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Catherine celebrates Canada Day in red and cream

On July 1st 2011, during their Royal Tour of North America, Catherine and William celebrated Canada Day with a full programme of events.

Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day Celebrations

The royal duo celebrated the national holiday at Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

William and Kate attend Canada Day celebrations

William and Kate attend Canada Day celebrations

The Duke and Duchess kicked off the celebrations by attending a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation.  They met with members of the public who’d visited Ottawa especially to see them.

William and Kate in Quebec

William and Kate in Quebec

They later attended the official Canada Day show as guests of honour.


Canada Day Celebrations

Kate’s outfit:

Kate’s outfit was certainly festive – she chose to wear the Canadian flag colours, red and white.

William and Kate in Canada Day

William and Kate in Canada Day

You’ll probably notice that Kate is wearing her white Reiss Nanette dress.  The Duchess famously wore this dress for her official engagement portrait with Prince William.

William & Catherine's official engagement portrait

William & Catherine’s official engagement portrait

The dress is described as the “epitome of modern elegance” by Reiss.

Reiss nanette dress

Reiss were happy to confirm that Kate wore their Nanette dress during Canada Day:

Reiss confirm Kate is wearing their Nanette dress

Kate’s red hat was designed by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.  It was customised for Kate with a Canadian maple leaf added to the top!

Canadian Maple Leaf Hat

Canadian Maple Leaf Hat

Kate carried a straw fan shaped clutch bag by designer Anya Hindmarch.

Anya Hindmarch Fan Clutch Bag

Anya Hindmarch Fan Clutch Bag

Anya Hindmarch confirmed Kate carried one of her clutch bags over on Twitter:

fan bag

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Kate wore a pair of coordinating red shoes by Hobbs.   Specifically, Kate wore the British brand’s Albini Square Cut Court shoe in “Cherry Red”.

Albini Square Cut Court Shoes

Albini Square Cut Court Shoes

Kate also wore her thin, silver Tiffany’s “Diamonds by the Yard” bracelet, 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.

Kate accessorised with a diamond necklace by Asprey London, the piece is known as the “167 Button Pendant.

Asprey 167 button pendant

Asprey 167 Button Pendant

Finally, Kate wore a diamond brooch in the shape of a maple leaf.

The Queen's Maple Leaf Brooch via

The Queen’s Maple Leaf Brooch via

The Duke and Duchess’s official press office confirmed The Queen loaned the brooch to Kate for the tour:


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  1. Thanks so much for posting this so quickly! First thing I did when I got up this morning was log into your site! 🙂

    Not a fan of that bag with this outfit. It seems too casual for the dress in my opinion. Also, not a fan of that style of hat, the fascinators just aren’t my bag, I guess, when they are situated on the head like that. I just think it looks weird – maybe if it had more of a brim/horizontal line it would look better to me? LOL…….

    Love that she’s wearing her dress again, it looks great on her! It does seem as if she has a penchant for either white, or blue ensembles lately – with the exception of her barbecue dress last night. Hoping as the week continues we see some other colors showing up.

  2. Beautiful dress and shoes, silly hat (canada day isn’t carnival and the brooch is enough to celebrate canada and its maples), fussy bag (she should match bag/shoes and dress minding materials and not only colour – that bag is perfect for a seaside party or a more informal event). She is adorable as usual!

    • The brooch is fantastic. Would love to see a close-up of that! Sounds as if the Queen wore it when she first toured Canada in 1951, before she became the queen…… great history with these jewelry pieces.

      • I can probably get a close up tonight or tomorrow when I get the images I’m allowed to use from the tourism people in Canada. They’re quite good res. Will post you one up if/when I get them x

      • I love all the Queen’s brooches and jewels, i like that one Kate borrowed from but she made banal her outfit with the maple leaves on the hat. Just one symbol please, you aren’t a doll!

  3. On the whole, Kate looks spectacularly lovely. I have but two niggles…

    The clutch has an oriental feel and, though it is very pretty, seems misplaced both with the outfit and occasion.

    Also, the maple leaf bonanza is overkill. The brooch would have been adequate worn alone and generally less caricature-ish.

    Sarah x

  4. Actually, I’ve kind of thought she should retire this dress. It’s too fussy for her style these days. I don’t really like how it fits her.

  5. I’m really curious about the necklace but can’t find any info about it.

  6. Kate looked great, loved the hat!


    Looks like the necklace is one she has worn a few years back with a pale green casual dress at a polo match.

  8. Kate Fan says:

    The necklace she wore on day 2 … possibly Bulgari or Choppard. I saw something like it today at the jeweller’s and it was a Bulgari, white gold, hole in the centre.


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