We know we’re not alone when we say we have every one of Meghan Markle’s public outfits committed to memory, but when it comes to royal style, Kate Middleton is actually leading the pack. Exhibit A: She was named the “top royal style influencer” in eBay’s annual U.K. Retail Report this past year. Even the duchess’s friends apparently can’t help but be influenced by Kate’s fashion prowess. In fact, the royal’s close friend, Sophie Carter, donned a bridal gown this past weekend that a bore striking resemblance to Kate Middleton’s 2011 lace wedding dress.
Carter wed Robert Snuggs on Saturday, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte—Carter’s goddaughter—adorably serving in the bridal party. While this sibling duo was largely the center of attention, there was no distracting from the blushing bride, who sported a long sleeve, V-neck gown with a lace bodice. (See Carter’s look here.) Anyone else getting 2011 royal wedding flashbacks?
However, not all components of Carter’s wedding day ensemble screamed “Kate Middleton.” The non-royal bride opted for a much more fitted skirt, as opposed to the Duchess of Cambridge’s voluminous version (nine-foot train and all). Carter also took a different approach in the accessories department. While Kate celebrated her newfound royalty with a tiara on her wedding day, Carter went for a simple silk headband and lace veil (we can’t all have access to Queen Elizabeth’s accessory collection…).
There’s no word yet on the designer behind Carter’s gown, but chances are slim that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen also lent her talents for this classic frock. And even if Carter didn’t intentionally draw inspiration from her royal pal’s custom wedding dress, it would make sense choose a similar style since Kate’s bridal look is about as timeless as it gets—even seven years after her nuptials!
Speaking of timeless gowns, Meghan Markle’s Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy ceremony ensemble also joined the ranks this past May, which is making us all the more excited to catch a glimpse of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress October 12. Who knows—perhaps Kate will be a potential fashion influence on yet another noteworthy bride.