By Emma Dooney
Kate Middleton took color coordination to the next level during her latest public engagement, pairing a pink Boden belt with a pink tea-length dress.
- Kate Middleton added a slim Boden belt to freshen up her classic pink princess dress during her recent tea party meeting with a young royal fan at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- The Duchess of Cambridge had promised she would wear a pink costume to meet Mila, a little girl with leukemia whose photograph was chosen for Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020.
- In other royal news, Kate Middleton and Prince William get competitive on the tennis court in Edinburgh and it’s adorable.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked every inch the modern-day princess when she arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to meet Mila, a little girl with leukemia whose portrait was chosen for her Hold Still photography book.
As one of the final duties on her week-long Royal Scotland tour with Prince William, Kate fulfilled the magical promise she made to the young girl that she would wear a princess costume when they met in person.
Wearing a Boden belt with a bubblegum pink ME+EM shirt dress, the duchess joined five-year-old Mila and her family at the Queen's official residence in Scotland for a very special socially distanced tea party.
The waist-cinching accessory added a fresh twist to a classic gown, reminding us all just how forward-thinking the future Queen of England is when it comes to her wardrobe.
Kate also wore drop earrings from Missoma and rose pumps from Emmy London, as well an Amaia Kids flowery mask to polish the ensemble off. Her chocolate brown hair was swept off her face to trail down her back in perfect waves, giving the already romantic outfit some serious Rapunzel vibes.
It was so lovely to host Mila in her beautiful pink dress👸 for tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse today #HoldStill2020 pic.twitter.com/ilnx32MxlYMay 27, 2021
Mila dressed up for the occasion too, wearing an adorable princess costume complete with a bejeweled tiara and floaty gown. Kate immediately took note of the little girl's impeccable style, complimenting her dress and asking her to a twirl.
The Duchess had first spoken to Mila over the phone, after a poignant image of the young girl was chosen to feature in Hold Still, her photography book about the coronavirus pandemic. In the emotional conversation, Kate told her 'cuddles are very very important' and chatted to her about playing dress-up. When asked by Mila if she was wearing a princess costume, the duchess regrettably admitted she wasn't at the time, but promised to do so when they met in person.
"OK, well I have to make sure I go and try and find myself a pink dress so that hopefully, when one day hopefully, Mila we’ll get to meet, and then I’ll remember to wear my pink dress for you," she said.
It looks like Kate doesn't make promises lightly. The duchess stayed true to word, arranging to meet Mila less than a month after the phone call—and showing up in the perfect pink dress. Now that's what we call a princess.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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