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It’s Erdem for Kate as she lands in Ottawa, Canada

On June 30th 2011, Their Royal Highnesses Catherine and William landed in Ottawa, Canada for the first leg of their North American tour.

William and Kate on day 1 of the royal tour, in Ottawa, Canada

William and Kate on day 1 of the royal tour, in Ottawa, Canada

The newlywed couple visited Canada together for the first time.

After landing in Ottawa, the royal couple took park in a walkabout, meeting and speaking with local Canadians.

The crowds in Ottawa, Canada

The crowds in Ottawa, Canada

The crowds turned out en masse to see the royal pair.  Kate was presented with a posy of brightly coloured flowers.

Kate with a posy of colourful flowers in Ottawa, Canada

Kate with a posy of colourful flowers in Ottawa, Canada

Kate’s outfit:

Earlier in the day, Kate was photographed departing from the UK at Heathrow Airport, wearing a Smythe blazer and Roland Mouret dress.

During the flight, Kate had changed.  When the Duchess arrived in Ottawa, she was wearing a navy blue lace dress by Canadian fashion designer Erdem.  The dress’s style name is “Cecile.”

Kate wears the Erdem Cecile blue lace dress

Kate wears the Erdem Cecile blue lace dress

The Cecile dress forms part of Erdem’s Resort 2012 collection (though as What Kate Wore reports, the Erdem website also showed the dress as part of their pre-Spring 2011 collection too.)

Here’s a tweet from the designer, confirming the Cecile dress is theirs:

Kate Middleton Erdem dress

Duchess Kate paired her blue lace dress with her nude L.K. Bennett Sledge2 shoes.

L.K. Bennett Sledge

L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps – © splash news

Kate also carried her coordinating clutch bag by Stuart Weitzman.  The style name is “Muse“, though the bag is also known as “Raz” in the USA.

Stuart Weitzman Muse / Raz clutch bag in nude

Stuart Weitzman Muse / Raz clutch bag in nude

During the flight from Heathrow to Ottawa, the top section of Kate’s hair has been put up into an elegant style by her personal hairdresser:

Kate's hair was put up in an elegant  style

Kate’s hair was put up in an elegant style

As you’ll notice from the photo above, Kate is also wearing a thin, silver bracelet.  The bracelet is by Tiffany’s, and is called “Diamond by the Yard“, it’s from the Elsa Peretti collection.

Tiffany's Diamonds by the Yard bracelet

Tiffany’s Diamonds by the Yard bracelet

From Tiffany’s website:

Tiffany round diamonds catch the light and make it dance. Bracelet in sterling silver with three round brilliant diamonds. 7″ long. Carat total weight .09. Original designs copyrighted by Elsa Peretti.

Get Kate’s look:

Sadly, Erdem no longer stock the Cecile blue lace dress – but if you’d like something similar, there are plenty of pocket-friendly options on the high street:

Kate's outfit for Ottawa

L.K. Bennett Sledge Patent Leather Platform Court Shoe

L.K Bennett Sledge Pumps

Nude patent court shoes

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  1. Wearing a dress of a Canadian designer is really kind of her but wearing lace at landing is quite silly

  2. Would love a closer look at Kate’s earrings….any ideas about her clutch bag? I think I have an accessories obsession!

  3. Can someone explain to me why they think Kate’s dress this afternoon is not appropriate? I think it’s beautiful and she looks great. I’m Canadian and very happy that her and Will have joined us for Canada Day. I see nothing wrong with the dress she has chosen for her first official event here.

    • I just assume that it’s something to do with the lace, maybe because lace can sometimes have racy connotations? But Kate’s dress is cream with dark lace over the top. It’s chic and elegant.

  4. I think she looked effortlessly stylish on boarding at Heathrow and absolutely stunning on arriving in Canada – wish I could look half as good after such a long flight! Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work on this website. I only discovered it a few days ago but was so happy to find I wasn’t the only one to love Kate’s look. I love waiting to see what alternatives you come up with to copy Kate’s look and have purchased a few of your suggested items. Keep up the fantastic work!

  5. Inappropriate was probably the wrong word. Lace just has an evening and a party feel to it (not racy as much as dressy), and they were starting their trip by visiting a national war memorial. I would have preferred what she wore on the plane.

    • I think I agree when you put it like that. Maybe it’s just my head that thought “racy” hahaha.

      Yes, a party feel, I know what you mean. Maybe the suit would have worked better for the war memorial.

    • Yes, I see your point too, and I agree. Lace has a party feel to it and probably wasn’t the best choice for the war memorial.

  6. Don’t get me wrong…I still think she looked wonderful, as usual:)

  7. Kate would look beautiful in a sack; however, I give the dress she wore today 0 out of 10. What an incredibly boring dress! All of the reporters kept repeating that it was Canadian-designed and that soon copies would be flying off the shelves, blah, blah, blah, but I cannot see why such a lovely young women would want to wear something as dull as that.

    “Kind of her” to choose a Canadian designer for her first appearance in Canada, indeed, but why choose such an uninspired outfit? Mind you, it was better than that refitted Canadian flag worn by Laureen Harper!

  8. She’s beautiful, with a great silhouette and a radiant face – she and Wills are clearly very much in love.
    I love her items’ recycling but sometimes I think she doesn’t know the fundamentals of dressing with taste: black at weddings, useless slip knot scarf with elegant coat, fussy matching bag-shoes, morning lace dress… Anyway she’s adorable, she seems so down to earth!

  9. Hi There,

    Thanks for the information.
    What about the bracelet that she is wearing. It seems to me to recognize it from somewhere.
    Any idea?

  10. Thanks Libby !

  11. Does anyone know where the clutch is from? I have the shoes but never managed to get the right clutch…

  12. litte pea says:

    I like her shoes

  13. I have found a dress on Oasis for £60 – very the same – gorgeous – slight peplum detail! Check it out here at


  14. I think I’ve found Kate’s clutch which she has since worn –

  15. Wear do you find that dress?


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