Kate Middleton’s maternity dress was a moving tribute to Princess Diana

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    Today has been a whirlwind centred around the birth of the third royal baby, who arrived at 11am to Kate Middleton and Prince William. The proud parents just stepped outside the wings of St Mary’s Hospital for a first glimpse of the royal baby and we’ve not only fallen in love with their bundle of joy, but with the thoughtful style tribute Kate Middleton paid to Princess Diana.

    Kate looked radiant in a bespoke shift dress by one of her favourite fashion brands, Jenny Packham. The cherry red dress with its white Peter Pan collar was reminiscent of a similar one that Princess Diana stepped out in back in 1984, when she and Prince Charles announced Prince Harry to the world.

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    Kate opted for a slightly softer look with a floral lace collar, opposed to Diana’s edgier menswear-inspired look and its peekaboo stripes seen below.

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    It’s not the first time that Kate’s turned to Jenny Packham, as she previously wore custom dresses by the designer to introduce both Prince George and Charlotte from the same very steps.

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    Previously, Kate wore a yellow silk floral shift by Jenny Packham and nude Stuart Weitzman heels just hours after giving birth to Princess Charlotte. She accessorised with a quintessential pair of Kate Middleton earrings, her favourite Annoushka pearl drops.

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    To welcome George into the world, she wore a powder blue polka dot shift dress again by Jenny Packham and a pair of low white heels. It was a thoughtful nod to Princess Diana, who sported a similar dress following the birth of Prince William.

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    Kate’s stylist Natasha Archer was spotted leaving the hospital this morning, presumably to make sure the Duchess’ royal wardrobe was in order. She wasn’t the only person in Kate’s beauty posse to make an appearance though, as her hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker was also spotted coming and going from the hospital. When it comes to a royal photo opp, it takes a village.

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