Kate Middleton and Prince William have arrived back in the UK after their Caribbean tour. After departing Lynden Pindling airport in the Bahamas, wearing a sprightly white and yellow printed dress by Alessandra Rich, the Duchess of Cambridge marked her first official outing on home turf in another of Rich’s designs.
Pictured with her family at the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, Kate wore a polka-dot midi dress, a jaunty hat, pearl earrings, a box clutch, and simple black pumps.
The Duchess has modeled Rich’s demure, ladylike dresses on several occasions. Her latest polka-dot style nods to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was a an avid fan of the cartoonish print.
The retro ’80s silhouette and puffy sleeves aren’t dissimilar from styles worn by Diana herself, but Rich’s signature button embellishments and cinched belted waist offered a contemporary twist on the late royal’s formalwear.
This isn’t the first time the Duchess has nodded to Lady Di’s favorite pattern. The royal wore a navy dress with a crisp collar by Rich for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday portrait in 2018 and she introduced the world to Prince George wearing a dotty cornflower blue dress by Jenny Packham as she stood outside St. Mary’s hospital in 2013.