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September 16, 2016 11:40 AM

Princess Kate may have gone back to school on Friday, but her outfit was anything but by the book.

Wearing a sky blue polka dot dress by New York-based designer Altuzarra, Kate brought a ray of sunshine to the dreary weather conditions in Harlow, Essex, in the U.K. where she and Prince William were visiting Stewards Academy in association with their Heads Together mental health campaign.

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The slim silhouette, three-quarter length sleeves and the simple polka-dot print are go-to features for the royal, who accessorized with her favorite Fern L.K. Bennett nude pumps and her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings and pendant set. The cheery, summery dress even had a knee-to-thigh split revealing a subtle glimpse of leg. Retailing for $2,150, the Aimee stretch-woven dress by Paris-born Joseph Altuzarra is part of the designer’s current collection.

Princess Kate
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“I thought she looked elegant, radiant and fresh. As always, she looked incredibly regal, but the polka dot lent a sense of playfulness and fun,” Joseph Altuzarra tells PEOPLE.

Mostly staying loyal to British designers, Kate has looked across the pond for fashion cues of late, most recently choosing a pale pink design by Lela Rose during a two-day tour of Cornwall.

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And Kate is in good company as Altuzarra, who founded his label back in 2008 and has since won the much-coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA awards in 2014, not only dresses Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, but Margot Robbie recently wore this exact dress for a magazine shoot. And Krysten Ritter wore the red version of the sexy dress in May.

Krysten Ritter in the red version of Kate's Altuzarra dress.
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