Kate Middleton just channeled Princess Diana in the most touching way.
On May 24, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—who are referred to as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland—continued their tour of the country with a visit to Turning Point Scotland’s center in Coatbridge. Middleton looked stunning in an all-blue ensemble: a double-breasted Zara blazer with a perfectly matched pleated skirt by the U.K. brand Hope, per People.
However, the duchess didn’t look just beautiful; she looked familiar. On September 9, 1992, Princess Diana wore practically the exact same outfit. Albeit with a more modern silhouette, Middleton’s monochrome look also featured gold buttons and a pleated skirt that lands below the knee. The only difference we could spot was that Middleton swapped out blue heels for nude pumps and added a COVID-19-friendly face mask. Take a look:
While Kate Middleton has often worn looks matching or inspired by her mother-in-law—we even have an entire gallery of them—this reference was particularly touching, given her husband’s recent speech at the Church of Scotland.
On May 22, Prince William opened up about his mother’s death during a moving address about his connection to the country. “Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also my saddest,” Prince William said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “I was at Balmoral [Castle] when I was told my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning. And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
But Scotland is also where Prince William met his wife at St. Andrews, where they both attended college. “And yet alongside this painful memory is one of great joy. Because it was here in Scotland—20 years ago this year—that I first met Catherine,” he said. “Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart. George, Charlotte, and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us, and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too. We have no doubt they will grow up sharing our love and connection to Scotland from the Highlands to the Central Belt, from the Islands to the Borders.”