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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

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 Pays Tribute To The Queen With A Sentimental Pearl Brooch

The Princess Of Wales Pays Tribute To The Queen With A Sentimental Pearl Brooch

Catherine’s earrings, meanwhile, honoured Diana, Princess of Wales – whose title she assumed following the Queen’s death on 8 September. Originally gifted to Diana by Collingwood Jewellers ahead of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, the pearl drop style became a favourite of the late royal, who often paired them with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. The Duchess of Cambridge has followed suit during a number of State Banquets at Buckingham Palace over the years, as well as wearing the earrings in one of her 40th birthday portraits, taken by Vogue photographer Paolo Roversi.
The Princess previously wore the Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch during a visit to Belgium in 2017. Photo: Getty
In addition to being a personal gift from the Queen, the brooch and earrings are also symbolic of grief; pearls have been associated with mourning since at least the reign of Victoria. It’s widely known that the late monarch never wore colour again after the death of Prince Albert, her beloved husband, including precious stones. In lieu of sapphires, emeralds and rubies, Victoria exclusively favoured jet and pearls, cementing the latter’s association with tears in the 19th century.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Diana, Princess of Wales’s earrings for her 40th birthday portraits. Photo: Paolo Roversi

Expect to see many more tributes to the Queen – sartorial and otherwise – from the Windsors in the coming days.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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