Growing up reading fairytales, a six-year-old often dreams of marrying a charming prince, but for Kate Middleton this dream turned into a reality after her engagement to Prince William. On the wedding day, Prince William was named the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, with Kate assuming the feminine forms of the titles. Prince William is second in line for the English thrown following his father Charles, Prince of Wales, which makes Kate the likely future queen consort. Kate, also known as Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge, has a role to play as previously done Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana. She has proficiently managed to carry the royal legacy of style inherited from them. Kate’s style is loved and emulated regularly all over the world, and since the recent announcement by Kensington Palace that she is expecting her third child, all eyes are on her yet again. Let’s glance back at her sartorial steps.
On the five-day diplomatic tour to Poland and Germany, the Duchess of Cambridge flashed her most distinctive outfits. Kate wore an off-shoulder, blood-red chiffon Alexander Mcqueen dress. Celebrating the Queen’s birthday at the British Ambassadorial Residence, the Duchess paired her outfit with scalloped nude-coloured Prada heels. The dolman sleeves and ruffled frills were ideally matched to the red dangling earrings. To make the outfit quintessential for the event, she slightly curled her hair for an illustrious casual chic finish.
Bright colours evoke freshness and livelihood, and Kate’s look in this stunning buttercup yellow Jenny Packham dress is as bright as a ray of sunshine. Kate wore this yellow lace overlay dress whilst in the German city of Heildelberg on her royal tour of Germany and Poland. She paired the dress with an Alexander McQueen clutch and her firm favourite nude wedges by Monsoon. She accessorised the look with round stud earrings and a platinum watch which accentuate her simple charms.
The Glittering Gown
During the royal couple’s first official tour to Paris, they were the guests of honour at a dinner at hosted by the UK’s ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, at the British embassy. On this occasion, Kate wore a shimmering Jenny Peckham gown embellished with polished stones and intricate detailed silver embroidery. She paired the gown with glittering Oscar De La Renta pumps and chandelier earrings. A true enchanted ice queen look.
The Evening Gown
Attending the National Portrait Gallery’s annual gala, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a green lace gown by Temperley London. Gold sandals, a sparkling clutch and gold lined emerald earrings were perfect embellishments for the sheer floral gown. She enhanced the look with smoky eyes that added drama and completed this evening outfit.
The Wedding Dress
During Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Kate adjusted her younger sister’s wedding gown to perfection as she walked down the aisle. For this family event, Kate wore a peach knee-length dress by her go-to brand Alexander McQueen. The bishop sleeves added a vintage touch to the dress, and the rose-topped hat by milliner Jane Taylor over her neat bun and morganite earrings by Kiki McDonough, completed the subtle outfit. She looked perfectly poised and sisterly.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a regular name on the list of attendees of official political tours and professional gatherings. Striking a balance between work-appropriate and royal-worthy is no simple task, but Kate exceeds expectations as always. For such events, she emerges as an influential power in her A-line silhouette, mid-length dresses matched with heels and jewellery. At Luxembourg for the celebration of the 1867 treaty of London, she defined fineness in this pastel blue poppy coat dress by Emilia Wickstead, paired with nude heels and a blue topaz neckpiece by Kiki McDonough.
The royal couple received a warm Gallic welcome from France’s President Francois Hollande at the start of their Paris tour in March 2017. At an event in Elysée Palace Kate wore a dark green Catherine Walker coat.
Her expression of sophisticated dressing isn’t confined to uni-coloured dresses; here she is spotted nattily rehearsing with a classic checked day dress. She wore this Gucci number for the opening of the V&A museum’s new Exhibition Road quarter. With its abbreviated length, tweed fabric, finished button and pocket detailing, the shift dress highlights her cognoscenti style.
For the Duchess of Cambridge, style isn’t restricted to high-end clothing at lush gala events. For a visit to the Farms for City Children in Gloucestershire, she wore a grey parka coat by Troy London, a pair of moto-style Zara jeans, and her Penelope Chilvers boots. She effortlessly carries her casual style to charity events she is a part of.
Being a pivotal member of the royal family, the Duchess is always on the media radar, and her style is likely to remain attention-worthy. We are excited to see her style develops through the years and her style influence over the young price, princess and the new addition to come.