Diana’s White Knee Highs, but the polka dot dress lives on!

DIANA STYLE KATE BIRTH

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital presenting their new royal baby boy. And we think It was a beautifully touching tribute to Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana, that Kate opted for a blue polka dot dress in spectacularly similar style to Princess Diana’s own hospital steps outfit in 1982.

If we look back to around this time 31 years ago, Princess Diana and Prince Charles were emerging on the same hospital steps with their new baby, Prince William. For her first appearance post-birth, Princess Diana opted for a very similar, if slightly larger (and much more 80s), billowing, turquoise polka dot dress, almost resembling a nightie. And we don’t blame her! Labour is no easy feat, we’d want to be comfortable, too…

The Duchess’ own dress was designed by Jenny Packham, one of her favourite labels and was much more modern in shape. The sky blue dress was nipped in at the waist, fell just above Kate’s knees, and while she may have been missing those white stockings – the ensemble certainly referenced Princess Diana’s own ‘going home’ style.

The world has been gearing up to the appearance all day after Kate’s hairdresser was photographed entering the hospital to prepare the Duchess for her first public appearance post-birth. And photographers weren’t disappointed as the young couple posed for pictures holding their new bundle of joy – and future king – for the world to see.