11/07/2013 18:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Carole Middleton Attends Ascot In Red. Wait A Few Months And See It On Kate?

Carole Middleton trotted out (see what we did there?) an eyecatching red ensemble for her trip to Royal Ascot on 21 June.

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And why are we interested? Mostly because there's a reasonable chance that in a few months time we'll see exactly the same outfit (except, perhaps, with a different hat) on Duchess Kate and we're trying to be prepared for a) whether we'll like it and b) whether we should be sharing this cunning editorial strategy with you.

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As it goes, Kate looks pretty good in red so we can probably get behind that potential wardrobe swap although maybe ditch the matching tie-front coat and wear it solo to a nice drinks do. And put your hair up.

Carole looks good in it too, although we're slightly distracted (and by slightly we mean A LOT) by the woman to the right who is wearing the same shade and thus cause Carole to look like she's part of a uniformed crew.

Also those badges everyone has to wear make it seem like they're on a special Hello! edition of Family Fortunes.