Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show today as the Cambridge family arrived in British Columbia, Canada to start their 7-day tour.
The family was met by a number of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (l), Sharon Johnston (2nd left, chartreuse suit), and Governor General David Johnston.
At the tender age of 16 months, a smiling Princess Charlotte appears to have wrapped dignitaries and the watching world alike around her little fingers within moments of touching down on her first overseas tour.
Also from The Telegraph’s story:
Both children were greeted by Mr Trudeau, who knelt down and offered his hand to a shy Prince George to high five.
George looked a little tired (it was after midnight his time) while Charlotte seemed to enjoy taking in the different sights and sounds.
The safety of her mother’s arms may have helped diminish any anxiety.
And from The Daily Mirror:
Plus Kate’s maternal touches, crouching down to chat with George and stroking his hair as she asked if he was OK, gave a glimpse into the Cambridges’ family life.
It looks like William also checked with George to see how he was doing amid the strange surroundings and noise.
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually not very chipper after flying across the pond. George and Charlotte’s body clocks have to be out of whack, they seemed to do quite well. It’s probably not their idea of a rollicking good time.
Several of the royal correspondents shared comments made by William about George and Charlotte.
After the ceremonies downtown Kate and William returned to Government House for meetings with the Trudeaus. More from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.
This is a nice mother-daughter shot.
Now to what the Prince and Princess wore for their big day. Charlotte wore a pastel blue floral dress. It is a traditional little girl’s style with puffed sleeves, pin tucks and smocking on the bodice, and a Peter Pan collar.
The sleeve hems and collar have what is called faggoting detail, essentially embroidery that joins two pieces of fabric together.
The bodice of this dress is very (very) similar to that of the pink frock worn for Charlotte’s first appearance on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony. I am leaning toward this piece being by the same source as the pink UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) frock.
It looks like Kate may have switched shoe brands for today’s appearance. UPDATED NOV 29: With apologies, there is the updated info on Charlotte’s shoes. (Evidently a previous update done during the tour did not ‘save’ so we’ve had sadly outdated information on the page for weeks, I apologize.) Charlotte was wearing a pair from Spanish retailer Doña Carmen, the brand’s Mercedita Suela in ‘azul Francia,’ or French blue.
The design is easily distinguishable by its brightly colored sole, matching the upper portion of the shoe. It has a leather upper, a rubber sole and decorative scalloped edging. The style retails for €29.95, that is roughly $32 at November exchange rates.
Charlotte’s socks are the Fancy Folded Cuff socks, available in cream or white. We show them at Well Dressed Child in New Zealand, where they are $8 NZ, that’s about $6. The store carries many styles very similar, or identical to what George and Charlotte wear.
Charlotte fashion fans will recognize her Amaia Kids Hair Bow, the small size in ‘Capri’ (our photo is of the medium size).
George was in a blue outfit from Pepa and Company: he wore the Boys Plaid Shirt in beige/blue (£39, about $50 ); the Sweater with Wooden Buttons in blue (£39) ; and the Spanish retailer’s Baby Baby Winter Shorts in navy (£38, about $50). Hello Canada spoke with Pepa Gonzalez, the founder of Pepa and Company, about the impact from Prince George being seen in the company’s clothing. :
It was lovely to get so many positive messages from around the world, and pleased that mums were able to discover our brand, because as they say, it´s very difficult to find elegant and traditional children clothing at affordable prices.
We do not yet know about his shoes and continue to search for them. (See original update below.) SHOE UPDATE: As originally identified, Prince George was in a pair of the John Lace-up Classic Shoes. The good folks at Start-rite have sent over a photo showing the John style with 4 eyelets, just like George’s.
Readers will probably recognize George’s socks as the Condor for Amaia Kids in navy (£7, or $9).
Presuming this is resolved, we’ll leave you with today’s edition of “The Many Faces of George.”
We had some serious technical challenges tonight, so I am getting this posted and then hope to update with more photos and info (if available) early tomorrow. A thousand ‘thank yous’ to all who were so patient and helpful tonight.
We’ll see you tomorrow over at What Kate Wore!
Here is the original update regarding the shoes. Now that we have a photo from Start-rite with the propers show it doesn’t make sense to clog up the post with this info. But it is here if anyone needs the historical reference on the shoe ID.
Updating the shoes: Originally I thought George was wearing Start-Rite’s John in navy, and noted on Twitter the Prince was in his first pair of lace-up shoes. But when looking more closely I noticed the John in navy only had three eyelets for the laces (top left in the picture below) and came to the conclusion it must be a different shoe. After seeing the company tweet that George *was* wearing its John style I did more hunting and discovered the Start-Rite John in gray with the four eyelets (bottom left in photo). I have emailed StartRite and hope they will confirm this is the case, I’m sure it is. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a photo of the shoes in navy.