giovedì 4 agosto 2016

Throwback Thursday: A Recap of Canada 2011 Tour Outfits

Hello, everyone! Hope your summer is going well so far! I thought I'd grab the chance of this quiet time in terms of royal engagements to have a look back at the outfits the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her first visit to Canada in July 2011, her very first royal tour, while we're all waiting for #RoyalTourCanada round 2 this autumn.

I had lots of fun putting this together, as the majority of the outfits debuted in 2011 have never since been worn again (with the exception of some shoes and jewellery, and very few items of clothing), so it was a trip down memory lane of sorts, as some of them I had forgotten (I wasn't yet the compulsive keen replikater I would become!) and it was nice to rediscover some of her earlier styles.

Items that have been worn again after the 2011 tour are marked with an *

1. 30 June 2011 - Departing Heathrow Airport en route to Canada.

2. 30 June 2011 - Arrival in Ottawa and welcome ceremony at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada.

3. 30 June 2011 - Attending a barbecue for 120 young people involved in charity work at Rideau Hall. It was meant to be an outdoor event, but bad weather meant it was moved inside Government House.

4. 1 July 2011 - Attending Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.

5. 1 July 2011 - Attending the evening Canada Day celebrations and fireworks dispaly at Parliament Hill, Ottawa.


6. 2 July 2011 - Tree-planting ceremony in the grounds of Government House (they planted an Eastern Hemlock tree, a symbol of undying love, very near the Pin Oak planted on William's 1st birthday by his parents the Prince and Princess of Wales). Later visit to the Canadian War Musuem in Ottawa and departure for Montréal. There the couple visited the cancer and neonatal units of Sainte Justine University Hospital.

7. 2 July 2011 - Cookery lesson and dinner at the Institut de Tourisme et de l'Hôtellerie du Québec in Montréal. After dinner, the Cambridges boarded the HMCS Montréal and sailed the St. Lawrence river to Québec City.
The Duchess maintained the same outfit as earlier in the day, but swapped the accessories for black ones: black satin Prada pumps with curved heel (*); bespoke "Maud" clutch in black ink satin by Anya Hindmarch (*); she added a personalised ITHQ chef's jacket for the cookery lesson (Daily Mail article here).

8. 3 July 2011 - Sunday morning non-denominational prayer service on board the HMCS Montréal, then arrival in Québec City and visit to La Maison Dauphine, a shelters that supports vulnerable young people, and later taking part in officials ceremonies at City Hall.

9. 3 July 2011 - Attending the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city of Lévis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.

10. 3 July 2011 - Arrival at Charlottetown Airport on Prince Edward Island.
Outfit remained the same, with the addition of a pale peach pink tweed jacket by Chanel and new shoes, the "Lovely" pumps in powder pink suede by Jimmy Choo (*).

11. 4 July 2011 - Tour of Prince Edward Island and welcome ceremony at Province House in Charlottetown. Anna of Green Gables, Catherine's favourite childhood book, is set on the island.
Cream and navy knit sailor dress by Alexander McQueen (*); Diamonds by the Yard bracelet by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. (*); sapphire and diamond earrings (*); navy suede Alexander McQueen pumps, thought to be in a bespoke colour (*) - (Daily Mail article here).

12. 4 July 2011 - Afternoon at Dalvay by the Sea resort on Prince Edward Island, where the couple took part in a dragon boat race.

13. 4 July 2011 - Arrival at Yellowknife Airport in the Northwest Territories and transfer to hotel.


14. 5 July 2011 - A day of events in Yellowknife, including traditional Inuit games, a game of street hockey and a student parliament meeting.
"Bullett" dress by Malene BirgerL.K. Bennett "Sledge" taupe patent leather court shoes (*); Diamonds by the Yard bracelet by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. (*); Stuart Weitzman "Muse" clutch in nude snakeskinKiki Classic citrine pear drop earrings by Kiki McDonough (*); the Premier of the Northwest Territories presented Catherine with a diamond-studded platinum polar bear brooch during the visit (you can see the brooch here, Prince William received matching cufflinks). Catherine has never worn the brooch in public, but I'd say there's a good possibility we'll see it during the 2016 tour (Daily Mail article here, Yelloknife photos are at the bottom).

15. 5 July 2011 - The couple took a Twin Otter float plane to Blachford Lake, where they met with the Canadian Rangers and paddled a canoe out to Eagle Island, where they were able to enjoy a private dinner of caribou, arctic char, whitefish and cranberry bannock beside a campfire.

16. 6 July 2011 - Surprise visit to Slave Lake, a small town in northern Alberta, which was affected by wildfire in May 2011.

17. 7 July 2011 - Arrival at Calgary International Airport and visit to W21C, a health systems and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary.

18. 7 July 2011 - Attending the Calgary Stampede at the BMO Centre.

19. 8 July 2011 - In the morning the couple attended the Stampade parade again and lit the fireworks.
White cowboy hat by SmithbiltGoldsign "Passion" boot cut jeansButler & Wilson turquoise cross belt; gold-plated logo leaf earrings by Vinnie Day; R. Soles "Vegas Setter" cowgirl boots; Diamonds by the Yard bracelet by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. (*); Temperley London "Rodeo" cotton and silk blend shirt (*); turquoise ball drop earrings made by local designer Corrie McLeod, which had been gifted to Catherine, along with a matching necklace, during the welcome ceremony the night before (Daily Mail article here).

20. 8 July 2011 - Visit to Calgary Zoo and military review at the airport, en route to Los Angeles.

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