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Kate Middleton’s Daring Red Pantsuit Marks the Start of a New Style Era

Kate Middleton’s Daring Red Pantsuit Marks the Start of a New Style Era

Kate Middleton and Prince William. Photo: Getty
Kate Middleton struck a bold new tone with the crimson pantsuit she wore on January 29. While sticking to the monochromatic style she’s been known to favor—pairing the structured blazer and wide-leg trousers with pumps, a box clutch, and a silk shell in the same cherry red hue—Kate got a little daring with the plunging V of her neckline. She topped off the look with a pair of large, dangly earrings with an Art Deco edge.
As Kate was at an event to promote her own initiative, it is her right to cause all this conversation.
Kate Middleton in a fiery red pantsuit. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales, along with Prince William, attended the event at London’s BAFTA ahead of the launch of Shaping Us, Kate’s new campaign with the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to promote early childhood development. Now officially underway, Shaping Us even has its own dedicated Instagram, where Kate has posted her own personal video message about the initiative.
Kate Middleton styled her look with Art Deco earrings. Photo: Getty
“Our early childhood, the time from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally shapes the rest of our lives,” the Princess of Wales says in the clip. “But as a society, we currently spend much more of our time and energy on later life.” The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood has launched Shaping Us, Kate explains, “to raise awareness of the life-changing impact we can have when we build a supportive, nurturing world around children and those who care for them.”
For its first act, Shaping Us released a claymation video PSA highlighting the importance of those first five years, which will air in movie theaters all over the UK. Early childhood development has been a focus of Kate Middleton’s charity work since at least 2018, when she hosted a symposium on early childhood at the Royal Society of Medicine, per the foundation’s website.
And nothing says “I’m about to change the world” quite like a bold new pantsuit.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Kate Middleton Wore the Brightest Pink Coat While Out in Windsor

Kate Middleton Wore the Brightest Pink Coat While Out in Windsor

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Kate Middleton embraced one of fashion’s trendiest colors on a volunteer outing on January 26. The Princess of Wales wore a vibrant berry pink turtleneck and matching overcoat with practical, wide-legged black trousers to help prepare donation baskets at the Windsor Foodshare along with Prince William. Kate kept the jewelry to a minimum and wore her famously lustrous hair in loose waves.
The princess is known for her timeless, classic approach to style, but monochrome is one trend Kate has not been afraid to embrace (even if this look stops short of matching pink trousers). Kate has gone monochromatic in green for St. Patrick’s Day, braved the mud in head-to-toe camel, and worn burgundy on burgundy to meet with foreign dignitaries. Copying Kate’s style formula does require a large number of coats, shoes, and bags in a variety of colors but if you have the budget, it’s basically fool proof.
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This particular iteration is a relatively casual look for Kate Middleton, appropriate for spending a few hours volunteering. William, meanwhile, was the opposite of monochromatic in his blue suit, Oxford shirt, and hunter green sweater.
According to People, Kate and Prince William helped the center sort and assemble donation packages for struggling families in the community. Windsor Foodshare manager Sarah Kember joked, “They did alright. One was better than the other, but I won’t say which.” Visiting charitable organizations is a big part of the royal gig, but Kember said she was surprised when the Waleses wanted to get their hands (figuratively) dirty. “They wanted to be involved, they wanted to be hands-on and not just come and see what we were doing. They asked, ‘Can we physically get involved and do stuff?’ I’m more than happy for more hands to help.”
I don’t know who was the better volunteer, but when it comes to style, we know who the clear winner is.
Originally published on Glamour.com
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Kate Middleton Picked a Persimmon Knit Dress for Her First Solo Outing of the Year

Kate Middleton Picked a Persimmon Knit Dress for Her First Solo Outing of the Year

Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty
Kate Middleton cannot be bothered with all the news as a result of Prince Harry’s wildly explosive memoir Spare, which was released last week. On Wednesday, January 18, the 41-year-old went about her first solo outing of 2023—a true professional.
The Princess of Wales, sans her husband, the Prince of Wales, dropped by Foxcubs Nursery in Luton, which focuses on learning through play. According to People, Foxcubs is a free childcare and early education center for children, and Middleton spent time with the children at the sand table. She also spoke with both teachers and parents about the importance of early childhood education.
Kate Middleton on January 18, 2023. Photo: Getty
For the outing, Middleton wore a long-sleeve orangey-red ribbed turtleneck dress. She wore a black belt with gold hardware and paired the look with tall black boots. Over the dress, she wore a wool camel coat. Her hair was softly curled, and shiny as always.
Kate Middleton on January 18, 2023. Photo: Getty
In 2021, Kate Middleton made it her mission to emphasize the significance of early education and launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to “raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society.”
Originally published in Glamour.com

Queen of Style: 46 of Princess of Wales Kate Middleton’s Most Defining Fashion Moments

Queen of Style: 46 of Princess of Wales Kate Middleton’s Most Defining Fashion Moments

The Princess of Wales is lauded for her incredible sense of style, perfectly mixing a traditional royal wardrobe with contemporary flair. A champion of both British designers and the high street, she seems to grow more sartorially confident with every year that goes by. Here are the looks that made Kate a true style icon.
At the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston, wearing a rented green gown by Solace London, paired with an emerald choker that was previously worn by Princess Diana, December 2022. Photo: Getty
While at Wimbledon in canary-yellow dress by Roksanda – a look the royal repeated while arriving in Jamaica, July 2022. Photo: Getty
At Royal Ascot in a polka-dot dress by Alessandra Rich, paired with a matching fascinator – calling to mind one of Princess Diana’s famous Ascot looks, June 2022. Photo: Getty
At the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London, wearing an off-the-shoulder monochrome gown by Roland Mouret, May 2022. Photo: Getty
Attending an evening reception in Belize in a glittering pink gown by cult brand The Vampire’s Wife, March 2022. Photo: Getty
Embracing princess fashion in a glittering green dress by Jenny Packham, featuring a ruffled off-the-shoulder neckline, while attending a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica, March 2022. Photo: Getty
Wearing Catherine Walker at the Together at Christmas community carol service in London, December 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Miu Miu ahead of the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas broadcast, December 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Alexander McQueen at the Imperial War Museum to officially open two new galleries, The Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries, November 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Jenny Packham at the Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall, November 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Alexander McQueen at the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace, October 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Christopher Kane to make the keynote speech at the launch of the Taking Action on Addiction campaign, hosted by the Forward Trust in London, October 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Emilia Wickstead at the Ulster University Magee Campus in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, September 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing a Ganni gilet at Alexandra Park Sports Hub to learn more about the Scouts’ #PromiseToThePlanet campaign in Glasgow, November 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Hobbs to when visiting Nower Hill High School in London, November 2021. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales wore a Jenny Packham gown to the No Time To Die World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall, September 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Zara at University College of London to meet with leading researchers to discuss new holistic studies into the early years, October 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing Beulah at the Wimbledon Championships in London, July 2021. Photo: Getty
Wearing LK Bennett at launch of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood at Kensington Palace, June 2021. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales wearing a Holland Cooper trench to host a drive-in cinema screening of Disney’s Cruella for Scottish NHS workers at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, May 2021. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales at Cardiff Castle, December 2020. Photo: Getty
To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, the Princess of Wales donned a collared design in fitting colours from Beulah London to visit the Queen Elizabeth hospital in King’s Lynn, July 2020. Photo: Getty
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Princess of Wales wore a Marks & Spencer trouser suit in blush while providing solidarity in a difficult lockdown period, March 2020. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales attending the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey, March 2020. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales arriving for a meeting with the President of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin, March 2020. Photo: Getty
As part of the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2020 tour of Ireland, Kate payed homage to the country with a green dress from The Vampire’s Wife, March 2020. Photo: Getty
The then-Duchess of Cambridge hosting a Gala Dinner in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Place2Be at Buckingham Palace, March 2020. Photo: Getty
The then-Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall, February 2020. Photo: Getty
Attending a special reception during the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Tour of Pakistan, Kate perfectly blended tradition with modern style with this Jenny Packham design, 2019. Photo: Getty
Attending a Gala Dinner in aid of ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kate chose a Gucci design in flowing sheer fabric, 2019. Photo: Getty
Arriving at the launch of The King’s Cup Regatta at The Cutty Sark, Kate donned navy trousers and a breton jumper, a recurring feature in her daytime wardrobe, 2019. Photo: Getty
When visiting the Henry Fawcett Childrens Centre, Kate chose this Gucci blouse that she wore backwards which attracted much praise in the media, 2019. Photo: Getty
Attending the ‘Back to Nature’ festival at RHS Garden Wisley, Kate perfectly executed daytime style with this Emilia Wickstead dress, 2019. Photo: Getty
In a houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, the then-Duchess of Cambridge upped her style stakes when visiting the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, 2018. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales opted for a floral design by Erdem to attend a reception dinner in Sweden, 2018. Photo: Getty
Attending the Royal Variety Performance, the then-Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a bejewelled Jenny Packham gown in powder blue, 2017. Photo: Getty
In a nod to the nautical heritage of Portsmouth, the Princess of Wales opted for an Alexander McQueen look while visiting Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust, 2016. Photo: Getty
Looking sophisticatedly regal, Kate donned a Catherine Walker design for part of the 90th birthday celebrations for the Queen at The Guildhall, 2016. Photo: Getty
The Princess of Wales chose a bold red asymmetrical dress from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi to attend a reception at Government House during a Royal Tour of Canada, 2016. Photo: Getty
Attending the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner, the then-Duchess of Cambridge proved her fashion sensibility with a floral dress by Erdem, 2015. Photo: Getty
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate looked princess perfect in a Jenny Packham gown at a National Portrait Gallery reception, 2014. Photo: Getty
Leaving the Royal Princess cruise ship after receiving a tour on board in Southampton, the Princess of Wales opted for a printed dress coat by Silvia Fletcher, 2013. Photo: Getty
For her wedding to Prince William, watched live by 23 million people, Kate looked to Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create her stunning lace-sleeved gown, 2011. Photo: Getty
For her second wedding gown, the then-Duchess of Cambridge opted for a cream silk dress paired with angora cardigan by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, 2011. Photo: Getty
Attending the 10th Annual ARK Gala Dinner, the Duchess of Cambridge showed her love of subdued sequins with this Jenny Packham gown, 2011. Photo: Getty
Kate chose a navy silk dress by Issa for the official announcement of her engagement to Prince William, 2010. Photo: Getty
Originally published in Tatler.com

Kate Middleton Hopped on the Sheer Dress Trend For Her Upcoming Christmas Special

Kate Middleton Hopped on the Sheer Dress Trend For Her Upcoming Christmas Special

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Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, just wore the sparkling sheer dress of our holiday party dreams.
On December 11, the Prince and Princess of Wales’ official Instagram account shared a photo from the second annual Christmas special, Royal Carols: Together at Christmas. In the photo, the princess wore a sparkling red mid-length dress with sheer sleeves and delicate embellishments. In a second, behind-the-scenes photo shared on the royal couple’s Instagram Story, Middleton can be seen pairing the dress with matching red pumps. Her hair was kept down in glossy loose waves and her makeup was kept minimal with a gold smoky eye and soft pink lips.
Despite the conservative nature of the royal family and the plethora of rules and codes that come with her senior role, Middleton is no stranger to a sheer dress moment. In fact, it’s reported that a famous see-through design sparked her royal romance with Prince William all the way back in 2002. Clearly, she’s still got it!

But back to the matter at hand. ITV will be airing Middleton’s second annual Christmas special later this month as well as a message from the princess on the evening of December 11. “Join us this Christmas Eve for a very special service at Westminster Abbey, full of festive carols and beautiful performances, as we celebrate what makes this the most wonderful time of year,” Middleton says in the upcoming promo, per People.
Kate Middleton started the new tradition in 2021 to pay tribute to all the hard work individuals and groups have done during the COVID-19 pandemic. This also marked the first time the then-Duchess of Cambridge played the piano for the public. Dressed in another red dress, Middleton accompanied singer-songwriter Tom Walker for a performance of his holiday song, “For Those Who Can’t Be Here.”
“I thought she absolutely smashed the performance,” Walker told People at the time.
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“It’s not easy to just jump behind a piano with a bunch of musicians you’ve never played with before and record live takes to the camera, but she completely nailed it,” he continued. She’s such a lovely, kind, and warmhearted person and she took the time to thank everyone personally for the opportunity to play together. It was a crazy pinch-yourself kind of day for me, to be in such a beautiful venue playing alongside the duchess with my band and a string quartet. I certainly won’t forget that in a hurry!”
Who knows what hidden talent she’ll whip out this year?

Kate Middleton Paired a Rarely Worn Tiara With Sleek Straight Hair

Kate Middleton Paired a Rarely Worn Tiara With Sleek Straight Hair

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Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, may as well be Princess of Barrel Curls, because the 40-year-old has been sporting her signature style for well over a decade. And with good reason—her shiny waves are impervious to the elements and always ready for a photo opp. Were it not against royal rules, I have no doubt she would’ve scored a Pantene sponsorship the second she entered the public eye. The Dyson Airwrap could never.
All this is to say that when Kate arrived to the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, December 6, her otherwise innocuous blowout was a legitimately striking. So long, iconic curls. Hello, straight hair era.
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The Diplomatic Reception, which is held annually by the royal family to honor members of the Diplomatic Corps in the palace’s State Rooms, was a white tie affair—meaning tiaras were very much expected. For the occasion, the princess chose the Lotus Flower Tiara, marking the first time she’s worn the piece since 2015; she wore it for the very first time back in 2013. Notably, this also marks the first time Kate has styled a tiara with her hair down. She typically tucks the tiaras into romantic updos.
The princess paired the tiara with matching tear-drop diamond earrings and a long-sleeve crimson Jenny Packham gown with delicate floral beaded embellishments.
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The occasion marks the second time Kate has worn a tiara as the Princess of Wales. She wore the Lover’s Knot tiara back in November, and before that, she hadn’t worn a tiara since 2019.
Whether the straight hair is here to stay or simply a fleeting style choice, Kate Middleton’s hair inspo remains unmatched. Long live the Princess of Good Hair days.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Kate Middleton Wears a Rented Dress and Princess Diana’s Choker to the Earthshot Prize in Boston

Kate Middleton Wears a Rented Dress and Princess Diana’s Choker to the Earthshot Prize in Boston

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The Princess of Wales knows fashion can send a message.
At the second annual Earthshot Prize in Boston, which was established by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough to award five grants annually to ideas, people, and projects aimed at combating global warming, Kate Middleton wore a green Solace London dress rented from British fashion company Hurr.
How Middleton sourced the gown spoke volumes. Instead of purchasing a brand-new gown, she opted to promote a more sustainable—and affordable—way of dressing. According to a recent report, Rent the Runway estimated that their rental model has decreased garment production by 1.3 million items since 2010. (67 million gallons of water and 44.2 million pounds of CO2 emissions have been saved in the process.) The “green” color, too, was a poignant one, as the shade is often the one most associated with the earth and environmental causes.
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Finally, Middleton paired it with an emerald-and-diamond choker that once belonged to Princess Diana. The royal has recently opted to wear pieces that belonged to her late mother-in-law, who was also the last person to hold the Princess of Wales title. As Middleton continues to step into the role, such subtle tributes seemingly pay homage to the beloved woman before her.
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One of the most memorable looks ever worn by Princess Diana, incidentally, is from an outing in Melbourne back in 1985, and features the very same neckpiece. Originally gifted to Queen Mary by the Ladies of India in 1911, the necklace was then passed down to Diana in 1981, and worn by the royal not around the neck, but as a headband.
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The senior royal often dresses with careful intent, such as wearing local fashion designers when she travels overseas. Yet, here, the princess shows a keen understanding of “the Kate Effect,” or the tendency for her clothing to sell or spike in popularity once she publicly wears them. Now, it seems like an eco-friendly company might not only get the customer boost of a lifetime—but it may encourage buyers everywhere to think about shifting their consumer habits to less wasteful ones. Now, that’s influential dressing.
Originally published in Vogue.com

The Princess Of Wales Has Made The Cape Her Occasionwear Superpower

The Princess Of Wales Has Made The Cape Her Occasionwear Superpower

Elizabeth Taylor cape-fluencing in Cleopatra. Photo: Getty
Anyone hoping to make an entrance at a big event this party season should revisit Elizabeth Taylor arriving in Ancient Rome in Cleopatra. In a famous (and famously expensive) scene in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic, the Egyptian queen leaves the crowds awestruck as she sweeps into the city on an enormous marble sphinx. In reality, litters are difficult to come by (though Billy Porter managed it for the 2019 Met Gala), but it wasn’t only the props that made her arrival so memorable. There was also the not insignificant matter of that gold dress – complete with a cape crafted to resemble the wings of a phoenix.
It’s just one of many fabulous capes in cinematic history (another classic: Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy in Funny Face), and thanks to designers’ enduring fascination with its ability to lend drama to a dress – Cristóbal Balenciaga’s obsession with austere, ecclesiastical clothing saw him add capes to his couture in the ’50s and ’60s, and more than half a century on they were a theme of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s most recent Valentino collection – the silhouette has been central to some indelible red-carpet looks, too.
Lupita Nyong’o wearing Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes in 2014, the year she was nominated for 12 Years a Slave. Photo: Getty
In the last decade alone, we’ve had Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the Oscars in 2012, Lupita Nyong’o in scarlet Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes, and Lady Gaga’s silver Givenchy Haute Couture for the premiere of A Star is Born in 2018. Capes were all over the red carpet at the 2020 Academy Awards, on Brie Larson (Celine), Maya Rudolph (Valentino), Olivia Colman (Stella McCartney), Natalie Portman (Dior) and Tracee Ellis Ross, whose showstopping gold Zuhair Murad gown for the Vanity Fair party was not unlike Taylor’s Cleopatra number. At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Best Actress nominee Selena Gomez was ravishing in a custom red cape dress by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton.
Just this week, the Princess of Wales attended a state dinner at Buckingham Palace wearing a white gown by Jenny Packham, its built-in cape flowing from crystal-encrusted statement shoulders. It’s not the first time the Princess has worn a cape dress, but the timing feels significant. It was Kate’s first state banquet since she assumed her new, more senior role within the royal family following the death of Her Majesty the Queen on 8 September. Her husband Prince William is now first in line to the throne, and the couple are key figureheads for the British monarchy on the world stage. The white-tie banquet, held in honour of South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, was the first hosted by King Charles III, making it a hugely significant occasion for the new-look royal family. The Princess dressed accordingly – adding Princess Diana’s favourite Lover’s Knot tiara to her Jenny Packham cape dress, which looked sleek, elegant and undeniably regal.
The Princess of Wales in her cape dress at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace this week. Photo: Getty
It followed another memorable cape moment from Kate in September last year, when she walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the wildly anticipated James Bond film No Time to Die. The Princess – a careful dresser who rarely takes risks when it comes to fashion – ramped up the glamour quotient in a gold sequined gown with a shimmering cape, again by Jenny Packham. It was a big moment for the British film industry – and for parties – as the postponed premiere finally went ahead following pandemic setbacks, and Kate’s golden goddess cape ensured it was all over the front pages the next day.
In 2018, Kate was tasked with a royal tour of Sweden and Norway while heavily pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis. That time, it was a blush pink cape dress by Alexander McQueen that came to the rescue for dinner at the Norwegian royal palace, where the then Duchess swept into the banquet on the arm of King Harald V, the delicate layer of tulle that fell from her shoulders swishing in her wake. Another occasion when the eyes of the world were upon her, deftly executed with the help of a little extra drama.
Don’t be surprised if a cape silhouette makes its way into the Princess’s case for the Wales’s forthcoming visit to Boston, their first joint trip to the US since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to Montecito precipitated a cooling of relations between the two royal couples. The trip, which takes place shortly before Harry and Meghan are expected to accept an award at the 2022 Ripple of Hope Gala in New York, will inevitably make headlines on both sides of the pond, suggesting Kate’s wardrobe will be curated with even more careful attention to detail than usual.
Kate on the red carpet in shimmering Jenny Packham sequins at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Getty
In social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s famous 2012 Ted Talk, she claimed spending two minutes in a “Wonder Woman pose” – legs shoulder-width apart, chest proud, hands on hips – can boost confidence ahead of a nerve-wracking meeting or important presentation. (Adopting this “non-verbal expression of dominance and power”, she argued, can increase levels of testosterone and lower cortisol, leaving you better equipped to handle whatever the day throws at you.) If borrowing her body language is this effective (66 million views suggest Cuddy was onto something), perhaps it makes sense that high-profile women like the Princess should reach for the superhero’s style signature for important moments. Who wouldn’t walk a little taller while channelling Wonder Woman?
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

The Princess of Wales’s Dazzling State Dinner Outfit Honored Both Princess Diana and the Queen

The Princess of Wales’s Dazzling State Dinner Outfit Honored Both Princess Diana and the Queen

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Kate Middleton has made her first black-tie appearance as the Princess of Wales.
At a state banquet for President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, she stepped out in a white caped gown by Jenny PackhamJenny PackhamJenny Packham. Adorned with shimmering beading and a boat neckline, the dress was both a demure, yet still high-fashion, choice for an evening at Buckingham Palace.
Upon her head was the Lover’s Knot Tiara. It’s a favorite of the princess’s—she’s worn it on several occasions—yet still a deeply meaningful one. Originally, the Lover’s Knot Tiara was commissioned for Queen Mary in 1913 from the House of Garrard, and is crafted from diamonds and 19 hanging pearls set in silver and gold.
The tiara eventually belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, who lent it to her daughter-in-law, Princess Diana. Through Diana’s explosive fame, it became one of the most famous tiaras in history. (Although she may have not enjoyed it as much as the public: Allegedly, it was so heavy she got headaches after wearing it.) Indeed, a photo of her wearing the diadem with a white, pearl-encrusted Catherine Walker in 1989 is considered one of the most iconic images ever of the late Princess.
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When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011—14 years after Diana’s passing—Queen Elizabeth then passed it on to the young royal. Middleton’s tiara wasn’t the only piece of jewelry that played tribute to the royal women before her: On her wrist was a pearl bracelet that belonged to the late Queen, who passed away in September.
She accented her gilded ensemble with two badges. The first was the badge of the Royal Victorian Order, a white enamel Maltese cross with a Tudor crown, which the then–Duchess of Cambridge received from Queen Elizabeth in 2019 “for services to the sovereign.” The second was the yellow Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, which is bestowed on female members of the British monarchy.
Her appearance at the state dinner marks one of the most glamorous royal moments in years, after such grand gatherings were put on hold during 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Princess Of Wales Attends The Remembrance Day Service In Princess Diana’s Earrings

The Princess Of Wales Attends The Remembrance Day Service In Princess Diana’s Earrings

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For her second appearance over Remembrance weekend, the Princess of Wales turned to Catherine Walker, whose Chelsea atelier provided countless designs for Diana, Princess of Wales throughout her years as a working member of the Firm. Most famously, the homegrown British label is behind some of the late royal’s most memorable evening gowns, worn everywhere from Saudi Arabia to South Korea.
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Kate, however, frequently wears Catherine Walker for more reserved occasions (including Remembrance Sunday in 2019 and 2020). This year, the Duchess joined the Queen Consort on a Whitehall balcony to watch the wreath-laying ceremony – led, for the first time, by King Charles III – wearing the label’s Evie coat dress, a military-style design that nodded to the nature of the occasion. (As the cofounder of the brand, Said Cyrus, told Vogue previously: “I’m very aware of the fact that we design for businesswomen who have an important role in life… They come to Catherine Walker & Co for garments that are suitable for the role they are playing and that match up to the power they have.”)
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The Princess’s earrings, meanwhile, have an even stronger connection to Diana: Kate inherited the diamond and pearl set from her late mother-in-law, and recently wore them to attend the Buckingham Palace Reception for foreign dignitaries on the eve of the Queen’s funeral. For her part, Diana preferred to wear the horseshoe-shaped studs and drop pearls with the Spencer tiara, most notably during a performance by the English National Ballet in Budapest in 1992.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

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