How Kate Middleton channeled Holly Willoughby in her Needle & Thread party dress

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Holly Willoughby’s wardrobe is coveted by women around the country – and it seems even the Duchess of Cambridge is inspired by the presenter’s style choices. 

Kate Middleton, 37, donned a red version of a sparkly party dress worn by the This Morning star as she joined husband Prince William, 37, at a Buckingham Palace reception last night.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Needle & Thread £410 Aurora Gown in red, while Holly, 38, wore the £350 Aurora Dress in white last month.

It was the royal’s first outing in a label that is much-loved by Instagram influencers and stars including Laura Whitmore. 

It the latest in a string of style hits for the Duchess and comes shortly after she won plaudits for wearing a houndstooth Zara dress on an engagement in Bradford last week. 

The decision to wear a high street label to the reception is particularly significant as the Duchess typically relies on big name designers for such high profile evening engagements.

Needle & Thread, whose dresses range from £235-£550, is known for its ultra-feminine frocks that are rich in detail and embellishment. 

Instagram influencers, fashion editors and style mavens from around the world are fans of the UK label, which was founded by Hannah Coffin. It is stocked by high end retailers including Net-a-Porter. 

The Needle & Thread team was delighted by the Duchess’s support and shared a photo of Kate in their design on Instagram.  

Kate’s showstopping gown featured silver shimmering sequins inspired by vintage lace tablecloth – and she complemented her outfit with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels costing £510.

The engagement, which marked William’s first solo reception at the palace, comes after his brother Prince Harry, 35, jetted off to Canada tonight to be with Meghan Markle, 38, after a deal was reached on their departure from the royal family. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined at the reception by other senior royals Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne, but the Queen and Prince Charles were not in attendance. 

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