonderful, fabulous, could not be better" variety (and if so, I probably wouldn't bother to read.) 


      I do think sometimes we (I include myself in that "we") are too quick to criticize others for not sharing our viewpoint but I guess that is part of the internet, even with moderated comments. I have been surprised that some comments about her fashion choices have been viewed as "attacks" on Kate...isn't the point of a comments section on a blog that focuses at least partly on fashion to discuss fashion choices? Jane's blurb says debate is welcome ...should we  debate only whether an outfit is gorgeous instead of fabulous? Sweet instead of cute? 


      I don't have opinions on most of Jennifer's points, but I think there were positives and negatives for this tour. For me as a resident of the southern US,  I've enjoyed learning more about western Canada. At the same time, I was much less drawn in than I was during the India tour.  W&K may have done 30 official engagements during the 8 days but it also seemed there was much more "down time" than in India, perhaps because of the PM's promise to provide plenty of private family time. As a result, after the fabulous arrival and first day, I tended to forget the tour was going on. Since I am an American, that doesn't really matter but forgetting about the tour elsewhere (outside of western Canada) might mean it is not a total success. (Apparently, the tour has received less coverage in the UK as well, at least until PC and PG were made available for photos.)


      I agree with those who said more *still photos* than usual have shown Will and/or Kate looking disengaged. I don't know why that is. It could be the underlying politics, it could be that having the children on tour was a distraction, it could be the nature of the events, it could be Pippa's situation, it could be something else entirely. And I was dismayed when Will said he'd not read his briefing book and so didn't know about the Diana connection (and presumably wouldn't have known about other important things too.) I was also dismayed when he told Bollywood stars who gathered to honor him he'd never seen a Bollywood movie but other posters found his honesty refreshing.  Hopefully saying he didn't read his briefing book will be seen the same way. It does call into question though what Will did to prepare for the tour while Kate was working on a tour wardrobe for herself and the children. It doesn't sound like he was practicing his French!

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    6. Are you from Canada Anon 11:32 or just attempting to disparage Jennifer for expressing disappointment?

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    7. Yes I am from Canada and proud of it. Just pointing out the viewpoint of the thousands of Canadians who came out to see them.

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    8. Lizzie, I'm not sure what your sources are and I certainly can't speak to all parts of the UK, but where I am (Cornwall), this tour received just as much (if not more) press than the India tour. I for one enjoyed it all immensely. Thanks, Jane, for all your coverage.

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    9. I guess my question is "how many pieces do you want to cut this couple into? No matter what they do it is never enough. The media and several commenters are RARELY happy with what the Cambridge's do. These type of comments after what looks like an exhausting tour look like some just looking to make a positive into a negative. I have not read any of these negative comments expressed by our Canadian posters who have actuall seen them in person, only positive -so maybe we should lean toward what they are telling us about this trip.

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    10. Clearly the only people entitled to an opinion are those that agree with you

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  17. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 1, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/716458/expense-three-star-Canada-hotel-room-Kate-William

    Just one example of not playing to the public aka ignoring everyone when it doesn't suit their agenda.

    Like I said, I am usually a fan - and have loved the fashion! - but things like this are what make a tour and show someone's true colors - the off camera interactions. And what I am seeing off camera - along with the obsessive control of the media and actually barring the media from several engagements during this tour, as well as dragging the media half way up the hill in Bhutan and then banning them from the second half when they actually got to the monastery due to a want of "private time" - show me the nouveau riche attitude towards help and basically anyone who can't really help them socially. They need to get it together - this obsessive control plus the rude off camera interactions, well, I am finally starting to understand the criticism.

    But of course they think they will be forgiven anything if they trot out the children and Kate puts on a new dress.

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    1. Security is a thing...

      Also, the media NEEDS to be checked, or they get out of hand. There has to be some control. Likewise for people in general who surround them. Each one never wants to let go. There has to be some distance to keep to the schedule.

      Their appearance in Canada has opened the world to the area of Vancouver, through the many pictures and videos circulating. Sure those pics focus on Kate's clothes and the children, but the environment and indigenous people are shown too, along with the political issues they're facing.

      That 3 Star Hotel did not have to upgrade the suite. Will & Kate don't seem to be too picky about their surroundings... Will proposed to Kate in an old cabin in Africa! But that "Royal Suite" will likely be booked solid after this... Except through the winter maybe...

      So chill, Jennifer.

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    2. Jennifer, thanks for your opinion, food for thought! Thanks Jane, to let it pass.

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    3. Bad "journalism" from the express... really?! I think it is fair to say that William and Kate don't have to agree to photos with hotel staff after hours. Especially so that the hotel can book the "royal suite" for much more than before.. I do not take it as a valid reason. William and Kate were more than generous with their time, and the world got plenty of photos.

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    4. After reading the express, I am glad they didn't agree to the photographs! The hotel owner clearly only thinks about commercial gain. I don't pity him at all.Vulture...

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    5. It's naive to think that people do not agree to host or offer services to the royals on tour without some thought to how doing so could boost their profile or profits in the future. This particular hotel owner may have been a bit crass by discussing it in the terms he did, but how is that really so different than the various charities that look to their royal connections as a way to raise money (even if those funds are ultimately for charitable purposes)?

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    6. You're right. That's why there are in constant danger of being " used". One of the consequences is not letting everyone take their photograph It is a matter of prudence not snobbery or lack of empathy

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    7. My point was they do not get "used" any more than they "use" their tours and events to raise their own profile and that of the BRF. The hotel owner may have been suggesting that in this instance the Canbridges were not Hopkins up their end of the unspoken agreement. If W&K are in fact helpless victims in constant danger of being "used" then their team is not doing their job very well.

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    8. The " used" factor does not only apply to William and Kate, but to all royals, British and European.

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    9. Just look at the source of the articl. Richard Palmer is KNOWN for his negative slant reporting. If you read the article the owner was well compensated for their stay as their rooms were well booked. It sounds like they want to continue to use them for their own gain and that is why William is protective of his private time. Their time in that hotel were PRIVATE.

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    10. That's one way to see it Anon 12:15. Another is that taxpayer funded royal families have certain obligations that private citizens do not. Modern royal families do no exist in a vacuum and each must negotiate their particular role in their home country and the world at large. while it is a valid point that some people may wish to establish and play up a royal connection for their own personal agenda (social status, money, etc) it is equally true that royals have their own agenda. You may wish to judge it as unpleasant when non-royals attempt to exploit the situation but it is naive to think it's a one-sided issue.

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    11. Eva B they were not in the hotel on a private vacation. Yes they are entitled to privacy but it is disingenuous to pretend there is such a bright line when they are in a place In an official capacity. And it is absurd to pretend that a person in the hotel business would refrain from attempting to continue that business because someone famous stayed in one of their rooms.

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    12. Well,the hotel is clearly privately owned. I don't think WK ( and the taxpayers they represent) should give it public publicity. They are highlighting Canada, not private businesses.

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    13. How is it bad for the Canadian taxpayers (who paid for this tour) to have a Canadian business bring more money into the Canadian economy? Are there Canadian state-owned businesses they should have been highlighting instead?

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  18. Don't take the bate, ladies. Don't get into an argument over such nonsense.

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    1. Nonsense for you, food for thought for others.

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    2. The issue isn't freedom of expressing ideas; it's stating opinion as fact and making
      value judgements based on one-sided reporting or on one's own suppositions. I haven't read the Express aricle, just Jennifer's references to it. Did the story also give W&K's viewpoint?

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    3. So the issue with freedom of expression is basically anytime someone disagrees with you anon 1?

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    4. Did the story give both viewpoints? If not, it belongs in op ed, not a news article.
      It's a matter of tabloid versus responsible journalism.

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  19. I think if she had gone with either black or blue skinnies the jacket would have really popped and the sweater wouldn't have looked so Christmas-y. I also wish she'd gone with her Penelope chilvers boots

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  20. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 2, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Bless your heart, I am not trying to "bait" anyone - but one of the reasons I tend to stay away from the comments on this site is because people are viciously attacked for having a difference of opinion. I simply provided my opinion after having closely followed the tour this week. It's hugely unfortunate that anything besides "OMG they are so perfect and fabulous and never put a foot wrong!" Is seen as an attack and the need to attack the commenter. My comments are entirely valid, and like I said I have been a long time fan, but this trip has finally allowed me to see some valid points about Kate and William that are not entirely flattering to them. Again, they are on tour - so their job is to be 100% on for the entire week, even when there are no cameras. They aren't tucked away at a private enclave under fake names - they are everywhere they are this week as official representatives of the queen and should behave as such. And quite frankly, in my opinion, they did not and only chose to pander to their roles when cameras were focused on them, which was a very limited amount of time. 😘

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    1. I do not agree with you Jennifer on how you interpret TRH actions. However the tour did show how the royals can be manipulated by governments to further their own agenda. TRH have to remain above politics, but Trudeau certainly used them regarding his inferior handling of the First Nation issues. WIll and Kate were placed in many awkward situations and they handled it impeccably well. There were a lot of political under currents on this tour and for that, the blame rests solely with our Canadian and BC governments.

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    2. Jennifer, I appreciate you sharing your comments even though you were sure to be attacked, as is everyone who does not breathlessly agree with the narrow viewpoint of a select few commenters here. I too am a longtime fan of the couple, and Kate in particular, but there was something about this tour that felt like a bit of a let down. Perhaps there was something else distracting them that made it feel a bit "off" (Pippa's phone hack?), but while I cannot deny there were definitely bright spots (everything involving the children!) this was *in my opinion* one of their least successful tours *for them* (I thought it was brilliant for Canada and their Canadian hosts).

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    3. Anon 9:25 - I agree there were potentially awkward events on this tour given the Canadian politics involved however it is not like Will &Kate weren't informed well in advance of the itinerary and their team should have been able to identify those potential issues well in advance and changed the itinerary if necessary. There's "manipulation" on both sides when it comes to royal tours.

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    4. I sure did not see that they were "off".. They had what I saw as a vigorous tour. They allowed the children to be presented to Canada. I do think they were politically used in several way. They graciously went along with it to perhaps help restore a whole Canada. Since Many of us are not Canadian we should perhaps not be so quick to judge the lack of positive influence the Cambridge's tour had on the country.

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    5. Well then you and I saw different things Eva B. And as far as "allowing" their children to be presented to Canada do not forget that it is in the best interest of the BRF for Canada to embrace Will and George and chose to stay in the Commonwealth as the crown passes in years to come. to be very clear I am not attempting to minimize any positive effect this tour generated not personally attacking Will & Kate, I am merely acknowledging that real life is not a fairy tale.

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    6. Still not going to be baited but FYI, I do know what a southerner means by starting a sentence with "bless your heart."

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    7. Well then Robin bless your heart

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  21. Very well said Jennifer. No-one is right 100% of the time and neither are they wrong !00% of the time. There has to be a balance which many commentators on this blog often lack.

    I too think that this tour lacked substance. Many important issues were touched upon but nothing of any real importance was said or done by the royal couple. I fully understand the political constraints surrounding the First Nations issues but could not a few words have been said on the mental health issues that the Cambridges are said to be passionate about?

    In the absence of this sort of issue-led input all we are left with is the Duchess as a clothes-horse and that, I fear, is the reason why this tour, however sartorially successful it may have been, feels rather empty.

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    1. It seems to me that all Saturday's engagements were about mental health and most of the first day's were too.
      The hotel where they stayed got a lot of advertising from their stay: the owner could surely not expect them to pose for an advertising photo.
      The area all together got a large amount of publicity for its beautiful scenery and a large number of people have learned of the treatment of the first nation population there.
      I think the few words the Duke spoke whilst on the Islands showed he had taken that on board.
      My view of the tour, for what it is worth, is that they spent a lot of time talking to the crowds, more that had been timed for. At the beginning of the week, the Canadian equerry seemed to be hurrying them on, but gave up in the end.
      Members of the British Royal Family do not get directly involved in politics--they shine a light on the problems and try to discover how they can help.

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    2. Yes, indeed, Jean. Long may you wave...

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    3. If those complaining about lack of substance and attention to their English
      charities had simply read their itinerary, it is clear there were a number of meaningful
      meetings scheduled, including those centered upon mental health issues.This itinerary was well-known and published days ahead. Either the complainers weren't paying attention or perhaps just looking for
      a point of contention.
      I do sympathise-it's getting difficult to find any fact-based, reality-based criticisms.

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    4. Who has "complained" about that anon 1?!

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  22. What on earth did you want the children to do, give a speech at three and not yet two? Did you want Charloltte to inspire all the babies of Canada to rise up?

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  23. Getting back to fashion... olive green is probably my least favorite color, so I’m not crazy about this look at all. I would probably like the jacket in any shade other than olive green. But I happen to like the red sweater. I think it's nice, not ugly, and in my opinion, it doesn’t look Christmasy paired with this particular shade of green. I like Kate's headband, too.

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    1. Oh! I forgot the "hair" band! I actually like it, and wonder where to get one. Hey, you come from NYC: I'm here, too! Maybe Macy's would sell it?

      I just bought a green (not quite olive) jacket and love it. But then, I have green in my brown eyes. *bat* *bat* Eh, to each her own, I say...

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    2. P.S. Betsey: Good call, refocusing on fashion! We NYers have got enough bickering going on with the presidential election to go looking for it elsewhere!

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  24. I apologize if someone has already mentioned this (I don't have time to read 75 comments!), but it was a purchased fish - perhaps anticipated to compensate the Cambridges if they came up empty-handed? (LOL! Loyal subjects...) If Wills is an introvert, he has really been taxed on this trip! Of course I wasn't there - darn it! I tried! - but he certainly looked as friendly as most men I know when they don't know anyone there. But each time they added the kids - wow! He's such a super dad: so tender and solicitous!

    The bowed blouse - I will NOT use that word! - well...not a fan of high necklines and bows. I tried to like it; maybe I can get it "bespoke"-d. ;) Otherwise, everyone on the whole trip looked wonderful. And hey, I come from Long Island, NY: from autumn on, we wear wool sweaters - IN RED if it suits us, and I wouldn't have made the Christmas tree connection if you hadn't said anything. I might not have worn a few of Kate's other choices (b/c they wouldn't suit me: I have the same hair and eye color but am a bit lighter in skin tone), but they suited her. I also would have worn a red plaid shirt ("I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK!" LOL!) tucked into skinnies - blue or black, ok? *tease*

    Just FYI, last Friday I wore MY cowboy boots to work in Kate's honor. But I'm in NYC and nobody noticed...

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  25. Does anyone have an ID on that parka?

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