Parachute dress rivals Kate’s

Barbara Robb with her 64 year old wedding dress complete with the box and the headband she wore on the day.
Barbara Robb with her 64 year old wedding dress complete with the box and the headband she wore on the day.

WHEN Arbroath lady Barbara Robb first saw Kate Middleton on TV on her wedding day she knew there was something strangely familiar about what she was wearing.

And then she realised, the new Duchess of Cambridge was wearing almost the exact same design of dress she had wore 64 years ago!

Mrs Robb married her Arbroath born husband John McKenzie Ferrier Robb in England in 1947, the same year that Her Majesty The Queen married the Duke of Edinburgh.

The dress that Mrs Robb wore that day was virtually the same as the one Kate Middleton wore two weeks ago when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey, with long lace sleeves.

However, despite wearing almost identical dresses, Mrs Robb’s dress was made in a more unconventional way.

Whereas Kate Middleton had fashion brand Alexander McQueen design and make her dress, Mrs Robb’s was made from old German parachutes as fabric was hard to come by immediately after the Second World War.

She explained: “I was stationed in Germany in the forces at the time and my dress was made out of parachutes, which was quite common back then.

“I still have the dress and it is kept in a small box in my house.

“When I was watching the wedding and I was looking at Kate’s dress I thought I had already seen a dress like that before.

“Then I realised it was exactly the same as mine.”

Since marrying she has only taken her dress out of the box a handful of times and it has also been on show at a bridal exhibition in Aberdeen a couple of years ago.

r Pictured is Mrs Robb with her wedding dress and the headband she also wore on the day.