Today George and Charlotte attended the eagerly awaited children’s party in Canada.
The event was at Government House, where the Cambridge family is staying during the Canada tour. And while George and Charlotte were guests of honor, they were joined by children and families of Canadian military personnel on active duty.
For many royal family followers it was the most anticipated event on the entire itinerary for the Canada tour. It did not disappoint.
It is Charlotte’s first formal engagement. (Being on the balcony for Trooping the Colour or at the airport Saturday do not count as ‘engagements, per se.) More about the party from The Telegraph:
After making an entrance as a family of four down the steps, the Prince and Princess’ small faces lit up as they saw the treats ahead of them, including puppets, bubbles and a petting zoo starring a Nubian goat and miniature ponies named Honey and TC.
Charlotte seemed to like the pony.
This is Charlotte and “Moose,” one of several dogs at the party.
More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
As soon as she let Charlotte down, the little Princess went running off towards some balloons, shouting: “Pop.” “Would you like a balloon, Charlotte?” William asked. William and Kate were paralysed with laughter when Charlotte tried to lift up the whole balloon archway to the petting zoo. She was stopped from causing further mayhem.
It’s tough to tell if George was dissuading Charlotte, or helping her lift up the arch.
I thought it was the former but after watching this video it may have been the latter.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George attended a party for the children of Canadian military personnel https://t.co/IGNbVUrnmt
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 29, 2016
But Charlotte also liked the bunny, and the bunny-handler.
George was working on his bubble blowing.
He looked quite intense.
And then rapturous.
Charlotte looked just precious.
The children were in familiar brands along with a few new labels, we’ll start with what Charlotte wore. She was in a piece by Pepa and Company, the Hand Smocked Dress in blue and coral (£74, about $85).
It is another classic style in 100% cotton, with a Peter Pan collar, back sash, and puffed sleeves. The bodice is hand-smocked, as are the sleeve hems and collar. The dress comes with matching bloomers.
Our thanks to Monique Jessen at People and HRH George Pieces for their ID work on the dress. Charlotte had on a sweater we have seen before….because her big brother wore it first.
Monique Jessen of People has the story:
Like mom, like daughter! Princess Charlotte has pulled off the cutest royal re-wear yet. Carrying out her first official engagement at a very special playdate with military families in Victoria, Canada, on Thursday (and speaking her first public words!), the nearly 17-month-old royal wore a blue cotton dress with coral hand-smocking from Pepa & Co. But the real surprise was her sweet blue cardigan: the very same one from Amaia that her 3-year-old big brother Prince George wore to meet her at the hospital in 2015.
There are a few photos from the party that show the tag inside the sweater which says “Mi Lucero,” that is the name of the company that makes Amaia Kids sweater.(The graphic above shows the incorrect color of blue, we do not have a good image of the sweater in the blue that George, and now Charlotte, have worn.) It looks like Charlotte’s socks are the Plain Sock with Cuff Detail, we show them at Classical Child ($8 NZ, about $6 USD).
The Princess was in the same UFO shoes seen on Saturday, and she wore one of her blue Amaia Kids hair bows.
Here is a look at the soles, you can see the decor or logo. I can’t tell if it is a mouse…? A bear..? UPDATE SEP 30: Charlotte’s shoes are from Doña Carmen, the Mercedita Suela. This is a little video that is cute, watch for George to come into the frame from the right at about :07
#PrinceGeorge doesn’t want to miss out on anything #PrincessCharlotte is getting! “But I want one, can I have one?” #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/wCM1kgs2dN
— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 29, 2016
George wore a Neck and Neck Boys Checked Shirt in blue and wine plaid ($49.99). The piece is 100% cotton, in a classic button-down style.
This shows the whole shirt.
Our thanks to Pauline for her ID on this piece! Atop the shirt the Prince wore a sweater by Wild and Gorgeous, the Harry style in larkspur blue.
The sweater is 100% merino wool, with tipping at the collar and cuff, and a front button placket ($84.50) The brand describes itself as offering clothes for “gorgeous girls and wild boys.” Many thanks to Rebecca English of The Daily Mail for the tip on this item. UPDATE OCT 5: We can now confirm that George was wearing shorts from Doña Carmen, the same shop where Charlotte’s shoes were purchased. The Prince was in the retailer’s Pantaloon Tenesis style, in the ‘Granate’ color. The shorts are 100% cotton and they are priced at €17.94, that’s about $20/£16.
The retailer also offers the short in navy and in camel.
Now to George’s shoes. UPDATE SEP 30: George wore the Barnie Loafer from Papouelli Shoes. A leather version of the company’s popular moccasins, the shoe has a bubble sole. The Barnie is priced at £55, that’s roughly $70.
Papouelli Shoes says George also wore a pair of their knee socks, I will update as soon as I verify the correct color. The Telegraph’s fashion columnist, Emma Spedding, shared thoughts about what the children wore in a column today:
Once again the infants looked like they’d stepped straight out of the pages of Mary Poppins, dressed in their now signature bygone era classic childrenswear. ..there’s no doubt that the timeless aesthetic which these brand tap suits the needs of the royal family for public appearences, giving George and Charlotte a similar look to that once worn by their father, grandfather and great-grandmother.
We’ll leave you with this picture, it captured a sweet father-son moment.
- The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here
- The Daily Mirror’s live blog of rolling coverage is here
- You can read Emma Spedding’s Telegraph fashion column by clicking here
- Rhiannon Mills report for Sky TV is here
- ABC News has a video with 7-minutes+ of highlights from the party, click here for ABC’s YouTube channel
Here is our graphic representation of what Princess Charlotte wore. And for what Prince George wore.
I’m so sad! The Pepa and Company, the Hand Smocked Dress has been sold out for weeks and it appears as though Doña Carmen does not ship to the states!
Oh, boo, that’s no fun. 🙁 I thought Doña Carmen *would* ship to the US, darn it. One alternative would be a package forwarding address if that holds any appeal. Here are a couple of URLs: http://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk/parcel-to/usa/ https://www.forward2me.com/ https://www.shipito.com/en/
They do!!! I have a pair coming but shipping is 20 Euros!
That is great news, thank you for the update. 🙂
Good morning. Perhaps cardigan worn by princess Charlotte could be this, product from the same brand of the shoes: http://donacarmen.es/chaquetas-bebe/1182-chaqueta-raf.html.
Congratulations for the blog that I discovered recently. I’m Italian, so excuse me for my English.
Hello Caty, and thank you for commenting. Please don’t worry about the language, your English is excellent! The sweater at Doña Carmen is very similar to the one Charlotte wore, but I think the trim at the hem is a teeny bit different: the Doña Carmen sweater has a little edging, almost in a scallop shape, that Charlotte’s sweater does not have. But it is certainly very similar, I’m glad you shared the link. 🙂
Dear WKKW Team,
We are writing to you from Amaia Kids Children’s Clothing Brand.
Just a short comment to thank you for mentioning us on this beautiful article.
Amaia Kids Team.
Is it me or does Prince George look like Christopher Robin incarnated 🙂 He is so precious, with his sense of wonderment and curiosity, always alert, thinking, watching, understanding.
Thanks for pulling together such a great post, including a super show of baby pics! I’m impressed by how many ID’s you’ve been able to assemble – impressive sleuthing all round there.
I really like the grown-up touches that are coming into George’s wardrobe, those check shirts are classics for boys and gown fellahs alike, and I really like his polo-style jumper with the button opening. The white tip to the collar is very neat – and it’s been Kate’s one hint of blue-and-white stripe on the trip– so far! And praise be for a different colour in the shorts – another nod to Canada maybe?
I thought George’s loafer shoes were really cool too, and I’m so glad the ID got sorted. I think that may be three new brands for George alone, including shirt and jumper.
Charlotte too is changing with her little face becoming leaner. I love this new dress on her, that red smocking (Canada again?) on the blue is so attractive and the front gathering somehow strikes me as fuller than her previous dresses. But then possibly that’s down to her simply getting a bit bigger.
I was wondering if these were a new brand of socks for her? I can’t recall seeing such a pretty detail on sock edges before, but then I’m not exactly blessed with a good memory. And the mystery of the cardigan continues – a re-wear but maybe not exactly the same one George wore to meet her?!
Charlotte´s shoes: Doña Carmen Mercedita Suela
Thank you Melissa. 🙂
A few other sites keep saying it is the same sweater George wore. Too me it looks like the same style and color but I suspect a different sweater from his. Someone pointed out that hers is a four button sweater and his was five buttons. It is possible that at the time they got Georges sweater they had been given a similar one in a different size or that this is a regular sweater that the brand carries and that Charlotte received her own more recently. Thought the kids both looked so cute. Love both of the outfits.
The buttons on the right side show that it is a boy’s sweater. The sweater pictured above between the two kids is a girls sweater (buttons on the left)
Hello, and thanks for commenting. You make a great point. The sweater in the center of the montage, the light blue one, is from the Amaia website when they were in stock, I think it is a ‘generic’ shot. Both George and Charlotte’s sweater button left over right (the buttons on the right side). However, bit’s been pointed out that George’s sweater has 5 buttons, and the one Charlotte is wearing looks like it only has 4. I am going to get in touch with Amaia, I’m sure there’s a rational explanation that I am just not seeing. I will update the post as soon as I know anything more.
You ask a great question about the sweater. It is a bit of a conundrum at this point and I am going to get in touch with Amaia Kids to see what I can learn. Thank you for reading *and* commenting! 🙂
Are we sure Princess Charlotte’s blue sweater is the same? It looks like hers has four buttons and Prince George’s had five. Prince George’s also looks like a much larger size.
Charlotte´s cardigan is from Mi Lucero
Hello, and thank you for commenting. You ask a very good question. I spent part of the day going through old photos and also licensing some new ones so I could get a better look at the buttons and other features. You’re correct, there are 5 on George’s sweater and it looks like just 4 on Charlotte’s. I will get in touch with Amaia Kids, I’m sure there is an explanation I’m just not seeing. As soon as I know anything I will update the post. Thank you again ! 🙂
Thank you for this wonderfull post ! I am a little puzzled when you say Charlotte is wearing Georges cardigan. It is without doubt the same model he wore when visiting his newborn sister, but he was 22 month old at the time and the cardigans sleeves looked long on him, covering his wrists completely. On Charlotte,who is 6 month older than he was when wearing it, the sleeves and the length look shorter on her. I am pretty sure they are wearing the same cardigan but different sizes. Which would be logical also, apart from the age difference, also the size difference : although Charlotte looks quite big for her age, girls toddler are often shorter than boy toddlers. I have a two yo daughter and this is the kind of details I look at to see if she is growing out of one size or not. I’m quite positive we can’t really call it a re-wear as a public picture although it is possible it belonged to George before and we did not see him in that size, or maybe was it bought for him and Kate loved it so much she bought several size of it !
Let me know what you think !
Hi, and thank you for commenting! It is a little confusing, and I am going get in touch with Amaia Kids. It looks like Charlotte’s sweater has 4 buttons, and George’s had 5. I’m sure there is an explanation that I am just not thinking of, and Amaia Kids can set me straight. As soon as I know anything I will update the post and social media., etc. Thank you again! 🙂
I wish that dress came in that color in larger sizes. But alas only up to size 4. Off topic but it occurred to me last night that Charlotte looks quite a bit like Sarah Chatto.
George’s shoes: Papouelli Barnie loafers
Charlotte’s shoes: http://www.myhbaby.com/es/producto/zapatos/zapato-piel-mercedita-azulon (via http://www.princesscharlottestyle.org/shoes.html)
Hi,thanks so much for sharing this. I wish it was this pair of shoes, but M&H have said Charlotte was not wearing their brand. Thank you for sharing the link though! 🙁