Kate Middleton channels Princess Diana at Royal Ascot

Kate Middleton channeled the style of her late mother-in-law as she attended Royal Ascot today – in an outfit nearly identical to one Princess Diana wore 34 years ago.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, looked effortless as she arrived for day four of the Berkshire races with her husband Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession.

She donned a £ 1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress – which almost perfectly mirrors a dress worn to Ascot by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana in June 1988.

Kate even opted for a large, flat top hat, as Diana had at the very same event three decades earlier.

The Duchess of Cambridge also paid homage to her husband’s mother by wearing a pair of opulent diamond and pearl earrings that had once belonged to Diana.

It was Kate’s second time wearing the accessories, after sporting them on the red carpet when she attended the BAFTAs in 2019.

Princess Diana wore a fitted, white polka dot dress and white hat at Royal Ascot in 1988

The Duchess of Cambridge paid a sartorial tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana today, donning aa £ 1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress (left) Princess Diana wore a fitted, white polka dot dress and white hat at Royal Ascot in 1988 (right)

Diana pictured in the earrings at The Victor Chang Research Institute Dinner Dance During Her Visit To Sydney in 1996

Kate wore Diana's diamond and pearl earrings today at Royal Ascot

The Duchess wore a pair of opulent diamond and pearl earrings that had once belonged to Diana. Left: Diana pictured in the earrings at The Victor Chang Research Institute Dinner Dance During Her Visit To Sydney in 1996

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, looked effortless as she arrived for day four of the Berkshire races with her husband Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, looked effortless as she arrived for day four of the Berkshire races with her husband Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession

The mother-of-three previously wore the jewelery, left to William and Harry, at the BAFTAs in 2019. They feature a double curve of various cuts of diamond, with a hanging pearl.

Diana wore the earrings on various occasions, including at a banquet for the Japanese Emperor Akihito in 1990 – and at a gala at the Palace of Versailles in 1994.

The sweet nod to Diana came as the Cambridges attended Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019.

The Queen has two horses running today but, amid her ongoing mobility issues, she did not join her family members stepping out for the occasion – which included Peter Phillips and his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace, who attended a number of events with the monarch’s grandson over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Pictured: Kate Middleton at Royal Ascot today

Pictured: Princess Diana at Royal Ascot in 1988

Kate Middleton (left) channeled the style of her late mother-in-law as she attended Royal Ascot today – in an outfit nearly identical to one Princess Diana wore 34 years ago (right)

Kate even opted for a large, flat top hat, as Diana had at the very same event three decades earlier.  Pictured above: Princess Diana in June 1988

Kate even opted for a large, flat top hat, as Diana had at the very same event three decades earlier. Pictured above: Princess Diana in June 1988

Pictured: Kate Middleton at Royal Ascot today

Pictured: Kate Middleton at Royal Ascot today

The Duchess of Cambridge also paid homage to her husband’s mother by wearing a pair of opulent diamond and pearl earrings that had once belonged to Diana

The nod to Diana came as the Cambridges attended Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019

The nod to Diana came as the Cambridges attended Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019

With temperatures predicted to reach 31C (87.8F) but feeling hotter, organizers have announced that the dress code will not be enforced in all enclosures and male attendees will be allowed to remove jackets and ties.

Dusting off their finery, guests pulled out all the stops as they arrived at the lavish racing event, opting to wear a colorful array of dresses, over-the-top headgear and shimmering jewelery.

Seen by many as the calendar highlight of the British summer season, Royal Ascot has finally returned to its former, pre-pandemic glory – with attendees unhindered by Covid restrictions and encouraged to go all out in the sartorial stakes.

Indeed, this year’s published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure – but hints at a more relaxed approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged in 2022.

Today’s catwalk included monochrome frocks, flashes of fuschia and floating summer dresses in yellow and greens.

Kate previously wore her late mother-in-law's earrings to the 2019 BAFTA Awards

Kate previously wore her late mother-in-law’s earrings to the 2019 BAFTA Awards

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