How Kate Middleton Is Channeling Princess Diana With Her Pakistan Royal Tour Style

Kate Middleton and Prince William are on a royal tour of Pakistan, and the Duchess of Cambridge is taking styling cues from Princess Diana.

Two of the three outfits Middleton has worn so far on her trip appear to have pulled styling inspiration from her mother-in-law.

As she stepped off the plane yesterday, the mother of three sported a light blue ombré Catherine Walker outfit with Rupert Sanderson’s Malory pumps, one of her go-to styles. The look, which consisted of a dress and pants, was designed to resemble a “shalwar kameez,” a traditional Punjabi combination dress of trousers (“shalwar”) and a tunic (“kameez”).

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Kate Middleton in Catherine Walker and Rupert Sanderson heels arriving in Pakistan on Oct. 14.
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Royal watchers couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Middleton’s outfit and an ensemble worn by Princess Di on a February 1996 trip to Pakistan. For her tour, Diana wore a pale blue tunic top and slim pants — although she went with ballet flats rather than heels.

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Princess Diana visits a hospital in Pakistan in February 1996.
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It seems that Middleton is looking to Princess Diana’s Pakistan style for inspiration throughout her royal tour. The duchess today wore a Maheen Khan kurta  (a loose-fitting collarless shirt), pants and scarf for a visit to an Islamabad school. She completed her look with pointed-toe, block-heel New Look pumps that cost just $38.

Kate Middleton wears $38 New Look pumps for a visit to a school in Pakistan.
Kate Middleton wears $38 New Look pumps for a visit to a school in Pakistan on Oct. 15.
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Middleton’s outfit was akin to a look Princess Diana wore in May 1997 for a royal tour. Lady Di wore the same three-piece blue combo, although her kurta had a floral print. Like Middleton, she selected pumps — but hers had a more ’90s vibe courtesy of thin crisscross straps and a kitten heel.

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Princess Diana in May 1997 in Pakistan wearing a blue floral outfit with pumps.
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Click through the gallery to see all of Kate Middleton’s style on her royal tour of Pakistan.

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