Kate & William Leave for Blanchford Lake and are Given Diamonds Upon Arrival

In the late afternoon, Kate and William boarded a sea plane for Blanchford Lake. They are on their way to a Ranger station which is a remote outpost used for surveillance patrols in the vast wilderness of the north of the region.

Kate changed into a tan casual yet chic long-sleeve, button down shirt, skinny jeans, embellished leather belt, Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings, and her Sebago Ladies Taupe Bala Deck Shoe before departing with her husband.

Upon arrival, the Northwest Territories government presented William and Kate with a Harry Winston platinum and pave-set diamond brooch and pair of cuff links. The gifts, bearing a pave polar bear silhouette beneath a semi-circle representing the northern lights, were given to the royal couple in a small ceremony earlier this afternoon.

The souvenir given to the couple includes stones extracted from the Diavik Diamond Mine, a wide, circular geographic oddity situated on an island in the middle of a lake, just 140 miles south of the Arctic Circle. This year, the mine will produce nearly 7 million carats or $850 million in diamonds.

It took 250 hours to create the two intricate pieces of jewelry. There are more than 692 diamonds between the two pieces — 302 in the brooch and 390 in the cuff links. The brooch stones are bigger than the ones in the cuff links.

Update 7/6/11

Kate’s blouse is from Burberry London. It is the Military Pocket Jersey Shirt. It has been sold out for some time (originally £295).

Kate’s Jeans have been ID’d as the J Brand 811 mid-rise skinny pant in navy luxe twill $169 (sold out).

2 thoughts on “Kate & William Leave for Blanchford Lake and are Given Diamonds Upon Arrival

  1. What a MARVELOUS and fitting gift for the Duke and Duchess. Congrats to all involved. It looks like they thoroughly enjoyed their visit as well.No surprise.
    WAY TO GO , all of CANADA!


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