After braving the gloomy weather of Bella Bella on British Columbia's central coast, Catherine and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, kicked off their rain boots and threw on their most glamorous threads Monday evening to attend a historical reconciliation ceremony with Canadian First Nations groups and B.C. politicians at Government House in Victoria.
Of course, Kate Middleton was the epitome of elegance during the ceremony, donning a scarlet red off-the-shoulders Preen by Thornton Bregazzi midi dress with pleated details. Carrying a crimson satin clutch in hand and wearing red suede heels, Kate's minimal ensemble was matched with a simple beauty look — a sleek chignon, dark eyes and blushed cheeks, allowing her baroque pearl Soru earrings to shine.
But the standout element of the evening look was the Canadian touch. The Duchess turned heads wearing the royal family's diamond maple leaf brooch, given to the late Queen Mother by her husband, King George VI, to mark the state visit to Canada in 1939, as reported by The Daily Mail. It was then passed down to Queen Elizabeth II in March 2002.
Queen Elizabeth II has loaned the brooch to the mother of Princess Charlotte and Prince George for her Canadian visit.
And according to The Vancouver Sun, a jeweler from Langley, B.C. has a personal connection to the baguette-cut diamond brooch. Joe Histed, a semi-retired jeweler at J.W. Histed Diamonds Ltd. in Vancouver said his father, who worked for a manufacturer in England, created the brooch for the wife of an English businessman George Weston. At a royal garden party, the Queen Mother liked the brooch so much that it was divided into two. One for the Weston family, one for the Queen.
Before the ceremony, Prince William added a ring of reconciliation to the Black Rod staff, a "ceremonial staff of British Columbia's Legislature modelled on the one used in Parliament in London," as noted by The Daily Mail. Created in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the staff is adorned with three rings, representing British Columbia, Canada and the link to the United Kingdom. The Duke added a fourth ring to the staff to symbolize First Nations in the province.
For more moments from the 2016 Royal Tour of Canada, check out the slideshow below: