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Kate wears cream Sarah Burton dress in Charlottetown

On day five of the North American tour in 2011, Kate and William visited Charlottetown, the capital city of Prince of Edward Island.

Duchess Cathrine visits Prince Edward Island

Duchess Cathrine visits Prince Edward Island

The city is known as the “Birthplace of Confederation” after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to Confederation.

Duke & Duchess in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Duke & Duchess in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The royal couple began their tour of the city with a stop at Province House.

Duke & Duchess

Duke & Duchess visit Province House

Kate’s outfit:

Kate chose to wear a nautical-themed outfit, designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.

Duchess Kate visits Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Duchess Kate visits Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Trivia:  Sarah Jessica Parker also wore the same dress in navy blue.  Click here to see the picture in a new window.

As you can see from the pictures on this page, Kate’s dress appears to have a cable-knit pattern repeating through the material (though the material does not look heavy like wool.)  Kate’s silk scarf has a cute little anchor symbol printed on it, you can just spot it at the bottom in the following picture, partly hidden away.

Duchess Kate's Alexander McQueen "Sailor Dress" ensemble.

Duchess Kate’s Alexander McQueen “Sailor Dress” ensemble.

The National Post described Kate’s dress very eloquently:

“The dress fabric has a subtle repeating cable-knit stripe motif and dark trim on the hem, collar and at the waist. It’s a little nautical, a little 1920’s bourgeois tennis court.

To my eye Kate’s retro, country club style is a nod to both the era of Anne of Green Gables and to Prince Edward Island’s grand Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort heritage, as epitomized by Dalvay-by-the-Sea (a Queen Anne structure built ion 1895 and featured in Road to Avonlea).”

Picking up on the “Anne of Green Gables” comment above, we noticed a tweet by Royal Photographer @RegalEyes:

Kate Middleton Outfit Inspiration

If you take a look at the dress Regaleyes is referring to, you can certainly draw some parallels.

Procession through Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Procession through Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The ‘Anne of Green Gables’ story was written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908 (set in 1878) and based around her own experiences on Prince Edward Island.  It is speculated that Kate requested this stop-off during the tour of Canada, as it’s widely understood this was one of her favourite books when growing up.

William and Kate at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

William and Kate at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Back to Kate’s style, we notice Kate wore her hair pinned up with soft curls falling around her neck. We assume this is because of the drizzle and rain on the day, though it could be to accentuate the sailor-esque neckerchief on the dress.

Kate accessorised the dress with her navy blue suede Alexander McQueen pumps.

Blue Suede Alexander McQueen Pumps

Blue Suede Alexander McQueen Pumps

Kate wore her blue diamond earrings, thought to be customised from Princess Diana’s own jewellery and received as gift.

Finally, Kate also wore her Tiffany & Co. “Diamonds by the Yard” bracelet from the Elsa Peretti collection.

Tiffany's Diamonds by the Yard bracelet

Tiffany’s Diamonds by the Yard bracelet

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  1. I’ve liked everything Sarah Burton has made for her so far. This dress looks as if it might be a knit. Nice design, looks comfortable to wear, too.

  2. I love your site! Just a comment though that ‘dress’ is incorrectly spelled in the title. 🙂

  3. She looks a bit tired 😉

  4. Melissa says:

    I love this dress!!!

  5. This is my favorite outfit of the tour so far. It’s very Ralph Lauren/Preppy, and I wonder if will see it again in the US portion of the tour.

  6. THIS is the dress that I want. It’s an absolute knockout.

    If it’s appeared on SJP in 2006 and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, are we to infer that it has never actually been released as part of a collection, but is rather a one-off (or a two-off (?)) for celebrity clients of the designer?

    And please do a “similar looks” for this one, if you can! I’d love to see what you come up with :).

    • I doubt I’ll ever find anything quite the same, but if you fancy something nautical then I did already put together this on shopstyle:

      Peter Pan dress = CUTE
      Chloe & Urban outfitters tops would look sweet with a skirt
      Love the Bank dress too for a casual daytime look
      And thought the Jaeger jumper a bit of fun 😉

  7. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but her bracelet looks very similar to the Diamonds by the Yard Tiffany’s silver bracelet. Just guessing.

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