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You would be forgiven for missing the last of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Caribbean tour photos, what with all the Oscars news, ranging from Will Smith’s slap, to women dominating the Oscars and all those fabulous red carpet gowns.
Those who did pay attention have been thoroughly freaking out – in the best way possible – over the similarities between Kate’s last outfit and one Princess Diana wore in 1983, while on her tour of Australia with Prince Charles, shortly after their wedding.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a yellow Alessandra Rich dress to depart the Bahamas, and it had a decidedly 80s feel to it, thanks to a bold floral print as well as puff sleeves and a bow on the bodice.
Not only were these last details reminiscent of the neckline of Princess Diana’s wedding gown, but the dress itself was an echo of the yellow frock Princess Diana wore in 1983. As you’ll notice from the picture above, both pairs were photographed while on the move, Kate on a plane and Diana on what appears to be a boat.
It’s of course likely to be a coincidence, however the fact that both dresses seem to be from the same era, and both women wore them on their official travels, could indicate that Kate took inspiration from her late mother-in-law’s wardrobe.
Postcard belted floral-print linen and silk-blend midi dress – £1,350 at Zimmermann
Zimmermann’s dress is cut from crisp linen and silk-blend that helps hold its romantic oversized puffed sleeves and floaty midi skirt. It’s printed with tonal-yellow blooms and looks equally pretty with or without the faux shell-embellished waist belt.
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