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Kate Middleton kicks off Canada tour in colourful €4,600 Alexander McQueen dress

Published 26/09/2016 | 08:09

Prince William the Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge arrive by seaplane at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, British Columbia
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge arrive by seaplane at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, British Columbia
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada
Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge looks on duing a tour of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station for a first responders showcase in Vancouver
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge arrive by seaplane at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, British Columbia
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge arrive by seaplane at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, British Columbia
Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge looks on duing a tour of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station for a first responders showcase in Vancouver
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Victoria International Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station
Prince George of Cambridge arrives at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
(L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Young Canadians reception and celebration at the Telus Gardens during the Royal Tour of Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Young Canadians reception and celebration at the Telus Gardens during the Royal Tour of Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to the Immigrant Services Society, a charitable organisation that provides targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, during their Royal Tour of Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she visits the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to the Immigrant Services Society, a charitable organisation that provides targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton has wasted no time in solidifying her style icon status during her first day of the royal tour in Canada.

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The Duchess of Cambridge landed in Victoria on Saturday evening with husband Prince William and children Prince George (three) and Princess Charlotte (one) in their first international engagement as a family of four.

The couple were greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, who have been showing the royals around the Vancouver area.

The 35-year-old royals left their children with their nanny Maria Borrallo on Sunday while they visited the the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visit the Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver First Responders Event at Kitsilano Coastguard Station on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada

And Kate brought her A-game in an a patterned red and white mini-dress by Alexander McQueen, with a classic red bow clutch by Miu Miu nd matching heels. Her outfit was a nod to her first Canada tour in 2011 as a newlywed, where she famously wore a white crepe Reiss dress with a red fascinator and the same red heels.

At the weekend, Kate turned heads in a blue Jenny Packham dress and Jane Taylor fascinator as she landed in Canada with her family, joking yesterday that her young children were "already asleep" by the time they arrived at Government House.

During a ceremonial welcome in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, the Duke told a crowd of thousands gathered outside the imposing Legislative Assembly of British Columbia: "Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada. When we were here last time, we had been married only three months.

"The warm welcome that you gave us at that important moment in our lives meant a lot to us - and we have never forgotten it.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to the Immigrant Services Society, a charitable organisation that provides targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to the Immigrant Services Society, a charitable organisation that provides targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, during their Royal Tour of Canada on September 25, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"That is why we are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us in Canada this time round, beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country."

The family will be in Canada for eight days.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ''The tour will see them take in everything from the bustling global city of Vancouver - population 2.5 million - to the emote and beautiful Bella Bella, home to less than 2,000 people.

''Along the way they will meet as many Canadians as possible, and will help celebrate Canada's First Nations communities, its arts and culture, pristine and beautiful environment, and its compassionate and innovative charitable sector.''

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Victoria International Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Victoria International Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)

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