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Kate wears yellow silk dress from Jenny Packham for Calgary arrival

Catherine is brightening up her wardrobe for the last stop on the royals' Canadian tour, donning a demure, buttery yellow dress for her arrival in Calgary.

Following a secluded retreat with her husband at Skoki Lodge near Lake Louise, Alta., the Duchess of Cambridge re-emerged publicly Thursday at Calgary International Airport wearing a primrose silk crepe dress by Jenny Packham.

The short-sleeved, collared dress is a flirty, feminine design, adorned with buttons and soft pleating, which Catherine accessorized with nude heels. Prince William was more formal in a navy blue suit and tie.

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Catherine wore another elegant Jenny Packham creation to attend the ARK gala in London last month, stepping out in a shimmering pearlescent rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystal beading.

The British designer, renowned for bridal wear and luxury eveningwear creations, counts the likes of Sandra Bullock and Beyonce among her A-list clientele.

The bright-hued, summery dress worn by Catherine in Calgary is a bit of a style departure for the duchess compared to some of her previous looks during the visit.

She has sported her share of more laidback, casual attire such as blouses and skinny jeans for recent outings. But by and large, the wardrobe has featured a succession of slim-fitting, conservative dresses in mostly dark or neutral hues with elbow-length or three-quarter length sleeves.

Catherine has worn a pair of lace dresses designed by Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu and a navy blazer from Toronto-based label Smythe.

But aside from homegrown labels Erdem and Smythe, she has remained fairly consistent in favouring primarily British brands during her Canadian visit, which marks her first official trip abroad. The lone exception was in Yellowknife where the duchess donned a dress by Danish label By Malene Birger.

While much of the style interest has centred around Catherine, another anticipated fashion moment of the royal couple's tour didn't materialize quite as expected.

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The newlyweds opted out of a time-honoured Calgary tradition – the white-hatting ceremony – when they arrived on the airport tarmac. They later wore the hats at the Stampede gala.

William's grandfather, Prince Philip, uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, The Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey are among the notable recipients of the white hat in recent years.

The royal couple will wind down their Canadian visit Friday before flying out to California.

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