The Duchess of Cambridge came out in one of this summer’s must-have prints when she joined Prince William and a son Prince George in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday.

Kate, 40, donned a £1,335 polka dot floor-length dress by the famous label Alessandra Rich, just days after wearing another polka dot dress by the designer for her first outing at SW19.

Polka dots have become a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge in recent months and are a way to add a playful touch to an elegant silhouette.

She wore classic polka dot dresses to Royal Ascot and The Duke of Edinburghmemorial service in March, both Alessandro Rich.

A print favored by Princess Diana, according to British Vogue, it is experiencing a “resurgence” and is a sophisticated choice for the summer months.

Celebrity stylist Rachel Gold agrees. “Polka dots have been worn since the 50s when they became a huge craze associated with the polka dance. Women wore them to be trendy, classic and fun,” she told FEMAIL.

On the spot! The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £1,335 polka dot midi dress by popular label Alessandra Rich to the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday

Verified: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £1,515 blue Alessandra Rich dress to support Cameron Norrie at Wimbledon last week

Kate in a white £1,970 dress by the designer at Royal Ascot

Checked out: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £1,515 blue Alessandra Rich dress to support Cameron Norah at Wimbledon last week (left) and a £1,970 white designer dress at Royal Ascot (right)

Classic silhouette: The Duchess of Cambridge looked sophisticated in a £1,495 Alessandra Rich dress as she arrived at Prince Philip's memorial service in March

Classic silhouette: The Duchess of Cambridge looked sophisticated in a £1,495 Alessandra Rich dress as she arrived at Prince Philip’s memorial service in March

“Often seen in ’50s swing dresses and a total hit when worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, also worn by Joan Crawford and Sophie Lauren.

“Anyone who’s ever seen Pretty Woman remembers Julia Roberts at the polo, wearing a super polka dot dress and short white gloves.”

For members of the royal family, polka dots provide an opportunity to add a touch of individuality to a classic ensemble.

“The Queen and Lady Diana were sometimes seen wearing polka dots,” Rachel continued. “I’m sure the Duchess of Cambridge loves wearing them, like the rest of us, because they’re a total classic, but also fun, just like her.”

She added: “Polka dots are so versatile. It’s super on trend and can be dressed up or down. Anyone of any age can wear polka dots and this may be the hidden secret that makes it so trendy and loved.’

The Duchess of Cambridge wore her 1950s Alessandra Rich polka dot dress with designer pumps yesterday.

She wore similar heels last week when she stepped out in a £1,515 designer dress at Wimbledon.

Kate, 39, arrived at SW19 on day five of the two-week tournament in 2021 wearing a £795 Alessandra Rich skirt, a £675 Mulberry handbag, white heels and a tailored jacket by Canadian brand Smythe.

The Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon

I’m looking for an ace! Sticking to what she knows, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a £795 Alessandra Rich skirt, a £675 Mulberry bag and white heels to Wimbledon 2021.

Fashionable apple!  The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £380 Tory Burch blouse during a visit to Wolverhampton in May 2021, proving that polka dots go just as well with a blouse

Fashionable apple! The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £380 Tory Burch blouse during a visit to Wolverhampton in May 2021, proving that polka dots go just as well with a blouse

Spring chic: Duchess of Cambridge re-wears favorite Equipment blouse for video call with Prince William in March 2021

Spring chic: Duchess of Cambridge re-wears favorite Equipment blouse for video call with Prince William in March 2021

Diana’s double! How Alessandra Rich’s designs lead to comparisons to the late princess

A £1,970 Alessandra Rich midi was the order of the day when Kate joined Prince William at Royal Ascot last month.

The dress was the same shape as the £1,495 navy and white number the royal wore to Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s love affair with polka dots began years ago, when she chose a light pale blue printed dress in July 2013 to introduce Prince George to the world in a look that was emulated by new mothers across the country.

She also wore polka dots several times at Wimbledon. In 2017, Kate kept things classic in a square-neck Dolce & Gabbana black and white creation, and in 2021 she went for a more casual polka dot look, pairing an Alessandra Rich skirt with a simple white tee.

Classic combo: The Duchess of Cambridge showed off a stylish £1,500 Emilia Wickstead dress as she celebrated the national launch of Tiny Happy People, the BBC's educational initiative which provides a range of free digital resources, in July 2020.

Classic combo: The Duchess of Cambridge showed off a stylish £1,500 Emilia Wickstead dress as she celebrated the national launch of Tiny Happy People, the BBC’s educational initiative which provides a range of free digital resources, in July 2020.

Branching Out: While the Duchess prefers classic black or navy polka dots, she showed off a more adventurous side in a vintage Oscar de la Renta dress in Dublin in March 2020.

Kate Middleton in a £1,250 printed Suzannah midi dress on the same royal tour

Branching out: While the Duchess prefers classic black or navy polka dots, she showed off a more adventurous side in a vintage pink Oscar de la Renta dress in Dublin March 2020 (left) and a £1,250 Suzanne print midi dress on the same royal tour (right)

Smart and simple: Duchess of Cambridge in different polka dot blouse during royal tour of Ireland in March 2020

Smart and simple: Duchess of Cambridge in different polka dot blouse during royal tour of Ireland in March 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge made high-end designer Alessandra Rich his choice for high-profile events.

Kate wore the brand for the first time in November 2018 and has since appeared in the brand more than 10 times.

Alessandra Rich, the woman behind the label, is an Italian-born London-based designer who says she is inspired by the “polite rebels” of history such as Princess Diana.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that Kate is often compared to a stylish princess when she steps out in one of Rich’s dresses, including the yellow basque she wore on the final day of the royal tour on Sunday.

Perfection in polka dots!  Kate looked stunning in a £1,750 Alessandra Rich dress at Bletchley Park in May 2019

Perfection in polka dots! Kate looked stunning in a £1,750 Alessandra Rich dress at Bletchley Park in May 2019

Feeling green: Kate Middleton stepped out in a £325 LK Bennett silk cream green polka dot dress for the Evelyn Children's Hospital in London in December 2018.

Feeling green: Kate Middleton stepped out in a £325 LK Bennett silk cream green polka dot dress for the Evelyn Children’s Hospital in London in December 2018.

Favourite: The same dress was first seen in photos taken to celebrate Prince Charles' 70th birthday in November 2018.

Favourite: The same dress was first seen in photos taken to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in November 2018.

“I’m drawn to history’s suave rebels like Princess Diana, and I want to embody that spirit in an Alessandra Rich woman,” Rich once said.

Describing her designs as “contemporary with a twist”, she added that her ideas are often inspired by the French women in the films she most admires – such as Catherine Deneuve in The Beauty.

The Duchess of Cambridge first wore a £1,750 Alessandra Rich navy polka dot dress for a family photo shoot at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in November 2018.

She wore the same dress again six months later during a visit to Bletchley Park.

Wimbledon white!  The Duchess of Cambridge wore an all-white outfit in this Dolce & Gabbana dress at Wimbledon in 2017

Wimbledon white! The Duchess of Cambridge wore an all-white outfit in this Dolce & Gabbana dress at Wimbledon in 2017

High profile: The Duchess of Cambridge even chose a polka dot dress for her journey home from the Lindo Wing in London after giving birth to Prince George in July 2013.

High profile: The Duchess of Cambridge even chose a polka dot dress for her journey home from the Lindo Wing in London after giving birth to Prince George in July 2013.

A-list favorite £1,750 Alessandra Rich Polka Dot Dress

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