After spending the morning in the Yukon territory capital of Whitehorse, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled about an hour south to Carcross, a picturesque tiny town located on a natural land bridge between Lake Bennett and Nares Lake.
The royal couple received a warm and colorful ceremonial welcome by the First Nation people as they arrived in Carcross for a packed day of engagements.
Prior to leaving Whitehorse, William and Kate nipped back to their hotel to change and arrived in Carcross wearing a low-key outfit, befitting the North-American countryside.
The hero piece of Kate's all-new casual ensemble was the alpaca-blend Sentaler Shawl Collar Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeves (CA$1,215). Sentaler is a luxury outerwear brand based in Toronto, Canada. It was established in 2009 by Bojana Sentaler with a commitment to timeless design and the use of luxurious alpaca fabric.
The 'gull' grey wrap coat has a classic shawl collar and belted waist and makes a statement with its Sentaler signature ribbed detail on the full sleeves.
Kate championed another Canadian designer with her choice of jewellery today. Her new earrings are by local Yukon jeweler, Shelley MacDonald.
Kate donned the 'Ulu' earrings (CA$95) in bronze which are now available to pre-order on Shelley MacDonald's Etsy Page. We spoke directly with Shelley who revealed the earrings were originally only for sale in a store in downtown Whitehorse and must have been purchased by Kate or a member of her entourage.
Her designs are all made by hand and inspired by nature and her surroundings. The silhouette of the earrings was inspired by the design of traditional all-purpose Inuit knife, the ULU. The large earring measures 3cm in height and the Ulu blade is 13mm wide. The ear wire is .925 sterling and are hypoallergenic.
Coincidentally, our guest blogger Alaina featured the jeweler in last month's edition of Fashion Files when she researched potential brands for the tour! Here's an extract of the post:
Way to go Alaina! Indeed Shelley is now inundated with orders and experiencing the success of the "Kate Effect". We couldn't be happier for her!
Kate teamed the look with an interesting choice of footwear. On her feet were a pair of traditional brown suede cowgirl boots.
It didn't take long for @MiddletonMaven to identify them as the R.Sole London 'Virgi Ante Setter' boots (£275). The company has reissued the design which is now called the 'Virgi Chocolate Suede' boots.
The Cambridges' had a busy day in Carcross. First they received an elder blessing, and experienced a welcome song and dance by the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers.
Then they learned about traditional Inland Tlingit and Tagish totem carving.
The royal couple were gifted with their own miniature totem.
William and Kate made an impromptu climb aboard a steam train!
Their final stop was atop Montana Mountain for a biking demonstration with Single Track to Success (S2S). S2S youth trail builders is a program that aims to provide training and improve wellness with local youth.
Tomorrow will bring the tour's most eagerly anticipated engagement, the children's party at Government House! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joined by their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for a morning playdate with military families from Victoria.
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