I’m dying right now, you guys. Prince William and Kate Middleton ate food on Day 4 of their Royal Tour of Canada (September 27). But not just any food, phallic-looking food. And they made comments. And I’m giggling like a 12 year old boy right now.
UPDATE: I have updated this post with the rest of Day 4’s activities. Updates at end of post.
Okay keep it together, because the food was not the first stop of the day. The first stop of their visit to Kelowna – which Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited in 1986 – was to the University of British Columia Okanagan campus – which opened in 2005 and is home to over 8,000 students.
The couple were greeted by more than 1,000 students and members of the public when they arrived and attended a ceremony outside.
UBC Chancellor Lindsay Gordon welcomed the couple to the campus and said: “A particularly warm welcome to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who we hope are enjoying their first visit to Canada. We also hope this is the first of many more family visits.”
William and Kate listened to the Song of Okanagan performed by former UBC student Amber Cardenas before Chief Jonathan Kruger addressed them in both his native language and English. He said:
“I am very happy right now. This is our beautiful land and I’m so happy that you are all here for a beautiful event. Welcome to your Highnesses, please enjoy this beautiful land with your beautiful family and create beautiful memories on our lands here in BC. True power is human spirit. Please use that power to allocate for true reconciliation and advocate for the indigenous people in this country so they can be all great and good. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the gifts we are giving you, Prince, Princess and your beautiful family.”
Kate was presented with a gift bag of traditional foods from the region by children from the First Nations before she and William unveiled a plaque to mark the 10th anniversary of the campus. William and Kate then viewed a native art installation.
William and Kate then watched a short game of women’s volleyball. The couple were given personalized jerseys with “Cambridge” written on the back, and two UBC teddy bears for George and Charlotte.
The royal couple left by walking up the stairs and shaking hands with the crowd before meeting the school’s mascot outside.
Finally we’re to my favorite part of the day. William and Kate visited Mission Hill Winery for the “Taste of British Columbia” event where they sampled food from British Columbian chefs. The event was also a fundraiser for “Chefs in the Classroom”.
William and Kate toured the food and wine festival and sampled several foods. One such food was Pacific geoduck (prepared by Japanese chef Hidekazu Tojo), which is a very large, edible saltwater clam.
About the name, from Wikipedia: “The name geoduck is derived from a Lushootseed (Nisqually) word gʷídəq either a word composed of a first element of unknown meaning and əq meaning ‘genitals’ (referring to the shape of the clam), or a phrase meaning ‘dig deep’.”
Of the whole geoduck, William said: “Presentationally they are quite challenging.”
After tasting it, Kate said: “There is a slightly firmer texture to this. It’s really unusual. I’ve never seen it before. It’s so fresh from the sea.”
I can’t stop giggling.
To the “I’ve never seen it before” line… Clearly Kate’s never watched Chopped, because geoduck has popped up on there a couple times.
From Chef Vikram Vij the couple ate Maharaja Style Coconut Curried BC Vegetable Curry With Basmati Rice and Wine marinated BC lamb popsicle.
Asked if she liked cooking, Kate replied: “Yes, especially curries.”
William said: “This is amazing. It’s the right level of spice for me. I’m very glad you did not surprise us with a vindaloo. I can’t manage that – it’s too much for me.”
William also tried a Laird of Fintry single malt whisky, which William pronounced “delicious” and said, “You can tell the Scottish element – there’s a peatiness to it.”
Kate turned down the whisky, but tried their cassis – a blackcurrant liqueur – instead, which she said was “like sloe gin”.
[All food quotes from the Daily Mail]
Kate wore a new green dress from Dolce & Gabbana – a customized version of the “Pocket watch-appliqué crepe midi dress” ($3,545) without the pocket watch detail.
When I first read on Twitter that Kate was wearing a green D&G dress, before there were photos, I went looking at the green D&G dresses available and saw this dress and was hoping Kate chose it because I love the “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” inspired pocket watch detail. Then when I saw the first grainy photo of Kate getting off a plane, her dress looked like this one and I was so excited that she chose something so whimsical. Then I saw photos of the front of the dress and all my excitement was dashed: she chose this dress and then got rid of the one detail that made it interesting. Sigh.
Kate wore her boring LK Bennett Fern pumps and Nina clutch again, along with her Cartier watch. Instead of her usual go-to emerald drop earrings for when wearing green, Kate chose a new pair of earrings: Monica Vinader “Siren Wire Earrings” in Green Onyx ($195). Queen Letizia has the same earrings.
William and Kate flew to Yukon after the food festival. They arrived at Whitehorse Airport where they were met by a gaggle of people. William and Kate then spoke to members of the Canadian Rangers as well as Junior Canadian Rangers.
William and Kate then traveled to the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre where they were welcomed by Chief Bill and Chief Kane before watching a performance of “Land of Gold – A Yukon Cultural Celebration”. Afterward, William told the performers, “That was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen you should be very proud.”
For fashion, Kate threw on her green Hobbs Persephone Trench over her D&G dress, clipped the front pieces of her hair back, and carried a scarf in Maple Leaf tartan. Her other accessories were the same from earlier in the day.
Kate previously wore this coat for St. Patrick’s Day 2014. I liked this coat when she first wore it and I still like it now, though I don’t like the nude shoes with it and I’m wondering why she didn’t actually wear the scarf. If she had worn the scarf, it would have looked really pretty.
Below is Kate in the coat in 2014 and in 2016.