The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium at the moment to attend events held to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, one hundred years after the battle took place it is still remembered as one of the bloodiest and most brutal events of the First World War.

Kate and Prince William arrived on Sunday evening to take part in a ceremony and a special series of events in remembrance of the terrible battle, and the men who lost their lives on the battlefields of Belgium.

In memory of more than half a million men who died in the battle from both sides, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an event at the Menin Gate in Belgium. At the end of the moving memorial, poppies were dropped from the roof in a visually stunning yet immensely sobering tribute to the fallen.

For the sobering events, Kate and Prince William were joined by more than 200 descendants whose ancestors are named on the Menin Gate as those who fought on the Salient.

Today, 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele began, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Bedford House, the final resting place of over 5,000 Servicemen who died in WWI.

For the series of important and sobering events, the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to wear either white or light cream outfits.

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The Duchess of Cambridge white dress in Belgium – her Alexander McQueen coat that she has worn on multiple occasions previously

Yesterday, for the special commemorative events, the Duchess of Cambridge chose to re-wear her white Alexander McQueen dress coat which she first wore for Princess Charlotte’s christening back in 2015.

Today, for their visit to the war graves at Bedford House, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a cream coat with subtle floral lace detail at the hem.

As the Duchess of Cambridge usually opts for all black outfits along with the rest of the royal family to pay tribute to fallen soldiers for events such as Remembrance Day in the UK, many questioned why Kate had chosen such opposite colours for her outfits in Belgium in contrast to usual.

However, there is a significance behind Catherine’s choice to wear white and pale colours of these very sombre, important occasions.

The colour white is most commonly associated with purity, as well as hope, and optimism.

According to Colour Psychology, white is also a colour that represents new beginnings and has the power to set right the mistakes of past actions.

This underlying message of looking forward to the future with hope whilst remembering the past and learning from mistakes so they may never be repeated is a poignant and fitting tribute from Catherine in the form of her choice of white for the commemorative occasion.

The pale outfits also draw attention to Kate’s single red poppy accessory – the only mark of colour on her outfit. The poppy, the symbol of remembrance inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”, is a poignant reminder of all those who have lost their lives in war.