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As the Duke and Duchess wrap up their whirlwind tour of Canada, we'd like to catch a glimpse of their luggage on an airport trolley. We'd wager that Prince William is carrying no more than a garment bag, while Kate has a stack of suitcases.

Parsing the fine points of a navy blue suit is hard to do from even the best photos of the tour. But unless William is rotating freshly-pressed clone suits, it looks as though he's essentially been wearing one suit, with a red or white-toned tie (Oh, Canada!) and a blue, blue and white, or white shirt.

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Sometimes, as he did for his first evening out in Ottawa, he ditched the tie.

Otherwise, he wore that uniform just about everywhere, when arriving in Ottawa, in Quebec City and on Prince Edward Island - all while Kate was switching it up.

For more casual outings such as the dragon boat race on PEI and on a walkabout in Fort Levis, Que., he paired more blue and white shirts with somewhat unseasonal grey corduroys, held up with a very bohemian brown patterned belt.

Very little media attention seems to have been paid to the Prince's outfits, for obvious Kate-related reasons. One style forum did discuss his choice of a three-button suit over the more currently popular two-button. And one naysayer called his first necktie choice, "insipid." But it's hardly a chorus.

Kate has been praised for recycling her white engagement dress and wearing a few items, including her blue Smythe blazer and some shoes, more than once. Yet it's William who could actually teach us a few things about perfecting the travel wardrobe - especially for lovers of the carry-on.

One of his likely tips? Travel with an emerging style icon and no one will notice your own skimpy wardrobe.

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