Kate Middleton’s Red Coat in Wales Was a Nod to Princess Diana


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It was a touching honor. Princess KateDuring a visit to Wales, she paid tribute to Princess Diana, her mother-in-law.

The British royal, 40, traveled to the country on Tuesday, September 27 — alongside her husband, Prince William — wearing a vibrant red coat from L.K. Bennett. Called the Spencer, Diana’s maiden name, the striking outerwear piece featured metallic buttons and is made of wool. The look is available online for $11,080. Kate wore a black blouse with tailored pants, a black blouse and pointed-toe pumps underneath. Grace Han’s black mini bag and gold earrings were her accessories.

Diana — who was married to William’s father, King Charles, and died in 1997 — also wore red for her first official visit to Wales in 1981. The late royal wore a red suit jacket and black pleated skirt by Donald Campbell, and a John Boy hat. Red heels completed her look.

Was Kate Middleton's Red Coat a Nod to Princess Diana

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This wouldn’t be the first time Kate has paid tribute to Diana with her fashion choices. The duchess has worn many jewels that belonged the late princess over the years, including the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara.

Kate also famously wore Diana’s double-drop diamond sapphire earrings with an Alexander McQueen dress coat during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

(Before Diana’s death, she wrote a letter stating that she wanted her jewelry dispersed among her sons and their future wives. Prince Harry‘s wife, Meghan Markle, inherited a variety of pieces, like Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring and her butterfly earrings.)

Was Kate Middleton's Red Coat a Nod to Princess Diana

Kate Middleton
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Tuesday’s trip to Wales marked Kate and William’s first since becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales. They met volunteers and crew members at the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station.

Kate and William, 40, assumed the titles following the queen’s death on September 8. (Charles, 73 and Diana, 73 were previously the Princes and Princesses of Wales. The monarch’s wife, Camilla Parker BowlesHe married her in 2005. She is now Queen Consort. She was previously the Duchess and Duchess of Cornwall.

Her Majesty was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel on September 19 in Windsor Castle following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey. She was buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip who died in April 2021, at the age 99.