On Saturday just shy of 4pm, the Cambridge’s plane landed in Victoria, kicking off their eight day Canadian tour, the cost of which is born by the host company. Prince William and Kate’s 2011 Canada Tour came in around $1.2 million for taxpayers.
Even before the Cambridges touched down, Twitter revealed that no matter where the new royal tours go, the same old frustrations still exist.
Really, that’s how the Palace want to kick off the tour? Ticking off the skilled professionals who use their talents to paint the Cambridges in a more interesting hue in the global media? This group who climbed into shuttles to meet the Cambridge Quartet at the airport?
The littlest royals were spotted peaking out of the craft ahead of the official arrival. I imagine Prince George turned to the staff and said, “Nope. Shut it down.”
Weather at the time of the landing was overcast and in the upper 50s.
The Cambridges wore blue because no other colors exist for them anymore, they have adopted the hue as their official team color. Kate was in Jenny Packham, a Lock & Co hat and wore the Maple Leaf Brooch, on loan from the Queen.
It was Kate’s best arrival look to date and was fitted which avoided flashing. Kate’s Jenny Packham shade was slightly more sophisticated than the Smurf Blue she’s been favoring during her Blue Period. She managed to make it down the stairs in nude heels, carrying Charlotte and holding George’s hand when the steps proved a bit steep for his little legs.
Kate tried to create cute kid moments but looked like the socially awkward adult at parties who targets the family cat and winds up clutching poor Fluffy like Lennie from Of Mice and Men. Kate’s attentions were focused on trying to get Charlotte to wave and squatting down in front of George in a rather unregal manner instead of interacting with the adults who waited around on a tarmac to greet them such as the Prime Minister and the Governor General.
It appears the Windsor is already coming out in Charlotte who looks to me like she will resemble Princess Eugenie.
George managed to get off a royal wave but was more interested in a Sea King that was landing nearby so no paternity test is needed.
The royal convoy then made a quick trip to the Government House.
According to the royal correspondents on Twitter, approximately 10,000 people gathered to welcome the Cambridges to Victoria. Unfortunately for those who were waiting, Prince William and Kate were running late so staff gathered up the bouquets instead.
Prince William and Kate laid a wreath in honor of Canada’s fallen soldiers and shook hands with select military personnel.
As part of the welcome ceremony, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prince William gave speeches. The reception Prime Minister Trudeau received suggests he was a large part of the event’s draw, he received louder cheers than the Cambridges.
William attempted a line in French, sheepishly admitting his French was “rusty”. As someone who hasn’t had a chance to speak French often over the last few years, I would describe mine as rusty, Prince William’s French was a linguistic massacre. I died a little inside. In lieu of flowers or donations, please send Chanel.
At the end of the welcome ceremony, Kate accepted flowers and the couple headed to the Government House for a photo op with the Trudeaus. While Sophie Trudeau is touted as a fashion icon, I can’t be supportive of the Duchess of York style shoulder bows on her Edition de Robe dress, discordant eggplant Saucy milliner hat (which I love on its own) and plastic and suede court shoes.
But at least it wasn’t blue. Picasso’s infamous Blue Period marked a time of severe depression and despair in his life between the years of 1901 and 1904. Kate’s been hitting the blue hard lately. Hopefully she is okay and the observation that if she loses those pesky last 20 grams of spinal cord, she’ll finally obtain her goal of being just a floating head isn’t in poor taste. Normally it would be irregardless, but given her pre-wedding comment about her concerning weight loss being “all part of the plan”, I suspect Kate would find it the nicest compliment I’ve ever paid her.