Kate Middleton’s nostalgic nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their UK return

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 25, 2022 in London, England.
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Kate Middleton wore a gorgeous accessory that was reminiscent of what she wore to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding when she stepped out at Buckingham Palace’s latest royal garden party. 

Kate and her husband Prince William represented the Queen, who is sadly set to miss all of the scheduled garden events (opens in new tab), due to ‘episodic mobility issues’. But despite Her Majesty's absence, and the rain - the couple looked to be having a wonderful time. With Kate even reuniting with a very special old friend (opens in new tab).

Following Kate’s gorgeous coral dress (opens in new tab) at the previous palace party, royal fans were yet again blown away by the Duchess' outfit.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 25, 2022 in London, England.

She glowed in her Bridgerton-esque mint dress and matching hat but fans may not have spotted what appeared to be a subtle nod to Prince Harry and Meghan in her attire.

Kate wore an almost identical Philip Treacy hat to the couple's wedding in 2018 (opens in new tab)! The only distinguishable difference between the two floral fascinators is the colour, with Kate wearing cream to Harry and Meghan's nuptials. 

Princess Charlotte and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Fans will know that the Firm is famous for including poignant and deliberate tributes in their outfits, with the Queen even doing so at the Chelsea Flower show. 

Her Majesty wore a brooch with a bittersweet meaning (opens in new tab) to the event, as it was gifted to her by her father King George VI and mother, Queen Elizabeth on her 19th birthday.

This nostalgic detail in Kate’s outfit comes as Harry and Meghan are gearing up to make the return to the UK. The couple confirmed that they would be attending the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab), with their children Archie and Lilibet.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.