Kate Middleton Honors Princess Diana's Style in Polka Dot Dress at Order of the Garter Service
The Duchess of Cambridge, aged 41, looked elegant in the black-and-white midi dress, which bore a striking resemblance to a dress worn by her late mother-in-law at Royal Ascot in 1988.
The Alessandra Rich dress featured a sophisticated high neckline, voluminous sleeves with delicate button detailing, and ruching around the waist that closely resembled Diana's iconic Victor Edelstien dress. Demonstrating her attention to detail, Kate even coordinated her hat with the dress, wearing a black Philip Treacy headpiece adorned with feathers that matched the polka dot print.
Keeping her accessories minimal, Kate donned Diana's pearl dropp earrings, previously worn by the Princess of Wales at the Queen's funeral in September. She also wore a matching bracelet. Completing her ensemble were a nude clutch bag and white heels with a black toe, reminiscent of a pair Diana wore to Ascot.
Kate Middleton has become a fan of Italian-born, London-based designer Alessandra Rich in recent years, having previously worn her designs on several occasions, including Prince Philip's memorial service and a royal tour of the Bahamas. Rich has expressed her inspiration from historical figures like Princess Diana, describing her designs as "modern with a twist" and drawing influence from French actresses such as Catherine Deneuve.
The Order of the Garter Service took place just days after the Royal Family's grand celebration of the King's official birthday at Trooping the Colour. During the service, the Duchess of Cambridge engaged in friendly conversation with the Duchess of Edinburgh, who looked radiant in a floral dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Established by King Edward III in 1348, the Order of the Garter is the oldest British order of chivalry and the oldest national order of knighthood still in existence. Limited to 24 Knights or Ladies Companion in addition to the King and Prince of Wales, the Order also includes "supernumerary members," such as foreign monarchs and other royals.
Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honor individuals who have held public office, made notable contributions to national life, or served the Sovereign personally. The Garter Day procession, which takes place annually at Windsor Castle, is a prestigious ceremony where knights parade in opulent robes, displaying their heraldic achievements.
Kate Middleton's fashion choices frequently draw comparisons to Princess Diana, and her selection of Alessandra Rich's polka dot dress for the Order of the Garter Service is yet another instance of her paying tribute to the late Princess of Wales. The Duchess of Cambridge effortlessly combines modern elegance with a nod to Diana's iconic style, creating a fashion legacy of her own.