George wore a $185 Rachel Riley smocked set in an echo of William's 1984 look
Her nearly 2-year-old brother, Prince George, also wore an ensemble that was strikingly familiar.
Holding the hand of his father Prince William as the family entered the historic St. Mary Magdalene church in Norfolk, George wore an outfit similar to the one his dad wore on Sept. 16, 1984. William wore the red-and-white ensemble to meet his then-1-day-old baby brother, Prince Harry.
George’s outfit is not a re-wear, however: PEOPLE confirms that it is a new $135 smocked set by Rachel Riley, a favorite children’s wear designer of Kate’s.
“I’m so delighted,” Riley tells PEOPLE. “I’m absolutely thrilled and I think he looked so lovely.”
Choosing such timeless pieces shows a nod toward both the past and the future, Riley adds.
“There is a trend for vintage-inspired pieces at the moment and it,s nice to see,” she notes. “It’s fashionable now, but at the same time it’s traditional – so when they look back at these photos, there is a nod to traditional children’s clothing, which will still be relevant even when he is crowned King.”
The multi-generational look echoes the blue onesie George wore to Trooping the Colour last month, which had previously been worn by both William and Prince Charles.
“Kate is an art historian and she likes making these set-piece statements,” Ingrid Seward, author of A Century of Royal Children, told PEOPLE at the time. “She really has looked back at [past royal] portraits and she is working off those.”
To complete the outfit, George wore his favorite Start Rite’s “Jo”-style first walking shoes, which sell for $56. But no knee socks this time!
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