Kate Middleton channels Princess Diana in striking head-to-toe red outfit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves BAFTA after making a keynote speech on October 19, 2021 in London, England
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Kate Middleton has channelled Princess Diana as she stepped out in London wearing a bold red outfit for her latest engagement. 

Kate Middleton seemed to have taken inspiration from her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, as she was pictured in London today. This isn’t the first time the Duchess has been spotted sporting a head-to-toe colourful look in recent weeks. Kate stunned royal fans as she was hailed the “ultimate Bond girl” (opens in new tab) with her No Time To Die (opens in new tab) premiere dress, whilst her gorgeous purple suit (opens in new tab) for her trip to Northern Ireland also caught people’s attention. 

Now Kate’s stunned in scarlet as she attended the launch of the Forward Trust charity’s Taking Action on Addiction campaign.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to make a keynote speech to launch "Taking Action on Addiction" campaign

As a senior member of The Firm (opens in new tab), Kate is Patron to many charities and organisations and Forward Trust is one of these important patronages. According to the charity, their new campaign aims to “reframe existing perceptions of addiction”, as well as to “improve understanding” and “reduce prejudice” as well as “enable people to ask for and receive help”.

As their Patron, the Duchess of Cambridge delivered a powerful speech at the launch and her beautiful red ensemble was the perfect elegant outfit choice.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to make a keynote speech to launch "Taking Action on Addiction" campaign

She wore a red turtleneck jumper, worn tucked into a pleated skirt in a matching shade. The skirt, which closely resembles a Valentino pleated midi skirt priced at £1,590, adds a touch of detail to this colour-block look. Kate paired the top and skirt with classic nude pumps and she may well have used her secret £6 trick (opens in new tab) to stay secure in them. 

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If this striking look wasn’t already breath-taking enough, it could also be seen to have channelled Diana, who was often snapped in similar head-to-toe red outfits. 

Diana, Princess of Wales wears a charm bracelet aboard the new P&O cruise liner "Royal Princess", named in honour of her

One such occasion was when she attended the official naming ceremony for the P&O cruise liner "Royal Princess" in 1984. Here Diana chose a smart red jacket and skirt, pairing them with a matching red beret and accessorising with a black necktie, bag and gloves.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a red suit designed by Japer Conran with a red and white polka dot top, red tights and red shoes, visit Florence

But what wasn’t the only time the Princess of Wales wowed in all red, as she wore a Jasper Conran skirt suit during a visit to Florence the next year. This time she chose to go all out with red shoes and tights, as well as a white and red polka dot top. 

Diana, Princess of Wales arrives for dinner in Argentina

And who could forget her equally wonderful red dress worn in Argentina? Short and strappy, this bright red look with its halter neck straps, matching shoes and bag couldn’t have been more fun for an evening dinner. 

Whether or not Kate Middleton intentionally chose to channel Princess Diana with her own red outfit, both royal women certainly know how to style a colourful look!