In the wardrobe of Duchess Kate there are many outfits that exactly repeat the images of Elizabeth II. Consider the most obvious cases when the Cambridge completely took the Queen’s outfits as a basis.
Elizabeth II has defined the face of the British monarchy since 1952, when she ascended the throne after the death of her father. The British queen is known for her love of bright shades, which she chooses so that the public can easily notice her during official events. Fashion experts also believe that Her Majesty’s famous hats also perform the identification function.
The Duchess of Cambridge is considered the main successor of Elizabeth II at court. Women are united by several defining character traits, as well as work ethic. Nevertheless, the image of Kate is far from the one that the current monarch has created over 70 years of rule.
The wife of Prince William adheres to a slightly more relaxed style, sometimes prefers black tights to beige and often wears her hair loose. However, Duchess Catherine has a lot of outfits in her wardrobe that exactly repeat the images of her husband’s grandmother. And the last Cambridge tour of the Caribbean confirmed this. Kate chose two dresses that are very similar to those that Her Majesty wore in the 1940s and 1950s.
Evening dress with a heart bodice
Portrait of Elizabeth, 1952 (photo by Dorothy Wilding)
Duchess Catherine at the Sun Military Awards, December 19, 2011
When at the end of 2011 the newly-made Duchess of Cambridge appeared at the Sun Military Awards in a black velvet Alexander McQueen dress with a heart bodice, many fashion reviewers remembered that in her twenties Elizabeth wore a very similar model, in which she is depicted in a picture by Dorothy Wilding from the National Portrait Gallery collection. By the way, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana also had similar black dresses in their wardrobes, but Kate’s model was distinguished by a narrower hem.
White dress with blue flowers
Elizabeth II during a dinner she hosted in Valletta, Malta, November 24, 2005
Kate talks to fans during a tour of New Zealand and Australia, April 19, 2014
Kate definitely appreciates classic combinations and often pays homage to the style that has dominated the court for decades. A good example is the blue and white L.K. Bennett model called “Lasa”, in which she appeared in public in April 2014 during a tour of New Zealand and Australia and which was considered an obvious homage to Her Majesty’s wardrobe. Elizabeth II was seen in a white dress with blue flowers during a dinner she hosted in Valletta during a state visit to Malta. In the same outfit, the sovereign was seen during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of her coronation on July 11, 2013.
Floral Summer Coat
Elizabeth II during a visit to Malta, November 1967
Duchesses Kate and Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping The Colour parade to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, June 13, 2015
Perhaps none of the representatives of the royal dynasty knows how to wear summer coats with such chic as the sovereign. Nevertheless, this wardrobe item is popular among other women from the Windsor dynasty. In 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday in an outfit making an obvious curtsy towards the birthday girl. It was a pale blue coat of a straight cut with floral stuffing, a neat collar and cropped sleeves. A similar model, but in pink, was worn by Her Majesty during a royal visit to Malta in 1967.
Fuchsia demi-season coat
The Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth II and Louise Martin at the start of the Royal Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games, March 13, 2017
Cambridge at a meeting with choristers at Coventry Cathedral, January 16, 2018
When the Royal Baton relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games started at Buckingham Palace, the monarch was wearing a set in the queen’s signature style: a bright fuchsia double-breasted trapezoidal coat without a collar and other details, a matching hat, a black Launer bag, shoes and black gloves. The following year, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a very similar ensemble for a visit to Coventry. She was wearing a fuchsia Mulberry coat, black shoes, a bag and gloves. The only difference was the absence of a headdress and tight black tights.
Floral dress with short sleeves
Queen Elizabeth with King Haakon of Norway at the Royal Palace in Oslo, June 25, 1955
Duchess of Cambridge visits Nook Children’s Hospice, June 28, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Nook— one of the three children’s hospices in East Anglia, was one of her first public appearances since lockdown began in Britain. Catherine was wearing a delicate lilac dress with a retro floral pattern, reminiscent of the fashion of the 1940s – 1950s. In this form, the Duchess helped to plant flowers. Well, some of the royal observers remembered a floral dress of a similar style, in which Her Majesty was at a meeting with Norwegian King Haakon in Oslo in the summer of 1955.
Blue dress with ruffles
Elizabeth II upon arrival at the hotel in Singapore, March 16, 2006
Cambridge in the garden of Kensington Palace, April 2021
Kay seems to like the blue dress of the British brand Ghost London more than others in her wardrobe. She was seen in it during a visit to Pakistan in 2019, and then in a picture of Chris Floyd, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge wedding. Most of all, it looks like the outfit in which Elizabeth II appeared during a visit to Singapore in 2006. It was a light blue dress with floral patterns and delicate ruffles.
White lace Dress
Elizabeth II at a garden party in Sydney, Australia, February 1954
Duchess Catherine during a parade in Kingston, Jamaica, March 24, 2022
When, during the parade in Jamaica, Duchess Catherine appeared in a white lace Alexander McQueen dress with a narrow hem and a Philip Treacy hat, royal experts recalled that during the 1954 Australian tour, Her Majesty wore an almost identical outfit when she attended a garden party in Sydney. Elizabeth Holmes noted: “Today, members of the royal family rely heavily on visual references to the past. Kate’s white lace dress and round hat are immediately reminiscent of the set that the young Queen Elizabeth II wore to a garden party during her months-long tour of the Commonwealth shortly after her coronation. And the Cambridges held a review of the troops in the same green SUV that the Queen used during her last visit in 1994.”
Dress with a bow on the chest
Elizabeth II inspects a regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force at Kaduna Airport, Nigeria, February 2, 1956
The Cambridges leave the airport in the Bahamas at the end of their royal Caribbean tour, March 27, 2022
When Her Majesty inspected the soldiers of the newly renamed Royal Nigerian Regiment of the Royal West African Border Troops at Kaduna Airport during her 1956 tour of the Commonwealth, she was wearing a charming dress in the spirit of the era: an accentuated waist, lantern sleeves, a small bow made of the same fabric with a floral print on the chest. After 66 years, her grandson’s wife will choose a very similar Alessandra Rich dress with lantern sleeves and a bow on the cargo to complete a visit to the Bahamas on the last day of the Caribbean tour.