Kate Middleton's polka dot dress at Wimbledon gives nostalgic nod to Prince George

Kate Middleton's polka dot dress stole the show at Wimbledon 2022 and it's not the first time she's worn something similar...

Kate Middleton's polka dot dress at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
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Kate Middleton’s polka dot dress was the perfect choice for her first appearance at Wimbledon so far this year and it has a sweet connection to Prince George. 

  • The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a blue and white spotted dress as she and Prince William enjoyed a couple’s day out at Wimbledon. 
  • This marked the Cambridges’ first Wimbledon visit during this year’s tournament and Kate’s dress has a nostalgic nod to Prince George. 
  • This royal news comes as we revealed Kate Middleton's very personal birthday present for Duchess Camilla

With the Wimbledon final 2022 now just a few days away the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a highly-anticipated first appearance at this year’s championships. Having been made Royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club back in 2016, it’s no surprise that Kate Middleton has been spotted cheering on the talented players from the Royal Box many times over the years. 

Now she’s arrived at the club for a couple’s day out with Prince William, with Kate Middleton’s polka dot dress taking our breath away. And eagle-eyed fans might just notice a resemblance to her outfit for one of the biggest moments in her son Prince George's life...

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

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The blue and white creation is understood to have been designed by Alessandra Rich and features subtle pleat details on the chic midi-length skirt and fitted bodice. Featuring a flattering waist belt and puffed three-quarter-length sleeves, Duchess Kate has achieved the perfect blend of effortless summer elegance and stylish edge.

She paired the stunning dress with white sling-back heels and tortoiseshell sunglasses to shield her eyes from the sun during what promises to be an intense battle between defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are seen in the Royal Box

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As a senior member of The Firm it’s perhaps no surprise that Kate’s outfits regularly attract the delighted attention of fans across the world. Though this one in particular might soon have people feeling a little nostalgic as it could be seen to mirror a similar style she wore in the first ever pictures of Prince George.

Back in 2013 when she and William introduced their newborn son and the third of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to the world outside St Mary’s Hospital in London. For this momentous occasion Duchess Kate opted for another beautiful blue and white polka dot number, this time from British designer Jenny Packham.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son pose for the media

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The new mum paired the frock with nude wedges and left her long hair in loose waves. Unlike Kate Middleton’s polka dot dress at Wimbledon, this outfit had shorter, capped sleeves and fell to just above the knee. However, it also featured a waist belt albeit slightly thinner than the statement one on her Wimbledon dress.

In recent years, the Duchess has been observed favouring more midi-length styles and tailored looks, though blue has remained a go-to colour in her royal wardrobe. And with George’s 9th birthday now just a few weeks away, the similarities between these two spotty dresses make her recent choice all the more heart-warming.

Kate Middleton wearing a polka dot dress at Wimbledon vs in 2013

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A lot of thought clearly went into that iconic first photo with George in 2013 and her new outfit's resemblance to this piece could be seen to highlight just how much she loved its colour, pattern and features. 

It might also indicate that whilst her style might’ve evolved slightly over the past nine years as she balances her life as a busy mum-of-three and future Queen Consort, her ideal colour palette and preferences have been carried through. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.