The royals are not known for overt displays of emotion (unless you’re Princess Charlotte and there are balloons involved). Which is why you have to realllly read between the lines to see the touching way Kate Middleton payed tribute to Princess Diana today. 

The Duchess of Cambridge (with husband) was in Manchester today, wearing a rather lovely checked Erdem frock coat. The pair had several engagements, but the one with the coat connection is a hospice that Princess Diana opened way back in 1991, wearing, you guessed it, a rather lovely checked frock coat. 

And sure, Diana’s was red and very shoulder-padded, but many royal watchers are reading this as Kate’s little nod toward the legacy of her mother-in-law. 

In related news, Kate’s hair looked SO GOOD.