mercoledì 12 ottobre 2016

Royal Visit Canada 2016 Complete Lookbook

Royal visit to Canada (British Columbia and Yukon), 
24 September - 1 October 2016

 24 September 2016 - Arrival in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane. Transfer to British Columbia's Parliament Buildings to pay respects at Victoria's Cenotaph and unveil a new plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict. Official welcome ceremonies, including a dance performed by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers (Songhees Nation) and Esquimalt Singers and Dancers (Esquimalt Nation), military honours and speeches, followed by a  meeting with Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Government House.
New hat: bespoke Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. hat in blue felt trimmed with maple leaves and a central bloom made up of multiple bow loops and blue seed pearls; new dress: bespoke royal blue sheath dress by Jenny Packham"Nina" clutch bag in trench leather by L.K. BennettGianvito 105 suede pumps in praline; pear shape tanzanite and diamond earrings by G. Collins & Sons; the Queen Mother's Canadian Maple Leaf brooch by Asprey & Co., on loan from the Queen (Daily Mail article here).

25 September 2016 - Travelling by float plane from Victoria to Vancouver Harbour. In the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, meeting the team at Sheway, a charity that works with vulnerable mothers who are battling addiction and other issues. Then visit to the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia to meet the staff and volunteers who support recent migrants to Canada, including some of those who have fled the war in Syria.
Attending an event at Telus Park celebrating young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film, then visiting the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier Park to learn more about the work of first responders. Lastly, departing the area by Coast Guard's hovercraft before flying back to Victoria for the evening.
New dress: bespoke version of this piece from the Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 collectionnew bag: Miu Miu bow-embellished red suede shoulder bagnew shoes: "Pinpoint" pointed-toe courts by Russell & BromleyCartier Ballon Bleu watchnew earrings: unidentified pearl drop earrings, which have been tentatively identified as a pearl and diamond pair belonging to the Queen and loaned by her, although the style is not particularly distinctive, so any number of alternative IDs could work well, including these white detachable pearls with diamond studs by Heavenly Necklaces, which have also been suggested (Daily Mail article here).

 26 September 2016 - Travelling to the Great Bear Rainforest – the world's largest temperate rainforest, which has been named as Canada's commitment to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. Launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015, the QCC is a unique network of forest conversation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Ceremonial welcome by the Heiltsuk First Nations community, then a visit to the local community centre to attend a youth performance and a brief ceremony during which the rainforest was officially committed to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.
New jacket: Holland & Holland ladies lightweight multipocket safari jacketnew shirt: gingham print polyester shirt in navy blue by TopshopPenelope Chilvers long tassel boots in conkernew jumper: "Cloud" cashmere crew neck jumper by Jigsaw; black skinny jeans by Zara; new earrings: large "Kite" double drop earrings in yellow gold by Canadian designer Pippa Small; both Catherine and William were given First Nation blankets and traditional dancing vests to wear during the celebrations (Daily Mail article here).


 26 September 2016 - Attending a reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House in Victoria.

27 September 2016 - Arriving in Kelowna, a city in the Okanagan Valley, to visit the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia and meet students. Taking part in the BC Government's 'Taste of British Columbia' festival at Mission Hill Winery

 27 September 2016 - Arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon, and meeting with members of the Canadian Rangers, the military branch that provides a presence in the north of the country.
Watching a cultural performance at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.
Green Hobbs "Persephone" coat in rayon/wool blend, first worn on St Patrick's Day 2014; new scarf: in the maple leaf tartan, designed in 1964 by David Weiser to commemorate the new Canadian flag (the exact style remains unidentified, despite a label being visible in this picture, but is very similar to this one in merino wool); rest of the outfit as before (Daily Mail article here).


28 September 2016 - Visit to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse. 
New coat: red double-breasted coat by Carolina Herrera in double-faced wool/cashmere mix from the fall/winter 2016 collection; new shoes: Tod's burgundy leather fringe buckle detail pumpsMulberry "Bayswater" clutch in conker (burgundy) suede; maple leaf tartan scarf; Classic Baroque Pearl earring drop by Annoushka suspended from Kiki Classic 18ct yellow gold and diamond hoopsCartier Ballon Bleu watch (Daily Mail article here).

28 September 2016 - Arrival in Carcross, a small town on the Klondike Highway, to meet with the local community and attend a traditional welcome ceremony by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Then on to the Single Track to Success, a mountain biking project on Montana Mountain.
New coat: wrap coat with ribbed sleeves in superfine alpaca mix in gull colour by Canadian brand Sentalernew boots: R. Soles "Virgi" cowgirl boots in chocolate suede (the same brand, but not the same style worn during the 2011 Canada tour, as confirmed by the designer); new earrings: large "Ulu" (a traditional all-purpose Inuit knife) earrings in bronze by Shelley MacDonald (ShelleySilversmith on Etsy), a jewellery designer based in Whitehorse; skinny jeans and unidentified black top (Daily Mail article here).

29 September 2016 - Back in Victoria, attending a children's party with military families in the grounds of Government House.

 30 September 2016 - Visiting Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia that is home to the Haida Nation. Arrival at Skidegate and visit to the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum to see a cultural performance. Official opening of the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre.
New jacket: Smythe "Duchess" one-button blazer in army wool (the Duchess has previously often worn the same style in navy); new shirt: Somerset by Alice Temperley spot pretty blouse in ivorynew jeans: skinny mid-rise trousers in khaki by ZaraMulberry braided leather belt (dating back to 2012, similar in style to this one); Kiki Classic citrine pear drop earrings by Kiki McDonoughR. Soles "Virgi" cowgirl boots in chocolate suedeCartier Ballon Bleu watchnew headband: in the style of plaited hair; both Catherine and William were given woven raven's tail and sea otter fur scarves by the local First Nation Haida community upon arrival (Daily Mail article here).

30 September 2016 - Fishing with young people from the Skidegate Youth Centre.
For the fishing trip, Kate removed the Smythe blazer and plait Alice band and added the following: new jumper: cashmere mix cable crew in ruby by Really Wild Clothingnew parka: wax parka in khaki green by Troy London; unidentified leopard print Alice band. The rest of the outfit remained the same (Daily Mail article here).

 1 October 2016 - Back in Victoria, visit to the Cridge Centre for the Family, western Canada’s oldest registered non-profit society, then a meeting with families who have benefited from the services offered by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre; then touring Victoria Harbour aboard a tall ship piloted by a crew from the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), a charity using sailing to help build life skills.
New jacket: white Zara one-button blazer in a textured poly/rayon blend, from the brand's 2015 collection; black skinny jeans also by ZaraH&M off the shoulder rib-knit top in white rayon mixClassic Baroque Pearl earring drop by Annoushka suspended from Kiki Classic 18ct yellow gold and diamond hoopsAsprey woodland charm necklace, including acornoak leaf and mushroom charms; Cartier Ballon Bleu watchnew shoes: "Avery" heels in tweed with tassel detail by J.Crew. For sailing, Kate changed into the same unidentified teal jumper first seen on Day 3 of the tour, her wax parka in khaki green by Troy London and new shoes: Superga '2750' Classic sneakers in white (Daily Mail article here).

1 October 2016 - Departure from Victoria Harbour's seaplane terminal.
New coat: bespoke cream coat by Catherine WalkerClassic Baroque Pearl earring drop by Annoushka suspended from Kiki Classic 18ct yellow gold and diamond hoops; the Queen Mother's Canadian Maple Leaf brooch by Asprey & Co., on loan from the Queen; Cartier Ballon Bleu watch; ivory pleated skirt, possibly the "Lina" dobby pleated skirt by Whistles first worn during the 2011 North American tour; "Floret" nappa leather courts in natural/trench by L.K. Bennett (Daily Mail article here; roundup of tour outfits here).

Tour Lookbooks

Click on the links below to be redirected to the relevant Royal Tour Lookbook page:

  • Canada, September/October 2016  
  • France, two-day visit, Battle of the Somme Centenary commemorations, June/July 2016  

This page is still a work in progress, more detail will be added in due course. Thanks for your patience!

martedì 11 ottobre 2016

A day of engagements in the Netherlands

A day of engagements in the Netherlands, 11 October 2016

90. 11 October 2016 - First official solo trip abroad: paying a courtesy call on His Majesty King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst in The Hague. Then visiting the Mauritshuis to see the exhibition "At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection". Later hosting a roundtable discussion at the British Ambassador's residence in The Hague on the themes of addiction, intervention and mental health with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Action on Addiction, of which the Duchess is patron. Then travelling to Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a community-focussed initiative.
New suit: pale blue bespoke suit with belted jacket by Catherine WalkerGianvito 105 suede pumps in pralineL.K. Bennett "Nina" clutch bag in trench leather; diamond and pearl drop earrings on loan from the Queen and first worn in September during the tour of Canada (Daily Mail article here).

giovedì 22 settembre 2016

Royal Visits to Canada in History - Part II

With further details of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming tour of Canada just announced, and the tour itself only a few days away, it's the perfect time to delve further into past royal visits to the country, following on my previous post, which you can read here.
We left off with the Queen's tour in 1978, and we're back with a bang, examining the first visit by the Prince and Princess of Wales, which took place in the summer of 1983 to coincide with the official opening of the World Universities Games and the 400th anniversary of Sir Humphrey Gilbert taking possession of Newfoundland.

Princess Diana dazzled Canadians with a stunning tour wardrobe:

Greeting the crowds in Edmonton.

With Premier Peter Lougheed and his wife Jeanne at an evening event.

Predictably, a lot of diplomatic red and white were chosen (clockwise from top left: in Shelburne, Nova Scotia; at the Festival of Youth in St John's, Newfoundland; in Halifax, Nova Scotia; again in Edmonton for the World Universities Games, where a crowd of 60,000 sang 'Happy Birthday' to the Princess, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on tour):

The Prince and Princess were famously pictured in historical Klondike costumes:

In 1987, the Duke and Duchess of York were photographed in similar, even if perhaps more flamboyant, attire during their own first tour of the country:

The Prince and Princess of Wales went back in October 1991, this time accompanied by Princes William and Harry (pictured below at Niagara Falls, in Toronto, and the Princess on her own in Kingston, Ontario):

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went back in the summer of 1997, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland by the explorer John Cabot:

This was followed by another extensive tour in October 2002, the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee:

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall undertook their first official visit to the country as a couple (in fact, the 15th for the Prince) in November 2009:

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh returned in July 2010 for what was arguably their final visit, as they've since curtailed long-haul travel. At a reception in Toronto, the Queen dazzled in a maple-leaf embellished gown:

On a differen occasion, she wore a yellow silk suit by Angela Kelly, with the jacket beaded at the collar and cuffs in a pattern devised by Ms Kelly and her team and embroidered by skilled women of the Mi'kmaq community, whose knowledge of beading goes back hundred of years.
The Queen accessorised her jacket with a brooch in the shape of a spray of enamel maple leaves, thought to be a gift to the Duchess of Cornwall and York, later Queen Mary, by the Ladies of Montreal during her 1901 tour of the country:

Everyone will of course remember that the following year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Canada in their first official overseas tour as a married couple (you can find a comprehensive recap of the Duchess's tour outfits here):

While in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 2012, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were presented with a toy moose for Prince George by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (note that the Duchess is wearing a coat with lapels and accents in the tartan of Nova Scotia):

During the 2012 tour, the Duchess also made her inaugural visit to the Queen's Own Rifles at Moss Park Armoury in Toronto as their newly-appointed Colonel-in-Chief. I love these photos of her unveiling an official portait to mark the occasion:

Most recently, the Princess Royal travelled to the country to mark Canada Day in July this year:

And now all that's left to do for us royal watchers is wait until Saturday at 3.15 pm PDT for the Royal Tour to kick off! I'll leave you with this adorable photo from Government House in Victoria, BC, of the fountains being made ready for the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte with the addition of some rubber duckies!