The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen today to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Duchess Kate made a somewhat unexpected appearance taking a pause from maternity leave in all likelihood as a tribute to her role as Honorary Air Commandant.
For today’s service, the Duchess of Sussex appears to be wearing what is fast becoming a signature style–a boatneck bespoke dress by Dior and Cartier white gold diamond earrings. The duchess today opted for a fit and flare navy dress with a more retro silhouette with a full skirt. The newlywed finished the look with a custom Stephen Jones hat. In addition, the duchess opted for light heels by Dior and a clutch by the same designer.
The Duchess of Cambridge also stuck to an old standby, an Alexander McQueen dress coat in pastel blue and added an Air Cadets Dacre brooch. The coat is the same one she wore to the Sussex wedding back in May but in a different pale primrose color.
Duchess Meghan’s Dior gown was first identified as Givenchy in part to the similar collarbone baring necklines and the familiar boatneck style which has become a Meghan mainstay. The very feminine dress felt like a 1950s creation with a nipped in waist and flared skirt. Royal watchers were quick to point out that the dress felt much like an Audrey Hepburn style with the slim fit bustier and full ballerina-style skirt.
Duchess Meghan may start to opt to seek out Dior creations in the future as the French design house is renowned for feminine, classic dresses with modest silhouettes and finer detailing. As the women in the royal family predominantly stick to elegant, monochromatic dresses with sleeves, the design house could become Meghan’s go-to much in the same way the Duchess of Cambridge repeatedly uses Alexander McQueen in her fashion rolodex.