Bill and Cathy Cambridge in Canada, Day 2

Posted on July 02, 2011

Darlings, you didn’t think we were going to spend the Independence Day weekend NOT talking about the British monarchy, did you? Please. Have some perspective.

Hit it, Windsor Babies!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Canada Day Celebrations at Parliament Hill.


Reiss Nannette Dress, Anya Hindmarch Fan Clutch

Great little dress, cute hat, kinda fabulously different clutch; but here’s the thing: isn’t this all just a bit too parade float? With the red and white color scheme and the prominent maple leaf details in the hat, she’s a walking flag. This would be as if she showed up in America for the 4th of July and wore a red and white striped dress and blue hat with white stars all over it. There’s patriotic salute, and then there’s Wonder Woman’s costume. Granted, we’re not looking at this with Canadian eyes, so maybe it doesn’t read quite so “Miss Canada.” Besides, she looks good. We just question whether the look was a bit literal.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Evening National Canada Day Celebrations.

Issa London V-Neck Dress, Queen Elisabeth II’s Maple Leaf Brooch

There’s a little too much gathering going on, but she’s thin enough to pull a dress like this off and we love the color on her. A bit of a plain look, but then again, the public is going to have to get used to the idea that she’s not emulating her mother-in-law; she’s emulating her Grandmother-in-law. She’s never going to be the showy “people’s princess.” She’s clearly doing the “winning hearts and minds” thing by coming across mature, stable, and put-together, just like dear old Grandmum. That means she’ll almost always be well-dressed, but she’ll rarely ever really surprise the fashion press. And to make this point clear, she’s wearing Grandma Betty’s maple leaf brooch, which she wore to Canada in 1951 as Princess Elizabeth. Nice touch.

She should wear her hair up more often.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, reissonline.com, anyahindmarch.com, issalondon.com, royalcollection.org.uk]

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