We all know Kate Middleton isn’t averse to a little outfit-repeating. But it’s normally her own outfits she has on rotation… not other people’s.
Welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to her ‘Back to Nature’ Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, an annual horticultural event in London, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a maxi dress by favoured label Erdem. The design, featuring lace, floral prints, and a high neck, was perfect for spring, and she paired it with camel wedges (in front of the Queen! Yes, we know), a watch, matching floral studs and a chic half up, half down hair do. And she looked gorgeous.
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So why did it leave us scratching our heads? Because we’ve already seen the dress on another Duchess – 86 year-old Katharine, the Duchess of Kent, to be precise. Whilst we don’t expect Kate’s stylists to scour or keep tabs on the wardrobes of fellow royals, you’d think they might know slightly better in this case. After all, the Duchess of Kent didn’t wear the Erdem’s Sheba gown at some obscure formal engagement, but to the highly-anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this time a year ago.
As for Katharine senior, she styled her dress with a pair of comfy sneakers, a pearl necklace, and wedding-appropriate lilac fascinator. Can we just take a moment to note how they both, in their own unique ways, look pretty damn fabulous?
And it seems Erdem florals are a firm family favourite, because even Princess Eugenie has been spotted in a similar version of the dress twice in the last year, albeit slightly shorter and with less lace, most recently last month.
As for Kate, it seems like last year’s wedding gave her more than one fashion idea. She was recently seen in the same Alessandra Rich polka-dot dress adorning Meghan’s former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer at last year’s big day.
When she looks this good, we really don’t mind who wore what first.