It’s not every day that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle step out for royal engagements on the same day. Rarer yet is the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge and 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex matching. While the duchesses have been known to pay homage to each other’s favorite brands, they really threw royal fans for a loop when they wore coordinated outfits yesterday.
Markle kicked things off during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey to honor the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.
She selected a midnight blue wrap coat by Sentaler ($1,795) for the occasion, which she accessorized with a fascinator by Philip Treacy and a Remembrance Poppy. The artificial flower symbolizes the flowers that grew on the French and Belgian battlefields during World War I—it has been used since 1921 to commemorate fallen soldiers. She completed the navy and black look with Tamara Mellon x FRAME boots ($795).
Middleton, on the other hand, arrived at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields church wearing a sold-out Emilia Wickstead Kate blue A-line dress.
She carried an Aspinal of London patent-leather black clutch (a similar version from the brand is $425) that she’s worn previously and wore brand-new Jimmy Choo Romy 85 patent leather pointed-toe pumps ($595). The duchess topped the look with her Women of the First World War poppy brooch from Royal British Legion ($39). The brooch honors the memory of the women who served in WWI and lost their lives fighting for their country. She also paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana by wearing her sapphire and diamond drop earrings (which match her engagement ring quite well, we might add).
It’s unlikely that the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge intentionally coordinated their blue and black outfits, but we’re sure hoping it happens again.