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Did Meghan's Trooping the Colour dress heavily inspire Zara's latest drop?

Royally-inspired style on the high street

Laura Sutcliffe

The Duchess of Sussex made her Trooping the Colour debut on 9 June – just three weeks after she married Prince Harry and we have been thinking about her fabulous blush-toned outfit ever since. Her gorgeous pale pink Carolina Herrera dress featured an off-the shoulder neckline - known as the bateau that was reminiscent of her now-iconic wedding dress. We loved the bold statement buttons, the tailored detail and the structured shape – it really suited the former Suits star and gave her a wonderfully classic, yet edgy look. Meghan, 36 accessorised with a Philip Treacy hat in the same pastel pink and a CH Carolina Herrera Metropolitan clutch. High street store Zara has clearly taken inspiration from her fabulous dress and produced a red blazer pretty much exactly the same style.

Duchess Meghan looked beautiful in her Carolina Herrera dress at Trooping the Colour

The red jacket features the same off-the-shoulder look, fold-over neckline and large buttons. It could be teamed with a pair of jeans, matching trousers or even a pencil skirt. We could totally see Prince Harry's wife rocking this for an engagement or two. Priced at £69.99, it's an affordable piece that would never date due to its sleek shape.

£69.99, Zara

Meghan's show-stopping neckline did become a topic of conversation at Trooping the Colour ceremony. This is because royal protocol usually advises that women should keep their shoulders covered at such an event.

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The highlights from Trooping the Colour

In the royal's defence however, the celebratory weekend fell on an extremely sunny day so we assume the Queen wouldn't mind.

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There are quite a few fashion rules that the royal family are expected to follow. According to Harper Bazaar, open-toed shoes are discouraged for public appearances. Etiquette expert William Hanson told the publication: "Open-toed shoes are considered informal footwear," adding that they are, "inappropriate for formal occasions".

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