Kate's travel crisis: What to pack?
As the Duchess of Cambridge is no doubt finding out, packing for a trip to the colonies is no easy task.
With a 10-day excursion across Canada -- including the not-so-warm Northwest Territories -- plus another three days in all-too-warm Los Angeles, Catherine is very likely to exceed airline baggage limits.
And it's not as if she can double up on clothes. A daily dose of jeans and a t-shirt will not do (well, except maybe at the Calgary Stampede). People expect a change of clothes at least a couple times a day, if only to give all those media types something to talk about as they slog across the continent.
A conservative estimate is that Kate will have about 40 outfits with her. She could, we suppose, stop in at the local Bay or Zellers for change of pace, but that's not on the itinerary. Complicating matters is that the Duchess is hesitant to bulk up on stylists, valets or ladies-in-waiting. In other words, she wants to act 'royal' without the 'royal' trappings.
That's a tough act on a long tour. "On tour you cannot iron all your own clothes, don’t have time to unpack, can’t hold all the flowers you are handed and, most importantly, need someone to start chatting in a crowded room," a Palace source told the Daily Mail.
The bottom line is that between now and when she gets on the plane for Ottawa on June 30, there's plenty of shopping to do.
-- There's the smart suit (left). Better for Bay St., but since she's not going there, maybe Montreal.