Saturday 23 September 2017

Kate Middleton takes inspiration from Jackie O in black pillbox hat during appearance in France

Kate Middleton in France in 2016, left, and Jackie O, right
Kate Middleton in France in 2016, left, and Jackie O, right
1961: US First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in red wool suit and beret designed by Oleg Cassini, on a trip to Canada. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial on June 30, 2016 in Albert, France. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme
Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing in Thiepval, France
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial on June 30, 2016 in Albert, France. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing
Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's no secret Kate Middleton loves a good hat.

Whether it's a Philip Treacy fascinator or something more wide brimmed, the not-so-modest-hat is the royal family's trademark accessory for finishing off a look for any celebratory or sombre occasion (it's multi-purposeful).

For an appearance with husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry in Albert, France, on Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge looked to be taking style tips from one of the (other) most legendary fashion icons in history - Jackie Onassis.

Her black pillbox hat and oversized pearl earrings were reminiscent of Jackie O's time in the White House with JFK, with only her patterned Missoni coat adding a 2016 twist on the look.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial on June 30, 2016 in Albert, France. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial on June 30, 2016 in Albert, France. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)

She finished off the look with a Balenciaga clutch and trusty black LK Bennett heels.

It's not the first time she's chanelled the late style icon - during her royal trip to Australia in 2014, her button down red coat and pillbox hat was instantly likened to Jackie's signature '60s style.

Yesterday, Kate, Harry and William paid tribute to the centenary of the Battle of Somme during World War One at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing.

Last week, she hit headlines - and best dressed lists - around the world in a glittering Jenny Packham gown we last saw in 2011 and she was a key element of Britain's Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations during the month of June.

1961: US First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in red wool suit and beret designed by Oleg Cassini, on a trip to Canada. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
1961: US First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in red wool suit and beret designed by Oleg Cassini, on a trip to Canada. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend part of a military-led vigil to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme

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