Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Canada tour: Canada sets etiquette rules for meeting the royals


The Department of Canadian Heritage advises people not to take selfies during the official visit.

“Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess [of Cambridge] and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible,” said Jennifer Gehmair, of the Yukon government’s tourism department.

“I know it’s fun to do, but they much would rather see your face!”

The government website notes that people should address the Duke and Duchess as ‘Your Royal Highness’ and ‘Sir/Ma’am’ if the conversation continues, not William or Kate.

There is no requirement to bow or curtsy to the royals but if one wishes to do so, men should subtly nod their head, while women should put the right foot behind the left heel, and slightly bend their knees.

The etiquette guide also notes that “it is quite appropriate to shake hands if the opportunity presents itself and a Member of the Royal Family offers to do so.”

As for dress code, the guidelines mention that “members of the Royal Family do not wish anyone to be put to unnecessary expense by buying special clothes, hats or gloves. But one should not wear a hat to functions after 6.30pm and if you chose to wear gloves they should not be taken off before the wearer is presented to the guests.”

William, Kate and their two children, George and charlotte, arrived in Canada for their official tour on Saturday, September 24.

Kate Middleton, Prince William and children arrive in Canada for royal tour


The couple and their children arrived on Saturday in Canada at the Victoria airport in the Pacific province of British Columbia for their official tour.

They were greeted on the tarmac at the airport by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Trudeau.

Little Prince George kept hiding behind his father while his younger sister was carried by their mother.

Kate was ravishing in a royal blue Jenny Packham suit and a matching hat. Charlotte wore a blue dress with a matching bow while George was dressed up in a blue sweater, shorts and knee socks. William appeared in a dark blue suit.

The family did not choose this color by chance as blue dominates the British Columbia flag.

Several thousand people had gathered there, with many of them holding small Canadian and British Columbia flags.

The pair also attended a welcoming ceremony in front of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Their official tour itinerary was recently announced by Kensington Palace and it includes visits to a refugee reception center and a center for children with mental health problems.

William and Kate’s last visit on Canadian soil dates back to 2011, shortly after their dream wedding in London.

For George and Charlotte, this is the first encounter with the largest country in the Commonwealth community.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Canada tour itinerary revealed

After arriving in Victoria, British Columbia, the royals will visit British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings and then meet with Syrian refugees at the immigration Services Society.

A trip to the Great Bear Rainforest and the unveiling of a new plaque as a tribute to Canadian veterans who have fought in the Afghanistan conflict are also part of their itinerary.

Of course, the royal pair will be focusing on charity work as they will be heading to the Downtown East Side to see the Shelway charity which offers support to vulnerable mothers dealing with addiction and other issues.

The Duke and Duchess’ next stop is a reception for young leaders in arts, sports, charity, business and film and a visit to the Kitsilano Coastguard Station to meet first responders, including members of the police, fire service and social workers.

This will mark the royal family’s first official tour, as well as Charlotte’s first official engagement.

Prince George went on his first official tour in Australia and New Zealand when he was nine months old.

Kate Middleton voted UK’s most influential fashion icon

Since her wedding with Prince William in 2011, Kate has become a fashionable icon for many women and has long been one of the most scrutinized public figures for her looks.

A few days before the launch of London Fashion Week, George and Charlotte’s mother was voted top British style icon by Rakuten Marketing.

The research found that around 29% of women are inspired by her outfits.

This means that in taking the top spot she comes before Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and Ellie Goulding.

Royal fans are sure to be anxious to see Kate’s new outfits during the royal tour in Canada and her first solo trip in the Netherlands.

Pippa Middleton talks fiancé, new cook food, being labeled a ‘party girl’


To mark the release of her new book, Heartfelt, Pippa gave a long interview to the Daily Mail in which she tried to set the record straight about the type of person she really is.

‘People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to advantage; that I don’t really work, that I am a socialite – that word really irritates me – and that I’m a party girl without any substance,’ she said.

‘I have had a few years of being in the public eye and I have developed something of a thick skin,’ she continued. ‘But managing it all on my own has been quite hard. I have quite a lot thrown at me, such as being followed by people hiding behind cars and jumping out with cameras. It can be unnerving.’

Pippa also revealed that her parents Carole and Mike have had their lives affected as well. With the media focus on her sister, the whole family’s privacy has had to go through changes.

‘I guess it’s become the new normal for us,’ she said. ‘It means there are factors we have to weigh up and think about, but we try not to let it affect us. I try not to be too sensitive about things because it’s just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect me.’

As with the huge media attention her appearance gained at sister Kate’s 2011 wedding, she revealed she hasn’t quite made sense of it, saying: “I was surprised and still don’t understand it.”

In the interview, the 33-year-old also opened up about multi-millionaire financier James Matthews, 41, whom she got engaged to in July.

‘I think James and I have the same spirit,’ she confessed. ‘We are both competitive. We have had many adventures together. We have a lot in common and that helps. I don’t think it would work with a couch potato.’

Much of the interview revolved around her new published work titled Heartfelt, a cookbook containing more than 100 recipes for a healthy lifestyle, most of which Pippa confessed she has tried.

‘I would like to say I have made every single one, but I have definitely done a good 80 percent of them, ‘ she said.

Kate Middleton to go on first solo overseas trip to the Netherlands

Kensington Palace has announced that Kate will be in the Netherlands for a new engagement, on October 11.

Catherine will start her trip in The Hague and Rotterdam, with a visit to King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst.

The 34-year-old royal will also be paying a visit to the Mauritshuis for the art exhibition, “At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection.”

Prince William’s wife is known to be an art lover, having studied art history at the University of St. Andrews.

She will also focus on subjects dear to her heart as she will host a roundtable the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague to discuss addiction, intervention, family, and mental health.

The Netherlands trip will follow the royal couple’s Canadian tour that starts September 24.

Prince William rushes to help falling man during Essex school visit with Kate

After arriving at Stewards Academy in Harlow, Essex, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, accidentally tripped and fell over.

The retired 72-year-old lieutenant was dressed in full uniform when he stumbled backwards over a bollard.

William immediately rushed to his aid and helped him get back on his feet.

“I’m fine, thank you,” the dignitary said later. “The Duke was very concerned, but I reassured him I was perfectly all right.”

The couple was there to support the Heads Together campaign, which deals with raising awareness around mental health problems.

During the visit, Kate, who wore a knee-length blue patterned dress by designer Altuzarra, charmed once more with her radiant smile.

Inside the facility, the pair attended a course with students and mentors and the Duke gave a short speech.

The royal took the opportunity to show his humorous side by revealing that he still acts like a teenager.

“Sometimes I still feel like I am 16, to be honest sometimes I still act like I am 16,” the prince said while chatting with parents, and Kate agreed: “I still think you’re 16.” [via HELLO!]

“Yes, Catherine often tells me that,” he joked.

The royals were impressed with the system set up by the Stewards Academy, in which each new student of the institution is assigned to an older one in order to facilitate integration.

Kate Middleton and Prince William to be joined by George and Charlotte on Canada tour, the Palace announces

When Prince William and Duchess Kate will return to Canada in September, royal fans will get the chance to see the whole family.

George, 3, and Charlotte, 16 months, will be spending eight days in Canada with their parents, according to the Palace.

“This is a great opportunity for them to introduce their children to a major realm before things like school start to make these things difficult later on,” a spokesman said at a Buckingham Palace briefing Monday [via E! News]. “They really enjoyed taking Prince George to New Zealand and Australia and are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce them to Canada.”

They will arrive on September 24 in Victoria, on the west coast of Canada, and the next day, they will be welcomed by the City of Vancouver and visit various sites and organizations.

This trip comes two years after George’s first official visit, in Australia and New Zealand. It will also mark Princess Charlotte’s first public engagement.

Before this new journey, the Duke and Duchess spent the week with the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where they were joined by Kate’s parents.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s upcoming mental health engagement announced

The royal couple’s next engagement will take place on fir day, September 16, at Stewards Academy in Harlow, Essex.

The event seeks to shed light on the pressures faced by young people when going through big changes, and the support they receive from peers and parents.

William and Kate will actually join students on a lesson about the school’s mentor scheme ‘big change’ in which older students offer support to the newer ones in their first year of school. [via Hello!]

They will hear speeches and presentations from the students, about dealing with change, and Prince William will make a short speech.

The pair will also will meet some parents of students from the school and discuss how children can be encouraged to communicate.

Not long after their Essex engagement, George and Charlotte’s parents will start their royal tour of Canada.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus unveiled, bring new camera, no headphone jack

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Most features of the devices have in fact leaked in recent weeks so there were no big surprises.

One of the most anticipated characteristics was the disappearance of the headphone jack. Lightning EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter will be shipped with the handset.

Apple also extensively reworked the sensors of the iPhone. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 comes with a faster 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 7-megapixel front-facing sensor.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus embeds a heavily upgraded dual-lens 12-megapixel camera. Its two cameras, each of 12Mpixels, will further zoom into images without loss of quality.

The home button has also been redesigned, featuring a force sensitive design and new generation “Taptic Engine.”

The two devices come with a new generation processor, the A10, advertised as 40% faster than its predecessor.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for pre-orders on Friday, September 9, with a launch set for Friday, September 16. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 and is avalilable in 32GB/128GB/256GB capacities, while iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769, and comes in the same capacities.

Both feature the pre-installed iOS 10, available for download on September 13.