Kate Middleton arrived at Royal Ascot today wearing a hat from Philip Treacy, an award-winning haute couture milliner who hails from Ahascragh, in County Galway.

Kate Middleton (Mike Egerton/PA)
Kate Middleton (Mike Egerton/PA)

Philip has become the go-to designer when it comes to headgear for the royal family and celebrities alike. And yes, he is the person who created the controversial pretzel-style hat which Princess Beatrice wore to William and Kate's wedding in 2011 – not everyone loved it but you can’t deny it was memorable.

Princess Beatrice (right) in the now-iconic hat designed by Philip Treacy (Steve Parsons/PA)
Princess Beatrice (right) in the now-iconic hat designed by Philip Treacy (Steve Parsons/PA)

The milliner famously dressed many of the guests attending Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding, this included A-listers such as Oprah, Priyanka Chopra, Suits actress Sarah Rafferty.

The Duchess of Cambridge paired the hat with a dress from Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab which comes in just above her ankles, with lace detailing and a pussy-bow tie. 

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Kate wore a dress from Elie Saab (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Even though the look is very much on brand, the choice of designer isn’t with some fashion fans speculating that this is the first time she’s worn anything by the label.

Even though the dress isn’t currently being sold on any of the major luxury sites, it’s from the Resort 19 collection and you can see it in the brand’s promotional videos.

Interestingly, the original dress has short sleeves but Kate’s had them lengthened, presumably to be more appropriate for Ascot.

Even though Kate undoubtedly looked great, we’re just a little disappointed she didn’t go as extra as some people in the hat department.

Click through our gallery above to see some of the most OTT headpieces we’ve already seen at day one of Ascot…