As the new patron for the Royal Photographic Society, a role passed on to her by Queen Elizabeth II just yesterday, Kate Middleton has wasted no time fulfilling her royal duties. The Duchess of Cambridge appeared at one of her first events on Tuesday—a photography workshop, co-hosted by the RPS and Action For Children in Kingston, England—and wore labels that were both familiar and unexpected.
Choosing a lightweight summer dress, Middleton wore a floral design by Ridley London, one of her most-worn brands. With its sheer sleeves and breezy hem, it was an elegant take on the prairie dress trend that’s been dominating in recent seasons. Meanwhile, on her feet, the Duchess opted for an affordable shoe. She wore Casta?er’s Carina espadrille wedges, which retail for $120. It served as a departure from the luxe Jimmy Choo pumps she so often favors, though she has also previously worn L.K. Bennett’s wedges.
Of course, Middleton isn’t the only royal to hop on a good bargain. Meghan Markle and Queen Letizia of Spain have both been known to wear moderately-priced footwear, the latter often slipping on designs by Steve Madden. But now with Middleton on board—they say three’s a trend!—accessible shoes are officially the new royal style memo.