It was blue and it matched her son's sweather. Fashion and royal enthusasists who have been waiting to see what Kate Middleton would wear during a scheduled family trip to Canada were reawarded with the image of the Duchess wearing an elegant Jenny Packham dress and nude heels that matched Prince George's attire as the family arrived Saturday afternoon in British Columbia.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children traveled by a Canadian Air Force plane and were greeted at at Victoria International Airport by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, after a 10-hour flight from the U.K. For Princess Charlotte, 16 months, the occassion marked her third public appearance. She wore a patterned white dress with blue shoes and a blue bow in her hair as she held onto her mother.
Middleton, 34, paired her blue dress with a Locke and Co hat and a glittering maple leaf diamond fitting for their Canadian tour. She is rumored to be trying for a third child, but the stylish blue dress made her slim figure appear even more fit than usual.
Next to the mother and daughter, who is fourth in line to the throne, Prince William walked off the plane holding his three-year-old son's hand. At one point, Trudeau kneeled to greet Prince George at his own level.
Middleton is a big fan of designer Jenny Packham, who is celebrated for beaded embellishments, flattering necklines and clean tailoring. "This kind of dress is perfect for important meetings because it's elegant and restrained but exudes luxury and refinement," the Daily Mail wrote about the blue dress.
Middleton's maple brooch belongs to Queen Elizabeth. Her father, King George VI, gave it to her mother to mark a state visit to Canada in 1939. Queen Elizabeth later inheritated it. The Duchess of Cambridge also wore the brooch when visiting Canada in July 2011.
The royals will be staying at the 36-acre Government House, the Queen's official representative in the province, during their visit. It features stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers. The Duke and Duchess are expected to also visit a refugee center and British Columbia's Parliament Buildings to unveil a new plaque honoring the veterans of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan war. In all, the couple has 30 planned engagements during their 8-day trip.