Kate Middleton wore an M&S dress for a school assembly (and you can still buy it)

(Image credit: 2020 Kensington Palace)

Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge led an online school assembly for the Oak National Academy, in which she spoke about the importance of kindness and mental wellbeing among children.

For the occasion, she wore a dress by British high-street favourite Marks & Spencer, which is actually still available to buy, a very rare occurrence due to the 'Kate effect'.

The frilly dress is inspired by 'country gardens with this cabbage-print dress', and its slightly puffed sleeves and elasticated waist add structure to its breezy shape, whilst the midi length is universally flattering, though of course we could only see the top half in Kate's Zoom call.

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Interestingly, when you look at the Duchess' previous Zoom calls, she has worn a lot of blue, so I'm guessing it could well be one of her favourite colours, or simply another nod to the NHS, though that would've taken a lot of pre-planning, which she probably wouldn't have had the time to do, with looking after her children in lockdown, and working on her various projects.

Whichever her reason, she looks radiant as always.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.