Day 1: Kate at the Youth BBQ & Reception

Kate Middleton Ottawa Canada

· Will and Kate attend BBQ & reception
· BBQ moved inside due to rain forcast
· Kate’s recycles Issa bird print dress
· Scroll down for Issa bird dress alternatives

At approximately 6.30pm EST / 11.30pm GMT Kate and William attended a barbecue as part of their tour of Canada.  The barbecue was meant to be held in the gardens of Government House, but according to the lovely journalists keeping us informed via Twitter, the event had to be moved inside due to unforeseen showers!

Kate Middleton BBQ Ottawa

Shortly after we started hearing more details about Kate’s outfit:

Kate Middleton black and white bird dress

It appears that Kate has recycled the same dress from April 28th (day before her wedding) as she waved to well wishers before her final night as an unmarried women.  According to What Kate Wore (who also gave us the ID) Kate has also worn the item previously, in 2006.

kate issa bird dress goring Issa dress

Kate’s shoes:

She teamed the dress with a pair of  black and raffia slingback wedges.  Misty comments on our Facebook page that the shoe is by Pied A Terre, is called the Imperia and costs £75.

Kate Middleton Slingback Wedges

Get a similar dress to Kate’s!

Kate’s dress seems to be at least 5 years old, as the lovely points out Kate wore it before in 2006.

If you’d like to buy a similar bird print dress, try one of our suggestions below:

Kate Middleton Bird Dress Kate Middleton Bird Print Issa Dress Similar

L-R:  A/Wear bird print shirt dress £48, Dorothy Perkins Navy bird print chiffon dress £25.

(Dorothy Perkins ships to most countries across the world for a very reasonable price.
Click here for delivery costs.)  The dress on the left WAS linked to Dorothy Perkins but all the sizes sold out so now it’s linked to A/Wear, who supply Dorothy Perkins. You can buy direct from there.

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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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