Whilst we patiently wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commence their second tour of Canada on Saturday (or Sunday morning if you happen to be in my time zone) I am taking a look back on my favorite outfits and moments from the previous Royal tours.
I cannot think of an event that I have looked forward to with more excitement than Will and Kate’s first tour of Canada and Los Angeles, including the Royal wedding. As magical and special as the wedding had been this would be not one, but ten full days of constant outfit changes, fabulous hairstyles and an endless supply of photos. At the time of the wedding I would say I had a renewed interest in the British Royal family that I had not had since the death of Princess Diana however it was not the full-blown Kate specific obsession which had developed within the two month period from the wedding to the tour.
As exciting as the tour was for Royal watchers can you imagine how nervous (or possibly terrified?) Kate must have been? To be under constant international scrutiny for ten days, meeting everyone from heads of state to US movie stars, thousands in the crowd all calling out for her alone. I remember watching an interview a few weeks after the tour where Weeds actress Mary Louise Parker had talked about her experience of attending the BAFTA Brits to watch ball that Will and Kate had attended during the tour in LA. The event had been attended by many celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Garner and Blake Lively. Mary Louise Parker had stated that she, along with everyone else in attendance were incredibly excited to be meeting the Royals especially Kate and were waiting very patiently for the Royals to work their way through all the guests in attendance for their turn to greet the couple, that is until just before it was Mary Louise’s turn, when Jennifer Lopez barged her way through the crowd, knocking Mary Louise out-of-the-way and stealing her turn! It’s impossible to imagine this room full of celebrities, used to being the centre of attention and stealing the spotlight everywhere they go to be so enamored with the newest Royal of only two months.
The Tour to Canada was the first time we would really see how much effort the Duchess put into planning her wardrobe and the special touches she adds to her outfits to pay homage to her host country, from the inclusion of Canadian born designer Erdem, to the diamond maple leaf brooch and the red Lock and co maple leaf hat, this thoughtfulness has become a true part of her charm.
My favorite outfit on this tour though would be the Whistles navy and cream crochet top and skirt that Kate wore on the final day in LA. Simple pieces put perfectly together with complementary jewellery, Kate simply shone. It’s easy to see why blue is one of her most go to colors.
Approx fourteen months later we were to be treated to another tour, this time in Asia and the South Pacific as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The Duchess was making headlines at the time for more than just the tour, it was at this time french magazine Closer published the now infamous topless photos taken of Kate whilst she was vacationing in France. She was about to wear an outfit on the tour though which would also make front page controversial news! Whilst attending a dinner in the Solomon Islands to celebrate the nations culture, Kate ditched her planned outfit in favour of a beautiful tiered pink bandeau dress that had been left in her hotel room which she believed had been a gift from the local government and was made by a local designer.It turns out however that the dress was by a designer from the Cook islands and had been placed in the room as a private gift by Kethie Saunders, a local resident who had been chosen to be a part of the Royal couples welcoming committee, who had been let into the Cambridge’s hotel room to leave official gifts of flowers, chocolates and soaps but in a official statement from the Solomons islands government, had ‘smuggled’ in the dress for Kate and a shirt for William. Kate of course looked stunning and despite the gaffe this dress is my favourite outfit she wore on this tour.
Fast forward to April 2014 and we were treated to a wonderful collection of 24 outfits during the Royal tour to New Zealand and Australia. This tour was highly anticipated world wide as it was the first time the couple would tour as a family with Prince George, who had rarely been seen at that point in Britain but would be undertaking the first of his official Royal engagements and proved to be a delight with each sighting! With so many wonderful outfits it is difficult to choose a favorite however for so many reasons my favorite from this tour would be the white Zimmermann broderie dress Kate wore on good friday when she visited the Royal Easter show and Manly beach.
Next was the mini tour of New York and this time Kate was pregnant with Charlotte and we were all keen to see how she would hold up after being so ill at the start of her pregnancies and how the pregnancy would affect her fashion choices. Kate did not disappoint on this tour when it came to glamour, the first outfit she wore whilst arriving at their New York hotel was the most glamorous, sparkly purple boucle coat from Seraphine maternity paired with an equally glamorous pair of Cornelia James wool gloves with bows at the wrist. I instantly fell in love with this coat and I am sure it was bought all over the world by both pregnant and non pregnant women alike.
The last tour that we were treated to was earlier this year in India. Kate’s wardrobe choices were more boho then we have previously seen featuring maxi style dresses by local and British designers that featured the bright designs associated with Indian sari’s. My jaw literally dropped to the floor when Kate wore the Temperley jade green dress at her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister in Delhi.
The dress was the most exquisite shade of green and had the most intricate lace and details. Kate had the dress altered from the original Temperley design by inserting modesty panels over the chest area, making the dress an appropriate, fresh and lovely outfit for the occasion. It was lovely to see her using an old favourite LK Bennett clutch, with recycling clothing and accessories being another part of the Duchess’s signature style and charm.
Now that brings us up to the present day with less than 24 hours to go til the Royals arrive in Canada for the first time on tour as a family of four. Whilst we wait to see what new outfits we will add to our list of favourites, what is your favorite outfit Kate has worn on her previous tours?