Woman who shared dorm with Cambridges at St Andrews says William was always paying attention to Kate

Woman who shared a dorm with the Cambridges St Andrews says Prince William ‘was always paying attention to Kate Middleton’ and the pair had a ‘natural chemistry’ and ‘so much to say to each other’

  • Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, met the couple in 2001 at St. Andrews
  • All lived at St. Salvator’s Hall and said William and Kate had ‘definite chemistry’
  • Claims ‘small moments’ made her think pair would go the distance from early on

A woman who shared a dorm with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge says Prince William was ‘always paying attention’ to Kate Middleton whenever she was in the room.

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator’s Hall, said they had ‘definite chemistry’.

Laura, a singer-songwriter who penned a tune for the Cambridges’ wedding, quickly became friends with ‘Will Wales’, who lived down the corridor, and Kate whose room was downstairs. 

She said that there were ‘small moments’ between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance. 

A woman who shared a dorm with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge says Prince William was ‘always paying attention’ to Kate Middleton whenever she was in the room (pictured together in their uni days)

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator's Hall, said they had 'definite chemistry'

Laura Warshauer, from New Jersey, who met the couple in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where they all lived at St. Salvator’s Hall, said they had ‘definite chemistry’

‘Whenever Kate was in the room, Will was obviously paying attention to her,’ she told People

‘When we’d be sitting at lunch in the dining hall and the two of them would be talking, it was amazing to see how natural it was, how they had so much to say to each other.

‘Looking back, there were all these small moments—certainly moments where I was like, “Wow, this could really be something”.’  

Laura has previously opened up about their student life together, with William paying her visits on a hunt for biscuits and Kate sitting on her bed playing her guitar.

She said the ‘genuine’ Duchess ‘had a lovely way about her’ when they first met, while William would ‘walk around as a normal guy and people didn’t make a big deal of it’.

She previously recalled how William paid £200 for Kate during a ‘slave’ charity auction at a Harry Potter-themed party.

Laura said that there were 'small moments' between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance

Laura said that there were ‘small moments’ between William and Kate which made her believe from early days that the pair would go the distance 

‘One of my favourite memories was in November of [first] year and we were invited to a Harry Potter party at this castle,’ she said.

‘We all got on a big bus to go there and I remember Kate and William dancing together all night.

‘There was a charity auction where you could bid for the person for the day and Will paid £200 for Kate. She was dressed in school uniform and was stood on these stone steps with us all below.

‘No one else was winning Kate that night. They already had that connection.’

When Kate was voted ‘prettiest girl’ in the halls, Laura said it didn’t go to Kate’s head. 

‘There were applause, and she was wearing this cool black off-the-shoulder shirt… She’s very grounded, and that sense of ease comes through in the way she carries herself and the way she just graciously walked up and accepted this award,’ she recalled.

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went 'bright red' when she met the prince and 'scuttled off, feeling very shy'

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went ‘bright red’ when she met the prince and ‘scuttled off, feeling very shy’

‘She’s obviously stunning – but she doesn’t act in any way like, “Oh, I’m this gorgeous person”.’ 

During their engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she went ‘bright red’ when she met the prince and ‘scuttled off, feeling very shy’.

‘It did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other but we did become very close friends from quite early,’ she added.

William said: ‘We moved in together as friends. We lived with a couple of others as well, and it just sort of blossomed from there, really. We just saw more of each other, and you know, hung out a bit more and did stuff.’  

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are launching YouTube channel

Kate Middleton and Prince William have announced they are launching a YouTube channel by sharing another slick promotional video. 

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, shared a short video on their social media channels today called: ‘Welcome to our official YouTube channel!’

The video contained clips from engagements over the past few years, as well as behind-the-scenes candid moments from the couple, including Prince William joking with Kate: ‘We need to be careful what we say now because these guys are filming everything.’

It comes days after royal experts praised  the couple for sharing an ‘enchanting’ family video of themselves outdoors with their three children for their tenth wedding anniversary. 

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, shared a short video on their social media channels today called: ‘Welcome to our official YouTube channel!’

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a 39-second clip of their family on the day of their 10th wedding anniversary today, showing them at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall and on sand dunes at a nearby beach.

One royal expert said the video ‘goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image’, while another said it shows ‘how happy they are with their lives and in their roles’. 

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline today: ‘This enchanting video to mark the Cambridges tenth anniversary was a delightful surprise. We expected the happy photographs.

‘Both of them were superb portraits of a couple who are clearly blissfully happy, both with each other and in their roles, where they show to the world how far they are from being ‘trapped’. 

Prince William and Kate shared the video with their children including Prince Louis to mark their tenth wedding anniversary

Prince William and Kate shared the video with their children including Prince Louis to mark their tenth wedding anniversary

Donning casual clothes, the Cambridges are seen sitting on hay bales around the campfire toasting marshmallows

Donning casual clothes, the Cambridges are seen sitting on hay bales around the campfire toasting marshmallows

‘The Duchess has done a good deal of valuable work on children’s issues, particularly on those affecting young children. She has also talked about some of the problems of being a mother and has stressed how important the outdoors is. 

‘Mums up and down the country will identify with the simple joys of pottering with the kids on the beach, playing in the garden and in the countryside.

Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said today that the video 'goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image'

Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said today that the video ‘goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image’

‘This is symbolically significant too. In 1969, the riverside family barbecue where Prince Philip grilled sausages in the film The Royal Family, was considered one of the reasons it was thought to have gone too far, in revealing the informal lives of the royal family. Even today, it cannot be shown. 

‘The Cambridges are clearly signalling that the monarchy in the future will have a more informal style, which will suit changing times. William also knows that if the Queen wants a member of the royal family to visit one of the world’s most troubled regions, he is the person to send for, as he performed this role expertly three years ago when he visited both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

‘In William and Catherine, we have the ideal couple to face the challenges which lie ahead for the monarchy and the photographs and video which celebrate their first decade of marriage show us how happy they are with their lives and in their roles.’ 

In a tweet accompanying the Cambridges’ clip, which was created by filmmaker Will Warr and filmed last autumn, Prince William and Kate thanked those who had sent ‘kind messages’ to mark the milestone.

It said: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family.’

Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah told Sky News today: ‘I think that’s a really interesting release and I think it goes straight to the heart of what has made the Cambridges a very successful family in terms of public image. 

A smiling Kate Middleton opts for a casual look as she perches on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William

A smiling Kate Middleton opts for a casual look as she perches on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William

The family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card

The family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence

In the sweet video, Kate Middleton could be seen chasing Prince Louis around the garden of their Anmer Hall residence

‘Because while they jealously and fiercely guard their privacy, what they’re very good at doing is putting out just enough – photographs and now a video clip of private family time that makes the public feel that they are invested in them and they are getting to see a little bit of that behind the scenes magic.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the video shows 'how happy they are with their lives and in their roles'

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the video shows ‘how happy they are with their lives and in their roles’

‘That video came with a message thanking the public for all their support over the last ten years, and I think what they’re trying to do with that is to say “we understand you’re hugely interested in us, in our lives, in our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy and supporting us, and here’s a video giving you a little bit of an insight into what family life is like for the Cambridges”.’

She went on to talk about the ‘growing access’ that the public is getting to the Cambridges, but added: ‘What’s always quite interesting is that it’s controlled, and it’s very much on their terms, and it’s very often Kate that takes the photos, of course Chris Floyd took the ones that came out today.

‘We know that William and Kate are gradually taking on more work, they are stepping in taking on more responsibility with the Royal Family, supporting the Queen who’s now 95, and we are seeing a lot more of them.

‘Their role in public life and their role within the Royal Family is becoming more prominent, more important.’

At one point in the Cambridges’ video, it shows the royal couple sharing a joke with their youngest son, Prince Louis, while at another the whole family are seen toasting marshmallows over a bonfire.

The family look happy in each other’s company, with both the duke and duchess shown chasing, playing and holding hands with their children. 

Princess Charlotte, six, looks the spitting image of her great-grandmother the Queen

Royal enthusiasts have gone wild over Princess Charlotte’s striking resemblance to her great-grandmother, the Queen.

A photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter, who turns six today, was released by Kensington Palace to mark the occasion.

Princess Charlotte appears happy and relaxed in a floral summer dress, with her long hair loose and tousled in the picture, taken this weekend in Norfolk, by her mother Kate.

Delighted royal fans rushed to point out the family resemblances, noting how similar Princess Charlotte often looks to her great-grandmother, the Queen. 

Princess Elizabeth aged six, in a ballet outfit

Royal enthusiasts have gone wild over Princess Charlotte’s (pictured left, aged six) striking resemblance to her great-grandmother, the Queen (pictured right, aged six)

Delighted royal fans rushed to point out the family resemblances in Princess Charlotte's new portrait, noting how similar the young royal (pictured in a photo released to mark her first birthday) often looks to her great-grandmother, the Queen

The Queen at eight-months-old

Delighted royal fans rushed to point out the family resemblances in Princess Charlotte’s new portrait, noting how similar the young royal (pictured left, in a photo released to mark her first birthday) often looks to her great-grandmother, the Queen (pictured right, when eight-months-old)

One person wrote on Twitter: ‘I’ve always said I see so much of Her Majesty, The Queen, in little Princess Charlotte. She’s got the Queen’s eyes!’

Another wrote: ‘She really is a Windsor! Such a gorgeous girl!’, while a third added: ‘I’ve always thought Princess Charlotte was a mix of the Queen and Prince William.’

The new photo shows the smiling princess pictured outdoors while wearing a dark blue short sleeved £59 dress with a pink floral design from British children’s clothing brand Rachel Riley.

Royal fans compared the portrait to one of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, when aged six, showcasing Princess Charlotte’s uncanny resemblance to her great-grandmother. 

In a portrait released of the Queen when at the same age of her great-granddaughter, Her Majesty can be seen sporting the same charming smile.

Princess Charlotte, aged two

Her great-grandmother the Queen at the same age

Princess Charlotte, aged two, pictured left, while pictured right, is her great-grandmother the Queen at the same age in 1928

A handout photo, pictured, released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showing Princess Charlotte, aged three, with her brother Prince Louis in a pictured taken by her mother at Kensington Palace in London

The Queen aged three or four, pictured

A handout photo, pictured left, released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showing Princess Charlotte, aged three, with her brother Prince Louis in a pictured taken by her mother at Kensington Palace in London. Pictured right, The Queen aged three or four

The young Princess Elizabeth wore a stylish headband and ruffled ballet dress in the photograph.

But it’s not just this year’s portrait where the similar features can be spotted, with photographs of Princess Charlotte and the Queen when at the same age repeatedly showing their likeness.

For instance, when aged four, a picture of Princess Charlotte showed the young royal holding a flower as she ran through a field, similar to a snap of her great-grandmother at that age.

A young Princess Elizabeth was photographed playing in a field of flowers on June 3, 1930, when also aged four. 

When aged four, a picture of Princess Charlotte showed the young royal holding a flower as she ran through a field, similar to a snap of her great-grandmother at that age

A young Princess Elizabeth was photographed playing in a field of flowers on June 3, 1930, when also aged four

When aged four, a picture of Princess Charlotte (seen left) showed the young royal holding a flower as she ran through a field, similar to a snap of her great-grandmother at that age (seen right)

Princess Charlotte, aged five, pictured

The then Princess Elizabeth in 1931 aged five with her younger sister, Princess Margaret

Princess Charlotte, aged five, pictured left. Pictured right: The then Princess Elizabeth in 1931 aged five with her younger sister, Princess Margaret

Although Princess Charlotte’s parents have always fiercely protected their children’s privacy, restricting the number of photocalls they take part in each year for instance, they have been more relaxed of late. 

During lockdown, they shared their experiences of homeschooling, with Prince William admitting it was ‘a bit of a nightmare’ and joking that he struggled with Year 2 maths.

Along with her brothers, Princess Charlotte was pictured clapping for carers during the first lockdown and delivering packages of homemade pasta to isolated pensioners on the Sandringham Estate.

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, pictured around the age of six. Although Princess Charlotte's parents have always fiercely protected their children’s privacy, restricting the number of photocalls they take part in each year for instance, they have been more relaxed of late

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, pictured around the age of six. Although Princess Charlotte’s parents have always fiercely protected their children’s privacy, restricting the number of photocalls they take part in each year for instance, they have been more relaxed of late

Princess Elizabeth (to become Queen Elizabeth II) with her mother and father in the late 1930s

The Queen with her sister Princess Margaret as children in the 'grounds' of the model house - Y Bwthyn Bach - presented to them on Elizabeth's sixth birthday by the people of Wales in 1933

Princess Elizabeth (to become Queen Elizabeth II) with her mother and father in the late 1930s (left) and with her sister Princess Margaret as children in the ‘grounds’ of the model house – Y Bwthyn Bach – presented to them on Elizabeth’s sixth birthday by the people of Wales in 1933

Reaction: Royal enthusiasts took to Twitter today to comment on how much Princess Charlotte looks like her great-grandmother the Queen

Reaction: Royal enthusiasts took to Twitter today to comment on how much Princess Charlotte looks like her great-grandmother the Queen

In a video with David Attenborough, Princess Charlotte was heard declaring: ‘I like spiders. Do you like spiders too?’

The new photograph follows the release of a video of Princess Charlotte with her brothers, Prince George, seven, and Prince Louis, three, and their parents to mark the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary last week. 

It showed the family enjoying time outdoors at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall and on sand dunes at a nearby beach. 

In the video, Princess Charlotte was seen playing and toasting a marshmallow on a camp fire.

Kate Middleton wears the same trusty £475 knee-highs boots she’s had for 17 YEARS

These boots are made for keeping! Kate Middleton wears the same trusty £475 knee-highs she’s had for 17 YEARS during a farm visit with Prince William

  • Duchess of Cambridge wore a pair of leather knee high Penelope Chilvers boots
  • Kate, 39, first sported them to the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004 
  • She visited Manor Farm near County Durham today, alongside Prince William

She’s famous for her love of recycling and the Duchess of Cambridge upheld her thrifty reputation today, during a visit to a farm with Prince William.

Kate, 39, donned a pair of £475 boots that she has owned for 17 years as she travelled up to Darlington to visit Manor Farm.

The Duchess cut a casual figure on the visit, opting to wear a £190 shooting jacket from Danish company Seeland with several of her favourite pieces, including a £195 cosy jumper from sustainable brand Troy London.

She also wore the pair of leather knee high Penelope Chilvers boots she has owned since before she joined the royal family.

Kate, 39, donned a pair of £475 boots that she has owned for 17 years as she travelled up to Darlington to visit Manor Farm today, pictured 

August, 2004: Kate was first spotted in the £475 brown boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004, pictured

August, 2004: Kate was first spotted in the £475 brown boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004, pictured

Kate was first seen sporting a pair of the distinctive brown long tassel boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004. 

The then Kate Middleton had just been thrust into the spotlight after news of her relationship with Prince William first emerged. The couple met as first-year students at St Andrews University.

The boots made another appearance exactly a year later as Kate attended the Gatcombe Festival of Eventing in Gloucestershire.

On that occasion she paired them with a pair of blue denim jeans, a green V-neck jumper and white shirt.

August, 2005: Just four years after meeting William as a first-year student at St Andrews and Kate was already in the spotlight. Pictured, in the Penelope Chilvers boots, denim jeans, shirt, jumper and jacket at the Gatcombe Festival, Gloucestershire 

August, 2005: Just four years after meeting William as a first-year student at St Andrews and Kate was already in the spotlight. Pictured, in the Penelope Chilvers boots, denim jeans, shirt, jumper and jacket at the Gatcombe Festival, Gloucestershire 

April, 2016: Posing at Bhutan's famous Tiger's Nest monastery, Kate beams  at William. On her feet are the Penelope Chilvers boots, which she wore on the three-hour hike to the beauty spot

April, 2016: Posing at Bhutan’s famous Tiger’s Nest monastery, Kate beams at William. On her feet are the Penelope Chilvers boots, which she wore on the three-hour hike to the beauty spot

She wore a brown jacket and carried a bag in a matching colour, topping off the look with a similarly coloured trilby.

As the Duchess of Cambridge found her feet in the royal family, the boots stayed in the cupboard – at least on public appearances.

They were next seen when Kate and William headed out for a three-hour trek in Bhutan.

Royal watchers noted how the duchess did well to finish the hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery despite wearing jeans, a blouse and a khaki-coloured vest. 

September 2016: The boots once again made the perfect choice when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September

September 2016: The boots once again made the perfect choice when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September

October, 2018: The Duchess of Cambridge sported the boots by Penelope Chilvers as she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in west London

October, 2018: The Duchess of Cambridge sported the boots by Penelope Chilvers as she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in west London

However her Penelope Chilvers classics were certainly comfortable enough and the royal strode ahead with her husband.  

The boots once again made the perfect choice later that year when Kate and William braved the wind and rain on an outing during their royal tour of Canada in September. 

Kate opted for the practical look as she and William braved the elements on the remote Canadian island community of Bella Bella. 

It’s not clear whether Kate has had the same boots in her wardrobe for well over a decade or she’s so fond of them that she bought a second pair.

Other Penelope Chilvers fans include Claudia Schiffer, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett.

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How Kate Middleton’s wedding dress inspired a decade of celebrity brides

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress inspired a decade worth of celebrity copycats and the wedding dress market was flooded with imitations of the famous gown following the 2011 royal wedding, a fashion expert has revealed.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this week, celebrity stylist Karen Williams has shared how Kate’s famous Alexander McQueen gown influenced thousands of people to mimic the long-sleeved lace and satin style, including some of the most famous brides of the last decade.

The £250,000 intricate look, which included a lace bodice hand-stitched by the world’s best seamstresses at the Royal School of Needlework, became an instant hit when it was debuted at Westminster Abbey on 29th April, 2011. 

In the decade since, Kate’s dress has inspired the likes of Kim Kardashian, who walked down the aisle in a custom Givenchy gown to wed Kanye West in Florence in 2014 – as well as socialite Nicky Hilton, who sported a £55,000 Valentino to marry James Rothschild in London the year after, and more recently actress Rose Leslie who married her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harrington in 2018. 

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress inspired a decade worth of celebrity copycats and the wedding dress market was flooded with imitations of the famous gown, a fashion expert has revealed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are picture in 2011 at their wedding in Westminster Abbey

Speaking to FEMAIL, Karen who has styled Beyoncé and David Beckham, said: ‘Even though it’s been ten years since her dress graced us with its beauty – the impact was so great that many celebrities up until this point and for the foreseeable future will always look back at Kate’s iconic look as reference to the ultimate wedding dress. 

‘I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Kim Kardashian, Jacqueline Jossa, Nicky Hilton and many more (including my own wedding dress) chose the lace long sleeve. 

‘No matter what tweaks and differences celebrity wedding dresses may have, the designs of them have been changed forever and that’s because there’s one stand-alone dress that has set the bar as high as it did.’ 

Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy bridal gown – which was made by Kanye’s friend creative director Riccardo Tisci and cost a reported $500,00 – had the same look as Her Royal Highness’ with long lace arms, a cinched bodice and floor length flowing skirt.

In the decade since the royal wedding, Kate's dress has inspired the likes of Kim Kardashian, who walked down the aisle in a custom Givenchy gown to wed Kanye West in Florence in 2014 (pictured)

In the decade since the royal wedding, Kate’s dress has inspired the likes of Kim Kardashian, who walked down the aisle in a custom Givenchy gown to wed Kanye West in Florence in 2014 (pictured)

Kim Kardashian's Givenchy bridal gown, which was made by Kanye's friend creative director Riccardo Tisci a cost a reported $500,00 had the same look as Her Royal Highness' with long lace arms, a cinched bodice and floor length flowing skirt.

Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy bridal gown, which was made by Kanye’s friend creative director Riccardo Tisci a cost a reported $500,00 had the same look as Her Royal Highness’ with long lace arms, a cinched bodice and floor length flowing skirt.

Meanwhile, socialite and heiress Nicky Hilton sported a similar number for her wedding to banking heir James Rothschild in 2015.

Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, the businesswoman’s dress had an hourglass silhouette, long lace arms, and a block white corseted feature.

More recently controversial conservative commentator Candace Owens tied the knot to George Farmer, son of British life peer Baron Michael Farmer in a Kate-inspired lace bodice dress and flowing skirt in 2019.

The activist sported a gown from French designer Monique Lhuillier, in a very similar silhouette and panelling to Kate’s, with the same intricate lace panelling. 

Socialite and heiress Nicky Hilton sported a similar number for her wedding to banking heir James Rothschild in 2015.

Socialite and heiress Nicky Hilton sported a similar number for her wedding to banking heir James Rothschild in 2015.

Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, the businesswoman's dress had an hourglass silhouette, long lace arms, and a block white corseted feature

Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, the businesswoman’s dress had an hourglass silhouette, long lace arms, and a block white corseted feature

‘Kate’s track record for looking amazing at every event she attended wearing accessible brands had already won our hearts so we knew her wedding dress would be no different,’ Karen added. 

‘I expected classic, beautiful, elegant, but I don’t think anyone expected her dress to quite as stunning as it was.

‘The whole world seemed to be whipped into a mesmerised state by the sheer elegance, beauty and detail of her, in this Alexander McQueen creation’.

‘The organza-covered buttons, Rouleau loops, the lace crafted out of hand-cut English and Chantilly and the back of the dress included a folded detailing made with ivory and white satin gazar fabric.

Other brides that have sported similar looks included Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who wed her co-star Kit Harrington in 2018.

Just like the royal gown, Rose's dress had long lace sleeves and a full skirt, which was designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor.

Other brides that have sported similar looks included Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who wed her co-star Kit Harrington in 2018. Just like the royal gown, Rose’s dress had long lace sleeves and a full skirt, which was designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor.

‘Everything about this was just genius. Every now and then magic is created by the coming together of a fabulous outfit and the person wearing it.

‘I believe this was one of those magical moments, and this inspired all the big designers, right down to the small independent wedding dressmakers to rush into creating copycat dresses that flooded the industry’.

Other brides that have sported similar looks included Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who wed her co-star Kit Harrington in 2018. 

Just like the royal gown, Rose’s dress had long lace sleeves and a  full skirt, which was designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor.

More recently controversial conservative commentator Candace Owens tied the knot to George Farmer, son of British life peer Michael Farmer in a Kate-inspired lace bodice in 2019.

The activist sported a gown from French designer Monique Lhuillier, in a very similar silhouette and panelling to Kate's.

More recently controversial conservative commentator Candace Owens tied the knot to George Farmer, son of British life peer Michael Farmer in a Kate-inspired lace bodice in 2019.  The activist sported a gown from French designer Monique Lhuillier, in a very similar silhouette and panelling to Kate’s.

EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, Kate Upton, Sophie Turner, Karlie Kloss, and Ashlee Simpson have also all opted for long-sleeved lace numbers in their recent nuptials, many with a clear nod to the royal. 

‘From the moment our new fashion icon walked down the aisle she gave every girl in the world, no matter what their wealth was, a chance that they could look and feel like a princess for a day,’ Karen went on.

‘When Kate burst on to the royal scene as William’s girlfriend and we started to take her seriously as his future wife, she brought with her something new and fresh, something exciting which made many girls sit up and take note. 

Other brides who appear to be inspired by Kate include EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, Kate Upton, Sophie Turner (picturd)  Karlie Kloss, and Ashley Simpson who all opted for long-sleeved lace numbers in their recent nuptials.

Other brides who appear to be inspired by Kate include EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, Kate Upton, Sophie Turner (picturd)  Karlie Kloss, and Ashley Simpson who all opted for long-sleeved lace numbers in their recent nuptials.

Karlie Kloss also wore a similar design during her wedding to Joshua Kushner in 2008

Karlie Kloss also wore a similar design during her wedding to Joshua Kushner in 2008

‘Her simple approach to fashion gave us the classic vibes one would expect, but with a brilliant modern and slightly fashion forward twist. 

‘She famously stepped out in a Self Portrait off-white maxi dress to a London Premier and sent not just the fashionistas into a frenzy but normal girls too as this wasn’t exactly a designer dress. The price point was affordable for many.

‘Overnight Self Portrait became an iconic brand and from that point on Kate was our go-to girl for what to wear.      

Meanwhile, celebrity stylist Rochelle White added to FEMAIL: ‘I feel that the day that Kate got married and the world’s eyes were on her, her dress would become an inspiration. 

Ashlee Simpson also sported a similar number to wed her husband Evan Ross - the son of Diana Ross - in 2018

Ashlee Simpson also sported a similar number to wed her husband Evan Ross – the son of Diana Ross – in 2018

‘I think it inspired many celebrities to get a piece of that royal signature style. The bodice inspired by Victorian tradition of corsetry, proved a narrow waist, which I think was a flattering and sort after look. 

‘Since then many celebrities have created or worn similar styles that have included elements similar to Kate, such as Kate Upton who wore a slim fitting style covered in pearls and beads with Kim Kardashian having beautiful lace over the arms and body of her dress. 

‘The style of dress flattering on most body shapes and with (in some cases) padding being added to the midsections that then goes into the train. 

‘I feel that style and inspiration will continue for years to come as Kate is a fashion icon in many ways. 

Sarah Burton, who designed the dress, said at the time there were ‘a lot of references to Victorian corsetry’.

‘The padded hip, the tiny cinched-in waist, and also to the arts and crafts movement with all of the hand-work on the lace of the dress and also the bustle inside to create the shape of the back of the dress.

‘It has an essence of Victorian but we cut the dress in a very modern way, it is in a very light fabric, also the pleats and the folds create a modern feel rather than a historical piece,’ she added.