Kate Middleton's Gray Coat Was Artfully Chosen to Complement the Queen's Outfit

Kate Middleton stepped out on important royal duties on March 19, when she accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to King's College, London. They were there for the opening of the Bush House, a set of buildings that have been newly converted into new teaching and lecture spaces, and big crowds assembled at the campus for their chance to glimpse royalty. The queen chooses to wear bright colors so she can be easily seen, and today was no exception, but the Duchess of Cambridge was smart enough to do the opposite as she stood at the queen's side, opting for a gray fit-and-flare coat dress by one of her go-to labels, Catherine Walker.

Kate wore a very similar design from the same label in Leicester back in December, but this new design was missing the buttons and had an added belt and black collar. She put on a Sylvia Fletcher hat that she's owned for years and a pair of block-heeled black suede pumps. Her bag looks to be the black suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch, which she's carried dozens of times over the years. The queen, meanwhile, wore a pink cashmere coat by Stewart Parvin and is said to be wearing a dress that features shades of gray underneath, allowing her to subtly match with Kate while still standing out. Take a look at their arrivals ahead to see Kate's chic coat dress from all angles.