Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge wears vintage tennis look by Alexander McQueen to sit in royal box at Wimbledon

Kate dresses for Wimbledon of yesteryear as she wears vintage tennis style to watch from Royal box (but it is by Alexander McQueen, of course)
Previously wore 1,100 cable knit dress on tour of Canada in July last yearDress is from design house's 2006 collection and was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker six years ago

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14:48 GMT, 4 July 2012

When it comes to her appearance, no one could ever accuse the Duchess of Cambridge of failing to make the proper effort.

Always impeccably turned out, Kate has an undeniable flair for fashion and frequently dresses as the occasion demands, whether it be top-to-toe red for Canada day, or a green coat for St Patrick's Day.

So it is no surprise that Kate looked to have referenced tennis style from 1920 with her outfit choice today.

Arriving with William just in time to watch Roger Federer take on Youzhny on Centre Court this afternoon, she wore a cream pleated cable knit dress by Alexander McQueen that looked as if it could have come straight from a Wimbledon kit list from the roaring Twenties.

Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Wimbledon today, dressed for the cooler weather in an Alexander McQueen dress she has worn before

Sports casual: Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Wimbledon today, dressed in an Alexander McQueen dress she has worn before – but this time the style was well-pitched for the sporting event

Good company: The duchess sat in the row in front of Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of former British tennis player Tim Henman

Good company: The duchess sat in the row in front of Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of former British tennis player Tim Henman

Game on: Just like the Middleton family, Kate and William are keen tennis fans and attended the tournament last year too

Game on: Just like the Middleton family, Kate and William are keen tennis fans and attended the tournament last year too

She accessorised the designer dress with a pair of 165 navy blue suede court shoes from LK Bennett.

It was a dress she has worn before – exactly a year ago today – when she made a trip to Prince Edward
Island during her tour of Canada in 2011.

It is a style that has also been worn previously by Sarah Jessica Parker. The Sex And The City actress wore a navy version of the dress in 2006, the year it was debuted by the British design house.

It is the first Wimbledon appearance
of the year for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The royal pair's
visit comes after Carole and Michael Middleton were guests in the Royal
box yesterday, and Pippa and James Middleton sat alongside Felicity
Kendal and her son Jake in the prestigious seats last Friday.

Royal guests: The pair arrived to watch Federer take on Youzhny on Centre Court today

Royal guests: The pair arrived to watch Federer take on Youzhny on Centre Court today

The knitted dress was a wise choice given the chill in the air today

The knitted dress was a wise choice given the chill in the air today

Wool dressed: The knitted outfit was a wise choice given the chill in the air today

That's entertainment: The young looked to be enjoying the game between Roger Federer and Mikhail Youzhny today

That's entertainment: The young looked to be enjoying the game between Roger Federer and Mikhail Youzhny today

Best seats in the house: The two sat in the same seats as Kate's mother Carole sat in yesterday, and Pippa and James last week

Best seats in the house: The two sat in the same seats as Kate's mother Carole sat in yesterday, and Pippa and James last week

Friends in high places: The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Princess Michael of Kent during the Federer match

Friends in high places: The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Princess Michael of Kent during the Federer match

Getting along famously: The two seemed to have plenty to chat about as they took in the action on Centre Court today

Getting along famously: The two seemed to have plenty to chat about as they took in the action on Centre Court today

Close game: Kate reacts as she watches a particularly tense moment in the match

Sharing a joke with the Princess Michael of Kent

Close game: Kate reacts as she watches a particularly tense moment in the match, and right, shares a joke with Princess Michael

HAVEN'T WE SEEN THAT DRESS SOMEWHERE BEFORE

The
1,1000 Alexander McQueen cable knit dress comes from the British design
house's 2006 collection – when the late founder Alexander McQueen was
still at the helm.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore the style the year it was shown on the catwalk, while Kate caused a stir in the fashion world when she wore it a full six years afterwards.

It was exactly a year ago today that she wore the McQueen garment – on a visit to Prince Edward Island last year during the tour of Canada she embarked upon with William just a few months after the Royal Wedding.

A familiar style: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a navy version of the dress in 2006

A familiar style: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a navy version of the dress in 2006

A familiar style: Kate wore the dress exactly a year ago today – with the same navy suede LK Bennett pumps she is wearing today – while actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a navy version of the dress in 2006

KATE'S STYLE INSPIRATION

Vintage: Did Kate take style tips from tennis stars of yesteryear including French player Suzanne Lenglen, in action at Wimbledon in 1924

Vintage: Did Kate take style tips from tennis stars of yesteryear including French player Suzanne Lenglen, in action at Wimbledon in 1924

Snap! Twenties tennis players wore the same pleats and tie-neck that Kate is sporting today

Snap! Twenties tennis players wore the same pleats as Kate's, and their jumpers tied at the neck reflect Kate's neck tie today

WHAT THE OTHER ROYALS WERE UP TO TODAY…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have made the most high profile appearance of the day, but this was by far a day off for the rest of the senior Royals.

Lately it seems as though not a day goes by without an engagement for the Queen, who at 86 seems to be working harder than ever before.

The Queen and Prince Philip were in Scotland where they attended a Glasgow Cathedral service as part of the ongoing Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Smiling despite the rain: The Queen leaves Glasgow Cathedral with Revd Dr Laurence Whitley after attending a service of thanksgiving to mark her Diamond Jubilee

Smiling despite the rain: The Queen leaves Glasgow Cathedral with Revd Dr Laurence Whitley after attending a service of thanksgiving to mark her Diamond Jubilee

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh in Glasgow this afternoon

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh in Glasgow this afternoon

The two enjoyed a performance from the Glasgow Youth Choir – including among their number former X Factor singer, Gamu.

As for Camilla and Charles, the two are currently enjoying a four day tour of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles to celebrate Charles' 60 years as Duke of Cornwall.

The two made an appearance in Newquay today where they paid a visit to the local Air Ambulance facilities.

The Cornish WI were on hand to provide refreshments – which Camilla enjoyed with great gusto.

Paying tribute: The Duchess of Cornwall today paid a visit to the Cornish Air Ambulance centre as part of a tour celebrating 60 years of Prince Charles holding the title of Duke of Cornwall

Paying tribute: The Duchess of Cornwall today paid a visit to the Cornish Air Ambulance centre as part of a tour celebrating 60 years of Prince Charles holding the title of Duke of Cornwall

vTime for tea: The duchess has cake with the the local WI on her visit to the Air Ambulance facilities

Time for tea: The duchess has cake with the the local WI on her visit to the Air Ambulance facilities