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Final Day of Engagements in Victoria

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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.

Kensington Royal 
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.

Nadia Stewart

The couple's next stop was to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre where they met with staff and clients who enjoy the program's resources free of charge.

Kensington Palace Twitter
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.

Emily Nash's Twitter
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.



Kate's just naturally more bubbly and her easy, warm rapport with people was on display yet again. 


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.

Crown in Canada


39 comments:

  1. I like the jacket. Although I've never been a fan of chunky heels, these shoes are cute. And I love Kate's hair!

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  2. Hi Jane. Another great post. Thank you for all your hard work keeping us all posted. I know you are very busy at this time.
    The conversation regarding the beard happened when they were on the ship. One of the guys had a long beard and William made a comment about it. He said something like wish I could grow one. Then Kate said that her brother and Harry we're seeing who could grow the longest beard.
    I thought this tour was a success. A lot of people are complaining on other sites saying they did not interact much with the people. But what they just don't understand they did not plan what they were going to do or see. The host country are the ones whomdomall the planning, they are the ones forking over the money to pay for them to come visit. Except for their bodyguards, and personal staff. Sominthinkmbeforebpeople starting saying things about the your they should do research and see what really goes on in planning these things. And several people complained that Will & Kate did not interact with each other. Have no idea what pictures they were looking at. There was so much PDA their style ( hands on legs, knee, back and the looks they give each other). You can tell how in love they are. And I hate when people compare the to Mary and her husband. They are two very different couple. Sorry about the rant.
    I am now having terrible Duchess withdrawals...lol

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    1. Jane herself mentioned that William looked "just about out of gas for this touring business" so people aren't imagining things. In my opinion something is going on behind the scenes and distracting them, some have suggested it has to do with the Pippa phone hack. Makes sense, not unlike the foul mood William displayed in Singapore after being told about the topless photos.
      Check out Daily Beast article "What's wrong with the Canada tour?"

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    2. Not true at all. The host country suggests an itinerary but the royals have a lot of say. Don't forget, they have an agenda, as well. They don't undertake royal tours just "for fun".

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    3. Not true at all. The host country suggests an itinerary but the royals have a lot of say. Don't forget that they have an agenda, as well. They don't undertake royal tours "for fun".

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    4. I'm a Canadian and I'm underwhelmed with this tour, and annoyed at the cost we've paid for something that didn't deliver like past tours have. It wasn't a failure and of course the kids were a plus, but it wasn't what it could have been.

      Perhaps the hack weighed on William, but I don't think it would have impacted that much of a tour. Plus William admitting he didn't read his briefing notes. Come on...unacceptable when you are being HOSTED and it's considered your job.
      ~ A

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    5. I'm a Canadian as well and I think the tour delivered exactly what it was intended to do and to serve Mr. Trudeau' s agenda.

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    6. Glad you commented Anon 4:28. I thought it was just me. I'm not Canadian but as a U.S. fan following the tour, I was underwhelmed but can't exactly figure out why. I loved that the children were included but I think maybe the shorter jam packed days didn't work well. Did it feel as if they were being rushed from engagement to engagement? I really enjoyed all the other tours including the short trip to LA and NYC. This one feels unfinished in a way to me.

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    7. Exactly Faith. They spent too much time travelling every day. I understand Trudeau promised a family-focused tour so basing the kids in one location makes sense. And they were given some family time every day. But for the cost I expect more. More quality time at locations. More events. Whatever. But yep wasn't happy how it turned out.
      Amon 4:28 aka ~ A

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    8. I understood W remarks about not having read all of the briefing notes as him not wanting to go sentimental, remembering his mother. Everyone is always reminding him of her...to me it was a kind of understated British way to change the conversation

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    9. That's really reading into it Anon 9:31. Williams frequently speaks openly about his mother so not sure why this time he would want to hide the connection. More likely is he just didn't read the briefing notes and got caught in an awkward moment (like the Bollywood comment on the India tour).

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    10. I understood from context that he only missed the notes for that particular subject
      for that event. Or he was joking in the self-effacing way he has. The "Taste of.." party-his joking about his weight and Kate's cooking...

      He admitted that he had not seen a Bollywood film. I imagine Kate had. They were covered. Should he have lied?

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    11. I don't think he should have lied and I don't think he implied he hadn't read all of his briefing notes. But I don't think him saying he didn't read the briefing notes was itself a lie to deflect from talking about Diana. I personally don't think it's a big deal if he missed the note on that particular connection - the amount of material they were given must have been massive and the event wasn't specifically about Diana.

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  3. I can't believe her energy level. She was going full steam ahead to the last. William did look a little worn in these photos.
    Truly-your brother should read your blog. He would be proud.

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  4. Gosh Mr Security looked scary today.
    Loved Kate's look today.Willaim and her are a great team.

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  5. She should wear her hair like this more often. I like her shoes--no wedges, yay! Hope she repeats this with dressier/formal trousers.

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  6. Everything about her first ensemble was spot on - it was one of those that you could actually recreate yourself - business casual = chic!
    Her hair is just perfection!!!
    I think the blue sweater is the same one she wore in Bella Bella the other day - if not, then it is very similar (to me)!
    Erin - NZ

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about the blue sweater. It looks similar to me too.

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  7. She actually wore darkblue block heals publicly one more time - in Blackburn: http://stephenlock.photoshelter.com/image/I0000g0Jrfy9fGys

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  8. I was so excited when I saw those shoes I could have done a little jig! I've been one of those who love almost everything she wears but am always disappointed in her shoes. She did not disappoint on this tour! Bright red pumps, chunky heels in burgundy (?), plimsolls instead of Sabagos, and these fabulous J.Crew plaids! I'm a happy shoe girl today!

    Overall this tour, to me, has been a huge success. I do agree that William looks very tired and it could be the hacking of Pippa's phone or something else we're unaware of, but between William's serious turn the past 24 hours and Mr. Security's stern manner I feel like there is something going on behind the scenes. I'm sure they will be happy to get back home where they are in familiar surroundings and feel more secure. We do, sadly, live in a world with many problems and they would be considered a high value target.

    I think those who have found fault with this tour are looking really hard to find it. They were busy, they were charming with all of the people they met, they were engaged in learning about everything they saw, and I don't know what more they could have done. You can always find fault with something when you spend a great deal of time looking for it but why would anyone want to live their lives like that?

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    1. Well Robin perhaps some people live their lives with the full range of emotions.

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    2. I don't think I'm looking hard to find fault ;-)
      ~ A

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    3. Honestly, Robin, I love this couple and do not look for issues to complain about but something struck me as different about this tour than the others. I'm not putting the blame at their feet for it either. Probably, it has to do with the way this particular tour progressed that feels strange for some reason.

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    4. This tour was meant to meet and listen versus a focus on their own passions. They were there but not the focus of this trip. The trip in my opinion was to meet the people of the First Nations. In doing so they were able to incorporate some of their issues but the main focus was on where these people live, work, their history, their lands, etc.

      I have read so much about it being bland. Missing something. To me it was different. But it was different because of the focus that I mentioned above. They did not go to meet Bollywood stars, see a rodeo, ride boats that hover. It was not ever going to be exotic or glamorous. It was going to be an easy simple low key affair. For me while I love her clothes and I was happy with all of her looks it was much deeper and had much more of a political diplomatic meaning. For one thing it came really fast after India/Bhutan. At the time it seemed too quick. I wondered if maybe there was a bigger reason for them to go NOW. I mean next yr is a MAJOR event for Canada and NOW they are going? Maybe I think too much. Anyway, I enjoyed it all. I wish we could have seen the cultural events in more detail as I myself am 1/4 Native and have a strong interest. On the other hand I like how they showed respect to the communities. It could have been made more flashy and public. I think that is another sign that this was the intent.

      The children were of course the icing on the cake. The very fact that both came just says even more to me that this was meant to be a quite reflective visit. Bland? Nyet... it was a 'meet and listen and not a let me talk and you all take pictures'.

      JMHO
      Ramble ramble

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    5. Diane there was an Aboriginal focus to this tour, yes. But aboriginals are all over our country with their own similar but different issues. In provinces the Cambridges have never visited. Our new PM is very passionate about Aboriginal issues. My point is if it was only about Aboriginal relations they would have travelled more across the country to see how different tribes can be treated.
      They also did sightseeing too.
      ~ A

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    6. ~A

      My comment was not towards you. Or anyone really. It my take on it. I did not read anything into your comments at all. In fact. I may have not read your comments? My comment was to Robin's comment in a general sense. I have read everywhere about this being a bore tour.

      I do know that the Aborginal peoples live all across Canada just as they do in America (I will not comment further on this angle re:AMERICA). I think they went to the West Coast because of the current issues with the pipeline? Obviously we will never know all they 'whys'.

      As to sightseeing yes of course they did a bit of that but it was as far as I could see centered again around those things close to the First Nations. It was not sightseeing as in the Australia tour or even the India tour.

      Either way I enjoyed seeing them. It seesm they have 3 new events coming up to include Harry in one and Kate has her solo to see MAXIMA. Well not to see Maxima LOL but hey I am sure they will have a tea and maybe try on some hats?

      😀😃

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    7. I thought the west coast issue had to do with variations in treaties made with eastern tribes v western tribes. I don't pretend to be an expert but I believe that was some part of the reconciliation ceremony.

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    8. Anon 12.44

      I am no expert either but I do know the Haida are battling the Engbridge pipeline. Many of the men who paddled the canoe had shirts on that said ENG and a NO. As to the reconcialition ceremony I think that is done as part of the ongoing relationship between the First Nations, the government and the Monarchy. But again I am not expert. They do this ceremony on certain occassions. I am not up on the issues bwt the West and East coast nations.

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    9. I see how pipelines are tied to this tour, but they are also a whole other set of politics. Protestors out east recently had a hearing cancelled due to their presence. Out west they oppose these pipelines but allow dangerous chemicals to cross their lands. Trump said he'll approve pipelines. See how tricky and complicated the subject is :-P I much prefer Kate's fashions...still torn on whether I should pre-order her pearl & crystal earrings!
      ~ A

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    10. What was the deal with the chief who cancelled his appearances?

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    11. Anon 11.05

      He did that because he feels that the First Nations people are living in poverty, that so many Native women are missing and or murdered without any concern or assistance from the government and that the country has not implemented policies to help in these areas. He said it was a matter of 'principle'. His main issue is the fact that so many indigenous wiman have been murdered yet no response. However the coountry has launched an inquiry into those missing and murdered. Meaning they put about 45 mil US into research.

      I think it is not against the Cambridges per se but the Canadian government but of course that does trickle down ...or up to the Crown...thus W&K. Obviously they have no power (other than we are here and we are seeing how they live and hearing theor concerns power. Which can help) and I am sure the Chief is aware of that fact.

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    12. Thanks for info Diane. I didn't think he was boycotting W&K, but wasn't sure what the issue was.

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  9. Robin, I saw a Fall fashion preview on a morning tv program today. There were many of Kate's recent choices: the chunky heels, ruffled collar, use of a variety of brown shades in one outfit-"brown is the new black;" monochromatic look... she was right up to the minute, fashion-wise.

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  10. I felt like the Internet would explode with joy over her finally choosing business casual for an event like this. She looked very smart, and obviously is deciding to help bring back the chunky heel! I think she looked smashing.

    I had never before thought this until I read the beard quote - Harry also benefited from William marrying Kate. He is exposed to the Middleton family (an average family that made their money, and who are close-knit). He gets to see supportive parents, sibling dynamics, and a family that will literally do anything for each other. A family where family is undoubtedly #1. I often think how William benefits from their normalcy and stability, and for the first time I realized Harry does too. Not as often as William, but he does see them. And now he gets to witness that with his brother and SIL. Sad when you can't learn and experience that from you own family, but better late than never.
    ~ A

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  11. Thank you so much for your coverage of this tour. I looked forward everyday to being updated by your blog on this most terrific Royal family's tour of Canada. Absolutely love the Duchess' hairstyle today.

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  12. Thanks, Jane, for your brilliant coverage and interesting insights. As a British Columbian, I was very impressed with this royal tour, and I disagree with posters who've complained William & Catherine did "not see enough people." They absolutely did. There's video to prove it. Nightly news clips showed how many people they met! But they also wanted to visit smaller communities and First Nations communities -- that was W&K's choice and I thought it wonderful. It brings First Nations' issues into the forefront, fosters conversation. I also thought Kate's outfits on this tour were a huge win - she nailed it every time. Yes, some block-heeled shoes might find their way into my closet too :-) They look very comfortable. I didn't think Williams looked tired - just thoughtful or focused. But I'm sure they are both very tired after all the travelling, handshaking, and functions. Who wouldn't be? It's like being on a fast-paced business trip.

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    1. Is it W&Ks choice or are they being manipulated by the Canadian government? So hard to keep track

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    2. Anon 11:04 it's a bigger machine than W&K vs Canadian government. The BRF has their agenda too and I'm sure there are some levels of approvals or larger discussions.
      ~ A

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