Duchess of Cambridge stylish in John Lewis blouse and jeans as she bakes cakes with children

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Kate Middleton helped Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to bake cupcakes for a Cardiff street party. (Getty Images)
Kate Middleton helped Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to bake cupcakes for a Cardiff street party. (Getty Images)

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The Duchess of Cambridge has given royal fashion fans an insight into her chic off-duty wardrobe as she baked with her three children.

The royal, 40, could be seen, in a series of photos, wearing a high street blouse and jeans while making cupcakes for a street party with Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.

In a post on Instagram, Prince William's wife directed their smiling offspring in creating the sweet treats beneath Union Jack bunting in what appeared to be their home kitchen.

The images included George in the background whisking, Charlotte cracking an egg wearing a Boden striped T-shirt and Louis attempting to sieve some flour.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gingham blouse from John Lewis. (John Lewis)
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gingham blouse that has already sold out at John Lewis. (John Lewis)

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For the hands-on baking session, the duchess – who many also praised as "such a good mum" – wore a stylish but comfortable outfit.

The mother-of-three opted for a red and white gingham blouse with a statement Peter Pan collar by Brora – costing £129 – as well as a pair of blue jeans from & Other Stories.

She is known to favour denim from & Other Stories, and these could even be the same pair she was seen wearing when going to get her COVID vaccination last year.

But it's that oh-so-pretty, casually chic gingham blouse that has really stolen our hearts. And clearly everyone else who saw it because it has now sold out at John Lewis and on the Brora site. 'The Kate effect' in action yet again.

There's so much gingham around this summer, but Kate's blouse stands out because of the details - namely the beautifully puffed sleeves and the statement collar.

Never fear, we've scoured the virtual high street and found some equally lovely - and in some cases cheaper - alternatives so you can get Duchess of Cambridge look.

6 Duchess of Cambridge inspired gingham tops

Cotton Check Embroidered Blouse | £129 from Brora

Duchess of Cambridge gingham top
The embroidery on this Brora blouse adds extra interest. (Brora)

Red Gingham Oversized T-shirt | £12 (Was £28) from River Island

(River Island)
This very similar peter pan collar blouse is only £12. (River Island)

AND/OR Cindy Gingham Ruffle Top, Pink | £49 from John Lewis

Duchess of Cambridge gingham top
We love the pretty ruffles on this gingham top. (John Lewis & Partners)

Pure Cotton Gingham Puff Sleeve Longline Blouse | £29.50 from M&S

Duchess of Cambridge gingham top
We can see why this pure cotton, seersucker, puff-sleeved style is selling fast. (M&S)

Sister Jane Honey Peter Pan-collar gingham woven top | £69 from Selfridges

Duchess of Cambridge gingham top
If you want to make even more of a statement with your gingham, this is the look for you. (Selfridges)

SAMSØE Φ SAMSØE Celestine gingham cotton and silk-blend voile blouse | £54 (Was £120) from The Outnet

This gingham cotton and silk-blend voile blouse is now better than half price. (The Outnet)
This gingham cotton and silk-blend voile blouse is now better than half price. (The Outnet)

Watch: William and Kate post new pictures of George, Charlotte and Louis baking