Catherine, Princess of Wales—the royal previously known as Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge—just wore a look that channeled her husband Prince Williams’ late mother, Princess Diana, who was Princess of Wales before her.
Middleton’s first royal engagement since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II was a visit to Windsor Guidehall to thank those involved in the queen’s momentous funeral. And for the occasion she selected a black coatdress that mirrors one Princess Di wore in the 1980s. Middleton’s black coatdress is from Dolce & Gabbana, a brand with a well-documented problematic history, and features big gold buttons down the front and at the shoulders. Despite criticism for promoting Dolce & Gabbana, this isn’t the first time Middleton has worn this coat dress in public. (She does love a repeat ’fit.)
This time Middleton paired the coatdress with black tights and simple black pointed-toe pumps. She wore white and gold drop earrings and her hair down. See the full look below:
Middleton’s look mirrors an outfit that Princess Diana wore for the Armistice Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 1988. Here’s Princess Di’s black coatdress with gold buttons (’80s version):
Middleton previously wore the D&G coatdress in April 2021 for a special visit to an air cadet base in East Ham, London. She also wore the same coat following the death of the queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, a special nod to the queen and her husband. See Kate Middleton in the coat back in 2021 here: