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Kate Middleton BAFTAs: Has Duchess taken style tips from sister-in-law Meghan Markle?


Kate Middleton, 37, wore a bespoke Alexander Mcqueen dress to the BAFTAs last night. The white gown hugged her waist before billowing to the floor. The one-shouldered item had a stunning ruffled design on the left side of her body. The elegant outfit could be considered to have drawn influences from Grecian aesthetics, thanks to its toga-style.

Just months ago, Meghan Markle, 37, stepped out in a very similar look.

The Duchess wore a white couture number, which is not available to buy.

She sported the Theia Couture dress in October last year, when meeting the King of Tonga, during her first international royal tour as the Duchess of Sussex.

This particular gown had cap sleeves, and featured a high neckline.

It had also been embellished with beads on the shoulders.

And, while there may be a number of differences between Meghan and Kate’s gowns, there is a resemblance between the chic Ancient Greece-inspired looks.

Last night, the Duchess of Cambridge paired her dress with a pair of £525 high heels.

The glittery silver shoes are the Jimmy Choo Romy design.

She teamed the look with a white clutch bag, as well as a sparkling silver bangle.

Kate also used her accessories to pay tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

The mother-of-three sported a pair of dangling pearl earrings, which had a silver leaf design.

The item of jewellery was owned Diana, Princess of Wales.

During her lifetime, she wore them a number of times, however, it seems that some adaptions have been made to the jewels.

These days, the pearls on the earrings seem to have been exchanged from the original South Sea design to smaller and longer shaped versions.

Kate and Prince William, 36, have attended the BAFTAs ceremony in previous years.

The Duke is the President of BAFTA, a role which he has held since 2010.

Last year, Kate, who was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, wore an olive-green dress by Jenny Packham.

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.

Education

Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.

Wedding

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

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