The regals have landed. And how.
Looking fresh-faced from their first whirlwind (three outfit!) day in Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton began their second full day of appearances bright and early this morning, kicking off what is expected to be the most ceremonial day of engagements on their trip.
Well, it is Canada Day, after all. And as for Kate, well, you better believe she dressed the part.
Once again recycling a dress from her personal collection—the cream ruffled Reiss dress she donned in her official engagement photos—she topped off the outfit with a red Sylvia Fletcher fascinator which, if it wasn't actually featuring a red maple leaf, certainly seemed to bear enough of a resemblance to one to make it the absolute perfect head-topper for the patriotic occasion. Ditto the diamond maple leaf brooch—which incidentally is on loan to the Duchess from the queen's personal collection, and which was first worn by the then-Princess Elizabeth on her first trip to Canada in 1951—and a fan-shaped red straw clutch from Anya Hindmarch (now on sale for $225) that rounded out Kate's outfit.
As for today's itinerary, the royal newlyweds started off the day by attending the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Museum of Canadian Civilization. The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by the Governor-General of Canada and witnessed about a dozen new Canadians pledge their allegiance to Wills' grandma—er, the queen.
Afterward, the couple is expected to hand out celebration flags to about a dozen new citizens before making their way over to the Canada Day "Noon Show" at Ottawa's Parliament Hill, in what is the traditional focal point of all Canada Day celebrations. The couple will be joined by about 500,000 Canadians (forming a veritable sea of red and white) on the hill, and listen to music, speeches and witness all manner of general pageantry.
It's during that portion of celebrations that both Prince William and the Prime Minister will give speeches.
Then the Duke and Duchess will be given some much-needed downtime to refuel (and change clothes!) before heading back out to the "Evening Show," which will feature yet more patriotic entertainment, before finishing up the night at a private diplomatic reception.
But while the day will be full of celebrations for the couple, their downtime, at least, might feature a more somber, reflective moment or two: Today also marks what would have been Diana's 50th birthday.