Kate Middleton’s super cute tribute to Princess Diana

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

If you weren’t hiding under a duvet yesterday (9 January) hungover, you probably saw the viral photographs of Duchess Kate looking regal AF in her 40th portrait shots. In honour of the milestone birthday, Kensington Palace released three new piccies of the future queen and she looked incred.

Shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Instagram account, the photographs were taken in November at London's Kew Gardens by photographer Paolo Roversi. Kate opted for three amazing gowns - one scarlett and two white - but it wasn’t just these that had fans going wild. Did you notice her super cute tribute to Princess Di?

In the first shared black and white image, Kate is wearing a princess-worthy Bardot tulle gown complete with bows but it’s not the dress we’re talking about. The Duchess decided to nod to her late mother-in-law by accessorising the look with pearl drop earrings that belonged to Diana. Her diamond and sapphire engagement ring, which was previously William’s mothers, can also be seen in full view.

Not the only family member honoured, for Kate’s Hollywood-vibes red satin outfit, the mum-of-three styled the look with a mega sparkling pair of diamond earrings that belong to the Queen.

The three portraits are due to enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square, of which Kate is a Patron, as part of its Coming Home project. The gallery is currently undergoing renovations and so, ahead of its re-opening next year, the photographs will be displayed over the course of 2022 in three places that hold a special place in the Duchess' heart – Berkshire (where she grew up), St. Andrews (where she met Prince William at university) and Anglesey (where she and the Duke lived after their 2011 wedding).

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