L.K.Bennett has created a lookalike of one of Kate's most iconic outfits

Maisie Bovingdon
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Love the Duchess of Cambridge's Alessandra Rich dress? We've found a more affordable version from L.K.Bennett.  (Getty Images)
Love the Duchess of Cambridge's Alessandra Rich dress? We've found a more affordable version from L.K.Bennett. (Getty Images)

Love the Duchess of Cambridge's Alessandra Rich dress? We've found a more affordable version from L.K.Bennett. (Getty Images)

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While The Duchess of Cambridge's royal wardrobe regularly causes a fashion frenzy, there's one midi dress that's particularly memorable when it comes to 'the Kate effect'. 

Cast your mind back to 2018, when the 39-year-old royal wore the sell-out Alessandra Rich polka-dot shirt dress with a contrast collar, which retailed for £1,225, for Prince Charles' 70th birthday portrait. 

She re-wore this look a year later when she visited an exhibition at Bletchley Park, England, to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 14 May 2019. 

Duchess of Cambridge meets members of the public as she visits the 'D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion' exhibition at Bletchley Park on May 14, 2019 in Bletchley, England. (Getty Images)
Duchess of Cambridge meets members of the public as she visits the 'D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion' exhibition at Bletchley Park on May 14, 2019 in Bletchley, England. (Getty Images)
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The elegant number was then replicated by numerous high street stores and sold out swiftly at every single one. 

Now, three years on, L.K.Bennett has released a very similar looking design – the Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress.

Buy it: Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress | £350 from L.K. Bennett

Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress
Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress

The Mathilde Navy & Cream Polka Dot Silk Tea Dress looks very similar to Kate's stylish number. 

The tea dress has been created from 100% silk, in a navy blue and white polka-dot print, with a contrast cream collar. 

It also features long sleeves, and a slight puff sleeve, crystal buttons down the front and a pleat detail to the bust, with a flattering tailored waist. 

This style comes in UK dress sizes 6 to 18, all of which retail for £350. 

The duchess is not the only fan of L.K.Bennett as Holly Willoughby and fellow presenter Amanda Holden also currently have a penchant for the brand, both wearing the label this week. Holden opted for a rather Duchess-inspired polka dot jumpsuit. 

Or, for those wanting to buy into the Duchess' luxury look, Alessandra Rich has just bought out a new version of the memorable dress with short sleeves, which is currently available for £1,520 - but is already selling fast. 

Alessandra Rich Pleated Polka-Dot Silk Midi Dress | £1,520 from Matches Fashion

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PRINT SILK JUMPSUIT

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ENSOR NAVY POLKA DOT SHIRT DRESS

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