Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada- Day 7

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visited Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia, on Day 7 of their Royal Visit to Canada. They arrived by canoe at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Skidegate, where they received a traditional First Nations welcome. Later they opened the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre, before going for a boat ride and fishing on the waters of the Hecate Strait. Continue reading


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada- Day 4

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their tour of Canada in Kelowna, British Columbia, and in Whitehorse, Yukon on September 27th. They visited the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, watching a volleyball game, and later visiting the ‘Taste of British Columbia‘ festival at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna. The Duke and Duchess moved on to Whitehorse, for the start of their visit to Yukon, where they attended a Welcome ceremony. Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada- Day 3

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Day 3 of the Royal Visit to Canada in Bella Bell and Victoria. Their initial engagement of day was canceled due to the rain, but the Duke & Duchess attended a traditional First Nations welcome in Bella Bella, and the dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest. In the evening, back in Victoria, they attended a Black-rod Ceremony and a Reception at Government House. Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada- Day 1

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte started the royal visit to Canada on September 24th. They landed at Victoria Airport in the afternoon, and then attended a Welcome Ceremony at the BC Legislature buildings in Downtown Victoria. I was present at the Welcome, and got to see the Duke and Duchess. I also shook hands with the Duchess. We covered previous royal visits to Victoria recently. Continue reading

Duchess of Devonshire’s Tiaras

My favorite author and socialite Her Grace Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (also known as Debo) died on this day two years ago. The youngest of the infamous Mitford sister, she married Lord Andrew Cavendish in 1941, unexpectedly becoming Duchess of Devonshire in 1950, after the deaths of her father- and brother- in-law. Deborah is most well known for preserving the Devonshire’s family seat, Chatsworth House, and turning it into a major tourist attraction. Today we will take a look at some of the glittering tiara’s she wore during her tenure as a Duchess. Continue reading