Kate Middleton stuns in white lace Alexander McQueen at Royal Ascot
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.
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.