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Kate pulls off another fashion triumph as half a million turn out in Canada

July 2
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Published on 2 Jul. 2011 11:48 PM IST
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a concert in Ottawa last night to round off a busy Canada Day. Kate dazzled in a purple Issa Jersey dress as the Royal couple laughed and clapped while they watched acts from across the country joining 100,000 people on Parliament Hill. They were the guests of honour at the event which was part of the national celebrations marking Canada’s 144th birthday. Kate had changed her clothes from her earlier red and white outfit - Canada’s national colours - into the purple dress, making it an impressive five outfits in 24 hours. She was still wearing the maple leaf brooch, which the Queen has loaned her for the tour - a glittering diamond piece in the form of the national emblem of Canada.  The Duke and Duchess sat in the audience for around half an hour watching acts Great Big Sea, Tragically Hip and Weezer before leaving for a private event where they viewed the finale fireworks. Earlier as they arrived for an official Canada Day show in an open-topped landau, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked simply overwhelmed by the adulation – and the heat. More than half a million flag waving people crammed the streets of the city – many having travelled hundreds, if not thousands of miles - just to catch a glimpse of the glamorous newly-weds in temperatures of more than 90F. In a speech to the crowds at the event the Duke told them how he and his wife were ‘excited’ by the prospect of becoming ‘part of the Canadian family’ as they travel around the country during the next seven days. The second-in-line to the throne said: ‘To be here on Canada Day - a day of unity, a day of coming together as families, and as a nation - is even more special for us.’ While many were keen to see the prince, there is little doubt that it is Kate, 29, who is winning their hearts in what is widely considered to be a dress rehearsal for the rest of her public life. Television channels and newspapers are offering wall to wall coverage of the new Duchess’s charm offensive - and while she insists she doesn’t want to be seen as just a ‘clothes horse’, Kate did not disappoint. In her first 24 hours on Canadian soil there have no fewer than five different outfits, beginning with the £575 smart navy Smythe les Vestes blazer, Roland Mouret shift and Manolo Bhlanik pumps she sported on leaving Heathrow on Thursday. This was followed by a blue and cream lace Erdem dress and her much-loved £175 LK Bennett cream pumps for her first two engagements, a visit to the National War Memorial followed by a formal welcome at Government House. In the evening there was a ‘fun’ BBQ with the cream of Canada’s youth for which Kate rolled out another pair of old favourites, the Issa bird print wrap dress she wore the day before she got married with a pair of Pied a Terre sling back wedge heels.  There were another outfit to wow the crowds including another familiar sight, the cream £159 Nanette dress by high street store Reiss that she wore for her engagement portrait. The dress was topped off with a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co hat. Proudly pinned to the Duchess’s dress was The Queen Mother’s diamond Maple Leaf brooch, given to the late monarch  by the people of Canada in 1939 and passed down through a generation of royal women. She accessorised this time with an on-trend Anya Hindmarch tan and coral clutch, in the shape of a fan. Her final outfit was to be unveiled overnight at an evening pop and rock concert. Next week Kate is set to create a stir again when she dons full ‘western’ dress including jeans, shirt and cowboy boot at a rodeo in Calgary.  On their first full day of engagements in Ottawa, the launch pad for their gruelling 11 day tour of Canada and the U.S., the couple attended a Citizenship Ceremony. Prince William said that Kate had learned about Canada from her late grandfather, ‘who held this country dear to his heart for he trained in Alberta as a young pilot during the Second World War’.  On his side, he spoke of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The queen, he said, ‘has asked me to convey her warmest good wishes to the people of Canada, and her happy and abiding memories of being on Parliament Hill with Thee Duke of Edinburgh one year ago’. The prince referred to his grandmother as ‘the Queen of Canada,’ since she remains Canada’s head of state, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd. He said the queen was watching their Canada tour with interest. 




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