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Duchess Kate's gorgeous new polka dot dress - where it's from and her sweet inspiration

We don't blame her, it's a beauty

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Fiona Ward
Acting Fashion and Beauty Editor
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A new official photograph of the royal family has been released to mark Prince Charles' 70th birthday! In the new photos, the future king is joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, his daughters-in-law Kate and Meghan and his three grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Of course, Kate's fashion fans were quick to notice her mega-chig polka-dot dress, too - but do you recognise it from somewhere? Throw it back to Meghan and Harry's royal wedding and you might just remeember that one of Meghan's former Suits co-stars, Abigail Spencer, first wore the dress in Windsor.

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Kate wore the gorgeous contrast-collar dress for the new photo

The Alessandra Rich midi dress was one of the most popular celeb looks of the royal wedding, so we're not surprised Kate clocked it. And, it sold out quickly after Meghan and Harry's big day – so no doubt Kate's stylist had to work hard to get hold of it. It's worth £1,225 and is made from gorgeous Crepe de Chine fabric, so a gorgeous choice for the official pictures. 

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Love the look? You can mimic it near-perfectly with Kate's favourite highstreet store Zara, since they also sell a very similar (and much cheaper) version. You'll be happy to learn that they still stock the spot-on (geddit?) dupe of the dress – it's only £39.99, and it's available in all sizes. Quick! 

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Abigail Spencer at the royal wedding

While we can't see what Kate chose to style her frock with, actress Abigail - who plays Scottie in Suits – wore hers with a gorgeous floral and netted headpiece, a pretty silver belt and a vintage-style handbag. Since then, plenty of stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Christie Brinkley have worn it, too - so it's certainly an 'it dress'! The Duchess' accessories remain a mystery, but she did wear her hair long and loose, showing off those beautiful copper highlights, and a natural smokey eye. Love. 


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