Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has long been admired for her fashion sense and her ability to adapt her style to the varying events she has to attend as a representative of the Royal Family. The Duchess has been spotted on several occasions donning outfits reminiscent of those Princess Diana wore while married to Prince Charles. Royal expert Michelle Tauber suggested Kate made the “deliberate choice” to honour her late mother-in-law throughout her demanding career as a royal.
The People’s senior editor said: “When Kate welcomed her first-born Prince George, we saw her leave the hospital in a Jenny Packham dress, which was blue with white polka dots, which was actually a very similar echo of Princess Diana’s dress when she left the hospital with Prince William.
“In 2018, when Kate welcomed her third child, Prince Louis, she left the hospital in a very familiar look – a red dress with a Peter Pan collar.
“It seems to be a very deliberate choice by Kate to honour Diana in these subtle yet striking nods to her own fashion.”
The Duchess of Cambridge indeed began to pay tribute to the Princess of Wales shortly after she and Prince William announced their engagement in 2011, according to expert Erin Hill.
Kate has often paid “special” tribute to Diana with her outfits (Image: GETTY)
Kate sported a polka dot dress when she welcomed baby George as Diana had with William (Image: GETTY)
Ms Hill said: “One of the special things that Kate has always done is make sure she includes these nods to Princess Diana’s memorable fashion moments.
“From her blue engagement dress, to every time she stepped out after giving birth.”
Clothing and style seem to be one thing Kate and Diana are known for as both royals have adopted a classic and elegant style.
Kate Middleton has also shown an affinity for similar patterns worn by the people’s princess on several occasions in the past.
Kate and Diana both opted for a blue dress during their respective engagement announcements (Image: GETTY)
In 1991, Princess Diana was seen wearing a red houndstooth suit by Moschino during a royal visit to Canada. In January 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge recreated her mothers-in-law’s look with a red Catherine Walker houndstooth coat dress during a royal tour of Sweden.
Much like Diana’s outfits, the Duchess of Cambridge is believed to put much thought into the clothing she chooses to wear when on an official outing.
Andrea Levinthal, style and beauty director at People Magazine, said: “No one has more pressure on them when it comes to what they wear than Kate Middleton. She is the future Queen after all.
“Yet, she pulls it off easily. She always looks perfectly tailored – she always looks elegant and appropriate.
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Kate honoured Diana again with the red dress she wore after the birth of Prince Louis in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
“It always looks like there’s a sense of purpose and forethought into everything she wears.”
But Kate is believed to be planning to add some modern touches to her wardrobe after it was suggested the Duchess has drafted the help of ex-Vogue editor Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey in March.
The stylist will be responsible for sourcing clothes for Kate to choose from and making sure the duchess’s wardrobe is appropriate for her public engagements.
Former Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman said she expects the stylist to “introduce some new names to the Duchess’s repertoire” and encourage garments from her private wardrobe onto the public stage.
She said: “Chinti & Parker’s expanding range of patterned cashmere knitwear, newly popular event dressing designer Anna Mason, and Richard Quinn, winner of the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for design, might all get a look in.”
Ms Shulman also described Kate’s new stylist as having an “easy manner, big smile, natural discretion and wealth of experience” rather than being someone who looks for the limelight.