No matter the event, the royal arrivals can feel like the Oscars in terms of how excited we are to catch a glimpse of each and every member of the British royal family.

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The Platinum Jubilee’s National Service of Thanksgiving in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign was no exception. After seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral this morning, we were thrilled to spot the car carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pull up. But Kate Middleton’s decision to wear a pale yellow dress caught us off-guard: Yes, it was regal and stunning and all the things you’d expect at a formal royal ceremony like this, but it also felt like a direct nod to the queen.

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Here’s why: Let’s flash back eleven years ago to Prince William’s wedding to Kate. The queen wore a similar hue to their royal nuptials—pale yellow. Kate’s sartorial choice to wear this color (an Emilia Wickstead design) to St. Paul’s, while subtle, felt like an homage to that exact occasion and the queen.

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In addition, while Kate’s outfits for the Platinum Jubilee were likely planned weeks (months?) in advance, that pale yellow felt extra-bright in the absence of the queen herself today, who always dons a colorful hue. (Her Majesty had to pull out of the Service of Thanksgiving at the last minute after experiencing discomfort following yesterday’s Trooping the Colour.)

There’s more: An occasion like this—especially with the queen missing out—makes it hard not to recognize that royal change is soon to be upon us. There’s no question that Kate and William will play a prominent role when Prince Charles becomes king.

Today is proof that Kate is more than ready to dress the part.

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