Was Kate Middleton inspired by Belgian royal wedding dress?

Some are claiming the Duchess of Cambridge copied Isabella Orsini's gown. We want YOUR thoughts...

After miraculously managing to keep her Royal Wedding dress a secret, Kate Middleton wowed millions around the world when she finally stepped out in her show-stopping Sarah Burton-designed, Alexander McQueen gown.

On the day, fashionistas drew comparisons with icon Grace Kelly, we all assumed Kate’s dress was an original design. But now followers in Europe have branded the Duchess ‘copycate Kate’ claiming the style was worn first by someone else.

KATE’S DRESS: ALL THE DETAILS

European press has been awash with reports that Kate took inspiration for her dress from another set of royal nuptials – the wedding of Isabella Orsini to Belgian Prince Edouard de Ligne two years ago.

The actress, and Goddaughter of Silvio Berlusconi, worse a surprisingly similar long sleeved, embroidered lace gown – complete with sweeping train – to walk down the aisle at a rather smaller affair in 2009.

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And even Isabella has commented on the likeness of Kate’s wedding gown.

‘As soon as the Duchess of Cambridge went out to go to church, I thought her dress was a copy of mine,’ the 36-year-old -told Italian magazine Novella 2000.

‘It means Kate Middleton has good taste.’

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Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton took charge of the design of Kate’s dress – thousands of copies of which have since rolled off the production line.

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‘It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created – the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship,’ Burton revealed of the royal commission.

‘By marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day. We worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.’

What were your thoughts on Kate’s big day dress? Is it a copy? Let us know in the comments box below.

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