The Cambridges closed their second tour of Canada focusing on the issues that they will continue to champion this year: mental health and family support groups. Kate and William arrived at the Cridge Centre for the Family in Victoria close to noon local time, where many Canadians had turned out for one of the last chances to wave to the royals before they zoomed back across the Atlantic.
William and Kate took a lot of time to visit with the fans, many of whom were young families and children.
The royals always share fun little tidbits with fans who come out, little insights into family life, like the fact that George loves Italian carbs--pasta and pizza. Or their thoughts about the events they have enjoyed. I am not sure at what point in the day this occurred, but Richard Palmer reported that Kate told someone that Prince Harry and her brother James Middleton are doing a beard competition to see who can grow the best whiskers.
It made me think about how close the Middleton siblings have become to William, certainly, but to Harry, too. After all, Harry and Pippa and James doubtless attend the same birthday celebrations for their common niece and nephew and spend some holidays together in addition to mixing in the same aristocratic social circles. I love to think about the Middletons being welcomed into the royal circle, but perhaps of even greater value, Harry finding a second family in the warmth of the Middletons' home.
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Kate's white blazer and ribbed top looked so sharp today. I loved the professional pony with all that lift in her crown, and the eye make-up. She was stunning. She completed her look with her favorite Annoushka pearl drops and her Woodland Charm necklace that features three diamond encrusted charms that carry personal meaning for Kate.
More on the necklace from Kate's Clothes:
Kate was first spotted wearing this necklace while on tour in Australia. The Duchess has taken three charms from Asprey's Woodland collection that are meaningful and symbolic. The acorn is a family motif on the Middleton coat of arms, the oak leaf represents strength and the oaks prevalent in Berkshire where Kate was raised. The symbolism that the mushroom holds for Kate is less clear.All three pendants feature pavé set diamonds in 18-caret gold.
Kate's ensemble happily surprised me. She again wore a business-casual look, one that could be adapted to her first group of more professional engagements and to the more athletic events that would follow. This crisp white blazer is from Zara and she paired with with the H&M top first worn on the Scilly Isles. Black skinnies were given a touch of sophistication by low block heels from J.Crew in an October appropriate plaid. The surprise was the heels. This is the second time the Duchess has worn block heels on this tour and the second time they have looked fab. I think she has converted me, which just goes to show the power of her persuasion.
The Duchess switched out of her blazer for a parka by Troy London to sail the Pacific Grace into the Victoria Harbor. She also appeared to ad a dark blue sweater with a lighter blue trim. I don't think it is IDed yet. You can see it peeking out from her sleeve.
This event was in support of a charity that uses sailing to mentor and encourage young people. It's right up Kate's alley because of her work with the 1851 Trust. Kate was very hands on, taking control of the ship and helping to pull the sail lines. That's probably not official lingo. My brother has a sailboat on the Chesapeake and he'd shrink if he saw me bandying improper verbiage about. He doesn't read the blog, though, so no harm done.
Kate really is such an incredible asset to William, who is polite and very dignified, but more difficult to connect to, I think. He looks chilly and like he is just about out of gas for this touring business. I can't blame him. He is more introverted and if I were him I would be desperate to get back to my own home and some peace and quiet.
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Kate's just naturally more bubbly and her easy, warm rapport with people was on display yet again.
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Kate's hair really made both her "looks" today. It gave polish to her more formal ensemble and it looked cute and relaxed when she switched to her parka. Her shoes were also new. Those white sneakers are Superga "Cotu" shoes and I thought they looked great. She was sporty and trendy--sometimes hard to pull off in a big coat, but she did it. The couple had to return to change and collect their children for the final goodbye.
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