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Duchess Kate Wears a Symbolic (and Stylish) Dress to Fete With Athletes

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton Yui Mok/WPA Pool/Getty

A pop of color with poppies too! For an event honoring Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, October 18, Duchess Kate wore a printed dress that held special meaning.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, 34, slipped on a custom white Alexander McQueen pre–spring 2017 ankle-length dress printed with red poppies. In British culture, poppies serve as a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers. She paired the bold piece with red suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi, a crimson Miu Miu Bow Embellished Suede Shoulder Bag and Soru Baroque Pearl Double-Sided Earrings

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Her outfit is only further proof that she’s got a thing for McQueen. Middleton, who shares two children with Prince William, wore a white lace gown designed by McQueen’s head of design, Sarah Burton, for her 2011 nuptials. She’s also worn the label seven times this year alone, including another red-and-white embroidered frock during her Canadian tour in September.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton Yui Mok/WPA Pool/Getty

At the Buckingham Palace event, which Prince William, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth attended, the duchess chatted with equestrian Natasha Baker about her own sporty past (she and William both played hockey in college), as well as her children’s love of the great outdoors.

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“Kate said that George is fascinated by fencing, but she thinks that’s because of the face shields,” Baker revealed of Catherine’s 3-year-old son. 

The duchess also opened up about her youngest’s athletic aspirations. She told Baker that princess Charlotte, 17 months, “is really enjoying her riding,” the athlete revealed. “I said we may see her here on a lineup in 20 years’ time. She emphasized that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.” 

And it looks like George is also into polo. “Kate said George has picked up a polo stick, and she’s trying to show him to use it as a hockey stick,” field hockey player Alex Danson said.

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