Kate Middleton channels Princess Diana for Anzac Day celebrations in radiant gesture of innocence and truth

Kate Middleton channels Diana in a chic, understated white suit, which is symbolic of innocence and truth for Anzac Day

Kate Middleton channels Diana at the Anzac Day service in Westminster Abbey
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Kate Middleton dazzled in white as she was on hand to commemorate Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey. Wearing an Alexander McQueen white coat dress, Jane Taylor headband, and Princess Diana’s Collingwood earrings, Kate’s look seriously channeled Diana. Her choice of outfit could have deeper meaning thanks to the symbolism of Anzac Day.

Kate Middleton was a vision in white as she represented the Royal Family at the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

Kate recycled her Alexander McQueen coat dress for the occasion

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Bow Band, £410 ($522), Jane Taylor

Bow Band, £410 ($522), Jane Taylor
This bow band is made from double wool crepe and will therefore work across all seasons. It's available in six shades, including white, like Kate's version.

Kate’s coat dress is a favorite, with the Duchess of Cambridge previously wearing the outfit to Princess Charlotte’s christening.

Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen coat dress, paired with a black and white headband from Jane Taylor and black shoes.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were on hand to honor Anzac Day

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As well as being a fitting tribute to wear for the touching service at Westminster Abbey, Kate’s outfit was a nod to a style favored by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

Kate's appearance at the service was something of a last-minute surprise, having only been confirmed to appear earlier in the morning. 

Kate's outfit gave serious Diana vibes

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Kate, along with William, represented the Royal Family at the Westminster Abbey service, where the Dean of Westminster gave an address, alongside readings from the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners.

What is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that remembers all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

It’s observed on 25 April each year, as this date honors the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the First World War (1914–1918).

Earlier in the day, William laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph.

Prince William laid a wreath at the Anzac Day service, representing Her Majesty the Queen

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Children of each country read prayers, and a Maori waiata, or song, was performed by the London-based Ngati Ranana.

What do the different colors mean for Anzac Day?

Kate's outfit choice could indicate a deeper understanding of the importance of the day, and what colors mean. Though not unique to Anzac Day itself, different colors have traditionally held deep significance to soldiers and different units.

An 18th-century military writer explained what the different colors meant. These are:

  • white for innocence and truth
  • black for wisdom and sobriety
  • blue for faith and constancy
  • red for justice
  • purple for fortitude with discretion
  • tawny for merit
  • green for good hope
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