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Posted Tue, May 24, 2011 4:55pm EDT

Kate Middleton Meets First Lady Michelle Obama in $283 Dress! Yay Economy Kate!

Kate IS the People’s Princess! Fresh off her romantic Seychelles honeymoon, she sprung into first official duties greeting the Obamas in an affordable off-the-rack dress!

It’s a move Michelle Obama would love . When Kate, now titled, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Prince shook hands with the Barack and Michelle Obama inBuckingham Palace onMay 24, she did it in a nude-color bandage dress by UK based chain store, Reiss, which also has locations in the U.S. Also present were the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla.

The neutral dress was sold out online within an hour, and while it’s still available in stores, a PR rep for Reiss says that “stores are being flooded with calls for the dress.”

Now Michelle, who also believes in keeping her stylish toes on relatable  ground, took heat when she FIRST met the Queen wearing a $300 J Crew cardigan.  Famed American designer Oscar de la Renta sniffed to WWD that “you don’t go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater.! Ha! Now Kate, has the affordable Michelle’s back!

Meanwhile, Michelle arrived at Buckingham Palace in a pretty floral Barbara Tfank resort 2011 dress that retails for 2,520.

She paired the floral frock with a bright pink jacket. This isn’t Kate’s first public appearance in affordable Reiss. She wore a white Reiss dress in her engagement photos! The newlyweds finished off her  Obama-greeting frock with a pair of black pumps and a black clutch from Anya Hindmarch‘s Bespoke Collection.

What did you think of Kate and Michelle’s looks?

You can get Michelle’s look for yourself at Barneys stores!

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