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Kate Middleton subtly paid tribute to Princess Diana in her new royal portrait: see photos

Once again, Kate Middleton paid a sartorial tribute 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 famous English portrait painter Jamie Coreth, Kate Middleton wore a shimmering green dress by The Vampire’s Wife and green satin stilettos by Manolo Blahnik. The Duchess previously wore the dress during a visit to Dublin in 2020. For the painting, Middleton wore her hair in soft waves and completed the look with pearl jewelry. Next to his wife, Prince William wore a dark suit and complimentary green tie.

“I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way that they seemed both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said, per People. “As this is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their tenure as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives.”

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After the unveiling, many pointed out that there might 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.

Although her dress is decidedly more 80s-inspired, we can’t help but note that Princess Diana wore a sparkly gown in a similar shade to the London premiere of The Hunt for Red October in 1990. To make the reference even clearer, Diana also teamed her turquoise dress with matching satin pumps.

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