Why Carrie Johnson is the wannabe Kate Middleton

Schmoozing, showing off her toddler and flaunting a fabulous wardrobe, Carrie Johnson didn’t put a well-heeled foot wrong at last week’s G7 summit.

But look a little closer at Carrie, 33, and you’ll spot something very familiar about the PM’s wife.

From her floaty frocks to the dazzling rock on her finger, her taste in baby clothes to her holiday destinations, Carrie is an awful lot like the Duchess of Cambridge.

In fact, when Kate, 39, visited Cornwall for a day of G7 engagements, it was no wonder the two didn’t attend the same event — they might have turned up in the same outfit. Here, SARAH RAINEY shows Carrie’s the ultimate Copy-Kate… 

SMART WESTMINSTER WEDDINGS 

While Boris and Carrie’s secret wedding last month wasn’t a patch on Kate and Wills’ grand ceremony back in 2011, the two events have plenty in common.

Both took place in Westminster; the former at Westminster Cathedral and the latter, of course, in the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey.

Both couples decided to postpone their honeymoons; while travel restrictions make holidaying tricky for the PM and his new bride, Prince William had to be back at work at RAF Anglesey.

Pictured, Westminster Abbey

Pictured, Westminster Abbey

Pictured, Westminster Cathedral

Pictured, Westminster Cathedral

Both weddings took place in Westminster; the former at Westminster Cathedral and the latter, of course, in the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey

Boris Johnson and Carrie on their wedding day

Boris Johnson and Carrie on their wedding day

The Duke and Duchess on their wedding day in 2011

The Duke and Duchess on their wedding day in 2011

While Boris and Carrie’s secret wedding last month wasn’t a patch on Kate and Wills’ grand ceremony back in 2011, the two events have plenty in common

Carrie’s Christos Costarellos dress had long sleeves, floral appliqués and a lace overlay – just like Kate’s – and she reportedly ordered three decoy dresses, another tactic inspired by the royal, in order to keep proceedings firmly under wraps.

One of the 30 attendees joked there was a ‘total omertà’ on divulging details of the PM’s wedding, with staff at the small reception made to sign detailed non-disclosure agreements.

The same measures were in place at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials ten years ago.

LOYAL POOCH AT THEIR BECK AND CALL

Lupo, the royal cocker spaniel – who sadly died last November – was the apple of Kate’s eye.

Having been bred from Michael and Carole Middleton’s dog Ella, he joined the Cambridges in 2012, just a year before Prince George was born.

Similarly, Dilyn, the Welsh Jack Russell cross, was adopted by Carrie and Boris in 2019 – a year before their son, Wilfred, joined the family at Downing Street. Both women are lifelong dog-lovers and have been pictured lavishing their pups with love.

Kate, a skilled amateur photographer, took a number of pictures of the family dog, including in official portraits of Prince George shortly after he was born.

Dilyn, meanwhile, seems to crave the spotlight somewhat more than his royal counterpart. Having accompanied Carrie on the campaign trail in 2019, he has his own (unofficial) Twitter profile, with over 5,000 followers, and features prominently on his mistress’s Instagram account.

GLAMOROUS GETAWAYS TO THE CARIBBEAN

Whether swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands (in 2017) or frolicking on the beach in Barbados (in 2016), Carrie loves a Caribbean getaway.

Her Instagram abounds with snaps of white-sand beaches, aquamarine seas – and, of course, plenty of bikini shots as she flaunts her svelte figure for her followers.

While royal protocols state that Kate can’t be photographed in swimwear or on a private beach, her passion for the Caribbean is no secret – and goes back at lot further than Carrie’s.

The duchess has been holidaying on the private island of Mustique, where the Cambridges rent a £27,000-a-week luxury villa, with her family since 2008.

Carrie’s Caribbean breaks aren’t quite so exorbitant, but she has stayed at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados, where rooms start at £480 a night. 

Carrie’s Caribbean breaks aren’t quite so exorbitant, but she has stayed at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados, where rooms start at £480 a night

Carrie’s Caribbean breaks aren’t quite so exorbitant, but she has stayed at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados, where rooms start at £480 a night

Carrie’s Caribbean breaks aren’t quite so exorbitant, but she has stayed at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados, where rooms start at £480 a night

IN SPARKLING COMPANY 

Carrie stepped out wearing her own coloured oval gemstone surrounded by diamonds

Carrie stepped out wearing her own coloured oval gemstone surrounded by diamonds

Kate’s 12-carat oval sapphire-and-diamond sparkler is an icon

Kate’s 12-carat oval sapphire-and-diamond sparkler is an icon

Kate’s 12-carat oval sapphire-and-diamond sparkler is an icon. Carrie stepped out wearing her own coloured oval gemstone surrounded by diamonds

Kate’s 12-carat oval sapphire-and-diamond sparkler is an icon, valued at £390,000. Last March, Carrie stepped out wearing her own coloured oval gemstone surrounded by diamonds. Hers is a three-carat emerald, similarly set and worth around £35,000.

Carrie’s shoes at last week’s summit included £60 Zara heels, £175 sandals by LK Bennett and £530 Jimmy Choo stilettos, all brands owned by Kate. She has taken to pairing long dresses with nude courts, a classic royal manoeuvre, and owns several pairs of Superga trainers (£55), which Kate has been wearing since 2016.

Carrie has even mimicked the trademark Middleton combo of long suede boots with opaque black tights.

DUPLICATE DRESSES

The Duchess donned an emerald-green gown by chic label The Vampire’s Wife in Ireland last year

The Duchess donned an emerald-green gown by chic label The Vampire’s Wife in Ireland last year

Carrie chose a dress in the same distinctive designer’s style to meet the Queen at the G7 summit last week

Carrie chose a dress in the same distinctive designer’s style to meet the Queen at the G7 summit last week

The Duchess donned an emerald-green gown by chic label The Vampire’s Wife in Ireland last year, while Carrie chose a dress in the same distinctive designer’s style to meet the Queen at the G7 summit last week

The two women’s wardrobes look uncannily similar — and the dates show that, in almost every case, Kate wore it first, though given she has been in the public eye for longer, perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise.

For Boris’s first speech outside No 10 in July 2019, his bride-to-be wore a red-and-pink floral tea dress by Ghost, accessorised with nude court shoes. Onlookers recognised the ensemble; just two weeks earlier, Kate had worn a red-and-pink chiffon dress and a pair of nude espadrilles to a charity polo match.

The Duchess donned an emerald-green gown by chic label The Vampire’s Wife in Ireland last year, while Carrie chose a dress in the same distinctive designer’s style to meet the Queen at the G7 summit last week.

Other royal-endorsed labels in Carrie’s closet include Ghost, Eponine, Zara, Whistles, Roksanda Ilincic and Temperley London; indeed, the pair both own the same £750 Temperley ‘Noa’ coat and have worn it to Remembrance Day events (Kate in 2013, Carrie in 2019).

THAT BOUNCY BLOW-DRY 

Kate relies on two trusted hairdressers: Chelsea-based Richard Ward and Amanda Cook Tucker, who accompanies her on royal tours

Kate relies on two trusted hairdressers: Chelsea-based Richard Ward and Amanda Cook Tucker, who accompanies her on royal tours

Carrie, meanwhile, has been spotted in Myla and Davis

Carrie, meanwhile, has been spotted in Myla and Davis

Kate relies on two trusted hairdressers: Chelsea-based Richard Ward and Amanda Cook Tucker, who accompanies her on royal tours. Carrie, meanwhile, has been spotted in Myla and Davis

Blonde Carrie and brunette Kate have similar-length locks, and Carrie’s quickly cottoned on to the need to keep them looking their best. 

Kate relies on two trusted hairdressers: Chelsea-based Richard Ward and Amanda Cook Tucker, who accompanies her on royal tours. Carrie, meanwhile, has been spotted in Myla and Davis, which has four London locations. Blow-dries there start at £45, and highlights at £128.

TRENDY TOTS ON FORM

Wilfred during the G7 summit

Wilfred during the G7 summit

Prince George with Barack Obama

Prince George with Barack Obama

Little Wilfred Johnson was the star of the show last week, toddling around while the grown-ups discussed international affairs

When not frolicking on the beach in his nappy, he was dressed to the nines for his meeting with the Bidens, wearing a £55 piped pique shirt

When not frolicking on the beach in his nappy, he was dressed to the nines for his meeting with the Bidens, wearing a £55 piped pique shirt

This was the exact outfit worn by Prince George in 2015

This was the exact outfit worn by Prince George in 2015

When not frolicking on the beach in his nappy, he was dressed to the nines for his meeting with the Bidens, wearing a £55 piped pique shirt and £49 tailored shorts by Rachel Riley. This was the exact outfit worn by Prince George in 2015

Little Wilfred Johnson was the star of the show last week, toddling around while the grown-ups discussed international affairs. When not frolicking on the beach in his nappy, he was dressed to the nines for his meeting with the Bidens, wearing a £55 piped pique shirt and £49 tailored shorts by Rachel Riley. This was the exact outfit worn by Prince George in 2015, when he went to meet his baby sister for the first time. Playing the cute kid card with world leaders is a tried-and-tested trick of the Cambridges. A dressing gown-clad George met the Obamas in 2016. 

GREEN QUEENS 

Kate has worn sustainable fashion for years, like this dress by Faithfull The Brand

Kate has worn sustainable fashion for years, like this dress by Faithfull The Brand

Carrie has been spotted in a similar dress by just-as-sustainable label O’Pioneers

Carrie has been spotted in a similar dress by just-as-sustainable label O’Pioneers

Kate has worn sustainable fashion for years, like this dress by Faithfull The Brand, while Carrie has been spotted in a similar dress by just-as-sustainable label O’Pioneers

Kate supports all sorts of causes, from children’s mental health to endangered wildlife.

Carrie campaigns against plastic pollution with the charity Oceana and is patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.

Both women’s charitable attitudes extend to their wardrobes, too.

Kate has worn sustainable fashion for years, like this dress by Faithfull The Brand, while Carrie has been spotted in a similar dress by just-as-sustainable label O’Pioneers.

BLANKET BUDDIES

Wilf’s cream blanket, shown on Carrie’s Instagram last May, looked uncannily similar to George’s (a £76 design by Nottingham-based GH Hurt & Son), seen outside the Lindo Wing in 2013.

Carrie Johnson with baby Wilf

Carrie Johnson with baby Wilf

Kate with George outside the Lindo Wing in 2013

Kate with George outside the Lindo Wing in 2013

Wilf’s cream blanket, shown on Carrie’s Instagram last May, looked uncannily similar to George’s

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