Holly and Kate wear identical brown polka dot dress eight months apart

Holly Willoughby channels Duchess Kate in polka dot dress
Holly Willoughby, pictured here in March 2022, channelled the Duchess of Cambridge with her latest look. (Getty Images)

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Last night images were released of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Lambrook School in Berkshire with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ahead of their first day at their new school.

While the children all wore blue school uniform, and William a co-ordinating navy suit, Kate stood out in a copper polka dot shirt dress by trendy London-based brand Rixo.

Unsurprisingly, the autumnal hued dress, which retails for £245, has already sold out online.

Even before its royal debut, the dress had already created quite a buzz, as it was worn by none other than Holly Willoughby on This Morning back in January.

BRACKNELL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot on September 7, 2022 in Bracknell, England. The family have set up home in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor's Home Park as their base after the Queen gave them permission to lease the four-bedroom Grade II listed home. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Lambrook Schoo for a setting in afternoon with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. (Getty Image)

Whether it be ‘the Kate effect’, or that auburn polka dots are becoming a notable rising dress trend, Willoughby donned another very similar button-down polka dot dress in a slightly darker bordeaux shade on This Morning on Thursday.

With its flattering A-line silhouette and addition of faux pearl buttons, we’re sure Willoughby’s latest dress would be Kate-approved. The best bit? It’s much more affordable than the Duchess’, retailing for just £89.

The dress by Finery comes in two colours, navy and Willoughby’s dark red and is available to purchase online at John Lewis in sizes 8 to 20.

Although we’re sure now that two of Britain’s biggest style icons have worn similar polka dot styles in the past 24 hours the dress won't be in stock for long.

Buy it: Finery Jaela Polka Dot Midi Dress, Bordeaux | £89 from John Lewis

We're sure Willoughby's £89 number will fly off the shelves. (John Lewis & Partners)
We're sure Willoughby's £89 number will fly off the shelves. (John Lewis & Partners)

£89 at John Lewis