Kate Middleton Basically Copied Princess Diana's Outfit From 30 Years Ago

Lauren Eggertsen


Today marks the beginning of the annual five-day horse race in Berkshire, England known as the Royal Ascot. And yes, you guessed it—royals aplenty were in attendance including everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Lady Kitty Spencer. To no one's surprise, guests, both royal and not, showed up dressed to the nines sporting some of the poshest frocks, suits, and dainty hats to match. While there were plenty of outfits from the Royal Ascot that stunned us, it was Kate Middleton's soft blue look that had us doing a double take for more reasons than one. 

Kate Middleton showed up to the 2019 Royal Ascot wearing an Elie Saab dress and Philip Treacy hat that closely resembled an ensemble Princess Diana wore 30 years ago while on a trip to Australia. Both looks were blue, had high necklines, were midi in length, and were topped off with a very regal matching blue hat. There are many mysteries surrounding the "rules" and intricacies of royal dressing that we common folk will never really know the answers to, but when it comes to this particular twinning moment between the two royals, we couldn't help but think it was extremely intentional. 

Ahead, take a look at the similar Kate Middleton and Princess Diana outfits and be sure to keep scrolling to check out the best looks from the 2019 Royal Ascot so far. 

WHO: Kate Middleton
WEAR: Elie Saab dress; Philip Tracey hat

WHO: Princess Diana in 1989

Check out more looks from the 2019 Royal Ascot: 

WHO: Queen Elizabeth

WHO: Lady Kitty Spencer
WEAR: Dolce & Gabanna

WHO: Princess Eugine & Princess Beatrice 

WHO: Sophie, Countess of Wessex
WEAR: Emilia Wickstead

WHO: Queen Maxima of The Netherlands

WHO: Rosie Tapner
WEAR: Suzannah dress

WHO: Flora Johnson
WEAR: Manu Atelier bag

WHO: Virginia Chadwyck-Healey

WHO: Georgia Fowler
WEAR: By Far bag

WHO: Emma Weymouth

WHO: Kara Goodley

WHO: Nazer Bullen
WEAR: Mulberry suit; Dior bag

WEAR: Gucci bag

WEAR: Gabriella Hearst bag

Next up, find out how to dress as regal as a royal this summer

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