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It’s Issa Again for Kate, Regal Purple and Diamonds

Once again, Kate wears a piece from a favored designer; in this case, it was Issa London.

William and Kate wrapped up their first full day of the Royal Tour at tonight’s Canada Day concert. Another view. 

Both appeared relaxed and happy, remarkable considering how exhausting the day has been, especially following an afternoon outside baking under a very hot sun. With her hair in an elaborate updo, the Duchess looked much cooler, and the rich purple in her dress set off her coloring nicely.

Now for our look at what Kate wore this evening. 

Our Facebook friends and Twitter pals know what an intense search we encountered this evening as we tried to locate the exact Issa dress Kate was wearing. (Not quite the intensity level reached while searching for this afternoon’s red pumps, but close.) Fortunately, everyone makes it more than fun, and we had a good time while working on the mystery. We actually tweeted the photo below mid-evening and said, “If these two Issa dresses got married and had a baby, it would be Kate’s dress, kinda’ sorta.”

Brittany posted the dress-closest-to-the-one-Kate-wore (in the middle two photos up) early in the hunt, but I wasn’t convinced, believing the vee-neck on Kate’s is cut much more broadly and deeply. But our savvy friends LiltingLimes and Nina_Lux on Twitter are leaning toward that dress in the 3-shot up above, as are many Facebook friends, so we’ll say we think it is *very* similar to this dress, with a caveat that we think the neckline was altered, how is that?

Once again, we saw the bespoke Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ clutch in black silk, initially noted when the couple met the Obamas and then seen again at Sam Waley-Cohen’s wedding before making a return appearance tonight.

It looked like Kate wore her black Prada pumps again. 

A closer look at the Duchess’s hair. 

We saw the Queen’s stunning Maple Leaf brooch again; the diamonds glittered and danced in contrast to the fabric of the Duchess’s dress.  Kate did seem to have new earrings on or at least a pair we don’t recognize, we’ll have to work on those tomorrow. UPDATE: As we thought, the Duchess did wear new earrings, as well as a matching bracelet. The set is believed to be a gift from Prince Charles. Below, the earrings. (Sadly, I do not have a photo showing the bracelet.) The Duke and Duchess didn’t stay at tonight’s celebration very long, not surprising considering the day they have had and what’s to come. We’ll leave you with one more photo.

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Saturday 30th of July 2011

Kate looks great! The purple is stunning on her. Hair is beautiful and shinning, when she smiles she can do no wrong.

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Monday 4th of July 2011

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Sunday 3rd of July 2011

more thoughts on the shapelessness of the dress: i def think the dress needs more structure to look better on her. i compare this to her issa engagement dress, which had a similar style (deep v, gathering in the front, emphasis on the waist, long sleeves, knee length, strong color) but how the issa made her look both slim and shapely.


Sunday 10th of July 2011

it's not the dress...that girl needs to eat a sandwich!


Sunday 3rd of July 2011

nice color, but i think it looks oddly baggy and shapeless on her.

love the interaction between the two! esp good to see with all the rumors about albert and charlene, and the occassional awkwardness between the two.

Kiki Flowers

Sunday 3rd of July 2011

I like the fact that Kate's willing to look like a mature woman, but this dress, combined with the hair, ages her too much. I'm not fond of the color on her either. I count this one as a miss.

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