Kate Middleton dazzled at the premiere for the new James Bond film No Time To Die last night as she paid a touching tribute to Princess Diana.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, joined Charles, 72, Camilla, 74, and her husband Prince William to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mother-of-three Kate dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished gown – which is usually priced at £2,800. Featuring cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders, she teamed her dress with bespoke £290 Onitaa earrings – which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label.
Kate’s choice of dress was extremely reminiscent of a similar outfit worn by Princess Diana in 1985 for the premiere of the James Bond film A View to Kill.
Kate Middleton dazzled at the premiere for the new James Bond film No Time To Die last night as she paid a touching tribute to Princess Diana with her shimmering outfit (left, Diana at the A View to Kill premiere in 1985, and right, the Duchess last night)
Kate outshone even the stars in the form-fitting frock, created to look like liquid metal, from one of her favoured British fashion designers, teamed with Aquazzura £555 leather pumps for the long-awaited premiere.
Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate’s dress had a bespoke 1970s-style cape attached and the royal beauty completed the look with gold earrings and shoes, with her hair coiled on top of her head.
But her gold outfit closely echoed her mother’s with the same shimmering metallic material, fitted waist, shoulder pads, and deep v-shaped neckline.
Attending the 1985 premiere alongside Prince Charles, Diana sported the silver pleated gown, which she paired with matching silver heels.
The Princess of Wales met with cast and crew including the Bond producer Cubby Broccoli at the premiere
Kate’s gold outfit closely echoed her mother’s with the same shimmering metallic material, fitted waist, shoulder pads, and deep v-shaped neckline
With a keen eye for detail, Kate has often referenced Princess Diana with her style choices.
In May, the Duchess sported a £59.99 Zara blazer and £95.00 pleated midi skirt by Hope Fashion in the colour of the Scottish flag which drew a striking similarity to a look the Princess of Wales donned nearly three decades ago for a day of royal duties in Nottingham.
And in July last year, Kate donned a deep blue £525 Beulah London gown as she paid a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
With it’s striking white collar and blue polkadot pattern, the Duchess’ bold shirt dress was reminiscent of a similar outfit worn by Princess Diana in 1985.
Double date night! The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales stood together at the event last night
Mother-of-three Kate (pictured with Prince William) dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished Margot gown – which is usually priced at £2,800 – and featured cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders
Meanwhile in May, the mother-of-three donned a £550 pretty red floral gown by Beulah London for the virtual appearance, with the dress featuring a bold white collar.
Royal fans were quick to point out that the dress appeared remarkably similar to one worn by Princess Diana during a trip to Oman in November 1986.
Kate also regularly wears jewellery that honours her mother-in-law, including her sapphire engagement ring, which once belonged to Diana.
Meanwhile fans also went wild for Prince William’s outfit at the premiere, with the royal opting to wear a black velvet tuxedo with loafers for the occasion.
With a keen eye for detail, Kate has often referenced Princess Diana with her style choices (pictured Kate wearing Gianvito Rossi tan suede heels with a matching £1080 bag from London-based brand, Métier, in May 2021. Her blue outfit closely echoed her mother’s with the same drop waist, brass buttons and midi pleated skirt)
Kate paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana days after her birthday as she made a visit to the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Norfolk last summer
In May last year, the mother-of-three donned a £550 pretty red floral gown by Beulah London for the virtual appearance, with the dress featuring a bold white collar
Royal fans were quick to point out that the dress appeared remarkably similar to one worn by Princess Diana during a trip to Oman in November 1986
Kate (pictured) channelled the late Lady Diana with a vintage magenta dress by Oscar de la Renta in Dublin in March 2020 which bore similarities to a beloved dress Diana wore during hers and Prince Charles’ tour of Australia in 1983 and in Vatican City in 1985
One commented online: ‘William. I’m usually not a fan of velvet dresses, but a man in a velvet tux is fire.’
Another wrote: ‘Catherine in gold and William in velvet! We won y’all.’
The royal foursome were introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade at last nights event, as well as singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song.
A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces joined the royals in the auditorium to watch the film as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.
And during the tour of Pakistan in October 2019, Kate paid a touching tribute to Princess Diana with her outfits (right and left, Princess Diana’s outfit when she met young cancer patients at a memorial hospital in Lahore in May 1997)
The Duchess made subtle nods to her late mother-in-law with her outfit choice during the tour of Pakistan (right, and left, Princess Diana stunned in pastel blue as she visited The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan with Jemima Khan in 1996)
The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007.
It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday.
William and Kate attended the star-studded world premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015, and were joined by Prince Harry. Charles and Camilla attended the world premiere of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, in 2012.
Royal sources said the outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate could herald a ‘new era’ of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son.
Meanwhile fans also went wild for Prince William’s outfit at the premiere, with the royal opting to wear a black velvet tuxedo with loafers for the occasion