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Catherine Wears Bird Print Issa Dress to Youth BBQ & Reception

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

At approximately 6.30pm EST / 11.30pm GMT the royal couple attended a “youth” barbecue and reception.  William and Kate met with 120 Canadian youngsters at the Governor-General’s home.

Here’s a look at William and Kate chatting with the BBQ attendees:

William and Kate chat to attendees at the "Youth BBQ" in Ottawa

William and Kate chat to attendees at the “Youth BBQ” in Ottawa

The barbecue was meant to be held in the gardens of Government House, but according to journalists, the event had to be moved inside due to unforeseen showers!

Kate’s outfit:

Kate re-wore the same Issa dress from April 28th (day before her wedding) as she waved to well wishers before her final night as an unmarried women. Kate also wore the item previously, in 2006.

Kate wearing the Issa Bird dress before her wedding day

Kate wearing the Issa Bird dress before her wedding day

There isn’t much information available about Issa’s “Bird Print dress”, though I was able to find this photograph of a different garment in a similar print:

Issa dress

Issa Bird Print

Duchess Kate teamed the dress with a pair of  black and raffia slingback wedges from Pied-A-Terre.  Kate owns these shoes in both black and nude (see below)

Kate wore a pair of Vinnie Day gold plated “logo leaf” earrings in her ears.  These earrings can still be purchased from Vinnie Day’s website.

Vinnie Day Gold Leaf Earrings

Vinnie Day Gold Leaf Earrings

Here’s how Vinnie Day describe the earrings:

These are a wonderful pair of earrings which we find never go ‘out of fashion’.  They are easy to wear both by day and night. Comfortable to keep in the ears.  The hoops themselves are 1.5cm with the leaf hanging off each hoop being 1.5cm so in total the earrings hang 3cm from the ear hole.

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Catherine also wore a gold necklace, (which we’ve never her wear in public after the royal tour, to date).  Here’s some information about the necklace from Anna, of My Small Obsessions –

Kate's outfit for Youth BBQ

Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges in Black and Natural

Pied a Terre Imperia Wedges

Canvas & raffia espadrille wedge

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  1. that “skort” photo looks as if it’s not the same garment she was wearing before the wedding. It looks too short.

    At any rate, if it’s the same dress she was photographed wearing, then that’s great! At first I was skeptical of Kate, but as time has gone on, I admire her for wearing things that regular people can afford —- and wearing them several/many times. Sure, she has her Prada bags, Blanik pumps, and designer dresses and coats — but she also wears things that real people could afford to buy if they were so inclined. I hope she continues with this recipe for fashion in the future.

  2. I was wondering if the website you referenced for the Mulberry bag and navy dress Kate was wearing,, is a reputable site. I have never heard of them before..and just want to know if anyone has ordered from them in the past and if they are legit. Thanks!

  3. Kate looks beautiful in Issa…

    I can’t be certain – as I have only seen small pictures so far – but it looks like she was wearing a Monica Vinader Mini Marie Luna necklace with her dress:

    I have this necklace and it’s very beautiful. There are several options for the stone – though Kate’s looks most like Smoky Quartz or Labradorite.

    Sarah x

  4. Kate’s earrings look like these from the Vinnie Day website:
    They are also available in gold plate.

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