Though the Duchess of Cambridge appears to have opted out of Royal Ascot this year, it seems that she’s still inspiring race-going style, as not one but three guests at the annual horseracing event have chosen to wear one of her most memorable looks for the occasion.
The dress in question was a £320 gown in cream by Self-Portrait, with a cutwork crochet bodice, subtly pleated skirt and slit to the thigh, which the Duchess wore back in 2016 for the red carpet premiere of A Streetcat Named Bob. The dress (which was also worn by Paris Hilton in the same year) sold out almost instantly after it was spotted on Kate (as items worn by the Duchess are wont to do).
With its floor-skimming skirt and (very) subtle cut outs, the Self Portrait style still fits the strict Ascot dress code, so it's hardly a surprise to see it styled by a handful of racegoers (paired with the obligatory fascinator or hat) this year. Indeed, it's not dissimilar to the styles that Kate herself has previously favoured for the racing event: both times that the Duchess has attended as a guest of the Queen, she has worn white lace styles, by Dolce & Gabbana and by her go-to label Alexander McQueen.
Self-Portrait is fast becoming a favourite occasionwear label for the royals. Since her engagement announcement last winter, Meghan Markle has worn the label a number of times, most memorably choosing a £300 floral midi dress with a cut-out neckline for an official reception at the Australian embassy in April.
See how Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, made her Royal Ascot debut in the gallery below...
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Meghan wore a button-down dress by Givenchy, paired with a belt and clutch by the French label.
The Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess's striking black and white fascinator is by Philip Treacy.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
The Duchess of Cornwall wore a cream ensemble for the annual racing event.
The Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan travelled in a carriage with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who wore a blush pink gown by Emilia Wickstead with a hat by Jane Taylor.
The Queen chose a sunshine yellow ensemble, with blue floral detailing.
The Queen and Princess Anne
She travelled in a carriage with her daughter, Princess Anne.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
Princess Beatrice wore a cornflower blue dress by British couturier Claire Mischevani, with a hat by Juliette Millinery; Princess Eugenie wore an Osman design with a hat by Emily London.