Yesterday was supposed to be a "rest day" for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 7 of their Royal Tour of Canada but instead they made a quick detour and traveled to the fire-ravaged Slave Lake, which is only two and half hours from where I live in Edmonton. Last May, the devastating wildfire destroyed one third of the town, forced 7000 people to flee their homes and caused approximately 700 million dollars in damages. Many people lost everything in the fire. Since I was in bed sick yesterday with the flu I was able to watch the live coverage of the royal couple's much-anticipated visit to Slave Lake and it warmed my heart seeing how happy it made the residents being in their presence, shaking their hands, talking with them and taking pictures. I even saw Kate give someone a hug (much to the dismay of her security guard!) I wish I could have been there to witness it all in person. The couple's visit certainly gave the people of Slave Lake a much-needed morale boost and lifted their spirits. I'm sure they'll be talking about it for years! Here are some pictures from their tour:
More than 3000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse and (if they were lucky) shake hands with the royal couple. I heard that the crowd sang 'O Canada' a couple of times before Will and Kate arrived : ).
Touring the remains of the town with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach (next to Kate)
In the gymnasium of Northern Lakes College, Will and Kate met with 50 families who lost their homes in the fire to talk about how they plan on moving forward and rebuilding their lives.
Because this is a fashion blog, this post wouldn't be complete without mentioning what Kate was wearing yesterday! She looked elegantly chic in her white ruffled blouse, a navy one-button Canadian-designed Smythe blazer (the same one she wore on Day 4 of the tour), her favorite J Brand 811 Mid-Rise jeans, which she wore three days in a row (atta girl!), a Linda Camm belt and L.K. Bennett wedges.
If you would like to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in Slave Lake you can do so here.
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