Since entering the public eye, the duchess has knitted the iconic clothing elements of the late mother-in-law into her wardrobe. For example, Diana’s preference for Peter Pan collars and bow-tie shirts has become Kate’s signature, while Meghan expressed Diana’s love for tight dresses and tailoring.
Recalling Princess Diana’s fashion life
Read more about how the couple paid tribute to Princess Diana through their thoughtful style choices.
Blue polka dot dress
Kate Middleton (Kate Middleton) in Bletchley Park (Bletchley Park) in 2019 when attending an event wearing Alessandra Rich dress, let people compare with the dress worn by Princess Diana more than 30 years ago.
Polka dots and exaggerated collars are the mainstay of Princess Diana’s wardrobe, which Kate has always liked for years. Most notably, the Duchess of Cambridge has repeatedly appeared in a navy blue dress with a white neckline and cuffs designed by London designer Alexandra Rich (Alessandra Rich). This dress looks like the one worn by Princess Diana when she was photographed at Kensington Palace in 1985.
It turns out that the Alessandra Rich dress is very popular among other celebrities: In 2018, Meghan’s close friend and former “suit and leather” co-star Abigail Spencer (Abigail) Spencer wore the same dress at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, and Ivanka Trump wore it with a thick white belt to accompany her father to a steel plant in Illinois.
Declaration of maternity clothes
Megan and Princess Diana were photographed wearing similar embroidered green jackets during their pregnancy.
When she was pregnant with Prince Harry, Princess Diana’s style changed, using flowing dresses and eye-catching coats to adapt to her bumps. When visiting Bristol in 1982, she walked out wearing an elegant green coat with velvet details and a matching hat.
Red Lindo Wing Ensemble
Kate and Diana stood on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital, decades apart. Kate wore a red Jenny Parkham dress with Peter Pan collar, which seemed to be a tribute to her late mother-in-law.
Diana was one of the first members of the royal family to give birth in the hospital instead of at home, and greeted her two sons at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kate followed in her footsteps, gave birth to all her children in the same facility, and posed for the photographer on the exact same stairs.
Gloomy mourning dress
Both Megan and Diana wore black buckle jackets, wide-brimmed hats and red poppy brooches to participate in the commemoration.
As part of the royal duties, Meghan and Princess Diana followed tradition when participating in the gloomy service, choosing an all-black appearance that reflected the solemnity of the occasion.
In 1990, on Memorial Day, Princess Diana wore a black coat with gold buckles, a wide-brimmed hat and a silk bow shirt of the same color to pay her respects at the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan.
Megan made a similar soft tone in 2019, when she participated in the annual anniversary service at the Westminster Memorial War Memorial-an event to commemorate the soldiers who died during the war-wearing a Stella McCartney design Silver button-style black coat and bow knot-embellished hat designed by milliner Stephen Jones.
Both of them put a red poppy brooch on their lapels to commemorate their lost lives.
Pearls and headdress
Kate Middleton and Princess Diana are wearing lover knot headdress, with Collingwood pearl drop earrings and Royal Medal brooch.
The headdress is usually reserved for national occasions, but when there is an event need, Kate is often attracted by the lover’s knot headdress-one of Princess Diana’s favorite works. The picture above is the headwear worn by Kate at the 2018 state banquet commemorating King William-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. According to reports, this crown is very heavy and sometimes gives Diana a headache.
Kate’s dressing style that day reflected the style elements Diana wore in Vancouver in 1986. Kate seems to have chosen the same earrings as Diana, which was named Collingwood Pearl Pendant Earrings by “Town and Country” magazine. But more importantly, she put a badge on her dress with a yellow ribbon, a miniature crown and a diamond-encrusted portrait of the queen.
This rare badge is called the Royal Medal of Elizabeth II and is awarded to royal women at the discretion of the Queen. Previous British monarchs had their own family medals, and Queen Elizabeth received these medals from her father King George VI and grandfather King George V.
Bold one-shoulder dress
Princess Diana’s stylist Anna Harvey once said that Princess Diana likes one-shoulder dresses, while Meghan Markle follows in her footsteps, wearing tight Givenchy dresses.
She recalled that Diana wore a white beaded one-sleeve dress designed by Japanese designer Hachi, which was heavily photographed by the media in the 1980s. “She looks sensational, but the authorities hate it. It’s too revealing; they think it’s not a member of the royal family,” Harvey wrote.