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The women of the royal family have historically been looked towards by the British public and people all over the globe for their fashion. Princess Margaret and Princess Diana were incredibly influential in the 20th century and inspiring trends, with the latter continuing to inspire us with her fashion choices even decades after her passing.
Today, the royals continue to have a handful of style icons whose fashion we love. Since becoming a member of the royal family in 2011, Kate Middleton, now formally known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has become an icon in her own right, stunning us from day one with her beautiful wedding dress to today with the different looks she sports at various royal engagements.
Let’s take a look at some of the best and most memorable outfits the Duchess of Cambridge wore throughout the past few years.
We’ve witnessed the style transformation of Kate Middleton throughout the years, from the university days of her relationship with Prince William in the early 2000s to her regal life today as the Duchess of Cambridge and a mother of three. Her fashion has evolved quite significantly, and it’s thanks in major part to her stylist, Natasha Archer.
Archer has worked closely with Kate Middleton since 2007, when she worked as a Kensington Palace PA. She would then become style adviser to the Duchess of Cambridge in the months leading up to the Duchess’s royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, after the Queen reportedly requested that Kate Middleton look more ‘regal.’
By the time the tour began, there was a noticeable shift in what Kate wore, with longer hemlines and more structured cuts that would bring her to her current fashion icon status, and it’s all thanks to Natasha Archer’s assistance.
The enviable style of Kate Middleton is a generous mix of British designer names and high street brands. The Duchess of Cambridge has very often been seen wearing Alexander McQueen at several engagements throughout the past decade, including her unforgettable 2011 wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton, the brand’s creative director.
A few other luxury brands she’s often seen wearing include Jenny Packham, Catherine Walker, and L.K. Bennett. However, the Duchess of Cambridge has also been spotted on just as many occasions wearing affordable high street brands like Zara, Topshop, and Jigsaw.
Kate Middleton has always had a slender and sporty figure thanks to an active lifestyle that includes sports like field hockey, swimming, skiing, and running. The Duchess of Cambridge wears a size 6 with an enviable 24-inch waistline.
It is undeniable that the most iconic outfit ever worn by Kate Middleton to this day was her wedding gown. The stunning dress Kate wore for her special day with Prince William was designed by the creative director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, and would go on to spark a trend of replicas.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a tweed Dolce & Gabbana jacket and skirt set paired with sheer black tights and black pumps to teach children at the hospital about photography. The ensemble is just one of many outfits Kate Middleton would re-wear, having worn it a year prior at the Royal Foundation Mental Health in Education Conference.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended a National Portrait Gallery gala, for which she is a patron and works closely with, wearing a reworked Alexander McQueen dress that she had previously worn at the 2017 BAFTAs. The alteration transformed the dress from an off-the-shoulder design to a more reserved cap sleeve.
Kate Middleton wore and absolutely stunned in a red and white Alexander McQueen dress on a trip with Prince William to Vancouver, Canada. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the bespoke dress with a pair of bright red pumps when they arrived and then met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Kate Middleton isn’t just known for her gowns and luxury dresses, but her down-to-earth yet still polished casual wear. The Duchess wore a salmon-coloured jacket paired with jeans and white trainers to promote the Urban Nature Project at the Natural History Museum in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with royal family members Prince William and Prince Harry to attend an Easter Sunday church service at the Windsor Castle chapel. She arrived at St. George’s Chapel wearing a baby blue coat dress with a grey fascinator.
Kate Middleton arrived at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre wearing a simple yet smart outfit consisting of a white jacket and matching white shirt over navy blue trousers and a pair of low heeled pumps.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a beautiful black Alexander McQueen gown that featured semi-sheer lace detailing as she attended the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium alongside Prince William.
For the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2019, the Duchess wore a custom Alexander McQueen green coat dress partnered with a black hat, gloves, and suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.
Anticipation is always in the air as the British public await the arrival of a new royal, and we also love to keep an eye out on what their mother is wearing just hours after giving birth, as she always looks stunning.
The Duke and Duchess presented their third child, Prince Louis, to the press, with Kate Middleton stepping outside St. Mary’s hospital wearing a red Jenny Packham dress.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Paris for two days, where the Duchess donned a Chanel bag, coat dress, and belt for the second day’s multiple engagements.
The Royal Ascot consists of some of the most breathtaking outfits we’ve seen on the royals, and while Kate Middleton has only attended two of them so far, she didn’t disappoint with either of her looks.
For her debut appearance, the Duchess wore a refreshing white lace Dolce & Gabbana Dress. The lace dress was partnered with a Jane Taylor hat and camel-coloured pumps.
Kate Middleton made her return to royal duties at the Global Mental Health Summit after giving birth to Prince Louis. She was seen at the event in London wearing a lilac Emilia Wickstead dress which she partnered with Gianvito Rossi suede Nude heels and an Aspinal of London bag.
Kate Middleton took her first salute at the Horse Guards Parade in 2019. The Duchess wore a cream coat dress with an Irish Guards brooch for her first salute at the Beating Retreat military pageant.
For the annual Royal Remembrance Day that honours our veterans since the first World War, Kate Middleton accompanied the Queen, Prince Philip, and the Duchess of Cornwall as they watched as Prince Charles laid out the ceremonial Remembrance wreath for the first time. She wore a sombre black Dolce & Gabbana coat adorned with a Remembrance Poppy pin and a velvet hat for the occasion.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an official dinner at the Royal Palace of Norway during their Nordic royal tour. The then-pregnant Duchess wore an angelic blush-toned Alexander McQueen gown with a flowing cape and silver detailing around the neckline.
Kate Middleton was seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum wearing a red houndstooth Alessandra Rich dress for their reopening. The dress was partnered with a simple black mask and black buckle Jennifer Chamandi heels.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the Waterloo station to visit one of the sites of the “Hold Still” exhibition, a photography project curated by Kate Middleton herself. The Duchess wore a festive red Alexander McQueen coat with black court shoes and a Grace Han bag.
Kate Middleton was spotted stepping out of Kensington Palace wearing a light blue L.K. Bennett dress and nude pumps to attend meetings tied to the launch of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
Nearly 10 years since their wedding day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared at Westminster Abbey to visit a vaccination site together. The Duchess wore a cream Catherine Walker coat with lace and scalloped detailing in what almost appeared to be a homage to that special day and her special dress.
Kate wore the Catherine Walker coat with matching brown suede heels and clutch as well as her favourite Simone Rocha earrings which she has sported multiple times over the past year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles for the christening of their second child, Princess Charlotte, at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Kate wore a cream Alexander McQueen dress coat paired with a matching Jane Taylor floral hat for the celebratory occasion.
Kate Middleton stunned in a pink coat dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill, an ensemble perfect for the springtime. The Duchess wore the look for a garden party at Buckingham Palace where she, alongside her husband and the Queen, were greeted by 8,000 attendees at the event.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual commemoration for the lost lives of the servicemen and women during conflict and war at Royal Albert Hall, where Kate went for an understated dark blue dress with a fitted waistband and an embellished Zara headband. She also borrowed the Queen’s pearl drop earrings for the evening.
For Commonwealth Day, the Duchess attended her first engagement of the day at the children’s centre. She was seen in London wearing a lavender Gucci bow top paired with black Jigsaw skinny jeans.
At a World Mental Health Day event, the Duchess of Cambridge would debut her tiny baby bump after the announcement of her and Prince William’s third pregnancy. She was seen in Buckingham palace wearing a light blue Temperley dress that highlighted her developing pregnancy.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a three-day royal train tour last year. The Duchess arrived at the London Euston station with Prince William wearing a green Alexander McQueen coat dress paired with black Ralph Lauren boots.
She would then step off the train in Edinburgh wearing a striking blue Catherine Walker coat dress with the same boots, the coat having first been seen on a tour of Scandinavia two years prior.
Just like the royal women alongside and that preceded her, the Duchess of Cambridge is a beacon for inspiration, not just in her various advocacies and radiance, but her stunning fashion as well.
We loved watching as her style evolved to the elegant and princess-like attire it is today, and we can only look forward to what else she has in store for us in years to come.