Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wear cowboy hats as they arrive for a Canadian government reception in Calgary, Alberta, July 7, 2011. (Lyle Aspinall, QMI Agency)
As afternoon turned into evening in Calgary, the royal couple settled into the spirit of things with a decidedly Western ensemble.
William, Duke of Cambridge, finally stepped outside of his navy suited comfort zone in a green plaid shirt and blue jeans, looking very comfortable in his ranching gear. Catherine, who despite the oft-heard query of 'does she own pants?' over this week has appeared in jeans a few times, took the casual look to a whole new level, complete with belt buckle and an Alice Temperley blouse with a frilled, handkerchief-like collar. The Duke and Duchess both donned their white Smithbilt Stampede hats, as well as cowboy boots custom-made just for the occasion.
In his final speech of the tour, which has seen the couple travel to almost all of Canada's coasts, William stated, "In 1939, my great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, said of her first tour of Canada with her husband, King George VI: 'Canada made us'. Catherine and I now know very well what she meant." If the Duke hadn't already succeeded in making Canadians swoon as they watched this love story unfold over the past eight days, he did with that sentence.
But this isn't the last we'll see of the pair - they'll be at the opening parade of the Calgary Stampede before they leave for Los Angeles tomorrow, hopefully wearing more cowboy-themed - and Canadian - gear.