Friday, 1 July 2011

Kate Middleton, Prince William Canada Day Celebrations

Looking fresh-faced from their first whirlwind (three outfit!) day in Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton began their second full day of appearances bright and early this morning, kicking off what is expected to be the most ceremonial day of engagements on their trip.

Once again recycling a dress from her personal collection—the cream ruffled Reiss dress she donned in her official engagement photos—she topped off the outfit with a red Sylvia Fletcher fascinator which, if it wasn't actually featuring a red maple leaf, certainly seemed to bear enough of a resemblance to one to make it the absolute perfect head-topper for the patriotic occasion. Ditto the diamond maple leaf brooch—which incidentally is on loan to the Duchess from the queen's personal collection, and which was first worn by the then-Princess Elizabeth on her first trip to Canada in 1951—and red and cream clutch that rounded out Kate's outfit.

Prince William and Kate will take part in Canada Day celebrations Friday as the royal newlyweds continue a nine-day jaunt through Canada on their first official overseas trip.

The country's birthday celebration will include a concert and a speech by the prince. The couple also will hand out flags to newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony earlier in the day.

Friday also would have been the 50th birthday of William's mother, Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash. In London, her admirers gathered to leave gifts outside Kensington Palace, which was her official residence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as William and Kate are formally known, arrived Thursday to cheering crowds of thousands. Poised and confident, they thrilled crowds with warm, unscripted gestures, wading into throngs of well-wishers to shake hands and accept flowers and other gifts.

To cheers of delight, William addressed his hosts in both English and French, then cracked a joke about his language skills. "It will improve as we go on," the prince quipped, then noted how much he and Kate were "truly looking forward to this adventure."

Prince William and Kate Middleton stand outside the official residence of the Governor General of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, the first day of their visit to North America.

"They are beautiful together, like a fairy tale," gushed 15-year-old Daphnee Dubouchet-Olshesh, who was in the crowd with her mother. "He just sounded so cute and adorable with his English accent. He did pretty good with his French."

The royal pair then headed straight to the National War Memorial, where they were met by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen. Each laid a wreath before stepping into the crowd to speak individually with veterans.

Stunning in tan stilettos and a figure-hugging navy scoop-backed dress with a lace overlay by Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu, Kate was greeted with cheers of "We want Kate!" at every stop. William wore a blue suit with burgundy tie.

Later, the couple attended a reception for young Canadians. It was billed as a celebration barbecue but it was brought inside due to rain.

During the visit, William, a helicopter pilot, will take part in a water landing demonstration, and the couple is scheduled to put on aprons and take part in a cooking workshop in Quebec City. They also will open the world-renowned Calgary Stampede.

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Earlier in the week, Harper unveiled a personal flag for William's visit — the first to be created by Canada for a member of the royal family since 1962, when the queen adopted a personal flag for her own use in Canada.

Some anti-royal protests were expected in the French-speaking province of Quebec, with small groups planning protests in Quebec City and Montreal.


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