Wednesday 16 August 2017

Kate Middleton stuns in white lace Alexander McQueen at Royal Ascot

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duchess of Cambridge getting into her carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
A racegoer during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 20, 2017
Racegoer Sara Davidson during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Racegoers pose before the races at Royal Ascot. Picture: Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic
(Clockwise from Bottom L) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Mrs Max McNeill during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Racegoers pose before the races at Royal Ascot. Picture: Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic
Ines Fernandes, from the Dominican Republic, during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the parade ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the parade ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge present The King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the Parade Ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Philllips and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the Parade Ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Miss Edite Ligere during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Racegoer Jackie St Claire during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Racegoers pose before the races at Royal Ascot. Picture: Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic
Racegoer Isabelle Kriastiansen during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Caroline Leaper

Kate Middleton joined several members of the royal family to help open Royal Ascot this afternoon, in a remarkably similar outfit to the one she wore at the same event last year.

Initially, avid Kate style-watchers thought that her lace white dress was a case of 'royal recycling', a re-wear of the long lace white Dolce & Gabbana dress she wore in 2016. But it's now emerged that instead the Duchess turned to her long-term favourite designer Alexander McQueen for a new Ascot dress - albeit one fitting the Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady theme she perfected last year.

The Duchess's lace dress is a customised version of a McQueen lace dress that is currently reduced to £2,027 in the summer sales. Kate has had the hemline made longer than the original - perhaps to appease the Queen who is said to favour hemlines that fall below the knee, or perhaps to adhere to the Ascot Royal Enclosure's requirement for a 'modest length' skirt.

In the middle of a heatwave and with the notoriously tricky Ascot dress code to tackle, a pure white, airy lace seems to have become Kate’s go-to look for race days- and it certainly ticks all the boxes that the event demands. Even on one of her first ‘royals at the races’ moments back in 2011, the Duchess turned to a white chiffon dress, layered with a white Ralph Lauren jacket.

(Clockwise from Bottom L) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
(Clockwise from Bottom L) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

In choosing white, Kate of course also ensures that she will never clash with the Queen. Her Majesty’s colour choice has almost become as important to Ascot proceedings as the horses, and bets are taken on which hue she might pick. This year’s odds were on blue, however she surprised onlookers with a summery ‘lawn green’ ensemble.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Philllips attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Philllips attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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