Kate’s take on Diana’s famous knitwear! Duchess pays tribute to her late mother-in-law with vibrant red patterned knit with white collar reminiscent of royal’s 1981 ‘Black Sheep’ jumper
Kate Middleton appeared to pay tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana with her choice of outfit to host her Christmas carol concert. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, sported a festive red £1,350 ($1,795) cardigan with a white collar from Miu Miu as she appeared in the first trailer for Royal Carols – Together At Christmas.
With its vibrant scarlet color, black and white polkadot style pattern and white collar, the look was remarkably similar to the Princess of Wales’ ‘black sheep jumper’. The late Diana famously wore the knit, created by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir’s Warm and Wonderful, in 1981 at the Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor and again in 1983. The late Diana famously wore the knit, created by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir’s Warm and Wonderful, in 1981 at the Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor and again in 1983.
The Duchess beamed in new photos released this morning ahead of the Westminster Abbey concert, which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve on ITV. Sporting her hair in a soft ‘bronde’ wave, the royal opted for a natural make-up look for the concert and looked delighted as she sat in pews at the famous abbey where she married Prince William in 2011. Her red knit features a sweet Peter Pan collar and is made of super soft cashmere. Her red knit features a sweet Peter Pan collar and is made of super soft cashmere.
Kate’s look echoed a style worn by Lady Diana Spencer, who donned a similar patterned jumper to attend several events in the 1980s. Many believed Princess Diana’s infamous ‘black sheep’ jumper cheekily hinted at her feelings of being an outsider in the Royal family.
The playful knit – featuring rows of white sheep and a single black sheep on a red background – caused quite a stir when the royal bride-to-be, newly engaged to Prince Charles, wore it with jeans to a polo match in the summer of 1981. Diana’s jumper was apparently a gift from the mother of one of the princess’ page boys at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. If her outfit raised eyebrows among courtiers that day, it caused even more of a kerfuffle in the tiny London knitwear shop owned by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir, whose humble design was about to go global. The jumper became a Sloane Ranger staple and even found its way into the wardrobes of David Bowie, Tippi Hedren and Penelope Keith. Eventually, it fell out of fashion and the duo stopped making it in 1994.
However, Princess Diana’s ‘black sheep’ jumper garnered attention again thanks to the fourth series of The Crown, which focused on the early romance between Prince Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, 30, and Diana, played by Emma Corrin, 24. And as such, Warm & Wonderful released the jumper again which is available to pre-order for $295 (£250) on American fashion brand Rowing Blazers under the name of ‘women’s original “Diana” sheep sweater’.
With a keen eye for detail, Kate often references Princess Diana with her style choices. In September, mother-of-three Kate dazzled at the James Bond No Time to Die premiere in a custom Jenny Packham embellished gown, which is usually priced at £2,800 ($3,720). Featuring cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders, she teamed her dress with bespoke £290 ($386) Onitaa earrings, which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label.
Kate’s choice of dress was extremely reminiscent of a similar outfit worn by Princess Diana for the premiere of the James Bond film A View to Kill in 1985.
In May, the Duchess sported a £59.99 ($80) Zara blazer and £95.00 ($126) pleated midi skirt by Hope Fashion in the colur of the Scottish flag.
Kate’s outfit drew a striking similarity to a look the Princess of Wales donned nearly three decades ago for a day of royal duties in Nottingham.
The trailer for Kate’s carol service also shows celebrity performers, including Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding and Tom Walker. It also features a clip of presenter Kate Garraway speaking at Westminster Abbey concert, which was filmed on December 8, 2021.
The service has been developed with BBC Studios Events Productions, but it will be broadcast on ITV at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special program called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas. Prince William and Kate reportedly dropped the BBC as the broadcaster for their Christmas special in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press, which was criticized by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ about the Royal Family. Pictured: Leona Lewis stuns during a performance in the special.