Duchess of Cambridge wears dress previously worn by 86-year-old Duchess of Kent to Chelsea Flower Show opening

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Kent [Photos: PA/Getty]

The Duchess of Cambridge appears to have taken style inspiration from her royal relatives.

Kate, 37, wore a £2,600 Erdem ‘Shebah’ floral maxi dress for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday evening - the same style as the one Katharine, Duchess of Kent, 86, wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding last year.

Her husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is a first cousin of the Queen.

While the Duchess of Kent teamed her frock with trainers, Kate opted for her Castaner ‘Carina’ espadrille wedges and her Cassandra Goad flower pearl earrings.

Canadian-born Erdem is one of her go-to designers for formal occasions and royal tours.

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The Duchess of Kent arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May 2018 [Photo: PA]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London [Photo: PA]

Princess Eugenie also wore an Erdem dress in the same print, but a different style for the Maundy Thursday service at Easter.

Kate and husband William, 36, were joined by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at the preview reception.

They greeted the 93-year-old monarch with a curtsy and a kiss and showed her around the ‘Back to Nature Garden,’ co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge and landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White to encourage all generations to connect with nature.

The display includes a treehouse, a rope swing, a garden den and a miniature waterfall.

Other royals at the preview included the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Kate shows the Queen around the 'Back to Nature' garden she co-designed at the Chelsea Flower Show [Photo: PA]

Earlier today, Kate made an unannounced visit to the garden, where she showed some local schoolchildren around the site.

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Kate visited the garden on Monday morning [Photo: Getty]

The duchess also brought her young family along on Sunday. The palace released photos and footage of the Cambridges exploring the space, which revealed that one-year-old Prince Louis is walking.

Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, four, dipped their bare feet in a stream and played on the rope swing hanging from the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform treehouse.

The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.

“I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”