The Duchess wore it on a tour of a memorial for the late Princess Diana.
Kate Middleton is no stranger to strategic dressing—and that includes letting her clothes pay homage to an event she’s attending or a country she’s visiting. On her trip to Germany this summer, for example, fashion experts speculated that two of her fashion choices could have been subtle nods to the country: a dress that features eagles (the country’s national bird), and a “Berlin Blue” or Cornflower Blue dress (Germany’s national flower) on another occasion.
Now her most recent outfit can be seen as a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. For a tour of Kensington Palace’s White Garden with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry, the Duchess wore a poppy-print silk crepe dress from Prada. While the dress is a splurge at $2,340, you can purchase a similar version here.
Poppies are often used as a symbol of remembrance for military members who have died in war, but they are also seen as a symbol of peace and death—which is fitting since the White Garden is a memorial for Princess Diana to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. While it hasn’t been confirmed by the Royal Family, we can speculate that the garden-inspired dress was a subtle, yet sweet way to honor to the late Princess, who died on August 31, 1997.
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The garden, which was originally called the Sunken Garden, was redesigned with all-white flowers, including William and Catherine roses, Forget-Me-Nots, and white roses. Kensington Palace was the former home of Princess Diana.