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The Cost of Being Kate Middleton: All the Details on Everything the Duchess Is Wearing in Canad…

For Kate Middleton, a royal tour always requires a lot of smiling, waving and shaking hands—but more importantly, it requires a flawless fashion game. With the eyes of the world upon her for the next week, she can’t afford a single misstep.

Months and months of planning have gone into getting the Duchess of Cambridge prepared for her whirlwind 8-day trip to Canada. And because this is William and Kate’s first official trip accompanied by their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, there are more eyes than ever on the young family.

We’ll be updating you on her sure-to-be-impeccable outfits every single day, but Kate is expected to pack classy and diplomatic threads, opting for some Canadian designers, while also picking fashion-forward striking colors and silhouettes (to ensure that thousands of well-wishers will be able to spot her despite the massive crowds).

Her outfits will be her usual mixture of affordable fashion (she particularly loves Zara and Topshop), and bespoke pieces, portraying the perfect message that Kate is both regal and accessible.

Helping her achieve that signature “effortless” style, Kate has her go-to glam squad, including stylist Natasha Archer, accompanying her on the trip. Tash, as she is known within Kensington Palace, likes to shop online for Kate’s threads as well as collaborate with the duchesses’ favorite designers such as Sarah Burton from McQueen (who designed Kate’s wedding dress) and Jenny Packham.

Also on board is Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Tucker. Mandy has been working with Kate for the past four years and has the difficult task of making sure Kate’s hair retains its perfect sleek and smooth style no matter what the weather or activity (the Canadian climate isn’t ideal for Kate’s thick hair but Amanda’s job is to keep that Chelsea blow-dry in place). Amanda was also Kate’s secret weapon for looking picture-perfect on her last official trip to Bhutan when she had to hike 10,000 feet up to Tiger’s Nest.

Amanda charges her royal client around 300 pounds a day, but that’s nothing compared to the money spent on Kate’s wardrobe. Here’s how much it really costs to be Kate Middleton in Canada:

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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Day 1: Victoria arrival and welcome

• Dress: Jenny Packham bespoke = approxiately $5,000
• Hat: Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company, embellished with maple leaves = approximately $4,000
• Shoes: Gianvito Rossi suede pumps (“recycled,” she’s worn them before) = $675
• Broach: Heirloom platinum and diamond maple leaf that she also wore on her 2011 tour = Well, this piece is obviously priceless
• Earrings: G.Collins & Sons tanzanite earrings (already in her jewelry box) = approximately $12,000
• Bag: LK Bennet Nina hard-sided clutch in trench = $240
• Hair: $390

Total cost for the day = $22,305

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William

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Day 3: Bella Bella

• Jacket: Holland and Holland jacket = $624
• Jeans: Zara = approximately $50
• Shirt: Topshop = $65
• Sweater: J Crew Tipi = $79.50
• Boots: Penelope Chilvers that she’s had for over a decade = $615
• Earrings: Pippa Small gold kite design = $1,750
• Umbrella:approximately $20
• Hair: $390 (and worth every cent considering the rain)

Kate Middleton

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Royal Reception

• Dress: Preen $1,715
• Broach: (recycled and heirloom) The Queen’s maple leaf = priceless
• Earrings: (recycled) Soru pearl
• Double-Sided Earrings = $170
• Bag: Bespoke Jenny Packham Casa clutch = $1,100
• Shoes: Russell and Bromley = $225
• Hair: $390

Total cost for the day: $7,128.50

Kate Middleton, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

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Day 4: Kelown

• Dress: Dolce and Gabbana without the pocket watch detail= $3545
• Earrings: Monica Vinader Siren Wire in green onyx = $195
• Shoes: LK Bennett Fern pumps in trench = $345
• Bag: LK Bennett Nina clutch in trench = $325
• Coat: (recycled) Hobbs London Persephone = $460
• Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers = $150
• Watch: (recycled) Cartier ballon bleu $5,200
• Scarf: Maple leaf tartan = designer and price to come
• Hair: $390

Total for the day: $10,610

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Canada

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Day 5: Yukon

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

• Coat: Carolina Herrera = $1,915
• Shoes: Tods = $263.83
• Handbag: Mulberry Bayswater in conker = $790
• Watch: Cartier = $5,200
• Earrings: (recycle) mixture of two styles, Annoushka pearl drops and Kiki diamond hoops, $384 + $750 = $1,134
• Hair: $390 

Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Canada

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• Jacket: Sentaler ribbed sleeve wrap coat = $920
• Sweater: J Crew Tipi = $79.50
• Earrings: Shelley Macdonald, picked up by Kate’s stylist at a local shop in Whitehorse = $97
• Shoes: R. Soles = approximately $400

Total for the day: $11,189.33

Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton

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Day 6: Children’s Party in Carcross

Dress: See by Chloé = $460
Shoes: (recycled) Monsoon “Fleur” Taupe Wedges = $60
Belt: Acne Studios = $180
Earrings: Kiki McDonough Lauren leaf earrings = $2,850
Hair: $390

Total for the day: $3,940

Kate Middleton, Canada

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Day 7: Haida Gwaii

Jacket: Green Smythe blazer = $595

Jeans: Zara skinny kid rise trousers = $39.90

Blouse: John Lewis’ Somerset by Temperley Spot Pretty blouse = $102

Earrings: Kiki McDonough citrine pear drop = $650

Boots: R Soles = $383

Watch: Cartier Ballon Bleu watch = $5,200

Hair = $390

Total for the day: $7,359.90 

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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Day 8: Cridge Centre for the Family

Jacket: Zara blazer = approximately $50
Jeans: Zara skinny black = approximately $50
T-shirt: (recycled) H&M = $20
Necklace: (recycled) Asprey woodland charm necklace = $12,300
Earrings: (recycled) Annoushka Ducas pearl drops and Kiki McDonough diamond hoops = $1,134
Shoes: J Crew Avery heels = $278
Hair: $390

Total for the day: $14,222

(Originally published on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:06 p.m. PDT)

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