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alert-–-sophie-wessex-and-daughter-lady-louise-are-queens-of-the-royal-hand-me-down-–-as-these-stylish-pictures-proveAlert – Sophie Wessex and daughter Lady Louise are Queens of the royal hand-me-down – as these stylish pictures prove

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

And when it comes to her sense of style, the Duchess of Edinburgh certainly has a keen admirer in her daughter, Lady Louise.

It seems that Louise, 20, is more than happy to raid her mother’s rather impressive wardrobe and has recently been photographed giving some old hits a new life.

Who wouldn’t recycle when the labels on offer include the likes of Stella McCartney, Suzannah and ME+EM?

Sophie Wessex attends the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in November, 2015

Lady Louise Windsor at  a pre-Coronation dinner party taking place Oswald's Restaurant in Mayfair last year

Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise Spencer wearing the same Mary Katrantzou dress

Sophie Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise Spencer, have both worn the Mary Katrantzou ‘Lamur’ dress. 

This elaborate design boasted a lace bodice, accented by turquoise embroidery, and a mid-length satin skirt.

Attending the glamorous 2015 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, Sophie expertly styled her dress with classic court shoes and a matching black bag. 

Meanwhile, in 2023, Louise teamed it with nude heels and delicate earrings for a pre-Coronation dinner party. 

Blazing a trail 

Last year, the royal duo showcased a camel Italian wool blazer by ME+EM.

Made from a recycled wool-blend, the military-inspired design incorporated a tailored silhouette and antique gold-toned buttons. 

It was well-suited for Sophie’s visit to HMS Daring at His Majesty’s Naval Base and Louise’s appearance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. 

Sophie visits HMS Daring at His Majesty's Naval Base, Portsmouth on April 11, 2023

Louise takes part in the Pol Roger Meet of The British Driving Society on day four of the 2023 Royal Windsor Horse Show

Louise borrowed her mother Sophie’s ME+EM jacket after she wore it in 2023

Dress up – hand me down

Lady Louise wore her mother’s Peter Pilotto dress a full seven years after Sophie. 

The unique handkerchief dress featured a floral print, blending violet and teal tones, delivering a striking sartorial statement. 

However, Louise opted for white trainers instead of her mother’s wedges, creating a more modern aesthetic.

Sophie tries her hand at hockey as she attends the EuroHockey Championships at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on August 30, 2015

Louise and her brother James arrive at the Birmingham NEC for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2022

Louise wore the Peter Pilotto dress seven years after it first appeared on  Sophie 

It’s a wrap

Sophie had wrapped up in her navy Roland Mouret coat on five occasions before Louise decided to follow suit. 

Offering a fresh twist on the classic trench, the ‘Millington’ double-wool crepe coat had flared sleeves, distinctive lapels and a knee length.

The duo chose varying accessories: 

Sophie opted for a Jane Taylor London straw hat and Manolo Blahnik satin pumps, while Louise chose a Jane Taylor London trilby and nude suede heels.

Sophie attends the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018

Lady Louise attends the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2022 in Sandringham, Norfolk

Sophie’s Roland Mouret coat appears to be in pristine condition – even though Lady Louise has waited four years to wear it 

A head start

Sophie and Louise seemed to effortlessly carry off this eccentric Philip Treacy hat, a feat few others could manage. 

Sophie wore the headpiece at the 2009 Trooping the Colour, a moment that marked her daughter’s inaugural appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony 

So it might have held special significance when Louise wore the same hat for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022. 

Sophie stands on the Buckingham Palace balcony with her daughter during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2009

Louise and her brother James  during Trooping the Colour on June 02, 2022

Sophie emulated her mother’s 2009 outfit for Trooping the Colour in 2022

 Just Fedorable…

Louise has also borrowed her mother’s Hayfield England fedora.

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2022 and 2023, the young royal accessorised with her mother’s striking hat on both occasions.

Sophie previously showcased the piece at the equestrian competition in 2021.

Crafted from wool felt, this timeless design was elevated by colourful feathers, attached to a polished hand-engineered cartridge. 

Sophie watches the Carriage Driving Cross Country on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on July 3, 2021

Louise takes part in the Coaching Marathon on day two of the 2023 Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 12, 2023

Sophie’s Hayfield England fedora must have caught her daughter’s eye as she was spotted wearing it two years later

Mini-dress for mini-me 

The Alia ‘Parfum’ dress was a staple in Sophie Wessex’s wardrobe until Louise claimed it. 

Both royals have donned the mini dress for notable events, including Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday festivities and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. 

With its scoop neck and fit-and-flare silhouette, the monochrome design paired flawlessly with both Sophie’s black cropped jacket and Louise’s white suede bolero. 

Sophie attends The Patron's Lunch celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday on The Mall on June 12, 2016

Louise attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Louise borrowed her mother’s Alaia dress for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Fit and Flare

Sophie Wessex attends 5 Rifles homecoming parade at Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp on November 14, 2017 in Salisbury

Lady Louise Windsor competes in The Coaching Marathon during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle on May 12, 2023

Louise borrowed Sophie’s Stella McCartney coat six years after the Duchess debuted it

Stella McCartney’s ‘Vivienne’ coat was destined to stand the test of time.

First worn by Sophie in 2017, and later by Louise in 2023, the navy wool design incorporated classic notch lapels and a concealed front button.

Its elegant fit-and-flare silhouette goes down to the shin, offering the royals complete versatility. 

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