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Royal Ascot racegoers seek fashion inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge

Harper's Bazaar (UK) logo Harper's Bazaar (UK) 24/06/2018 Danielle Fowler

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a lace midi dress by Dolce and Gabbana for her debut Royal Ascot appearance in 2016. © Provided by Getty The Duchess of Cambridge wore a lace midi dress by Dolce and Gabbana for her debut Royal Ascot appearance in 2016. Despite skipping this year's racing event - the 36-year-old is currently on maternity leave - she still managed to prove her sartorial influence.

In keeping with the prestigious racecourse's strict dress code, three women each chose to wear the duchess' now-famous crochet-effect Self-Portrait dress.

The royal first wore the cream-hued look back in November 2016 - the same year in which Paris Hilton also donned the dress - for the star-studded premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob

Further proof of her sartorial pulling power? The dress sold out within a mere matter of hours. Fast-forward almost two years and the protocol-breaking dress remains a seriously covetable look.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot 2017. © Provided by Getty Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot 2017. Though it comes as no surprise that race-goers are flocking to recreate the red carpet aesthetic, as it is strikingly reminiscent of her previous Royal Ascot dresses.

For both of the Duchess of Cambridge's appearances at the regal event, she wore lace-emblazoned looks by Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana.

But Self-Portrait is fast becoming one of the royal family's go-to labels. The Duchess of Sussex also looked to the brand for sartorial assistance on one of her first pre-wedding engagements.

For an official reception at the Australian embassy back in April, the duchess-to-be opted for a £300 floral midi dress by the fashion house and teamed the look with a slick blazer by Alexander McQueen.

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