You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Is Meghan modeling herself on Princess Margaret? How the Duchess' Ascot outfit echoed a VERY similar ensemble the late princess wore to the race meeting in 1952

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6/20/2018 Siofra Brennan

a group of people posing for the camera: All white: Meghan wore a crisp white coat dress featuring an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of pastel-coloured coats on display in the Royal Enclosure © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited All white: Meghan wore a crisp white coat dress featuring an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of pastel-coloured coats on display in the Royal Enclosure As she stepped out at Royal Ascot in a white Givenchy coat dress on Tuesday, the new Duchess of Sussex was reminiscent of another very glamorous royal.

The outfit Meghan, 36, chose for her Ascot debut was very similar to the Dior ensemble the Queen's late sister Princess Margaret wore to the racing event 66 years earlier. 

Meghan  paired the frock, from her wedding dress designer Givenchy, with a statement black and white hat from milliner Philip Treacy.

And in 1952, Princess Margaret - then 21-years-old - also went for a monochrome look, pairing her white Dior gown with black gloves and a black and white hat.  

Like Meghan, the royal also had a bespoke version of the Dior gown created especially for the event. 

The fabric came from Dior's Rose Pompon collection, which featured a rosebud design, but Margaret had a bespoke version made for herself in plain cream. 

a group of people wearing costumes: Princess Margaret, then 21, wore a bespoke Dior cream dress teamed with a black and white hat for Royal Ascot in 1952 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Princess Margaret, then 21, wore a bespoke Dior cream dress teamed with a black and white hat for Royal Ascot in 1952 a group of people standing in the grass: Yesterday, Meghan echoed Margaret's style in a crisp white coat dress with a black belt and a monochrome hat by Philip Treacy for her Royal Ascot debut © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Yesterday, Meghan echoed Margaret's style in a crisp white coat dress with a black belt and a monochrome hat by Philip Treacy for her Royal Ascot debut

Keen to forge her own style identity while remaining appropriate Meghan will no doubt look to other members of the Royal Family for inspiration. 

However, she will be eager to avoid looking like a copycat of the Duchess of Cambridge or seeming to compete with her late mother-in-law Princess Diana. 

It therefore makes sense that she would look further back for style notes to Princess Margaret who was known for her elegant wardrobe. 

Margaret's dress is currently on display as part of the exhibition Royal Women at Bath's Fashion Museum. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The Queen and Princess Margaret attending Royal Ascot in 1952 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen and Princess Margaret attending Royal Ascot in 1952
a group of people wearing military uniforms: Meghan paired the frock, from wedding dress designer Givenchy, with a statement black and white hat from milliner Philip Treacy © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan paired the frock, from wedding dress designer Givenchy, with a statement black and white hat from milliner Philip Treacy

Meghan's crisp white coat dress featured an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of sensible pastel-colored frocks on display in the Royal Enclosure.

The outfit was set off by a sizeable monochrome creation by hat designer Philip Treacy, a favorite among the royals, including Meghan, who has consistently showcased his millinery since becoming a duchess.

The glamorous headgear featured a white base and a wide black trim which fanned out around her face.

a person wearing a costume: She was dressed in monochrome © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She was dressed in monochrome
a person wearing a hat: The outfit was set off by a sizeable monochrome creation by hat designer Philip Treacy, a favourite among the royals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The outfit was set off by a sizeable monochrome creation by hat designer Philip Treacy, a favourite among the royals

Dramatic detail of a long black reed and knot finished off the piece, ensuring Meghan was ready for her day at the races with the royal family.

Her dress, although casual and simple in its shirt-style tailoring, was rich in detail with subtle embroidery around the waist and was finished off with fine white buttons.

Embracing the monochrome look, Meghan nipped her dress in at the waist with a dark belt and wore black shoes with a quirky shaped heel.

Previously known for her relaxed hairstyles with strands framing her face, Meghan’s Ascot look was more in keeping with royal tradition as she sported a chic side chignon.

AdChoices

More From Daily Mail

AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon