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Kate the Cowgirl: Princess Chic in Yukon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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


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


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


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


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



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





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

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

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


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

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

45 comments:

  1. The coat is giving me heart eyes but the boots...not so much, at least not in combination with that coat. This is probably the worst outfit I've ever seen on her.

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    1. Cowboy boots were apropos for this event. It is a very western kind of town.

      She looks cute.

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    2. This is sort of a tongue in cheek comment but the boots would have looked better with the red and white McQueen dress from Sunday. That dress was definitely a cowgirl look.

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    3. Also 😊 they were out walking around in dirt and unpaved walkways so her boots were perfect.

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    4. Really?? I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you! I think this is one of the BEST outfits I've ever seen on her. She looks very put together and fashion forward while still being comfy and warm. The updo and earring and boots are perfection. She looks amazing.

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    5. Ah, anon 5:16 - haven't spent much time out here in the west I'm guessing. These boots are perfect with this outfit. Cowboy boots in cowboy territory are always just right and they don't have to be matchy-matchy because they are what they are! And, BethNY, you're right - those boots would have looked cute with the red and white McQueen if she had been in the country instead of the city that day! :-)

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    6. You are so right, Robin, that cowboy boots are worn with everything (including bridal outfits!) in certain parts of the US. But Kate isn't a cowboy. Since this is a British royal family on a tour, maybe an outfit that colorwise went with these brown boots? Or cowboy boots in black? They do come in many many colors, after all. And these look kind of new so I don't think they are from her personal boot collection although maybe I'm wrong about that. Maybe the look is intentionally "mismatched" to better embody the "true cowboy on the range" look but if so, that seems a little weird to me.

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    7. The poor girl can't win. Dress in Canadian because you're in Canada but don't do it too much because you're British. I don't think those cowboy boots are going to produce a meeting of the minds.

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    8. I am the original poster of this comment. Let me start by saying I really wasn't expecting such a response! Yes, I was criticising the cowboy boots without knowing they were appropriate footwear for the occasion. Thanks for clearing that up. I personally don't like the way they look, but if they're culturally appropriate then that's fine with me. HOWEVER, the rest of the outfit is still a disaster. Lizzie said it pretty well: The mismatched colours of the coat and boots look odd. They should have chosen a colour that goes more smoothly with the coat, such as black or grey, or they should have chosen a different coat altogether, which is what I would have preferred. The coat is waaaaay too stylish and fashion-forward for a cowgirl look. Also, I don't like that her black shirt is peeking out, it looks like something is missing. Is it a necklace, or a scarf? It just feels "unfinished". Many will probably see this comment as mean or nit-picky. But I want to clarify why I'm being so critical. Kate and her stylist(s) usually go out of their way to create matchy-matchy outfits, and most of the times I wish they would make bolder choices in the footwear department. Her shoes are always elegant but never exciting, which is a shame because her clothes are (nearly) always stunning and the right pair of shoes could take the whole look to another level. Basically, my beef with this look is the fact that they finally chose bold shoes but they did it all wrong. The cowboy boots are a pretty big statement of their own and the coat distracts from them. Coat and boots don't complement each other very well. A more neutral coat would have drawn the attention to the boots, which I assume was the intention, but with this coat I keep looking back and forth between the two pieces and thinking that the colours don't match. Plus, that gorgeous coat could have been the star of so many engagements in London rather than being the sidekick of cowboy boots somewhere in rural Canada.

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    9. Love the whole thing BUT brown cowboy boots don't look right with a gray sweater... Just doesn't quite look right.. Even a black sweater would've been better or black boots.. Wonder if these are the same boots she wore the first tour?? Any thing is possible but maybe she was told brown was a staple color for boots like the darn nude LK Bennet's? Love it all though!!! Just not together.. And they would've looked cute with the AM dress.. I do feel I might be a bit qualified to speak on this bc I'm from Mississippi and a barrel racer which means I'm around this type of apparel a lot!! IMHO of course!! Still overall a good look.. Love tours!!

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    10. I think this coat will still have its opportunity to be the star of London engagements. I'm guessing we will see it again because it's gorgeous!

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    11. Lizzie, these boots are not new. They were worn on the 2011 tour in Calgary.

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    12. Robin, you're right, people seem to either love or hate the outfit. I know there have been similar discussions in the past on other outfits but this is the first time I've felt so strongly about one of her looks. Maybe I just can't appreciate the cowboy boots because I'm European :-D

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    13. Maybe it's me, but I see nothing wrong with the boots and coat combo. To me, it's more of a sweater than a coat anyway. These boots don't require her to dress like a cowgirl from head to toe. And perhaps she didn't want to dress in all darker colors as it is still September.

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    14. Actually Anon 11:42 in an online article in People the R. Soles boot designer says it is not the same pair Kate wore on the first tour---these have a higher heel. I thought they looked different but didn't trust my eyes.

      http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20395222_21032959,00.html

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  2. Love that shade on her.... soft and pretty.

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  3. Between this coat and the Carolina Herrera one from earlier, she is having a fantastic coat day!

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  4. Ohoooo, I love this sweater coat. It blends well with her jeans. Would love to have one, but I am sure the price tag is out of my budget since it made with a blend of Alpaca Wool. Love the whole look. So appropriate for a visit to the Yukon Territory. I bet they will be glad to get back to George and Charlotte. Looks like they had another banner day on their tour.

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  5. I love this outfit!!! Very Yukon Territory. Would fit in well in Alaska!!

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  6. The coat looks too big. Maybe if it fit her more? And those boots... Nah. Looks bad imo

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  7. I can forgive anything with the appearance of that gorgeous coat. Yes, the boots look weird with the outfit but my eyes are fixated on the coat. Lovely earrings too, from a local designer in the Yukon. Kate also looks like she's having fun. Great tour clothes so far!

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  8. I can forgive anything with the appearance of that gorgeous coat. Yes, the boots look weird with the outfit but my eyes are fixated on the coat. Lovely earrings too, from a local designer in the Yukon. Kate also looks like she's having fun. Great tour clothes so far!

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  9. Another huge win. I want that jacket and love the cowboy boots!

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  10. Jane, Thank you for posting this at all, when you are so clearly busy with studies!!!

    PS - I love the outfit. Perfect for the place & event.

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  11. The  coat is cute, looks cozy and has a neckline/collar that flatters Kate. And I am glad to see a Canadian line. In India, in addition to multiple "nods" to Indian motifs/culture, we saw Dongre and Khan dresses,  the Indian lapis custom earrings, the French cape top embroidered in India, the evening gown/shawl embroidered in India, the Bhutanese fabric made into a wrap skirt in the UK,  the Bhutanese market stall earrings, the pendant from the Bhutanese Queen..so it seemed there should be something Canadian on this tour besides the Queen's maple pin, lots of flag-red clothes, and a plaid scarf carried about, otherwise offense could be taken. Maybe more Canadian designer items will come at the end on this tour. (George and/or Charlotte?)


    I don't like the overall look so much though as a tour outfit because of the boots. I would have liked black or dark grey boots better. It just seems brown boots, cowboy or not, don't go with black pants, a black shirt, and a grey sweater. Would I wear that color combo? Yeah, probably, but mostly at home or to run errands and not for even a casual party. Brown pants, brown cowboy boots and the pink version of the sweater would have worked too IMO. But my color sense seems to be in the minority on this tour as everything I dislike is apparently "fashion forward." (Guess I'll see that in the fullness of time!)



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    1. There is nothing wrong with your color sense, I feel the same way, same sentiment was with the Safari outfit.

      I liked her new earrings.

      Equally perplexed why we have not seen any Canadian designers yet.

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  12. I think this jacket is just stunning! The price tag is out of my range at $920 but I would wear it in a second! I'm thinking the cowboy boots are taking on a very geographical like/dislike quotient. The westerners from the US and Canada, and those from the southern US seem to be in favor while the rest not so much. I think she is dressed perfect for where she was and what they were doing. The steam engine pictures are so cool!

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    1. Yessssss RobinfromCA

      I am on a megaROE site since I cannot afford that coat! But did you see Azuni is having a SALE?

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    2. Yes! I got an email from them! So tempting. And...have you seen the Halloween patterns while you've been ROEing? On the lookout for a couple of those! I still haven't found my unicorn Randy and I've also been on a bit of a Stella and Dot binge as well. :-/

      Just for you Diane Brown :-)
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/329114685251274226/

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  13. Love this coat!!! She looks very put together today. I think the sophistication in her clothes is in marked contrast to the 2011 tour- she seemed very girlie or bridey then. Now she's a queen in waiting! Wait to go Kate!

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  14. Love the coat. She looks a little tired but that's understandable. Beautiful as always!

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  15. Yay! This is the best coat ever! I wish I had this now! So beautiful! I cannot comment on boots as I cannot get my eyes off the coat! :D

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  16. For me this is the best royal year so far! She looks AMAZING. Her outfits are better then ever. I'm glad she steps out the ' safe-choice zone' and take more risk. She is glowing all the time, you see her happiness on her face.

    2 royal tours, family pictures, the best outfits so far and in october her first official engagement abroad! (The Netherlands) As a royal watcher I feel so spoiled right now!

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    1. I agree! This is their best royal year so far! I can't wait to see photos from her engagement in the Netherlands. One of my very favorite places to visit!

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  17. Lovely outfit and on, I suspect, she will wear often. cannot understand why so many are irked by the boots--they are stalwart footwear, suitable for Yukon; Norfolk are even Balmoral.
    Looking forward to the children's party, though I presume it will be one of those occasions when access by photographers will be on a pool basis.
    I am glad the children were able to go out for a treat without being trailed by a bevy of photographers. Nanny Maria will be in need of a rest at the end of this tour.

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  18. I couldn't agree more Jane!!! Love, it all!
    Haley

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  19. I love this outfit for Kate. And I'm not so sure the jeans and sweater are black, they look dark blue to me. In any event, I wear brown suede boots with black jeggings here in Vancouver all the time in the Fall and Winter, so I don't understand the comments that they don't go together. I also believe these are the boots she was given in Calgary at the stampede in 2011, so nice of her to bring them back for this tour. The train inspection was a hoot! I read that it was Wills who wanted to get on board and see it once he was told his grandparents had ridden the train on a trip in the 50's. Apparently, according to the DM (forgive me!), their aids were a little panicked that they did it. But I say, good for them.

    Our local news covered the apparent sighting of the kiddos at the petting zoo and at a local Victoria beach on Tuesday. I think the petting zoo (who posted the visit) were asked to take the item down, but I don't blame KP for that. The news spoke with several local mothers and they all said that they hoped the kids were able to get outside and experience Victoria without cameras and crowds around them. I agree. Unless Wills and/or Kate are with them, I think their excursions should be private. I'm looking forward to seeing them today.

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    1. Jane I agree about the boots and all the comments saying the brown doesn't match. These much be city fokes who have to have their colors matching all the time...lol. They need to go to Canada, Alaska or the Westbtomseenthst brown boots are worn with all colors n

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    2. It is definitely nice that the kids have been able to have some fun without the press interfering. It will be so much fun to see the family outing today!

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    3. Anon 11:12..I can't speak for the other posters who found brown boots odd with a grey jacket. I don't live in a city but in a fairly rural southern area. I do wear (faux/vegan) "leather" boots and since I love boots, I own different casual styles and colors including both black and brown. (No cowboy boots though... I like the look but my wider toes and narrower heel aren't made for super pointy-toe boots.) I don't think everything has to match but if I'm wearing a long grey sweater or a grey skirt, I don't reach for a brown pair of boots! It's one thing if boots are worn as work boots (say by an actual cowboy) as that person may have only one pair set aside for that particular purpose. But if boots are worn at least partly as a "fashion statement" as seemed to be the case here, I don't think brown boots go with an ensemble that appears to be all grey and black. But this obviously has been one of the more divisive issues recently on the blog  :)

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  20. Allie in Churchill, MBSeptember 29, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Poor Kate. I couldn't stand to be under such relentless scrutiny about every pair of earrings and boots! What I love about Kate, fashion aside, is that she is always so enthusiastic about everything, and sincerely. She seems delighted by every event, every person that she meets. I have been enjoying seeing her being hands-on with William this trip, and giggling at his French accent, and I adored watching her with that little boy who wouldn't stay in his seat. Seeing the way she interacted with her own children at the airport arrival was lovely; she is so natural and so relaxed with them, even when she's wearing teetering heels and elegant clothing. IMHO, I think that people should look more at the many, many positives of Kate without ripping her wardrobe to shreds, even here on a fashion-based website.

    Jane, if you want to experience a cold weather vacation, it might call for a trip up here to northern Manitoba on the coast of Hudson Bay, where we are deluged by beluga whales all summer, and polar bears throughout the fall. Besides, it's beautiful here.

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    1. Wow! You're in Manitoba! Bless you, woman! Winter is a-comin' in...

      "I couldn't stand to be under such relentless scrutiny..." I am not clamoring aboard the she-was-groomed-that-way-by-her-mum bandwagon - or steam train - as if Carol Middleton had a crystal ball and knew her daughter would marry a future king. That's just ridiculous. But some parents DID raise their daughters to marry their peers - and made sure that those daughters' education and training included things that made THEM peers with good, well-educated, well-mannered, influential people. Which isn't snobbery: one may fall in love and marry a rich, well-educated, influential person just as easily as a not-rich, introverted one, but it helps to have similar intangible things in common with a mate. MY mom did that with us...although only one of us did [marry such a man], and we didn't (yet *wink*) marry royals.

      So that's why Kate - and Pippa, by the way - are not only up for that level of "fishbowl" scrutiny: I believe they even enjoy it...for now. And from what I've read, so much unrelenting exposure is the official reason why Prince Harry can't find a woman to marry him. I wonder if he's redoing/painting all his rooms in Clarendon House in pink (reportedly a very popular color for home décor - there is even a Middleton pink) to make the surroundings more enticing and hospitable to a prospective princess...? [Read: feathering the nest.]

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  21. Best pix and account ANYWHERE of TRH's Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid moment!!!

    And wait: ARE YOU IN VICTORIA?! Something you said - like running for a plane - seemed to indicate this.

    Yukon trip: actually, I was hoping to go for this visit but my niece from TX came into town (NYC) by way of Paris and Rome and I just had to hang with her! But if you're getting a road trip together...I claim shotgun! :D (That is a current expression for riding in the passenger seat.) In any event, please let us know the "hows" so we don't have to reinvent the wheel when we go... Thx!

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  22. Agree with most of the comments. Great sweater. The jeans look navy not black and brown outdoor boots go with any color around the world. Matchy matchy rugged style boots seem more like going to an indoor "designer" type event, not for actual outdoor wear.

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  23. This jacket in cream would be heavenly. Thank goodness he has her hair up and not splayed all over the amazing collar. Love it overall, though my first reaction to the ribbed sleeves wasn't a positive one. It's grown on me. I'm from the West and must agree - boots go with anything, no matter the color. Still - cream coat would have made this heaven, and a better overall look.

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