Once again, Kate Middleton has paid sartorial homage to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
On June 23, the first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled. In the painting by renowned English portrait artist Jamie Coreth, Kate Middleton wore a shimmering green dress by The Vampire’s Wife and green satin stilettos by Manolo Blahnik.
Next to his wife, Prince William wore a dark suit and a complimentary green tie. “I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said, per People.
“As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives.”
Following the unveiling, many pointed out that there may be a deeper meaning behind Kate Middleton’s dress. The duchess is known for dressing in looks reminiscent of Princess Diana’s signature style, and this portrait was no exception.
Though her dress was decidedly more ’80s-inspired, we can’t help but note that Princess Diana wore a sparkling gown in a similar shade to the London premiere of The Hunt for Red October in 1990. To make the reference even more clear, Diana also paired her turquoise gown with matching satin pumps.
However, Princess Diana wasn’t the only member of the royal family that Middleton honored in her portrait. In fact, the pearl drop brooch previously belonged to a former Duchess of Cambridge.
According to Vanity Fair, the piece once belonged to Queen Mary’s mother, Princess Augusta, who became the Duchess of Cambridge in 1818 after marrying Prince Adolphus.We’re sure Queen Elizabeth, who has also been pictured wearing Queen Mary’s brooch, appreciated the historic gesture.