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Kate’s in purple Issa dress for Canada Day evening celebrations

During the 2011 tour of North America, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a concert in Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day.

William and Kate attend the Canada Day Concert

William and Kate attend the Canada Day Concert

The royal couple laughed and clapped as they watched the acts, including Great Big Sea, Tragically Hip and Weezer.

They joined over 100,000 Canadian’s on the capital city’s Parliament Hill, before leaving for a private event where they viewed the finale fireworks.



They were the guests of honour at the event which was part of the national celebrations marking Canada’s 144th birthday.

Kate’s outfit:

As you can see, Kate changed outfits after the morning’s events.  She wore a vibrant purple jersey dress by British label Issa.

Kate looks stunning in a vibrant purple dress by Issa London

Kate looks stunning in a vibrant purple dress by Issa London

You will probably recall that Kate chose an Issa London dress for the now world-famous announcement of her engagement to Prince William.  Here’s a picture from the photo call back in November 2010.

Kate and William's official engagement announcement

Kate wore an Issa London dress for her & William’s official engagement announcement

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Kate chose to wear her hair in an up do, which got mixed reactions on Twitter.  Although we love to see Kate’s trademark glossy locks down, we can understand why Kate would want her hair pinned up in such heat!

William and Kate enjoy Canada Day celebrations

William and Kate enjoy Canada Day celebrations

Kate’s black clutch bag:

Kate carried her Anya Hindmarch bespoke ‘Maud’ silk clutch, seen when meeting the Obamas & again at Sam Waley-Cohen‘s wedding.

Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch Bag

Kate wore her matching Prada pumps – similar to these (Via RepliKate It).  The shoes are no longer for sale, they date back to at least 2007 (this was the earliest we could find pictures of Kate wearing them publicly.)

Prada shoes

Kate also wore a new diamond earring and bracelet set. Here’s a better look at the pieces via My Small Obsessions’s Facebook page:

The Royal Insight blog published the following information about the set, which has yet to be verified:

“The diamond bracelet and matching earrings worn by Her Royal Highness to the reception was a gift from The Prince of Wales following her marriage to Prince William in April 2011.  We also believe a necklace with a similar design was gifted to the Duchess upon her marriage by The Prince of Wales”.

Kate's outfit for Canada Day Evening Celebrations


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  1. Awesome preliminary look. So refreshing to see something other than cream, white, navy, or even red!

    Having had long hair myself in the past, I have an appreciation on how it can sometimes really get in the way. Putting her hair up really shows off the diamond maple leaf – looks great!

    • I have long hair too & it’s the last thing you want in the heat, I think the up-do was a fantastic choice.

      • I used to have long hair too, and totally agree with you. It can be great except in the wind and heat. I think she looks absolutely stunning in this purple dress. Stunning! Catherine is so photogenic, she never takes a bad photo.

  2. I’m sure it’s not the one she’s wearing, but I have a dress that is very similar to this one. If anyone is looking for a more affordable version they should try this one by Three Dots.

  3. sourbunnie says:

    Hello – do you have any idea which Prada Pumps Kate wears? I love the shape of them. Thanks!


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