Kate bids adieu in her royal blue and white
The Kate and William show is over, at least for now. The couple headed back to the UK Sunday evening, leaving more than a few smiles behind for those who had their close encounter with royalty.
On the fashion front, Kate seemed to score big marks judging by the bloggers who keep track of those things. She stuck mainly to UK designers, but had enough Canadian content to satisfy the hometown crowd.
For the record, we count 23 different style looks for the Duchess. Here's our recap of Kate's fashion choices -- starting with the latest.
The royal couple started Sunday with a stop at the Inner-City Arts Project in downtown Los Angeles.
As they mingled with the kids and tried their hand at some crafts, Kate wore at Lina Dobby Skirt and navy knit top, both from Whistles fashion store chain in the UK (sorry, no outlets in Canada). The pleated skirt goes for about $145.
Again, as for so much of this North American trip, Kate went for blue and white.
As it turned out, this was her only outfit of the day, right up until they boarded their flight back home.
More than a polo match, the royal couple's appearance at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Saturday afternoon (above) was all about some family business -- specifically the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
The rich and the famous came out to get their moment with the royals and they weren't about to disappoint on any front. For this charity occasion, Kate brought out a summer selection from Jenny Packham, knee-length, silver-and-marble-grey, hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress.
If you recall, she wore another Packham dress on her arrival in Calgary, the yellow dress that became one of her most photographed outfits for its billowing nature on the windy airport tarmac.
On her last night for this royal visit, Kate went back to the tried and true style of Alexander McQueen as she walked the red carpet (right) of the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala in Los Angeles. It was a lilac colour, accented by a pair of earrings that she borrowed from William's grandma, the Queen.
To start the day at the Calgary Stampede parade, Kate wore good old fashioned blue jeans and the appropriately-named Rodeo shirt from Temperley London. It's a silk and cotton blend and yours for only $650 (give or take).
Interesting to note that William wore the same shirt (or at least its twin) that he wore on Thursday evening.
In a complete change of wardrobe gears, Kate turned to a red Catherine Walker coatdress for her appearance at the ENMAX Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo. The French-born Walker was one of Princess Diana's favourite designers. She died last year after a battle with cancer, but left a hand-picked team of designers to carry on her label.
To add some Canadian content to the outfit, Kate wore the diamond maple leaf brooch that she also wore on Canada Day. She borrowed the brooch from the Queen, who had first worn it on a royal tour of Canada in 1951.
At the conservatory, the couple were the guests of honour at a reception hosted by Alberta government.
Kate makes a pretty good first impression (above) with a lavender Peridot dress by Roksanda Ilincic, a London-based designer who was born and raised in Serbia. The pricetag for this little number is in the $900-$1,200 range.
Then it was off to a reception at the British Consul-General's place where they will be staying. For this, Kate made sure to give U.S. designers their due with the Maja green silk dress by Diane von Furstenberg (right). This will run you in the neighbourhood of $400.
Nice touch to add a leopard print clutch to the outfit.
After spending the day in the Alberta hinterlands around Skoki Lodge, it was back to civilization and the UK designers for Kate as the royal couple landed in Calgary, looking elegant ... at least for a while.
As they were presented with the traditional white cowboy hats, Kate was wearing a Jenny Packham design -- bright yellow dress with short sleeves and a full skirt that threatened to make for an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction under very windy conditions on the airport tarmac.
She modestly managed to avoid an international incident and kept her smile intact, using her LK Bennet clutch to her advantage against the wind. The last time we saw Kate in a Peckham design was last month at the ARK gala in London (right).
The only disappointing part of her entry into Calgary was deciding not to don the white hat. It seemed quite clear during the presentation from Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi that the royals were not ready to dive right into cowboy gear and, for Kate, that was a good idea.
Holding onto a hat on her head while wrestling with her dress would have required a dexterity she may not yet have mastered.
It wasn't long, however, before the hat found its way to her head, as they couple traded in their dress-up gear for more informal gear. A quick change at the hotel and the couple emerged in jeans and cowboy hats, with Kate wearing an Alice Temperley (another UK gal) blouse. They traded in the limo for a stagecoach, took in a demonstration of bull riding and went for a walkabout.
Kate returned to blue and white for the trip from Yellowknife to Slave Lake, wearing dark blue J Brand skinny jeans with a Linda Camm belt, and a Smythe navy blazer -- the same one she wore when when she left London on June 29. On her feet are a pair sling-back wedges. A frilly, cream-coloured blouse complete the outfit (identity still to come).
Judging by the luggage that was loaded onto the plane before takeoff in Yellowknife, Kate still has plenty of outfits available. After the more casual-dress couple of days in P.E.I. and the North, the royals have some more formal dates in Calgary beginning Thursday, and there will be at least a few gowns hauled out for the weekend in L.A.
In the meantime, there's one day of no cameras, no appointments ahead. Time to haul out the shorts.
For the first time this tour, the designer was not from Canada or the UK. She is from a northern climate though. It's Danish designer Malene Birger and this is her Bullet dress, according to the sleuths at whatkatewore.com.The fabric is a silk mix linen and featured padded shoulders and a three-quarter length sleeves.
To complement the dress, Kate went back to her old reliable LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps for her feet and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.
After Yellowknife, the couple took off in a bush plane for Lake Blachford. This was definitely not dress territory, so Kate slipped into some J Brand skinny jeans and casual Burberry top (right), along with the same Sebago Bela shoes she wore for the dragon boat race the other day.
To start off the day at Charlottetown's Province House, Katee wore a cream-coloured knit dress from Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. Burton, you'll remember, was the designer of Kate's wedding dress.
The dress featured a necktie complete with an anchor and navy trim and navy stripe detailing around the sleeves and waistband. Rounding out the ensemble were diamond and sapphire earrings and blue pumps.
The activities -- and the rain-- at Delvay Lake in P.E.I. demanded less formal wear. The couple competed in a dragon boat race against each other, with Kate donning a black and grey Nike windbreaker and slim navy trousers while William wore a checked shirt. Both ended up wet during the race that William's boat won. Whatkatewore.com also noticed that she changed her earrings to Kiki McDonough citrine drops.
When not on the water, Kate wore a navy trench coat that has been recycled her closet, along with a red Hugo Boss scarf. It might come in handy again at the Northwest Territories.
After a seven-hour flight from PEI to Yellowknife, Kate looked almost surprisingly refreshed. Her hairdresses, James Pryce, had a chance to re-do her hair into familiar long locks, and she had changed into a dress, though hidden by her blue trenchcoact.
To start the day in Quebec City, Kate hauled out her second Erdem dress of the tour, a clear nod to the Quebec roots of Erdem Moralioglu. This time, it was Erdem's blue Jacquenta dress, which carried on some of the attrbutes of the navy-blue lace dress that she wore on her arrival into Ottawa on Thursday.
This dress had a floral lace across the shoulders, with a split skirt. On her feet with her old favourites, LK Bennett pumps.
For the second half of the day, when the couple visted the Fort Levis for more informal activities, Kate went with a beige sleeveless crepe Vanessa dress by Joseph with banding at the waist. Perhaps what was more notable was that William gave up the suit coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves for the fort tour and walkabout.
When the couple landed in Prince Edward Island (above), Kate covered up a bit with jacket with three-quarter length sleeves.
On Saturday, a day packed with travel and engagements, the Duchess chose a grey Kingston dress by Catherine Walker & Co. Walker, born in France, was was one of the Princess Diana`s favourite designers. She died last year, but her design team has carried on. Kate’s mother Carole wore a Walker-designed dress to the royal wedding. Kate`s accessories for the day were a Hobbs clutch bag and Hope Egg earrings by Links of London.
Part of the evening in Monteal was spent in a mini cooking class at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute. The dress was the same, but the cooking jacket was a wise decision, and not at all unbecoming.
Canada Day saw Kate in two different outfits as the couple spent most of their time in the public eye on Parliament Hill.
First there was a visit to the citizenship court where the couple welcomed a group of new Canadian citizens by presenting them with flags. Then it was off to Parliament Hill for the noon-day show before about 300,000 royal fans. There's no count of how many hands they shook during the walkabout. At night, a much less formal show on the Hill, where for once the couple was at least slightly out of the spotlight.
For most of the day, Kate wisely wore white to fend off the heat that engulfed the capital. It was a Reiss Nanette dress, the same she wore for the couple`s official engagement photos. The brooch should be familiar to Canadian royal watchers since it has often by worn by the Queen during her Canadian visits, dating back to 1951. The fascinator had an especially Canadian touch with its red maple leaf. It was made for the royal visit by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Company.
For the evening of July 1, Kate won one of her favourite designers, Issa, accessorized by the same Maple Leaf brooch she had for the earlier festivities.
The Great Canadian Adventure started with three changes of outfits in less than 12 hours. To board the plane, Kate was a picture in blue, conservative with a Canadian twist. Over the Manon dress by French designer Roland Mouret, Kate wore a navy blazer from Toronto-based Smythe Les Vestes. She had hardly made the trans-Atlantic flight before the $550 blazer had sold out in most retailers.
For the arrival in Ottawa, Kate kept the Canadian theme and changed into a Cecile navy lace dress by Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu. The dress is part of Erdem`s 2012 collection.
When the couple finally were able to get slightly less formal activities with a barbeque at Government House, Kate put on a bird print dress by Issa London (right), one she has worn several times before.