The Royal Tour has commenced! The Cambridge family touched down at a military base in Victoria, British Columbia at approximately 4 pm local time to embark on a eight day visit of Canada.
The family of four emerged from the Royal Canadian Air Force plane showing no signs of fatigue from their nine hour flight. They looked regal and unified in all-blue outfits.
Duchess Kate was the epitome of elegance in a French blue Jenny Packham sheath dress. The bespoke piece featured peaked shoulders, nipped waist and flat pointed lapels that extended to the back.
Kate donned a new custom hat from one of go-to milliners, Lock & Co Hatters. The felt hat featured a maple leaf applique, a nod to the national emblem of Canada.
As expected Kate also wore the Maple leaf brooch, a piece on loan from Her Majesty the Queen. The brooch is made of diamonds set in platinum in the form of a Canadian Sugar Maple leaf. The brooch was given to Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, by her husband George VI ahead of their Canadian tour in 1939.
The Duchess wore her G. Collins Tanzanite earrings.
On her feet were the familiar Ginavito Rossi Praline suede 'Gianvito 105' pumps.
Here's a closer look at Kate's beautiful chignon.
At the airport, the Cambridges were greeted by Governor General David Johnston, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their wives.
Following the airport welcome, the royal entourage travelled to Government House for a brief stop to settle George and Charlotte with their nanny. The royals will be based in the building during their week-long stay in Canada. William and Kate then made their way to British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings. They first honoured Canadian military service by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph.
Following this, the couple made their way to the official welcoming ceremony which included a 21-gun salute and an inspection of the Guard of Honour. On the steps on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Prince William addressed the crowds.
Kate decided to bring her LK Bennett 'Nina' clutch to this event.
After the public welcome, the royals retreated to Government House for private meetings with the Governor General and Prime Minister.
Tomorrow, William and Kate will spend the day in Vancouver.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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