For her recent video call appearance, it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge took some inspiration for her outfit from her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
For her virtual appearance on Monday, Kate Middleton had an interesting choice of outfit, very reminiscent of one Princess Diana wore in the eighties. The Duchess recorded a minute-long message talking about mental health, encouraging listeners that it is “okay to ask” how loved ones are feeling during the current pandemic.
For this brief appearance, the Duchess wore a £550 red floral gown by Beulah London. The piece features a bold white collar. Long time royal fans quickly noticed the resemblance the outfit had with one Princess Diana wore back in November 1986 during a trip to Oman.
The rose-red Calla shirt gown from the British brand is described online as evoking a “classic mood.” The dress is made from silk crepe de chine and has cuffed balloon sleeves.
The thing that makes the dress special is the white cotton broderie lace collar, giving a great contrast to the bright red of the dress. If you want to steal her look, the dress is available online and comes in sizes from 6 to 16, with the retail price being £550.
The Duchess finished off her look by naturally letting her hair down over her shoulders. The brand also contributes 10 per cent of profits from all sales of the dress towards ending modern-day slavery.
The brand is one of Kate’s favourite, with the Duchess wearing their pieces often. The brand was co-founded by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan in 2010.
Royal fan Instagram account @PrincessDianaIconic was among the first to point out the similarities between the outfit with one of Princess Diana’s looks.
The user posted: “Today the Duchess of Cambridge used a look very similar to the one worn by her mother-in-law The Princess of Wales.”
Princess Diana wore her gown during the royal tour of Oman in November 1986. She was accompanied by her husband Prince Charles on the trip and wore the dress as she watched on as Prince Charles took part in a polo match.
Kate, on the other hand, wore it for a virtual event-The Mental Health Minute, where she talked about mental health and the importance of checking up on loved ones during these troubling times. The Mental Health Minute was broadcast on Monday across all UK stations ay 10:59 am.
Kate wasn’t the only celebrity to be featured on the event, with others also joining in, such as boxer Anthony Joshua, footballer Harry Kane, pop star Dua Lipa and actor David Tennant.
This was a national first when all commercial, community and all BBC stations-including national and local-have aired the same message at the exact same time.
During the broadcast, the Duchess said: “If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it.
“Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”
Siobhan Kenny, chief executive of Radiocentre, said: “It is so apt in this most extraordinary of times that the entire radio industry is uniting behind the ‘Mental health minute’.
“We are delighted to be able to use the unique power of radio to highlight this important message to millions of listeners and to continue our support for Heads Together.”