Kate Middleton Steps Out Looking Just Like Another Famous Princess

Children worldwide admire many princesses, both real and imagined. But during a highly-publicized Caribbean tour, the fantasy world collided with bonafide royalty. Indeed, the internet collectively agrees that Kate Middleton was giving off serious Cinderella vibes on Friday night in a gorgeous blue-hued gown that had fairytale lovers swooning. 

As People reports, the dress, which the Duchess of Cambridge donned for a final evening in the Bahamas, is a creation of Phillipa Lepley, who is a top bridal gown designer in the United Kingdom and was once rumored to be designing Middleton's wedding gown. 

According to Harper's Bazaar, the much-buzzed-about dress was made of silk duchesse satin, and featured hand-tied bows at the shoulders and a deep V-neck. Middleton's look further echoed that of a Disney princess due to the train at the back of the dreamy dress. Harper's Bazaar notes that the mom of three also sported Gianvito Rossi heels that were constructed to mimic a glass slipper.

This is 'The Kate Effect' on steroids

On Twitter, fans were melting with praise for Middleton's latest wardrobe choice, which caps off a series of winning fashion moments during the Caribbean tour—not that the trip with her husband Prince William hasn't been marred by controversy

But the future queen of England's fairytale ensemble at the ball, hosted by Governor-General of The Bahamas, Sir Cornelius Alvin Smith, distracted from the drama over countries in the region considering dissolving their relationship with the monarchy (via Time). Her Cinderella-inspired dress was called "dazzling" on Twitter and immediately inspired copycat looks for less (via People and Yahoo!). Fans were also sure to notice the delicate mother of pearl necklace and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpel that perfectly complemented the dress we'll be talking about for years to come.

Of course, no matter what Middleton wears, fans are sure to duplicate it. This phenomenon has even been given a name: "The Kate Effect," with anything she puts on her famously lithe figure selling out almost instantly (via Vogue).