While the Duchess of Cambridge's decision to wear Jenny Packham when she left the Lindo Wing with her newborn baby in arms on Monday evening caused the designer's website to temporarily crash, the other Middletons are doing their bit for British fashion too. In fact, Kate's mother Carole dazzled in an Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2012 'Dancing Girls' tea dress in Pebble as she visited her first grandchild, Prince George Alexander Louis at St Mary's Hospital.
Kiely, who by coincidence launched a new collaboration with Target in New York on Monday, spoke to Fashionista about Mama Middleton's wardrobe choice. She said, "Clearly we didn't know [she was going to wear it]. That was a surprise - a good surprise. She looked great - you know she's so elegant and slim and lovely. "I was delighted. It was a big moment for her - her first grandchild - so I was delighted [she chose one of our dresses].""
Asked if there were any plans to dress the Royal Baby, Kiely replied, "Well you never know."
It's not just Carole who's an Orla Kiely fan, Kate has also stepped out in pieces by the designer for two official engagements. The new mum wore a steel grey dress from Orla Kiely's Autumn Winter 2011 collection to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in March 2012, and at the time Kiely told Grazia, "When Kate wears one of your designs you get a boost. The phone was ringing off the hook – email went, and one of my team counted over 800 Google alerts in that time! The only thing was, it was the end of the season so we didn’t have so many of the dresses in stock. But it’s a nice thing to happen."
Kate in Orla Kiely in February and March 2012
The Duchess also wore a fit-and-flare coatdress by Orla Kiely for an engagement in Oxford in February 2012.
British designer Kiely clearly shares our delight in the royal couple as she said, "I think [all the Royal Baby hubub] is very sweet. I bet [Will and Kate] will be very normal parents. I bet they'll try and be as normal as possible."
See Kate's style highlights in our Duchess of Cambridge fashion gallery below...