Thursday, 7 July 2011

Kate Middleton Last Day on Canada

   It's almost Friday!

But while we here are in a dither over the impending arrival of Prince William and Duchess Catherine, the couple had one more full day to enjoy themselves in Canada before they head to Los Angeles.

As always, they were given the royal treatment upon their arrival in Alberta. And, almost as always, Kate Middleton left a lingering impression of being perfectly put together.

Kate showed her girly side today in a prim little buttercup-yellow dress with a pleated skirt and blouson top by British designer Jenny Packham, who also dressed Kate for last month's ARK Gala.

The resourceful duchess wore her trusty L.K. Bennett beige pumps and carried a matching clutch.

First stop, after the fawning and hand-squeezing that greeted them at Calgary International Airport, was a traditional White Hat Ceremony, which, as British as it sounds, is actually a very Canadian event held as a symbol of hospitality and good cheer.

The mayor's office and Tourism Calgary presented William and Kate with the white Smithbilt hat (seriously, could this be more British-sounding?) that is bestowed on visiting dignitaries and celebrities.

Then the trip took another educational turn when their royal highnesses toured the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine.

Tonight, there was a government-hosted reception in the royals' honor at the Calgary Stampede, attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who also marked Canada Day with the couple last week in Ontario.

The 10-day Calgary Stampede Festival is as Western as it sounds, with rodeos, chuckwagon races and other horse- and bronco-centric activities filling the itinerary.

But tomorrow, it's California here they come!


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