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Duchess Kate Wears Khaki Jacket During Royal Tour Just Like Prince Charles in 1984

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Kate Middleton in Canada on Sept. 26, 2016, and Prince Charles in Papua New Guinea in August 1984. Pool/Sam Hussein/WireImage; Tim Graham/Getty

Father-in-law knows best? Duchess Kate‘s style inspiration for the royal tour of Canada may have come from an unlikely source: Prince Charles.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, 34, dressed casually during the day on Monday, September 26, wearing a khaki safari jacket by Holland & Holland with Zara skinny jeans tucked into tall brown Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots ($618, penelopechilvers.com). She paired the outdoorsy ensemble with earrings by Pippa Small, a Canadian designer.

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The mother of two’s outfit was classic and functional, but royal enthusiasts may recognize the style of her topper from years ago.

The four-pocket, belted design is very similar to a garment that her father-in-law, now 67, wore while in Papua New Guinea in August of 1984. The Duke of Wales was in the country to open a new parliament house in Port Moresby, and donned a full safari suit — also with the arms rolled up — while there.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Pool/Sam Hussein/WireImage

But Middleton and Prince William, 34, are in Canada on a different endeavor. The latest stop on their eight-day tour, which ends October 1, took the pair to Bella Bella, a remote wilderness village in British Columbia. While hiking the area, William asked the Heiltsuk people who live in the region to be part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy network, established last year in Malta. He also thanked them for protecting the area’s rainforest, nicknamed the Amazon of the North.

“When we [conserve] our rivers, oceans, atmospheres, or like today, our forests, we are telling our children that their future prosperity cannot be disconnected from the health of the natural world,” William explained. He added that Elizabeth II is “immensely grateful” to the First Nations of Canada, for the leadership they’ve shown in maintaining the ecosystem.

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