Jul 042011

It has been a busy day here at WKW Intergalactic HQ, the Duchess has chosen a broad variety of styles for Day 5 of the Royal Tour. We begin with this morning’s look in front of Province House in Charlottetown on PEI (Prince Edward Island).

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The Duchess is wearing Alexander McQueen again, the dress is also another piece in creamy white from Sarah Burton. The knit dress exuded a nautical feel, perfect for Canada’s smallest province and the picturesque setting.  Featuring a dropped waist and self-tying scarf, the dress is crafted from an elegant cable knit fabric, with navy tipping accenting the hem, cuffs and collar.

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Our friend @RegalEyes on Twitter offered an intriguing suggestion about Kate’s dress.

Regal Eyes Twitter Feed

He is speaking of a classic, the “Anne of Green Gables” station dress, a stellar reference. One of the primary reasons the couple is visiting PEI on the Tour is Kate’s fondness for Anne of Green Gables. Here is the dress @RegalEyes referred to as seen at Theatrix Costume.

“Station Dress” Theatrix Costume

It seems likely that perhaps Sarah Burton modeled Kate’s dress after this style, and the reason no one can find the frock online might be that it is a bespoke piece, or that it is as yet unreleased and part of a future collection.

UPDATE: As it turns out this is not the first time the dress style has been worn by someone in the public eye. The folks at Red Carpet Fashion Awards were tipped that Sarah Jessica Parker wore the same dress back in 2006. Kate looked very comfortable with her hair pulled back, her diamond and sapphire earrings and navy pumps.

We are working to better identify the shoes, the wise WKW Facebook crew alerts us these are different in several ways from that pair of shoes. Then it was time for the afternoon activities, including Prince William’s training demonstration, landing a helicopter on the water, a technique called waterbirding.

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Kate made a change of clothing before this, switching into a navy trench coat, red scarf, flats and pants.

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We believe the Duchess is wearing an older coat, the same navy trench worn as far back as at least 2008, when Kate wore it to Cheltenham.  Our friends at Kate Middleton Style blog think the Duchess is wearing a Hugo Boss scarf from Selfridges, that seems a good possibility.

Hugo Boss at Selfridges

The scarf is a silk/cashmere blend, available in three colors for £160. (Yes, still available as of this writing, 3pm EDT!)

And it’s on to yet another change of wardrobe for the Dragon Boat races.

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For this event Kate changed into skinny jeans, windbreaker style nylon jacket and what look like canvas flats.

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Here is a better view of the skinny jeans and flats.

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As you can see, the Duchess also removed those sapphire and diamond earrings, opting instead for her Kiki McDonough citrine drops.

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The couple appeared to enjoy themselves immensely.

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As did those watching and those taking part.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

We will be back later with more details on the varying ensembles, but want to get these very first photos up for everyone.

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SHOES: The Duchess’s shoes for the dragon boat race have been identified as the Sebago Ladies Taupe Bala Deck Shoe.  The eagle eyed JanetNorCal on Twitter quickly spotted the brand, The Duchess Style discovered the style and AtTheBlueBarn found the exact color match, very much a team effort from everyone.

Sebago Ladies Bala

UPDATED: Sebago has let us know the shoe is available online in many other colors, just not this exact match, click here for the link.

JACKET:  Kate wore another American brand for the boat race, Nike.

Nike Anorack Women’s Jacket

As Lindsey pointed out in her blog comments, The National reports the jacket is Nike’s Windproof Anorack Women’s Golf Jacket in black and midnight fog. The jacket sells for $80 and is currently available on the Nike website.


We are not 100% convinced these are precisely what Kate wore, but they are pretty close, the J Brand Olympia Jeggings.

J Brand Olympia Jeggings at Selfridges

Here you see Kate and William, note once again she has changed her shoes to the black slingback wedges seen earlier this week.