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Day 2: Vancouver in Tiered Alexander McQueen

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today was the first full day on tour for the Cambridges. This morning, the two began at the harbour where they were due to take a float plane from Victoria to Vancouver. Many were expecting the Duchess to dress down for the day's engagements, which included a visit to the Canadian Coast Guard, so it was with surprise that we greeted the Duchess dressed in a busy, red and white dress from Alexander McQueen.


I frankly want to get to the fashion, but let's zip through the day's activities before we do. After the couple landed at the dock, they made their way to Jack Poole Plaza to greet throngs of fans, some of whom had been waiting since 3am. This photo below might be my favorite. Kate looks like a billion bucks and we see Mr. Security and Rebecca Deacon on the left. It's a great shot.


The first charity on the line-up was Sheway, an outreach program for pregnant women and mothers battling addictions.


The program runs in one of Canada's poorest communities, an area plagued by sex trafficking and drug use. It offers an alternative to despair and provides support to women struggling to overcome addiction for themselves and their children. Certainly an initiative right up Kate's alley. 


Kate looks at babies with such genuine warmth and love. Can I get a vote that this woman should have a few more? Thank you. Resolution passed. 


The next stop was probably the most "politically charged" the couple has ever undertaken. They were joined by the Prime Minister and his wife for a visit to an immigration centre, which helps immigrants coming to Canada integrate into the community, find ESL courses, etc. What made the stop controversial was the focus on the centre's recent handling of some of the 30,000 Syrian refugees that Canada has accepted.

Crown in Canada

It's a very divisive topic, both in Canada and the United States, where the concerns over terrorism are growing stronger by the day. Many point to Germany, which has accepted 800,000 refugees, with some claiming the real number is over a million. Some regional experts have estimated that 2% of refugees are terrorists, which doesn't sound like that many until you do the math and realize that is 16,000 terrorists. That's...a lot terrorists on the loose. It's a debate to which I was surprised William and Kate opened the door, even if they didn't take a side. But, on reflection, perhaps it is a discussion that should seep across the walls we put up to political discussion. The outcome will, after all, shape the world for several generations. We should all be engaged in researching and debating the facts and figures. Certainly, we should not close our eyes to the crisis in the Middle East, either. I pray every day for the children of Syria who have only ever known war. My Twitter feed is full of videos and images of death, destruction, and torture. Children pulled from Aleppo's rubble, families torn apart and murdered on the plains of Nineveh, unspeakable acts of abuse and torture...it is overwhelming.  The plights of the people, and particularly the Christian and Yazidi minorities, have been a burden on my heart since this terrible mess started. As North Americans and Europeans, we should (maybe not in the blog section here ;)) discuss this with friends and with family, in a respectful and rational manner.


I know that this stop had political tones, and that some are understandably upset. But, since the royals introduced the topic, we should take it as an opportunity to understand the situation so that we don't continue to ignore the pain that is ongoing in the Middle East and the duty we owe to our fellow humans in crisis, nor the duty we owe to our own families to make sure that the Bataclan is never repeated. That we never have to fear a Sydney Cafe Crisis. A San Bernadino...the next wave of destruction on our homelands. We have to find a solution that stabilizes the Middle East and the lives of these people, while also maintaining the security of our own nations. I don't think there is an obvious or easy answer. These are just the dark and worrisome issues that I write this blog to escape, even if for a few hours, and introduces just the kind of tension that I do no welcome on the blog. I thought some while about including these few, brief thoughts, and chose to because the Cambridges "started it," and because the crisis in the Middle East, and those people, matter very much to me, as does the security and stability of my own homeland and my own loved ones. Hopefully, this will spark dialogue in places I may never know, but the fruits of which will impact us all for the better. Trying to transition from the very sobering to the lighter topics...


A reception for future leaders in the community was next on the schedule. William and Kate mixed with young people from the Vancouver and surrounding areas, as well as welcoming athletes who have recently returned from Rio:


Finally, they made a stop at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station before calling it a day.


At last, let's talk fashion. This dress is a bespoke version of a dress in McQueen's Resort 2017 collection. Below shown in red and in a black & white image. Kate's customization tones it down a little, but not that much. 


In an interview with Sarah Burton about the Resort collection, Vogue Runway reported:
What are these flowers, printed? “No, no,” Sarah Burton hastened to explain as she held out the flounce on a tiny ruffled dance dress for closer inspection. “Each one is hand-painted, and you see, it’s on leather.” Such is the extraordinary sophistication of handwork that Burton puts into her collections that its wonders are only truly read close up. The mixtures of carnations, yellow roses, peonies, and poppies, each petal expertly defined with an artist’s paintbrush, were inspired, she said, by British folk art and domestic interiors: “Wallpaper, patterns you see on canal barges.”
This detail is apparent on this dress, and one fun example is the buttons. They have delicate, painted flowers on them!


It is safe to say that the reaction from fans to this dress was electric. Not only is it an eye-watering $5,000, but it is neither conservative nor demure. White with red embroidery, the dress features a flirty, short skirt and unusual buttoned collar. Kate didn't try to downplay the effect, either, by pairing it with her preferred nude accessories. Instead, she opted to highlight the va va voom with bright heels and a Miu Miu clutch in matching crimson. This entire ensemble really reminded me of another famous queen of fashion, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. This is just the sort of ensemble she would wear.


My only criticism of this dress is the studs along the collar. That's a fashion statement I just can't get behind; it is a bridge too far. In every other respect, I love, love, love this dress. I love the flouncy two-tiered skirt. I love the short hem that highlights her killer legs. I love that she paired it with red accessories. I like that she made a really bold choice, which is what so many have been urging for so long. Not for the first time, she owned her princess status with this dress. It is a real home run for me.


One of my fabulous readers, Haley Hooyenga was at Jack Poole Plaza this morning and rubbed shoulders with royalty! I forgot to ask her how Kate was in the flesh. Most people say she is even more radiant and beautiful than in pictures. Feel free to weigh in, Haley, and congrats on what must have been such a memorable day!


Don't forget to follow the tour on my Kate's Clothes Instagram. I check-in by video on the Stories feature at least once a day, hopefully more this week. You can find the fun on Instagram Stories here. Oh, and I think you can only see Stories on mobile, just FYI. 



85 comments:

  1. Wow. Red shoes. That's a strong look!

    Thanks for this Jane. Will have to find you on IG

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  2. Kate's dress looks cute because of the tiers. The red shoes and clutch really add to the look as a whole. I have to say, Kate made me love printed dresses!
    - Soha

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  3. OMG OMG!!! I love love this dress!!! Awesome change!

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  4. I really don't like the dress but I loooooove the shoes.

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  5. Absolutely in love with this dress! Its fun, sophisticated and of course tailored the way she likes. Love love love! She is definitely on point with this dress.

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  6. Again Kate hit it out of the ball park. I believe the pattern might have something to do with one of the Indian tribes. It is to honor them. Kate had done her homework. She always dresses to honor who, what and where they go.
    I have to say they are such a beautiful couple. They don't have to hold hands to see the love they have for each other. I know I have said that many times but it is so nice to see the love is still that and seem's to grow.
    Thank yiunJane for doing such a wonderful job getting us updated ml know you have a very busy schedule.

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  7. Lovely dress and such a change from her usual style and the red shoes and clutch finish it nicely. It's young and fresh and just a little flirtatious. Love it.
    I was watching the arrival from the seaplane and on the way to the cars they stopped to shake hands and chat to quite a large crowd. The Canadian Naval Officer, who I think is acting as equerry, was getting very anxious. I got the decided impression that no one had thought to leave time for chats.

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  8. Sorry but a bit too much "Little Bo-Peep's grandmother moves to Florida" for my taste. I'm starting to realize I just don't care much for the McQueen line these days. 


    I figured out one reason I liked yesterday's dress so much. It looked like a sophisticated and classic *woman's* dress (although not at all stodgy to me) And unlike the arrival dress for the first Canadian tour (which I also did like), it was not something that would look equally appropriate on a 17 year old *girl.* I can't really say the same about today's choice. It seems matronly from the waist up and juvenvile from the waist down. I also think the placement of the large circles on the sleeves make her arms look huge. Maybe I'm just out of step with today's fashions but I did love the JP yesterday.

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    1. Just a little moral support here: I'm with you. The fabric seems like something I might have seen on my grandmother's table. After the perfection of yesterday's outfits this was rather jolting! No doubt tomorrow will be better.

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    2. Thanks Bristowmom. Nice to know I am not alone. I am sure you are right about future outfits too!

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    3. Initially, I liked yesterday's JP. But after a few hours, I lost interest. Too 1950's and super mature. Too standard. So today's McQ was most exciting. Fresh, appealing, fashion forward and attractive; with diplomatic messaging. Very Princessy. Love.

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    4. The strange dichotomy between the juvenile bottom and the staid top of the dress have also thrown me off - that was my own assessment as well! I think with a different neckline this could be a lovely and fun look but as it is I wouldn't wear it myself. Not that I have $5,000 to do so even if it had keeled me over with happiness. I do like it when she gets out of the box and embraces her Princess status in something a little more glamorous, so two thumbs up for that, but I'm hoping for a Barber jacket tomorrow.

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  9. I love her bright red shoes! And you are right, William looks so good in this picture :)

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  10. Watching this live and the dress is beautiful and stands out so well. Shoes and clutch make the dress stand out more. Crowds are tremendous and this couple are doing their country proud.

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  11. The dress is really feminine and flirty - love it! However, what I am most impressed with are those RED SHOES!!! I'm so happy! Yes, they are suede but I'll take the baby step! Love the red clutch too! I can't tell which earrings those are but I know Jane will give us the run down later.

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    1. I'm with you. Love the look from head to toe. this dress was screaming for the red accessories. 😊😊

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    2. Agree 100%, Robin and Royalfan. Love this dress. The red accessories perfected the look.

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  12. Good afternoon all...
    So generally I love following Kate's style because her choices are things that I could see myself wearing and inspires me in my own shopping. Yesterday was a fine example. If I could afford it I would be calling JP right now and ordering her dress from yesterday. Pure perfection.

    Then there are days like today...where there is no hope I would ever wear this dress. Having said that....I still love it. It looks fabulous on Kate, is youthful, fresh and fun with the red being an obvious nod to Canada. I think the button up collar with the studs was a good juxatoposition against the two layer ruffle skirt which ran a real risk of feeling school girlish...the top prevented that. Overall I liked this.

    Many people commented on her hair...and I think it is just feeling a little flat given the rain and humidity. But compared to SGT I think it looks fabulous.

    And Will gets two thumbs up as well. Charcoal...corduroy trousers and black suede shoes....outstanding and great change of pace!

    I think I said yesterday we would see Sophie in "worse". Today was worse. Between the ringlet curls and the matronly dress....yikes. She really needs a stylist.

    I know many people have made comments about the print of Kate's dress being a nod to First Nations people in Canada...but I think that is a stretch. I am open to being proven wrong here...but I don't see that. Especially since this print is identical to the original McQueen on the runway and I highly doubt McQueen is picking fabrics that have patterns that reflect the First Nations of Canada. I appreciate everyone trying to give Kate some credit...but unless someone can show me how...I don't think that is the case.

    A win for me!

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    1. It's not about McQueen using a fabric that represents Canadian First Nations, but rather Kate and her team choosing a dress that they think will give a nod to their hosts in terms of colour and patterning which has the feel of indigenous symbolism.

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    2. Must disagree on Sophie's dress - a far bigger win for me than Kate's! I'd like to buy it, someone please tell me how!

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  13. I was there at Jack Poole plaza and Kate's dress was sooooo beautiful in person. Of course she's gorgeous too! She and William chatted with people on their way to the cars and they were just so lovely. William walked along our side of the plaza and he was just so genial and warm. Such a special day my children and I will surely remember!

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  14. Yesterday was perfection...the dress, the hair, the color, the hat...everything! Kate absolutely owned the entire look. Today, the dress wore Kate.

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  15. I thought this was flirty, fun, unexpected (it's higher fashion! I too felt a little bo'peeped but it's edgy in a Kate way!) and I loved the color pops. The seams are neat, though they didn't always photograph well.
    Yesterday she looked like a cool blue slim lady, today she looked more youthful. Great hits both days, even if I'm not in instant love with either, I'm loving her in them and on this tour. Going great, Kate!

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  16. I like the dress but it's not as great as the original McQueen design. It's as if it's one dress above the waist and an altogether different one below. This is when a Kate/Sarah Burton collaboration doesn't always quite gel. I like that she's experimenting with prints and her accessories go well with this garment too. Kate's Mcqueen garments from Wimbledon and the India tour were much better. I love William's look- I get soooo tired of his dark blue suit. They look like they're better rested today and ready to get on with it. It must've been a long trip and then they had to be onstage right away. Can't wait for day 3.

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    1. I'm glad Kate collaborated on this dress because, to me, if those original sleeves had been on the dress it would have looked a bit like a clown outfit. William did look fantastic and every inch the senior royal that he is. I don't know if the Trudeaus are nervous or what but Wills & Kate look far more relaxed in their own skin.

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  17. Forgot to mention..shoes and clutch, overkill with that dress. Eyes moved from clutch to dress to shoes and back again. Couldn't take my eyes off it all, and not in a good way. Sophie looked sophisticated and comfortable next to Kate. Ugh!

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  18. I live in Vancouver and saw them at the coast guard stop, it was very cool! She's so beautiful up close. Just a comment, their visit to the immigrant services centre wasn't at all controversial in Vancouver. I haven't read a single negative CANADIAN article about it, and I have been reading everything I can about their visit. It may be divisive elsewhere, but not here in Vancouver. The only protest items I've heard are whether or not the monarchy still has value and if she wears too many nude accessories. Just to let you know that things are different from the US up here.

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    1. Yes, agreed. Here in Canada it is not divisive at all. In the States, when I was there, it was this constant topic on all the news programs. It became exhausting. It was nice to get back home. William and Kate did not step into controversy here.

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    2. And agreed again. This is not controversial or divisive in Canada. The majority of Canadians support, and we have a long history of supporting, the resettlement of refugees in Canada. Refugee resettlement is also supported by our Federal and Provincial governments including the BC government. Most Canadians are very proud of the role Canada plays in refugee resettlement and many Canadians are directly involved in private sponsorship of refugee families. It actually would have stood out had they not included this stop on their agenda.

      And thank you so much for your blog and the work you put into it. It is amazing.

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    3. Katie,
      So glad you reported just how beautiful Catherine is up close. I saw her in Manchester when she was pregnant with George and what I remember mostly is her smiling eyes. She was just gorgeous.

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  19. Eeeeeeeeee!!! I loe this post!!!!!! They will be in my Aunty's town, Kelowna very soon!!! Aunty Marisa said she will try and see them and get a picture for me!!!!! and Princess Charlotte is JUST adorable!!!!! I LOVE this post!!!! Will be sharing on FB.

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  20. Great post Jane!
    Love that you always go the extra mile and show us the underlining message on the engagements!
    Great job!

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  21. Kate looked youthful and fun today. I really liked the change.Great work.

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  22. Love the dress,but not a fan of the accessories because they are a considerably different shade of red then then red in her dress.

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    1. I agree about the shade of the accessories but wondered if maybe hats just how they photographed and in person they looked a bit better?

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    2. I agree the shoes/clutch really don't match. (I've looked at the color on a second monitor and they still seem quite different from the red in the dress. Since the photos were taken in both natural and artificial light, I kind of doubt its a photo issue.) While different blues can be successfully combined, different reds worn together are often jarring. I think the red suede shoes she wore to the Garter ceremony might have matched the dress much better as the red in the dress appears to be a fairly dark blue-red or at best a "neutral" red and definitely not a brighter orange-red (coral) as the shoes she wore are. Maybe the heel height wasn't right on the other shoes. I suspect though the new shoes may have been bought to be a closer match to the Canadian flag. If so, I agree with those posters who have said  nods to the host country CAN be taken too far.  A little symbolism goes a long way and too much can look costume-y.  I admit I don't like the dress anyway but the accessories didn't help even though I typically would celebrate the absence of nude shoes and clutch!

      Some have said the dress looked better in person. If so, that's good. I'm curious though...when planning an outfit for a tour event do you think Kate and her team take photos when evaluating the outfit? Many more people will see photos of a royal visit than see it in person, after all.

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    3. To me it is the colour of the clutch and shoes that makes this ensemble great. I don't find it jarring or costumey, rather they make the outfit pop.

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    4. I also really like the pop of color the red shoes and clutch give to this outfit is great. It looks like they match in color hues in some photos in an other it is slightly different. It is probably just a difference of lighting.

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  23. Hi Katie, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. We were in Canada this summer (boy are we head over heels in love with the place!) and thogh we spoke to lots of Canadians and read the papers every day, we didn't hear one negative comments about immigration. Indeed we met a lovely Syrian family whe were being treated to lunch by a Canadian couple acting as their mentors and they had nothing but gratitude and praise for the way they had been welcomed. Canada seems like an incredibly open and positive society and I think the rest of the developed world could learn a lot from her. Annie, UK

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  24. Kate looked beautiful in herself, of course but I'm sorry, I loathed the dress. It's great to see her taking a chance and opting for something edgy but this particular outfit just reminded me of paper doilies from a 1970s party - sorry Kate! Annie, UK

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  25. The Duke and Duchess also sent their support to an auction that is happening today to support Syrian refugees: http://royalcentral.co.uk/other/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-back-syrian-charity-68558 I am personally extremely glad they made this stop, and I also think she looks fantastic.

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  26. I am all for a subtle nod to the host country, i.e., the maple leaf brooch/hat design work, however, I think that Kate gets some bad advice on tour fashion. I felt that the last tour was more "costumey" than fashion. She is British. Fly the flag for British fashion. I doubt that the Queen of Buhtan would try to emulate Kate's outfit if she were visiting the UK. This dress looks like she is heading to a rodeo. Man's studded collar and cuffs, metal snaps, and tiered ruffled skirt, like a Western Canadian cowgirl. Yesterday's outfit was pure perfection. Sleek, elegant, and expertly tailored. At first I thought it was Catherine Walker. Kate is a beautiful young woman who can really hit it out of the park. I think that she should focus on being herself and not try too hard to pay homage to the country she is visiting.

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  27. I know many Canadians who are very worried about this immigration issue. I also think that for people who want to slow down and discuss this, they are marginalized and silence and accused of being like Donald Trump or something. Even here on this blog all I see are comments that basically tell Jane her point is irrelevant. She said this is really serious and you should think about it, but all the comments I have read have told her to isn't a topic of discussion. I don't think this is just an issue down in the U.S. and I would like to say to you Jane that your courage to bring up topics that can cause tension is one of the reasons I read your blog. I admire your courage. Thank you for clearly caring about all people and for saying what you believe even if you are pushed away for it.

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    1. I don't think those commenters were telling Jane her own comments are irrelevant - they were sharing their own perspective as people who are "on the ground" in Canada and see the visit through a different lens and cultural context.

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    2. Anon 6:13, sorry, but I have not read anything that "tell Jane her point is irrelevant" or that she was "pushed away for it". What I have read was that there does not seam to be the same problem in Canada as there is in Great Britian and the U.S. I can not recall any terrorist attacks occurring in Canada where in the U.S. There have been 3 and possibly a 4th in the last week alone. I agree with Jane, this is a very complex subject and I come here to get away for just a short time from the major life issues that greet me each day. I also agree this comment section is not the place to discuss this issue.

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  28. Is that a sledge I spy on Rebecca Deacons foot?!

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    1. I think the sledge actually belongs to the blonde woman in front of RD, who appears to be leaning in behind her?

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    2. https://mobile.twitter.com/WhatKateWore/status/780426728007143424/photo/1

      Definitely Rebecca's foot. And pretty sure it's the sledge.

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  29. Hi All, quick comment on the immigration remarks in this post. They were not meant to be the focus and they were not meant to spark too much discussion here in the comments section. I addressed the issue, because people were upset and...it is my blog. I felt perhaps I was being prompted to at least say something, because it is an important issue. I want to clarify that it isn't a necessary argument in either direction. If you think the security concerns are irrelevant, you are naive. If you think you can ignore the plight of the suffering people in the Middle East you are callous. I repeat, it is a difficult subject, and one I think you should be truly willing to tangle with...out in the real world with friends and neighbors. Maybe not here, where I think it will quickly spiral out of control.
    Let's not wade too far into the weeds on it. Sometimes, as the blogger I get to exercise my prerogative to discuss issues that aren't necessarily ones I will let be hashed out in the comments. On this topic, I didn't really enjoy doing so, but I felt I was duty bound to at least address the clear political tension that the visit created in more than a few quarters. But, I'd rather continue to chat about fashion and this tour. Let's keep the focus on that. And i really do hope you discuss the political issues with family. I think the world has ignored the genocide and the refugee crisis for far too long.
    See you later today for Day 3!

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    1. I agree with you, Jane. These are real concerns in the world today and we cannot hide our heads in the sand. I interpreted your comments exactly as they were - an encouragement to keep ourselves educated and have discussions in our communities. When I heard that W&K were making this particular visit I knew it would open up a can of worms for them so getting it out in the open here and now was the right thing to do so an argument of varying opinions didn't escalate here in the comments section. Well done! I think that sometimes we're so excited to see the photos that the words are skimmed over and that's where misunderstandings occur. Can't wait for Day 3 fashions! I'm not used to having them in my time zone and not already on the front page when I wake up!!

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  30. I could not love this more. This is exactly the kind of fashion forward stuff is great to see Kate in. And while the beautiful blue Jenny P screamed 'elegant future queen' this one screams 'young, super cute princess' and it's great to see a mix of those.

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    1. I agree. I was so excited by how "high fashion" the felt. I think someone said that in an earlier comment, too. She looks young and fun and glamorous.

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  31. Jane, I won't say anything other than I love how you do what you feel you must, always. That sets this blog apart from all the other blogs. I can see your heart and it is beautiful.

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  32. The media here in the UK seem to be having a bit of an izzy fit, suggesting they are venturing into politics. Cannot understand why, as it does not appear to be a political issue in Canada and William is there as second heir to the Queen of Canada--so can't see the problem.
    I thought the outfit was superb and the crowds so enthusiastic, that I suspect they loved it too,

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    1. That's funny Jean. Katie Nicholl one of the British reporters is reporting for CBC and she was very supportive of their visit. Her opinion on air was that it was better to address the issue as they did from a humanitarian aspect. This was not a political move. Whether she writes something different is another case, but verbally she was supportive.

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    2. I know Her Majesty has always shied away from political things but the times seem to be changing. The Prince of Wales put his first foot forward in discussing environmental issues, Princess Diana followed with her land mine campaign, and now William, Kate, and Harry with their human rights issues. But, after 60+ years of ERII on the throne it's probably a little surprising to some - especially those who want to be surprised and have something controversial to splash on the front of the newspapers. Sadly, controversy sells. :-(

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    3. The BRF risks its legitimacy in the modern uk if they wade too far into politics. It's a *very* fine line.

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    4. Yes!: Anonymous, 26.9.16 12.04pm. From a UK commentator: I personally don't want the Royal Family drifting into politics like this. Not appropriate and they are NOT democratically represented.

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    5. I mean 'elected', not 'represented', sorry!

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  33. Hi Unpublished Anon: No, I am not going to publish your post. It is aggressive and far too politically charged. I asked my readers to think about this important issue and engage in productive discussions with family and friends in their communities. I have no intention to debate in any more depth the issue here on the blog, beyond the comments I have already made. It would most certainly perturb and upset my readers who are on both sides of the debate and who come here to relax, not to fight about politics. I also didn't allow your comment to go live because it used a dismissive pejorative to describe those who disagree with you. I think that is always inappropriate, no matter the discussion. The only way to have good conversation is to have a respectful discussion. You have to truly listen and engage with the opinions of others, even opinions you may not think are good or true. In any event, we are back on track chatting about fashion here, but I certainly encourage you to follow this topic in your community, which from the sound of it, you do.
    Very best,
    Jane

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  34. Hi everyone. I was there yesterday to see the royals and I have to say I didn’t think it was possible to be more impressed with these two, but I am. As I’ve said before, I’m an impression kind of person rather than a detail person when it comes to fashion and for me, this dress made the perfect impression for the engagements yesterday. She looked striking, regal, youthful, and approachable. You couldn’t fail to notice her in the crowd and isn’t that the point? Compared to Sophie, who I think is a fun dresser usually, I thought Sophie’s dress was off. The chiffon material, the scallop at the bottom, the high neck, she looked more appropriately dressed for an afternoon cocktail party. Just my opinion, but for me the impression, especially in person, was not particularly good. As to Jane’s comments about the refugees, I agree that Canadians, generally, are very supportive of the government’s initiative to welcome more refugees. We have our concerns, but the humanitarian aspect outweighs that for most Canadians. I felt the other two engagements were actually the more significant. The coastguard rescue station closure by our previous Prime Minister did not go over well here in Vancouver and the reopening of it by Trudeau was a major move. The visit to Sheway also impressed me greatly. I was watching the coverage on our local news and the comments made by some of the women after the event were so telling. These women were not expecting to be particularly impressed or uplifted by this visit, but were. They all said how very pleased they were to have been made to feel like human beings who matter rather than marginalized women who don't matter. That hit me in particular. So today’s events were very Vancouver and I can’t even begin to say how impressed I am at the way they managed to showcase so many very different issues for Canadians and Vancouverites in particular in just a few short hours.

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    1. One thing I love about W&K is their ability to make the BRF shine (which really is the point of most of their appearances) while also providing their hosts with a platform to show off a bit and generate local pride.

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    2. Well said Jane in Canada. I agree with all you have said. To me Sophie's dress was also off. IMO it made her look frumpy, something the Duchess is so often accused of here.

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    3. So nice to read your first hand comments! There is something about these two that's hard to describe but, from what you said, those women at Sheway felt it. Maybe it's just that the future King & Queen of England actually listened to them and made them feel valued - not because it's their profession to do so but because they chose to be there. The reactions from people they visit seems to be universal.

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  35. Any id on the earrings?

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  36. It's definitely time to leave the divisive issue of immigration politics behind and focus on fashion! The Duchess of Cambridge is a complex woman. Her Royal presence is full of charm, grace and ladylike dignity as she goes about her work of bringing to light very important issues of human suffering and frailty. She's amazing. It is also true that she has a delightful sense of humor and fun. Her laughter and joy are fully part of the process of caring and healing she encourages. This fabulous frock is actually very buttoned down, even on the collar Jane is not fond of, and at the same time, fun, frilly and exciting. This dress IS Kate. Love it. Win/Win!

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    1. The short video of her with that little girl is just adorable. She got that shy little one to smile in the end and that's priceless!

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  37. Jane, thanks for the wonderful post. I agree with you about Kate's whole ensemble - love, love, love it! The dress is so fresh, flirty and fun, the red print on white pops. So happy she saved this for Vancouver. And altho' I'm one who like nude accessories, the gorgeous red shoes and clutch matched perfectly. Thanks also for the courage in raising the immigration issue. I respectfully disagree with some Canadian posters who state that "most" Canadians agreed with the 20k refugees coming to Canada. Many did agree but many definitely didn't! There was a great deal of heated debate in the media and fears expressed both publicly and privately about terrorists entering the country. Canadians sometimes don't express their views so publicly in their quest to be PC. Yes, Canada is a country of immigrants and we welcome them and the diversity it brings to our communities. But it is naive to believe there aren't many problems with diasporic groups bringing their extreme views with them to the new country. Like you, Jane, my heart aches for all those suffering people affected by war and displacement and I want to help. It's often hard to know how to help!

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    1. While I applaud and respect Jane for addressing potentially controversial issues I can't pretend I'm not disappointed commenters won't let the subject go, especially after Janes prior comment. I come to this blog as an escape and that's somewhat diminished when people keep talking talking about it - can't we *please* keep it on the fashion?!

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    2. Jeanne, Vancouver's comments weren't controversial, she just represented the other side of what had been said earlier. She was compassionate to those who suffer and stated what I think people who agree both one way and the other all realize - that none of us really have a good idea for a solution that is fair to the good people and doesn't allow endangerment to anyone by those who have ill intentions. It's a hard thing but it's OK. Jane isn't allowing anybody to get nasty over her comments.

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  38. So nice to hear all the first hand accounts from those who have seen the Cambridges. Also, enjoyed hearing the various views of Canadian posters regarding immigration.

    I agree with HoosierLori that something vital always seems to get lost in the translation when SB's designs are watered down for Kate. However, I understand that the original would never in a million years be viable in the duchess' public life. That said, I do like this dress. Essentially, it is a wearable piece of art. Between the painted on flowers in a folkloric print, the studded collar, the use of leather and the flirty, flouncy tiers, the dress seems to be another foray into a bit of boho a la Vancouver. Very unexpected and because of that, oh so nice.

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  39. I don't know; she's dressed up like a doll; a 'Marionette doll'? in this outfit with its flounces, frills, very short, wide skirt, scalloped-type hems, little collar, long sleeves, matching red accessories. Makes her seem like a little girl and not a real person/woman.

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  40. I was interested in what Jeanne Becker, TV fashion reporter and designer, had to say about the royal tour fashion choices. Like me, she thought Kate's SB dress yesterday was stunning and the blue arrival dress perfection. She also commented on the UK press criticizing Sophie Trudeau's different colour hat. Jeanne loved it, said it gave Sophie such panache. Oh -- and who knew -- according to Jeanne, matchy, matchy accessories are coming back in!

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  41. Kate is undertaking engagements right next to Sophie, a more confident, self-assured woman in front of the world's press and public, even if she (Sophie) may not be such a 'fashion plate'. It's interesting that Kate has been putting her hand on William's leg; it may actually be her who needs some reassurance. And did William actually undertake a visit with Sophie to the search & rescue?

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  42. Can someone help me understand “Each one is hand-painted, and you see, it’s on leather.”
    Is the dress possibly leather (?!) or is each petal somehow attached to the dress fabric?
    I don't get it, but I do like the McQueen dress.

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  43. Jane,

    I was so fortunate to see them in Victoria and have William come over to take my flowers for Catherine She looked over twice to say, "hello" and then "thank you". I must say she is absolutley more stunning in person. Her skin and hair are flawless and she is so slim and graceful. William is also a lot more handsome in person and there is such an heir about them. They are lovely!

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    1. I am envious but so happy for your first hand account!

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    2. OHHH...what a special memory! I echo Robin's envy comment. :)

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  44. This is a cute dress, but not worth the price tag, IMO. Nevertheless, as I watched it all unfold on Cdn TV, I noted that the crowd on the ground loved it. Lots of wolf whistles and somebody shouted out: You are beautiful! Hard to fault that!

    Kate seems to be recasting her 2011 spell on British Columbians. Much debate on Cdn TV as to who the crowds really wanted to see, the Trudeaus or the Cambridges. Methinks both, altho it would seem that if this were a contest between Sophie T. and Kate, the winner would be Kate.

    JC

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    2. Nope. I think they were deployed ahead of--as will Harry be--the grand entrance of C&C on July 1st, 2017, Canada's 150th birthday.

      Makes me want to spit! Two known adulterers on MY countrys soil, soiling what should be a joyous occasion.

      JC

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  45. This outfit felt a little costume-y to me...especially compared against Sophie's.

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    1. The thing I find most difficult is the lack of sensitivity in wearing such an expensive dress while visiting people who could feed their families for a year with the same amount. It's a little "let them eat cake" in my opinion. I feel as much consideration should be given to the price of an outfit as much as the colors and hemline. I know Kate recycles and wears high street brands but each appearance makes a statement and for me, this one says "look at my expensive designer dress". She's pretty already and could wear an equally eye catching dress without spending this much.

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