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Rich Royal Summer: the Duchess of Cambridge Wears a 1,352 Pound Dress to the Polo


LONDON — Nothing says polo like a 1,352 pound dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge knows the right occasion to bring out a swanky designer dress.

Her white belted cloqué midi dress from Emilia Wickstead paired with Camilla Elphick sling-back flats and Finlay tortoise sunglasses was an easy option to let her husband Prince William take the spotlight.

She joined him at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor for his annual charity polo match that he would previously partake in with his brother Prince Harry.

Middleton has been turning to Wickstead’s minimal structural designs when she’s on royal duties that expect her to show support rather than be heard. It’s a characteristic she’s come to quickly adapt to since joining the royal family in 2011.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, listens during an update on the Fentanyl epidemic to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ivanka Trump wore the same dress as Kate Middleton in 2019. AP

Ivanka Trump wore the same dress in 2019 to the White House, when her father gave a talk on the Fentynol epidemic.

What the dress means on the two different women cannot be more paradoxical. For Trump, it’s powerful and sexy as accessorized with a wide white belt and towering stiletto heels. 

Meanwhile for Middleton, it’s an easy summer dress that requires no fuss, while simultaneously supporting British labels big and small.

Wickstead’s clean designs have quickly become a reliable option for women from all walks of life, be it in politics or Hollywood. Fans of the label include Renée Zellweger, Amal Clooney, Lauren Dern and more.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge embrace after the Royal Charity Polo Cup 2022 at Guards Polo Club during the Outsourcing Inc. Royal Polo Cup at Guards Polo Club, Flemish Farm on July 06, 2022 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for TLA Worldwide)

For the Duchess of Cambridge, an Emilia Wickstead design represents no fuss, while simultaneously supporting British labels. Getty Images for TLA Worldwide

At Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she chose a pastel yellow long sleeve midi number from the designer that stood out just enough without being the star of the show.

Middleton wore a pale blue textured dress to the Wimbledon tennis championships in 2019 and a near identical version in emerald green in 2021, both from Wickstead.

The Royal Charity Polo Cup is expected to raise 1 million pounds for the couple’s 10 chosen charities, including the London’s Air Ambulance Charity, the homeless organization The Passage and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

If hot girl summer and Y2K fashion is for the TikTok generation, then rich royal summer is for the grown-ups with the funds to splash out on the likes of Emilia Wickstead.


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