Kate Middleton, who has just made her maternity leave comeback, attended the Victoria & Albert Museum in this figure-skimming tweed Erdem dress, which she offset with a chic maroon belt, Jimmy Choo velvet pumps, and a Jimmy Choo box clutch. The Iman off-the-shoulder embellished bouclé-tweed midi dress, which costs £1,395, is already out of stock.
The Duchess continues her post-maternity return wearing this stunning £1,350 lilac dress by Emilia Wickstead that she first wore over a year ago. She paired it with a tonally complementary boxy tote by Aspinal. Swoon.
Kate made her big comeback following maternity leave with a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in West London in a casually chic outfit. She looked pared back in Zara skinny jeans and a grey jumper teamed with a £175 khaki jacket from Swedish outdoor brand, Fjällräven. She also wore a £395 silk shirt from Joseph and Penelope Chilvers £475 knee-high boots that she’s owned for a decade. Talk about thrifty!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know the Duchess of Cambridge has a bit of an affinity with Alexander McQueen. Kate plumped for a chic pale blue coat by her beloved designer for the RAF centenary and avid fans of Kate’s wardrobe will notice she’s worn that very coat four times before; talk about thrifty! In fact, Kate is so enamoured with the style, she owns it in three colour variations. As well as blue, she also has a cream and yellow version. Well, if it works for her…
For her second day at Wimbledon this year, Middleton opted for a bold yellow Dolce & Gabbana. We’re into it.
Kate turned to her trusty Alexander McQueen for Prince Louis’ christening. Sticking to what she knows best, she stunned in a classic cream dress and matching hat for the special occasion.
The Occasion: The Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
The Outfit: A beautiful blue and whitestriped sundress that’s selling out everywhere.
The Buzz: …. and it’s only £39.99 from Zara! Yes, really! *Drops everything and runs to the nearest Zara*
The Occasion: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding
The Outfit: A long, white, Alexander McQueen coat with a matching white Philip Treacy hat and nude Jimmy Choos.
The Buzz: Like mother, like daughter. Kate and Princess Charlotte are matching in their white outfits and it couldn’t be more adorable.
The Occasion: The birth of Prince Louis.
The Outfit: A red Jenny Packham dress with nude heels
The Buzz: If we know one thing about Kate it’s that shes a fan of a Jenny Packham dress, so it’s no surprise she wore this Jenny Packham gown after giving birth to her third child! We think this beautiful red dress with the white lace collar was the perfect choice to go with Kate’s post-pregnancy glow.
The occasion: The Duchess of Cambridge attends the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The outfit: A chic tailored brown coat by Catherine Walker, a hat by Lock & Co, nude Gianvito Rossi pumps and Balenciaga earrings.
The buzz: Keeping things decidedly simple, Kate dressed her burgeoning bump to perfection.
The Occasion: The Duchess attended a SportsAid event at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Outfit: A floral top from Hobbs, a tailored beige coat and fitted black trousers.
The Buzz: Kate was positively glowing as she stepped out in a spring-ready look.
The Occasion: Attending a symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine.
The Outfit: A bespoke green coat dress by Jenny Packham
The Buzz: She is quite literally moments from giving birth and looks *that* radiant. Bow down.
The Occasion: Duchess of Cambridge visits the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park, in Norway.
The Outfit: A simple but chic maternity dress from Séraphine underneath a turquoise Catherine Walker coat, paired with a faux fur hat and matching gloves.
The Buzz: Casual with a twist! The matching hat and gloves amped up her whole look.
The Occasion: A mental health meeting at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm
The Outfit: Catherine Walker houndstooth coat
The Buzz: An unusually (but very welcome!) bold look from the Duchess. Bravo.
The Occasion: A black tie dinner at the residence of the British ambassador in Stockholm.
The Outfit: A gold, floral silk Erdem dress.
The Buzz: The dress cost £1,945 and contributed to a day’s wardrobe worth over £16,000.
The Occasion: Playing bandy hockey at an outdoor ice rink in Stockholm.
The Outfit: Burberry shearling coat.
The Buzz: Keeping that blow dry going beneath a bobble hat is all our winter goals.
The Occasion: Visiting Kings College’s Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.
The Outfit: A baby blue Séraphine ‘Natasha’ coat, Séraphine ‘Florrie’ dress, navy suede Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ pumps and a Jaeger quilted clutch.
The Buzz: More blue for the Duchess has raised a lot of baby gender bets…
The Occasion: Launching a Heads Together Initiative at Roe Green Junior School in Brent, London.
The Outfit: A Séraphine maternity dress and a Sportmax coat.
The Buzz: Blue… is it a boy?!.
The Occasion: Visiting the Reach Academy in Feltham, west London.
The Outfit: Seraphine Florrie Floral Print maternity dress, which she also wore while pregnant with Charlotte.
The Buzz: Here we get a much better view of her bump – isn’t she glowing?!
The Occasion: Visiting the Reach Academy in Feltham, west London.
The Outfit: A navy wool Hobbs coat and suede heels.
The Buzz: Kate showed off her growing bump as she marked her first official engagement of 2018.
The Occasion: Heading to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in London on Christmas morning.
The Outfit: A tartan tailored coat with a black fur hat.
The Buzz: She was pictured alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the first time, and her gorgeous Miu Miu coat has since sold out.
The Occasion: The Magic Mums Christmas Party at The Rugby Portobello Trust London.
The Outfit: A maternity burgundy tweed coat with black piping.
The Buzz: The duchess wore London-based brand Seraphine that was perfect for the charitable occassion.
The Occasion: The Royal Variety Performance show 2017.
The Outfit: A blue, bedazzled Jenny Packham dress with long sleeves.
The Buzz: People were making comparisons with Frozen‘s Elsa. Love.
The Occasion: Remembrance Sunday
The Outfit: Kate wore a double-breasted jacket with a black fascinator for the sombre occasion.
The Buzz: Kate wore three poppies, paying respect on the day.
The Occasion: Kate took part in a Tennis for Kids session at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
The Outfit: Kate wore sportswear for the occasion.
The Buzz: It’s the first solo appearance Kate has made since announcing her third pregnancy.
The Occasion: To pay tribute to Princess Diana the gates of Kensington Palace on the eve of the anniversary of her death.
The Outfit: A Prada poppy-print silk dress.
The Buzz: Kate joined Prince William and Harry as they brave the rain to lay flowers for their mother in the same spot they did twenty years earlier.
The Occasion: In Ypres, Belgium, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
The Outfit: A white Alexander McQueen coat-dress with a white fascinator.
The Buzz: It was another repeat-wear for Kate who first wore the outfit for Princess Charlotte’s christening back in 2015.
The Occasion: Leaving Berlin for Hamburg as part of the Royal Tour.
The Outfit: A lilac Emilia Wickstead dress.
The Buzz: It’s the first time we’ve seen the Duchess in a lilac this bold and we’re loving it. 💜
The Occasion: Reception at Claerchens Ballhaus in Berlin as part of their Royal Tour.
The Outfit: A bird-print dress by Markus Lupfer.
The Buzz: Joined by her husband The Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton aced evening wear in the dress.
The Occasion: A visit to Germany.
The Outfit: A sweet yellow Jenny Packham dress.
The Buzz: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were put to work as they attempt to make sweets during a tour of a traditional German market in the Central Square of Heidelburg.
The Occasion: Arriving in Germany as part of the Royal Tour.
The Outfit: A cobalt blue Catherine Walker & Co over a blue dress and nude heels.
The Buzz: The Duchess matched with Princess Charlotte, who looked super cute (natch).
The Occasion: A visit to the former Stutthof concentration camp as part of the Royal Tour of Poland and Germany.
The Outfit: Matching Erdem floral top and skirt.
The Buzz: The look by Erdem, one of Kate’s favourite designers, was a gorgeous choice for an otherwise emotional outing for the royal couple.
The Occasion: Arriving in Warsaw for the first day of the royals’ Royal Tour of Poland and Germany.
The Outfit: A white dress with chic peplum detail.
The Buzz: It was a few days after Wimbledon 2017 but the Duchess was still rocking Wimbledon whites.
The Occasion: To open the new entrance at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The Outfit: A Gucci tweed dress with red trim.
The Buzz: There were hums of “YASSS” across the fashion team when this photo of Kate came out. The Gucci dress is a directional choice for The Duchess, and tres chic! We just wish she’d gone for a slightly higher, less clunky heel.
The Occasion: Royal Ascot 2017
The Outfit: Kate stepped out in another Alexander McQueen dress. This time a white lace stunner paired with matching fascinator.
The Buzz: The Duchess joined The Queen and Prince William, at the race that saw the high temperatures of the heat-wave. Kate kept fresh with a light colour and lace sleeves.
The Occasion: The Queen’s Trooping the Colour ceremony in London
The Outfit: The Duchess wore a pink Alexander McQueen dress with a matching fascinator.
The Buzz: You could describe this as the perfect millennial pink shade.
The Occasion: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Outfit: A gorgeous floral midi dress from Rochas that oozes summer ease.
The Buzz: The Duchess of Cambridge’s green look was a breath of fresh air following her super classic and sober outfit for Pippa’s wedding.
The Occasion: Her sister, Pippa Middleton’s wedding.
The Outfit: The Duchess wore a peach coloured Alexander McQueen dress with a matching fascinator.
The Buzz: Kate had to look after Princess Charlotte the bridesmaid, and Prince William the page boy.
The Occasion: The Duchess, Duke and Prince Harry attended the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together.
The Outfit: The Duchess wore and orange-red skirt suit and nude heels.
The Buzz: The royals watched a national radio show being broadcast live when they visited the school, which prepared students for careers in the media industry.
The Occasion: The Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey.
The Outfit: A black tailored dressed, paired with hat and heels of the same colour, and grey coat finishing the look.
The Buzz: The Duchess choose sombre colours showing respect and grief for those who lost their lives in the terror attack in London.
The Occasion: The opening night of the West End production of 42nd Street.
The Outfit: A deep red gown paired with statement earrings, and maroon heels.
The Buzz: Kate looked like a total princess in her £1,105 Marchesa Notte midi dress – but her gorgeous Oscar De La Renta red earrings almost stole the show.
The Occasion: A National Portrait Gallery gala.
The Outfit: A green lace Temperley dress with a gold glitter clutch bag by Wilbur & Gussie and Jimmy Choo gold heels.
The Buzz: Kate accessorised with £8,900 green amethyst and pave diamond Kiki McDonough earrings in 18ct yellow gold. Wow.
The Occasion: The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Trocadero on a visit to Paris.
The Outfit: A big nod to French fashion, Kate wore head-to-toe Chanel, from the dress, to the belt and the bag she carried later in the day…
The Buzz: The £8,350 Chanel “Trifecta” dress was from the autumn winter 2016 collection.
The Occasion: Visiting the British Embassy in Paris for the couple’s royal tour.
The Outfit: A floor-length pale blue embellished Jenny Packham dress. C’est magnifique!
The Buzz: It was the second incredible dress of the couple’s Parisian evening…
The Occasion: Visiting the British Embassy in Paris.
The Outfit: An LBD by Alexander McQueen which she teamed with pearls.
The Buzz: The outfit hit new levels of chic for the Duchess.
The Occasion: As part of the pair’s Royal Tour of Paris, the Duchess and Prince Williams watched the France vs Wales Rugby Match.
The Outfit: A red Carolina Herrera coat and a black polo neck.
The Buzz: In the 98th minute of the game, the hosts won with a score of 20 to France and 18 to Wales.
The Occasion: The annual Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade at Household Cavalry Barracks.
The Outfit: A St. Patrick’s Day-inspired ensemble. The coat is a bespoke creation by Catherine Walker.
The Buzz: This was the Duke and Duchess’s first outing since William partied the night away in Verbier.
The Occasion: The 2017 BAFTA Awards.
The Outfit: Kate looked sensational in a bardot-cut, floral Alexander McQueen gown.
The Buzz: There were big cheers for Kate as she entered the awards’ red carpet with husband Prince William.
The Occasion: The Guild of Health Writers Conference with Heads Together at Chandos House.
The Outfit: A magenta-coloured vibrant skirt and jacket by Oscar de la Renta.
The Buzz: To our knowledge, it was the first time the Duchess has worn Oscar de la Renta – and she looks incredible.
The Occasion: The Duchess and Prince William visited the Mitchell Brook primary school in North London.
The Outfit: Her fave ruby red skirt suit by Luisa Spagnoli.
The Buzz: Just a day earlier, Kate donned a running kit and trainers for marathon training.
The Occasion: A visit to Quidenham East Anglia Children’s Hospice in Norfolk.
The Outfit: A forrest green Hobbs suit and Gerard Darel blouse.
The Buzz: The Duchess met with many young fans and was given a portrait by one of them.
The Occasion: A visit to the Heads Together charity event
The Outfit: A floral Erdem dress which she paired with Tod’s fringe pumps in burgundy leather
The Buzz: Prince Harry and Prince William joined Kate at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Central London for the event.
The Occasion: A visit to the Anna Freud Centre in London to meet young mothers.
The Outfit: A crepe coat by Eponine.
The Buzz: The Duchess kicked off her royal duties for 2017 in royal blue.
The Occasion: Attending the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Outfit: Her Hobbs Unlimited Celeste wool coat.
The Buzz: The coat was recycled – she was last seen in the coat back in March 2013.
The Occasion: A Christmas party hosted by youth charity The Mix
The Outfit: A festive frock by Vanessa Seward
The Buzz: The Duchess wowed in the dress – and it’s now in the sale at Net-a-Porter.
The Occasion: At the London premiere of A Streetcat Named Bob.
The Outfit: A white floor length Self Portrait gown.
The Buzz: The Duchess wowed in the £320 dress – which will no doubt be a sell out.
The Occasion: The Duchess visited The Hague and Rotterdam in the Netherlands to see the Mauristhsuis gallery.
The Outfit: A pale blue Catherine Walker skirt suit. Very Jackie Kennedy.
The Buzz: The visit was the Duchess’s first EVER solo diplomatic appointment.
The Occasion: An outing for World Mental Health Day where Kate and Will met young people who have battled mental health problems.
The Outfit: A £428 rose print Kate Spade chiffon dress with a pussy bow neckline.
The Buzz: The Duchess looked every inch the English rose in the look, which she teamed with her signature nude heels.
The Occasion: While visiting the territory of Yukon, where they visited the MacBride Museum.
The Outfit: A red wool and cashmere CH Carolina Herrera coat costing £1190 and block-heeled Tod’s shoes.
The Buzz: It was the Duchess’s second bright red look from the royal tour.
The Occasion: Kate wrapped as she and William visited Canada’s northern territories while on the royal tour.
The Outfit: A dark green Hobbs coat and a Maple Leaf tartan scarf, which we’ve seen on Kate before.
The Buzz: The Royal couple made the outing to speak to Canadian service men and women.
The Occasion: Kate and William visited Kelowna, British Columbia, on the fourth day of their tour of Canada.
The Outfit: A Dolce and Gabbana frock costing £2,000 with LK Bennett heels and Monica Vinader earrings.
The Buzz: It was a pricier choice for Kate, and she looked gorgeous.
The Occasion: Kate and William attended a reception at British Columbia’s Government House in Victoria.
The Outfit: A stunning red cocktail dress by Preen with matching court shoes.
The Buzz: She wore The Queen’s diamond Maple Leaf Brooch for the second time during her visit. The brooch paid tribute to their Canadian hosts.
The Occasion: Kate and William joined Trudeaus on a tour of Vancouver.
The Outfit: A white and hot pink patterned Alexander McQueen dress costing £4,000.
The Buzz: It was definitely a departure from Kate’s more classic styles… and we’re loving it.
The Occasion: Arriving in Canada for their Royal tour.
The Outfit: Kate wore a blue Jenny Packham dress with a Lock & Co hat.
The Buzz: She carried Princess Charlotte who matched her shoes with her mum’s dress.
The Occasion: A visit to a school in Essex for mental health campaigning
The Outfit: A blue patterned dress by Altuzarra.
The Buzz: During the trip, Prince Harry rushed to the aid of an elderly dignitary after he tumbled to the ground. A concerned Kate looked on.
The Occasion: A visit to Truro Cathedral in Cornwall to support appeal for new roof.
The Outfit: A Lela Rose pink dress and Monsoon wedges
The Buzz: Further proof that the Duchess loves a full-skirted silhouette with a nipped in waist.
The Occasion: A visit to the Young Minds charity
The Outfit: LK Bennett red dress and nude pointed court shoes
The Buzz: The red dress sold out within hours of this photo of Kate emerging.
The Occasion: To watch Sir Ben’s Land Rover BAR team in the Portsmouth leg of the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS)
The Outfit: A pair of black skinnies, trainers and a sporty top
The Buzz: It was all about her personalised jacket…
Go team Kate.
The Occasion: To attend the Men’s Final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
The Outfit: The Alexander McQueen ‘Obsession’ dress, covered in prints of flowers, butterflies, jewels and trinkets.
The Buzz: The dress even featured signature McQueen skulls.
The Occasion: The Duchess attends a game at Wimbledon.
The Outfit: A recycled yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress with her favourite nude shoes.
The Buzz: Kate famously wore the dress before, and claimed William had said she looks like a banana. Brilliant.
The Occasion: A ceremony to announce the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award at the Natural History Museum.
The Outfit: A beautiful Barbara Casasola dress – an emerging Brazilian designer who the fashion pack *love*.
The Buzz: This was easily the most fashion forward look the Duchess has ever worn – it nodded to the off-the-shoulder trend and had an elegant, yet contemporary feel. The silhouette really suits her.
The Occasion: A gala dinner to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
The Outfit: A beautiful Jenny Packham dress which is an oldie but a goodie – she’s worn it once before, but hey, if we had this dress we’d wear it every other day.
The Buzz: The last time she wore this frock it was back in 2011 when she and William made their first royal appearance since becoming husband and wife.
The Occasion: Royal Ascot 2016.
The Outfit: A lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana, a Jane Taylor hat and nude court shoes.
The Buzz: We’re getting serious My Fair Lady vibes from this look – remember the white lace dress Audrey Hepburn wore to the races?
The Occasion: The Secretary of State’s annual Garden party at Hillsborough Castle.
The Outfit: A jacquard dress coat and an unusual hat.
The Buzz: She later helped plant a tree.
The Occasion: The Garter Service at Windsor Castle.
The Outfit: A brilliant red Catherine Walker coat.
The Buzz: All attention was on Kate in her head-to-toe matching red outfit.
The Occasion: At the Queen’s 90th birthday street party.
The Outfit: A baby blue dress with a pink panel by Roksanda Ilincic.
The Buzz: She cheered up the wet weather with this colourful number.
The Occasion: A service at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday
The Outfit: A baby blue dress coat with intricate white applique detailing, teamed with a bold hat.
The Buzz: A suitably demure outfit.
The Occasion: A banquet for SportsAid charity at Kensington Palace
The Outfit: A beautiful royal blue Roland Mouret gown
The Buzz: K-Middy’s earrings cost a mind-blowing £391,000. Um, wow. The Cartier Diamond ‘Trinity de Cartier’ Earrings are 18-karat gold.
The Occasion: The Queen’s garden summer party 2016
The Outfit: An Alexander McQueen ruffled coat, a net hat and cream courts.
The Buzz: This was the second time the Duchess has been pictured wearing that McQueen dress coat – the first was for Prince George’s christening in 2013.
The Occasion: The Chelsea Flower Show.
The Outfit: A Catherine Walker pea green coat dress with another pair of nude heels.
The Buzz: It was the Duke and Duchess’s first ever visit to the world-famous flower show.
The Occasion: To launch the Heads Together Campaign, which will see the Duchess, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry working together with several charities to change perceptions about mental health.
The Outfit: For the occasion, Kate wore a blue and navy geometric print skirt.
The Buzz: The skirt was £96 from Banana Republic – another high street hit from the Duchess. We bet it didn’t take long to sell out.
The Occasion: Kate visited the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The Outfit: For the occasion she wore an Alexander McQueen pink peplum dress with Monica Vinader jewellery.
The Buzz: She was viewing her portraits taken for the Vogue 100 centenary issue.
The Occasion: The Duchess Of Cambridge visits the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.
The Outfit: A baby blue Roksanda Ilincic dress.
The Buzz: She accessorised with her favourite nude heels and matching clutch.
…As the weather cooled down she put on a Michael Kors coat teamed with nude L. K. Bennett shoes and a clutch.
The Occasion: A visit the the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
The Outfit: A navy and white dress by Indian designer Naeem Khan, which she teamed with a pair of nude shoes and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses.
The Buzz: A poignant moment for the royal couple as William’s mum, the late Princess Diana, visited the iconic landmark 24 years ago.
The Occasion: For dinner with King and Queen of Bhutan during a visit to India.
The Outfit: A floor-length, colourful Tory Burch dress, accessorised under a tangerine shawl.
The Buzz: A colourful yet suitably conservative dress option for such an occasion.
The Occasion: To meet Indian villagers after spending the morning on safari.
The Outfit: A tasseled TOPSHOP dress.
The Buzz: Wait for it… there was only one left in stock the day this photo emerged.
The Occasion: The Duchess and Duke were out on safari and seeing the work done to save endangered one-horned rhinos.
The Outfit: Zara jeans with a polka dot shirt.
The Buzz: It’s unusual to see the Duchess in laid-back jeans but we love the look. What a safari babe.
The Occasion: William and Kate arrive in the Indian state of Assam where they took part in the Bihu Festival celebrations and later visited the largest one-horn rhino park.
The Outfit: An Anna Sui dress and (£60!) Dune wedges.
The Buzz: The Duchess rocked ANOTHER great dress on tour
The Occasion: To visit the Salaam Baalak Trust and meet children from the refuge.
The Outfit: A prairie style dress with Russell and Bromley cream coloured pumps.
The Buzz: The dress costs FIFTY POUNDS and is from high street retailer, Glamorous. Sold out instantly, obvs.
The Occasion: To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in Delhi.
The Outfit: A Temperley London embellished cropped blouse and maxi skirt.
The Buzz: It was Kate’s sixth gorgeous outfit on day two of her visit.
The Occasion: The couple were meeting young entrepreneurs in Mumbai at the start of the second day of their official visit to India.
The Outfit: After a day of prints for day one, the Duchess kept it chic and simple in a dress by one of her favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead.
The Buzz: The dress sold out instantly – surprise surprise.
The Occasion: For the couple’s first evening in India, the pair attended a fancy dinner with some huge Hollywood stars.
The Outfit: Beautiful in blue, the Duchess’s dress was designed by one of Kate’s favourite British brands, Jenny Packham.
The Buzz: The embellishment on the dress was completed in India.
The Occasion: Continuing with her Royal duties, the Duchess of Cambridge played a game of cricket in a pair of wedges.
The Outfit: Kate chose a comfortable Anita Dongre floaty maxi.
The Buzz: Sport’s legend Sachin Tendulkar praised her efforts as “very, very sporty”.
The Occasion: For the first day of the Royal tour of India, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Taj Mahal Palace hotel for their first official engagement of the visit. The pair laid a wreath at a memorial to the hotel’s victims of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
The Outfit: Kate opted for a British label – and one of her faves – Alexander McQueen.
The Buzz: The dress was from Sarah Burton’s PreFall 2016 collection.
The Occasion: To meet representatives from India and Bhutan at Kensington Palace ahead of the Royal tour of the regions starting on Sunday with William.
The Outfit: A floor length blue polka dot dress by Indian-born designer, Saloni Lodha.
The Buzz: The £498 royal blue dress sold out within hours.
The Occasion: The opening of a new shop for East Anglia Children’s Hospices in Holt, Norfolk.
The Outfit: A blue M-Missoni coat (she reportedly bought the coat from a charity shop back in 2012).
The Buzz: She’s a patron of the charity so was thrilled to be the special guest.
The Occasion: The Commonwealth day service.
The Outfit: An Erdem coat with matching hat and court shoes.
The Buzz: She was one of three royal generations to attend the ceremony.
The Occasion: The XLP youth mentoring programme.
The Outfit: Pink gingham with black accessories.
The Buzz: She channelled Jackie Kennedy in the outfit. It was also a nice step into spring.
The Occasion: A visit to charity projects in Edinburgh
The Outfit: A bottle-green Max Mara coat which she’s worn before. The Duchess teamed the coat with a checked skirt by Le Kilt, a black polo neck knit, and a pair of classic suede court heels.
The Buzz: Later on she took on Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, for a game of tennis.
The Occasion: A day spent guest editing The Huffington Post from within Kensington Palace.
The Outfit: A tweed A-line skirt and a sheer high-neck blouse.
The Buzz: We love the Duchess’ nod to prairie chic – her pretty demure shirt is divine.
The Occasion: RAF Air Cadets 75th Anniversary at St Clement Danes church, London.
The Outfit: An Alexander McQueen blue pleated coat, which she’s worn once before during a royal tour of New Zealand.
The Buzz: The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by Carol Vorderman, an honorary ambassador for the Air Cadets, at the event.
The Occasion: Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on December 27, 2015.
The Outfit: A printed blue/purple co-ord jacket and skirt, along with knee-high black boots.
The Buzz: Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attended the Sunday service all together.
The Occasion: Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in Norfolk
The Outfit: Regal in a bottle green Sportmax belted coat.
The Buzz: It was the third year running that William and Kate celebrated Christmas at the Queen’s Norfolk estate. Three years before, they broke tradition when they celebrated Christmas at Kate’s family home.
The Occasion: A visit to North London’s Anna Freud Centre.
The Outfit: A festive red Alexander McQueen dress.
The Buzz: The Duchess joined kids at the institution for an arts and crafts session.
The Occasion: A visit to Action on Addiction in Wiltshire.
The Outfit: A gorgeous bright blue dress with a simple black clutch bag.
The Buzz: The Duchess had been giving a speech at the official engagement.
The Occasion: A visit to charity Action on Addiction in Wiltshire
The Outfit: An Emilia Wickstead dress worn with a Reiss houndstooth coat.
The Buzz: The Duchess gave a speech at the official engagement.
The Occasion: ICAP’s 23rd annual charity day, London
The Outfit: A teal dress with a peplum frill and her beloved court shoes
The Buzz: The Duchess joined Carey Mulligan, Jon Snow and Samantha Cameron at the event.
The Occasion: Official engagements in North Wales
The Outfit: A Reiss coat, knee-length suede boots and skinny jeans.
The Buzz: Kate didn’t stray far from her Sloane roots for this outing. She bought her Reiss coat back in 2010, and is still making good use of it.
The Occasion: The Place2Be Headteacher Conference in London
The Outfit: A lilac Matthew Williamson embellished dress and Kiki McDonough earrings.
The Buzz: The Duchess made a speech about why she decided to raise awareness for mental health in children.
“I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to,” she said.
“But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.”
The Occasion: Fostering Excellence Awards
The Outfit: A cobalt blue Saloni dress and black courts.
The Buzz: She was reportedly styled by Cara Delevingne’s mum, Pandora.
The Occasion: The Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Outfit: A black Dolce & Gabbana lace dress and black court shoes.
The Buzz: An elegant and understatedly appropriate look for a sombre occasion.
The Occasion: At 100 Women in Hedge Funds black tie dinner in London.
The Outfit: A floor-length floral gown by Erdem – one of the Duchess’ favourite designers – and an Anya Hindmarch clutch.
The Buzz: This was actually quite a bold move for the Duchess, who usually sticks to more streamlined, pared-down silhouettes. Although the neckline of the dress is conservatively high, the hemline has a giant ruffle – adding a fashion edge.
The Occasion: At Chance UK‘s Early Intervention Programme in London.
The Outfit: An appliqué-detail grey day dress from Orla Kiely’s autumn/winter 2011 collection and black Episode heels.
The Buzz: Kate looked flawless, despite having a late night at the Spectre premiere!
The Occasion: The Spectre premiere.
The Outfit: A stunning powder blue floor-length gown and sparkly clutch.
The Buzz: Seeing Kate and William out together dressed up at a film premiere is exciting enough!
The Occasion: The Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas premiere.
The Outfit: Space-inspired dress by Tabitha Webb.
The Buzz: The half-hour special was shown on BBC One at Christmas and began when Shaun persuaded his unwitting owner to buy a trio of mischievous llamas – Hector, Fernando and Raul.
The Occasion: A visit to Dundee, Scotland.
The Outfit: Bespoke blue coat by Christopher Kane and Aquatalia suede knee length boots.
The Buzz: Kate paid homage to the Scottish designer by wearing her specially made royal blue coat, before meeting Scottish officials to talk young people’s mental health.
The Occasion: A meeting at Lancaster House.
The Outfit: “Guipure” lace dress made by Dolce and Gabbana.
The Buzz: Later, the Duchess of Cambridge posed for photos with Jackie Chan.
The Occasion: The America’s Cup World Series.
The Outfit: A sports top, jeans and a pair of Sebago Bala shoes.
The Buzz: A rare sighting of the Duchess out of a dress coat and heels, it’s nice to see Kate in a more off-duty look.
The Occasion: The birth of her baby.
The Outfit: A Jenny Packham dress teamed with nude court shoes.
The Buzz: The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital at 6am, and twelve hours later she left hospital carrying her new baby girl. Speedy!
The Occasion: The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting the Brook Hill Children’s centre.
The Outfit: K-Middy looked gorgeous as she arrived wearing a spotty ASOS Maternity skater dress.
The Buzz: The £35 dress – surprise surprise – sold out super quickly.
The Occasion: For St. Patrick’s Day, and pregnant Kate Middleton stepped out to visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, who were gathered together to walk in the annual parade hosted in Aldershot.
The Outfit: K-Middy bundled her baby bump in a bespoke Catherine Walker coat, which she teamed with a chocolate Lock & Co. hat, brown gloves, and suede Emmy London heels.
The Buzz: She wore a shamrock-shaped brooch, once gifted to the Queen Mother by the Irish Guard.
More Buzz: As usual, the Duchess of Cambridge presented a bouquet of shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the Regiment, a tradition that dates back to Queen Alexandra, who first made the presentation in 1901.
The Occasion: Kate Middleton arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday morning for a Service of Commemoration for the troops who were stationed in Afghanistan.
The Outfit: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark navy coat with matching heels and hat.
The Buzz: During an event earlier in the week, Kate was told by a woman that she looked very trim for being in the eighth month of her pregnancy. She replied by saying “I sometimes forget I’m pregnant,” according to Us Weekly.
The Occasion: It was Kate’s final public outing before she goes on maternity leave. On the agenda was a trip to the Downton Abbey TV set! Jealous.
The Outfit: K-Middy was wearing a cream coat by British maternity label Jojo Maman Bebe. The Duchess teamed the coat with a pair of black suede court shoes.
The Buzz: She met cast members including Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern (Lord and Lady Grantham) and watched from the sidelines as a scene for the next series was filmed at Ealing Studios in London.
The Occasion: A tour of the Mr Lion 14 by Blank Canvas Turner Contemporary’s inter-generational community group in Margate. She also met local children involved in an art project.
The Outfit: A Dalmatian Hobbs dress that she’s worn before (Kate loves to recycle) and black courts (obviously).
The Occasion: Kate Middleton stepped out to attend the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey – eight months pregnant.
The Outfit: Dressed in an Alexander McQueen coat that (surprise, surprise) she’s worn before, the Duchess looked perfect in pink.
The Buzz: The Duchess of Cambridge is the Queen of Recycling. Back in 2013, Kate Middleton, pregnant with Prince George, wore the piece while standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, celebrating the Queen’s birthday.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge entered the Abbey (the same place they tied the knot four years ago) with crowds of well-wishers waiting outside. This was one of Kate’s final engagements before her due date.
Kate Middleton has stepped out in a beautiful cornflower blue Max Mara coat, which she teamed with her favourite Séraphine dress.
The Occasion: The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Emma Bridgewater factory to see a mug the company has launched in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, of which Kate is a patron.
The Outfit: Kate stepped out in a beautiful cornflower blue Max Mara coat, which she teamed with her favourite Séraphine dress. Yes, the Queen of recycling has worn her £99 Florrie floral print dress once again – it must be a firm favourite!
The Buzz: The Duchess is a long-term fan of Max Mara. Plus, she wore blue which caused the world to speculate she was having a boy.
The Occasion: A visit to the headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth to support her work with the 1851 Trust, which encourages young people to get involved in sailing.
The Outfit: A double-breasted, belted coat with a flared shape (to accommodate that baby bump) by Maxmara, a LK Bennett Frome clutch and Jimmy Choo navy court shoes.
The Buzz: The Duchess is a long-term fan of MaxMara – it’s a brand that nails classic elegance. Also note her post-Mustique tan.
Not that you can see it here, but underneath her coat she wore a polka dot dress by Somerset by Alice Temperley.
The Occasion: A coffee visit to First Friends.
The Outfit: A powder blue ‘Natasha Coat’ from maternity fashion brand Séraphine.
The Buzz: Some people believed the Duchess’ choice of blue indicated she was having another boy. Yes, seriously.
The Occasion: A visit to foster carers in North London.
The Outfit: A Hobbs shirt dress that’s currently in the sale from £169 to £50. Mirabelle earrings, £30.
The Buzz: Kate Middleton sale shops, too!
The Duchess of Cambridge was starting to show; at 26 weeks pregnant she had the tiniest of baby bumps.
The Occasion: A visit to a London school where Kate Middleton is opening a facility for her charity The Art Room.
The Outfit: Shocker! Kate Middleton is wearing a brand that she’s never worn before. The Duchess of Cambridge is looking excellent in her Madderson dress – and as per usual, the website to click and buy her dress crashed instantly. Stupid Internet. The royal teamed her frock with a pair of black opaque tights and court shoes.
The Buzz:Kate Middleton now has her own Twitter
The Occasion: A Beaver Scout meeting in Bow, East London.
The Outfit: Kate wore her most casual look to date, a black hoodie, which she matched with skinny jeans and knee high boots.
The Buzz: A regular volunteer with the Scouts, Kate’s sweatshirt was printed with the Scout’s logo and accessorised with an official scarf and woggle.
The Royals’ final engagement on their three-day trip to NYC was to host a charity gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to raise funds for St Andrews University, where the pair studied and fell in love.
The Outfit: A gorgeous tulle Jenny Peckham gown in midnight blue featuring off-the-shoulder sleeves and belted waist. Kate added emerald chandelier earrings and a matching bracelet.
The Buzz: Being a thrifty fashionista, Kate has actually worn this dress for Royal appearances twice before.
The Occasion: A visit to the 9/11 memorial in NYC as part of a trip to the states.
The Outfit: A stunning fuchsia Mulberry coat.
The Buzz: Hot pink in the NYC rain? So Carrie Bradshaw of you Kate. Way to brighten up a dreary December day.
The Occasion: Her first solo engagement in New York – a visit to the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem.
The Outfit: A chic and understated monochrome collarless coat by Goat, teamed with simple black accessories.
The Buzz: In the name of modesty and in order to accommodate her burgeoning bump, Kate had the coat lengthened especially for the occasion.
The Occasion: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom London premiere
The Outfit: A cream (recycled) Roland Mouret dress and Zara necklace.
The Buzz: The true focus of the night was not on Kate’s outfit, but the tragic passing of Nelson Mandela, which was announced shortly after the film aired.
The Occasion: Sportsaid 2013, London.
The Outfit: A monochrome Alice Temperley dress, Jimmy Choo heels and a red Alexander McQueen clutch bag
The Buzz: This cocktail dress didn’t just get the thumbs-up from everyone in the GLAMOUR office, it sold out online, minutes after Kate Middleton was snapped out and about in it.
The Occasion: At a forum for the charity Place2Be, London.
The Outfit: An Orla Kiely skirt and MaxMara jacket.
The Buzz: Wearing Orla Kiely for two days on the trot, Kate narrowly avoided a Marilyn moment when her skirt was blown by a gust of wind.
The Occasion: Kate and Wills visited the Only Connect offices in London.
The Outfit: An Orla Kiely printed coat dress and chocolate brown opaque tights.
The Buzz: This one must be a favourite – the Duchess was spotted in the same outfit for an earlier visit to a primary school in Oxford.
The Occasion: Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day Appeal at Kensington Palace
The Outfit: A berry red LK Bennett dress coat and black leggings with suede heels.
The Buzz: K-Midd and Wills showed up at the High Street Kensington tube station to show support for Remembrance Day. The Duchess retired the croc belt she accessorised with this coat in 2011.
The Occasion: The 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner
The Outfit: A navy blue silk tulle gown with a black velvet belt from Jenny Packham’s Autumn Winter 2013 Collection.
The Buzz: After her elegant all-white Christening attire, this off-the-shoulder creation from Jenny Packham showed the Duchess is back to her eveningwear best. We love the ink blue hue.
The Occasion: Prince George’s Christening
The Outfit: An Alexander McQueen dress and Jane Taylor hat
The Buzz: Kate chose the same designer as her wedding gown – and whilst we loved the all-white look, it was Prince George’s attire – a replica of the original royal christening gown made by the Queen’s couturier Angela Kelly – that created the most buzz.
The Occasion: Visiting a SportsAid workshop
The Outfit: A Smythe navy blazer, a Ralph Lauren Breton sweater, J Brand jeans and Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley Corkswoon wedges
The Buzz: Giant cork wedges probably aren’t the most obvious choice for a dabble on the volleyball court, but hey – Kate does off-duty denim in style by pairing a Breton sweater and jeans with a nipped-in navy jacket.
The Occasion: The Tusk foundation gala dinner at The Royal Society in London
The Outfit: A Jenny Packham sequinned dress with matching silver stilettos
The Buzz: The Duchess of Cambridge certainly made an impact with this her red carpet return. No dull black for her; this gown really made a statement, and that was Kate looks fabulous.
The Occasion: Anglesey ultra marathon
The Outfit: An olive coloured blazer, Zara printed blouse and skinny jeans
The Buzz: This was Kate’s first official outing since giving birth to Prince George in July. Kate’s appearance was a surprise to the community, as Prince William kicked off the 135-mile run.
The Occasion: Trooping The Colour
The Outfit: A pale pink coat dress by Alexander McQueen worn with a matching hat by Jane Corbett
The Buzz: Was Kate hinting at baby Wales’ gender in this pretty pink number? Oh, the speculation it caused. Her prim coat featured an oversized Peter Pan collar and pearl buttons, but it was her lovely hat that added an extra feminine touch.
The Occasion: Naming the Royal Princess Cruise Ship
The Outfit: A leopard print coat dress by Hobbs
The Buzz: Her last solo outing before she had Prince George, Kate looked radiant in this animal print ensemble.
The Occasion: The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The Outfit: A daisy lace dress with silver grey ribbon and a peach silk jacket by Jenny Packham Plus, a summery hat from Jane Taylor.
The Buzz: This was a pretty summery choice for the Duchess.
The Occasion: The National Portrait Gallery, celebrating the work of The Art Room.
The Outfit: A powder blue cocktail dress by Emilia Wickstead, with Rupert Sanderson courts.
The Buzz: This could be the first true maternity dress Kate has worn. An empire-waist frock is the perfect silhouette for a baby bump, too. Roll on July…
The Occasion: The Duchess visits the Willows Primary School in Manchester.
The Outfit: A printed Erdem dress with navy suede courts.
The Buzz: Kate spent months touring the UK in various wool coats, so it was a welcome change to see her in a printed shift dress – and the square neckline really suits her.
The Occasion: National Review of Queen’s Scouts
The Outfit: A mint green tweed coat by Mulberry and LK Bennett nude courts.
The Buzz:The Duchess shows off a pretty spring pastel coat, anchored with her failsafe heels and a fascinator.
The Occasion: Royal visit to Cumbria
The Outfit: A red coat by Armani, black opaques and suede boots.
The Buzz: Kate’s never one to turn away a matching accessory. She kept it simple and sophisticated here in red and black.
The Occasion: Visiting the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre in Glasgow, Scotland
The Outfit: A tartan shift dress jacket, black tights and matching boots.
The Buzz: How fitting, the Duchess wore tartan to Scotland, and her bump was beginning to show.
The Occasion: Visiting the Offices of Child Bereavement UK in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire.
The Outfit: A cream coat with a white collar, teamed with black tights, clutch and shoes.
The Buzz: There was buzz in the GLAMOUR office just because this was one of Kate’s more fashion-forward looks – we’re obsessed with this Maje-a-like cream coat.
The Occasion: St Patrick’s Day 2013 Parade
The Outfit: An Emerald green, Emilia Wickstead coat decorated with a shamrock brooch, a black John Locke hat, and black courts, gloves, tights and a poloneck.
The Buzz: Aside from the fact Kate’s green coat was recycled (worn at the same parade last year), it was the Duchess’s shoe getting stuck in a grate that got the most press attention – luckily her husband was there to help her up gracefully.
The Occasion: Cheltenham Races Gold Cup Day
The Outfit: A blush-coloured, double-breasted coat from Joseph, Aquitalia brown suede riding boots, a pillbox hat and matching chocolate-coloured accessories.
The Buzz: Sporting a shorter hemline, Kate made a surprise appearance, on the arm of William, at the races. The boxy silhouette perfectly protected her growing bump, don’t you think?
The Occasion: Private view of her National Portrait Gallery painting.
The Outfit: A maroon, belted Whistles dress
The Buzz: Kate might have been spotted in a stalwart of British designers over the years, but she made a determined return to the high street in this rouge dress from one of her favourite brands.
The Occasion: Presenting duties at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2012 Awards
The Outfit: A long, moss-green Alexander McQueen dress
The Buzz: This was Kate’s first public appearance since her pregnancy with Prince George was announced alongside a hospital dash and, in yet another coup for the house of McQueen, she opted for a sober green Sarah Burton number. The tone for her maternity wardrobe was set.
The Occasion: A visit to her alma mater, St Andrew’s school in Berkshire
The Outfit: A tartan skirt suit by Alexander McQueen and high-heeled suede boots
The Buzz: Kate playing hockey is no biggie. But in a suit? And heels? Impressive stuff – and all the more shocking, it turned out, when, just days later, her pregnancy with Prince George was hurriedly announced as she was hospitalised with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness.
The Occasion: The launch of the new Treasures gallery at the Natural History Museum in London.
The Outfit: Mulberry’s £1,400 ‘cabbage’ dress.
The Buzz: With her new Farrah Fawcett-style ‘do and her demure, 70s-inspired dress, critics had a field day with this Kate look – one of the most fashion-forward statements we’d seen her make since the Royal Wedding. Of course, that’s not why it will be remembered… The Duchess was, in fact, in the early stages of pregnancy here.
The Occasion: A fundraising event at her former university, St Andrews
The Outfit: A lace overlay gown by Temperley London, accessorised with a red bow clutch and gemstone-embellished poppy
The Buzz: The eagle-eyed among you won’t need us to tell you that this is another high profile wardrobe repeat. Kate originally trod the red carpet in this Temperley gown at the rainy royal premiere of Spielberg’s War Horse in January 2012. A quick dry and clean later, it looks as good as new, no?
The Occasion: The official launch of the National Football Centre in Burton-on-Trent
The Outfit: A forest green Emilia Wickstead dress coat, belted, with long suede boots
The Buzz: Having kept a low profile while that topless photos row rumbled on, we weren’t in the slightest surprised to see Kate step out in this conservative Emilia Wickstead coat – which had, of course, drawn much admiration on its first outing, at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot. Looks like Lamps was impressed, too.
The Occasion: Stepping out on another date on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Diamond Jubilee Tour, this time for an official state dinner at the Malaysian National Palace
The Outfit: A white empire line gown, with gold appliqué and embroidery. The finishing touches? A coordinating gold clutch, gold earrings and gold bangle
The Buzz: While we think the colour choice (or lack of it!) isn’t the most flattering on English rose Kate, we love the traditional detailing of the dress – and the way her touches of gold help William’s royal blue suit really pop.
The Occasion: Paying a visit to the Assykirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as she and Prince William press on with their Diamond Jubilee Tour
The Outfit: An elegant, full-sleeved and below-the-knee bespoke dress by Beulah in summery silk chiffon, complete with matching head scarf and classic cream heels
The Buzz: Kate remains respectful and elegant by covering her shoulders, arms, knees and head at the mosque in this dignified yet pretty piece.
The Occasion: Continuing her Royal tour of Singapore with Wills
The Outfit: A beautiful retro tea dress in egg shell blue, paired with a traditional Eastern parasol
The Buzz: The delicate embroidery, the pleated skirt, the whimsical parasol: this is an outfit made in Great Gatsby heaven! A thumbs up for the Duchess from us.
The Occasion: A tour of the Rolls Royce plant in Seletar during day two of the royal tour of Singapore
The Outfit: A cool and classic broiderie anglaise skirt suit by Alexander McQueen, paired with a Russell and Bromley clutch bag and Corkswoon wedges by Stuart Weizman for Russell and Bromley
The Buzz: With the newswires clanging about how Kate opted for water over wine at dinner the night before (shock!), the Duchess wasn’t giving anything away in this fitted white skirt suit by fave label, Alexander McQueen. Its light fabric was a smart choice in the humid conditions, and she later briefly accessorised it with a pair of goggles as she took a tour around the factory.
The Occasion: A welcoming ceremony prior to a state dinner during the royal tour of Singapore
The Outfit: A wool and silk-blend shift dress from Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2012 collection
The Buzz: Wow. Is this Kate’s most fashion forward look ever? It’s certainly a contender – and we like it. A lot. It also happens to be another politically brilliant choice: Prabal Gurung is a Singapore-born designer in the New York stable and, with NY Fashion Week in full swing, it was a nod of support for the industry from afar.
The Occasion: A visit to Singapore’s Botanical Gardens on the first day of the royal tour of Singapore
The Outfit: A pale pink, flower-embroidered dress by Jenny Packham
The Buzz: Kate stunned onlookers were stunned by her rather literal interpretation of Eastern style when she stepped off the plane in Changi airport in this kimono-shaped dress. As ever, however, its aptness can’t be downplayed: the royal couple were whisked straight off to a ceremony in Singapore’s Botanical Gardens for the unveiling of an orchid, named ‘Vanda William Catherine’ in their honour.
The Occasion: Opening the Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery
The Outfit: A blue silk shift dress from Stella McCartney’s pre-fall 2012 collection with a £49,000 Cartier necklace featuring five-ring detail
The Buzz: Turning out for a London 2012 celebration, it had to be either red, white or blue, didn’t it? Kate, as ever, didn’t disappoint in a brand new, £515 Stella McCartney dress – a doubly apt choice, considering that Stella also created the kit in which our athletes will compete. The finishing touch? A Cartier necklace, worth a reported £49,000, featuring five rings. Go, Team GB!
The Occasion: A ceremony that sees Prince William installed into the historic Order of the Thistle, in Edinburgh.
The Outfit: A lemon dress coat by Emilia Wickstead, plus a previously-worn Philip Treacy hat and a tartan clutch.
The Buzz: Since it was been revealed that Prince Charles paid £35,000 towards his daughter-in-law’s wardrobe since her marriage, Kate went big on recycling (not that she was ever shy of it before). Both this tartan clutch and the Philip Treacy hat are old wardrobe favourites, although the lemon dress coat is to be a fresh, new investment piece by Kate’s go-to designer friend Emilia Wickstead.[/b]
The Occasion: A special service to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral
The Outfit: An Alexander McQueen cream lace pencil dress and a hat by young British designer Jane Taylor
The Buzz: The Diamond Jubilee celebrations were Kate’s biggest royal gig to date, her wedding aside. So it was little surprise to many commentators that she turned to Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen – who did such a wonderful job of ensuring that the latter went off without a fashion faux pas in sight – to ensure that she looked stylish, yet chic, for the celebrations. This custom-made cream lace dress earned her a universal thumbs up.
The Occasion: The Diamond Jubilee flotilla
The Outfit: A customised red dress by Alexander McQueen, plus LK Bennett Sledge pumps and a hat by Sylvia Fletcher
The Buzz: Yep: it’s McQueen again. If you think this looks slightly familiar, you’d be correct – not because Kate’s worn it before, but because both Kim Kardashian and Tulisa Contostavlos have (in its less formal, sleeveless guise).
The Occasion: The Diamond Jubilee garden party at Buckingham palace
The Outfit: A £1,200 baby pink day dress by Emilia Wickstead, plus LK Bennett pumps and a lace trimmed hat by Jane Corbitt
The Buzz: We all know that Kate isn’t one to hold back on wearing her favourite pieces time and again, but she surpassed herself with this one; she’d previously worn the same Emilia Wickstead dress – albeit sans hat and with pink, rather than nude, pumps – less than two weeks before, to the Royal Sovereign’s lunch in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee at Windsor Castle.
The Occasion: The BOA Olympic Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall
The Outfit: A teal Jenny Packham dress with lace back – shown off beautifully thanks to a rare royal up-do – and Jimmy Choo sandals
The Buzz: Jenny Packham never fails Kate when it’s time to pack a punch, and the designer even created a one off clutch bag to go with this dress, just for the Duchess. The design itself was customised from one of the designer’s bridal creations. Beautiful.
The Occasion: A black tie dinner at The Thirty Club, Claridge’s
The Outfit: Roland Mouret’s Lombard gown, plus £450 Jimmy Choo sandals
The Buzz: The press dubbed this Kate’s ‘Angelina moment’. But, as avid Kate watchers will already know, Kate and Ange’s taste in clothes isn’t really as different as one might initially think…
The Occasion: A fundraiser for the new WWI galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London
The Outfit: A fitted grey £450 Amanda Wakeley dress, Jimmy Choo heels, an Alexander McQueen belt, Anya Hindmarch’s Maud clutch and Temple of Heaven 9ct gold Girandole earrings by Cassandra Goad, priced at a cool £1,200
The Buzz: You’d be forgiven if you thought you’d spotted Kate wearing this Wakeley shift before. She has, indeed, worn it previously (albeit in oatmeal, rather than grey, and beltless) – for the visit the royal couple paid to the Royal Marsden hospital in September 2011.
The Occasion: A reception to celebrate the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole
The Outfit: A blue two-piece tweed skirt suit by Rebecca Taylor
The Buzz: The morning after the royal premiere night before, an unfazed Kate was en pointe in this lady-like tweed suit by New Zealand-born, NY-based designer Rebecca Taylor. Think it looks familiar? Us too – it’s not at all unlike the M Missoni outfit that Kate wore for a visit to Fortnum & Mason with the Queen and Camilla the year before. Blue tweed, apparently, has the royal seal of approval!
The Occasion: The premiere of African Cats in London
The Outfit: A grey dress from Matthew Williamson’s pre-autumn/winter 2012 collection with Kiki McDonough earrings and a clutch bag from Emmy Shoes
The Buzz: Déjà vu? As the Duchess of Cambridge attended her second royal premiere a couple of days ahead of her first wedding anniversary, her husband was yet again by her side – and toting an umbrella. The duo attended the premiere of the Disney documentary on behalf of the Tusk Trust for which, royal watchers will know, they also hosted an event as in Hollywood, as its patrons, the year before. Kate made her first foray into the rails of hot Brit designer Matthew Williamson for the occasion, coming up trumps with this on-trend, peplum-waisted dress with embellishment that nodded to the African theme. Gorgeous!
The Occasion: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
The Outfit: An Emilia Wickstead dress coat – green, naturally – accessorised with a hat by Lock & Co and a gold shamrock brooch that has been handed down through the Royal family and was once worn by the Queen Mother.
The Buzz: For once, the focus was less on the Duchess’ fashion choice – which was universally deemed pitch-perfect – and more on the success of this, her first solo military engagement, in which she presented shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their St Patrick’s Day Parade. Among the recipients was six-year-old Irish Wolfhound Conmeal, the regimental mascot, who reportedly shook his collar in thanks. Ahh.
The Occasion: Her first public address, at The Treehouse children’s hospice in Ipswich
The Outfit: A belted, electric blue button-through dress from Reiss, costing £139
The Buzz: Style critics went into a frenzy when they spotted the Duchess in this little number – and not just because it was yet another gem from the Great British high street. No, rather, it was because Kate had lent the dress to her mum, Carole, for Ascot in 2010, where she’d been snapped having a jolly time in it. Cue tabloid style wars galore (and, to give her her due, Carole didn’t fare too badly at all).
The Occasion: A visit to the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts in Dulwich with Prince Charles
The Outfit: An appliqué-detail grey day dress from Orla Kiely’s autumn/winter 2011 collection and black Episode heels
The Buzz: Kate wore this understated dress as she joined her father-in-law for their first joint engagement – doing some crafts with children at the Dulwich picture gallery in South London. The duo were happy to each pick up an iron to finish the silk designs they’d made with the children and, asked later if it was a first for Charles, Camilla reportedly said: “I’ve got him well-trained with an iron.”
The Occasion: A visit to the British hockey team at the Olympic Park, where she partook in an impromptu match, in her role as ambassador for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics
The Outfit: Coral jeans by J Brand paired with an official 2012 hoodie and trainers
The Buzz: It wasn’t just a hockey goal that Kate scored – she notched up another style win, too, in these on-trend coral jeans. This is as close to off-duty style we’ll probably see from the Duchess, and we were impressed. (And we weren’t the only ones: George At Asda reported sales of coloured jeans shooting up 88% after this picture emerged.)
The Occasion: Accompanying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on a trip to Leicester’s De Montfort University to mark the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee Tour
The Outfit: LK Bennett’s £395 Jude jacket and the £225 matching Davina dress with a pillbox hat by James Lock and those favourite Episode heels
The Buzz: Kate picked up this 40s-style two-piece in the legendary ‘fashion dash’ she embarked upon ahead of her first Christmas at Sandringham, and this was its first public outing. At the time, the jacket was featured on LK Bennett’s website at half price in the sale; needless to say, stocks didn’t last long.
The Occasion: An appearance at Fortnum & Mason as part of the Gifts For Troops scheme
The Outfit: A long blue dress coat by M Missoni and Rupert Sanderson’s Malone heels
The Buzz: This was Kate’s first official outing with her step-mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law, but if she was nervous, you wouldn’t have known it. The trio dressed in coordinating shades of blue in the picture-perfect show of harmony – although Kate showed her individuality by wearing two daffodils on her lapel in honour of St David’s Day, while the Queen and Camilla instead opted for leek brooches.
The Occasion: A visit to Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford
The Outfit: A printed brown coat-dress by Orla Kiely with brown suede Aquatalia by Marvin K booties
The Buzz: This dress was a new one on Kate, and this airing ensured that pretty much every piece that incorporated this distinctive Birdie jacquard fabric disappeared from OrlaKiely.com in a flash. The boots, however, were a recycle – last spotted before Kate became Mrs Windsor, when she and Wills christened a new lifeboat at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey in February 2011.
The Occasion: Valentine’s Day charity visits in Liverpool
The Outfit: Hobbs’ £369 Celeste coat in chestnut brown and an Oasis dress, plus Kiki McDonagh earrings, believed to have been a Christmas gift from her husband
The Buzz: It may have been Kate’s first Valentine’s Day as a married woman, but with Prince William on duty in the Falkland Islands, she wrapped up against the northern chill in this Hobbs coat – which she’d reportedly picked up in September 2011, and put aside for the pre-planned trip – and a smart black jersey dress from Oasis that’s been in her wardrobe for a while as she got down to her own business. While in the city, she visited The Brink, an alcohol-free bar, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The Occasion: The opening of the Lucien Freud Portraits exhibition
The Outfit: A grey coat-dress by high street label Jesire with Jimmy Choo heels and an Asprey Button Pendant
The Buzz: In the race to place what Kate’s wearing, this one had style commentators scratching their heads. Turns out, the coat-dress was by Jesire – a British high steet label that disappeared from said street circa March 2011. Whether she’s kept it ‘on file’ since then or picked it up at a special sale afterwards remains a mystery… Her fan club had to content themselves lusting after her Jimmy Choos and Asprey pendant. Or seeing the Lucien Freud exhibition (we hear that Kate is a big fan of his work).
The Occasion: The Royal Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse
The Outfit: A floor-length, lace-overlay dress by Temperley London
The Buzz: For her first royal film premiere, Kate didn’t disappoint, opting to wear this decidedly regal lace gown from her go-to label for eveningwear, Temperley London. Her gallant husband ensured it stayed pristine in the rain by shielding her with an umbrella as they made their way down the red carpet – but apparently, that wasn’t the waterproofing required. On BBC Breakfast the following day, Spielberg, revealed: “I was sitting next to her and all I know is at one point my wife, who was sitting to my right, right in front of my face she passed a Kleenex… I saw the Kleenex go across my face, arrive and stop but I didn’t want to intrude on her experience watching War Horse so I never glanced over. According to my peripheral vision, her eyes were dabbed.”
The Occasion: Attending a church service with the royal family on Christmas morning
The Outfit: An unidentified maroon coat with a matching hat created by milliner Jane Corbett, plus a pair of amethyst 18-carat gold drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, worth £1,900, which were thought to be a present from Prince William
The Buzz: Kate kicked off her inaugural Christmas day at Sandringham in head-to-toe maroon – a festive yet sober choice. A record 3,000 well-wishers turned out to St Mary Magdalene church on the Norfolk estate to see the royal family, and police were on hand to manage the crowds. “It reminded me of the Diana years – when she introduced Prince William to the crowds when he was about seven or eight. It was touching,” Alison Croose, from King’s Lynn, told a reporter for the Mail Online. “Diana used to have her hand on his back. Now you see William with his hand on Kate’s back. It was really nice.” Notably absent was Prince Philip, who spent the day recuperating in hospital having been admitted with chest pains.
The Occasion: Supporting Prince William at a Christmas Eve football match
The Outfit: A Temperley London cream knit and an LK Bennett fur-trimmed jacket, plus Le Chameau boots and an unidentified trilby hat
The Buzz: Kate’s first Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham was always going to be a big fashion deal, and the industry delighted in the news that Kate would change outfits no less than five times during the festivities. But it wasn’t all tinsel and lipstick, as she pulled on this outdoorsy outfit – one albeit comprised of pieces from her go-to labels – to hang out with Harry on the sidelines of her husband’s football match. Nice to know ‘football widow syndrome’ affects even the royals.
The Occasion: A visit to Centrepoint homeless charity with Prince William, who is its patron
The Outfit: A £350 Ralph Lauren roll-neck sweater dress and her favourite long black suede Aquatalia boots
The Buzz: What a way to scotch rumours of a royal pregnancy! The Duchess displayed a distinctly flat tummy in this box fresh sweater dress by Ralph Lauren – belted for good measure – for a low-key London charity visit, where she and Wills baked mince pies and gingerbread men with the capital’s homeless.
The Occasion: The Sun Military Awards 2011
The Outfit: A strapless, custom-made Alexander McQueen velvet fishtail gown
The Buzz: It was a family affair as a McQueen-wearing Kate and her black-tie-clad husband walked the red carpet with her brother-in-law Harry in support of Britain’s servicemen and women – among whom both men count themselves. While all eyes were on Kate, all ears were on Harry, who made a moving address: “I am a young Army officer, a serving soldier. Like my brother, I share many of the same hopes, the same aspirations to go on operations, and the same fears as all those who serve our Queen and country… By an accident of birth, though, it falls to 564673 Captain Wales humbly to express – on behalf of my comrades-in-arms and people up and down the country – the admiration we feel for the extraordinary men and women we honour here tonight.”
The Occasion: The Prince’s Trust Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
The Outfit: A £69.99 Zara printed dress and the black Ralph Lauren jacket she wore the day after her wedding
The Buzz: Zara has much to thank Kate Middleton for. This printed day dress could’ve been an odd choice for an evening occasion, but the Duchess styled it up with aplomb. (Or perhaps our memory of it is just coloured by the fact that Amy Childs was spotted in the same design just a couple of days later…)
The Occasion: The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal dinner
The Outfit: A £1,000+ Grecian gown by Jenny Packham
The Buzz: A dress fit for a princess? Without question. Kate was the epitome of regal glamour in this liquid, asymmetric Jenny Packham gown as she stood by her husband’s side at this fundraising dinner at St James’ Palace, poppy in place. Quelle shock, then, when it emerged that screen siren Angelina Jolie had worn the same design some months before – albeit the much vampier red version.
The Occasion: Remembrance Sunday
The Outfit: A Diane von Furstenberg coat and a hat by milliner Jane Corbett
The Buzz: A quiet, sombre outfit for a quiet, sombre occasion – Kate’s first on the Foreign and Commonwealth balcony above the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
The Occasion: Her first joint humanitarian mission with Prince William, in Copenhagen
The Outfit: A belted red coat by LK Bennett with brown suede Aquatalia boots
The Buzz: Kate and Wills joined the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark for a tour of the Unicef famine relief depot in the Danish capital – with a happy, young, royal couple squared providing much excitement for the local paparazzi. It was Kate’s refusal to try a special high-protein peanut paste which is sent to malnourished children in East Africa, however, which dominated the headlines back in Blighty…
The Occasion: Opening the new cancer ward at the Royal Marsden Hospital with Prince William
The Outfit: A £450 Amanda Wakeley oatmeal felt dress with three-quarter length sleeves with her favourite £195 Sledge 2 LK Bennett nude heels
The Buzz: Prince William, who is president of the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey, almost had to miss this appointment when he was called out for an emergency search and rescue during the previous night. While he looked weary, Kate, however, was resplendent in a high-maintenance cream dress and impressed everyone with whom she spoke, from staff to patients alike. The visit came almost exactly 30 years after Princess Diana toured the Royal Marsden on her first solo engagement, in 1982.
The Occasion: Visiting victims of the summer 2011 riots in Birmingham
The Outfit: Head-to-knee Alexander McQueen pre-Autumn 2011, plus blue suede Prada pumps
The Buzz: This one was a bit of a blow-out look for Kate – not only in terms of its aesthetic showiness, but for the price tag, too. The silk blouse alone would have set you back a cool £795. Little wonder that, while this was lauded as a style triumph, it didn’t have the instant sell-out factor that the Duchess’ day looks usually do. But we can dream.
The Occasion: The wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
The Outfit: A cream embroidered Day Birger et Mikkelsen brocade coat with a one-off hat by British milliner Gina Foster and LK Bennett’s Natalie straw clutch
The Buzz: For a royal wedding at which Kate wasn’t the focus, she played this well – opting for an ever-dependable dress coat (and one she’d worn before, no less, at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles in 2006), with some statement headgear. Simple, elegant… Job done.
The Occasion: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s pre-wedding party
The Outfit: A green silk dress by Diane Von Furstenberg
The Buzz: For many people, a party – particularly one attached to a wedding – is the perfect excuse to buy a new dress. Not our Kate! Instead, she recycled this beautiful, emerald-green silk number, which she also wore during the royal tour of Canada. A bold move, as it’s such a distinctive piece, but she is just radiant in it.
The Occasion: A dinner celebrating BAFTA in Hollywood
The Outfit: A lilac Alexander McQueen gown with an embroidered sash, a Jimmy Choo Ubai Clutch and Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter heels
The Buzz: The culmination of the royal tour of Canada and the US, this event saw the Duchess and Prince William rub shoulders with Hollywood heavyweights including Jack Black, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez. How does one ensure one is the best dressed in such a room? McQueen gown aside, we imagine that Kate’s beautiful drop diamond earrings helped – they were on loan from the Queen.
The Occasion: Cheering on Prince William in a polo match in Santa Barbara
The Outfit: A de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress by Jenny Packham (deep breath!), and LK Bennett’s Sliver sandal
The Buzz: Such is Kate’s love of Jenny Packham that she opted to wear a dress by the designer on the day of the BAFTA gala, too, as she watched her husband participate in a game of polo. Kate handed out trophies to the winning team which, fortuitously, included William – and the crowd melted as she gave him a congratulatory kiss.
The Occasion: The launch of the Tusk Trust U.S. Patron’s Circle in Santa Barbara
The Outfit: A navy and white crochet top and a white pleat skirt, both by Whistles
The Buzz: A radiant Kate was pictured chatting happily to Reese Witherspoon at this event – and a few months later, the actress recalled on Ellen how daunted she felt prior to their meeting. “Somebody called me and said, ‘We’re having a really small fundraiser would you want to come over and meet the prince and princess?'” she began to explain. “I was like, ‘Yes!’ My husband just thought I was so dorky. He was like, ‘Why are you so excited?’ I must have tried on like six outfits. ‘I’m meeting a princess. You don’t understand. You have to be wearing the right outfit and the whole thing. I don’t know, maybe we can be friends.’ So we went and it’s always funny. Whenever I am super excited about things, my husband calls it the double barrel. That’s when I smile so big I look like a child.”
The Occasion: Arriving in Santa Barbara
The Outfit: A lavender Roksanda Illincic shift dress and her favourite LK Bennett Natalie clutch
The Buzz: This dress caused confusion among style critics, who originally had it pegged as a Peridot creation. It is, in fact, by London-based designer Roksanda Illinic – a particular favourite of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Occasion: A visit to Calgary Zoo’s ENMAX Conservatory during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Catherine Walker’s red satin and wool Marianne coatdress by Catherine Walker, plus those LK Bennett pumps and a maple leaf brooch borrowed from the Queen
The Buzz: Another day, another occasion to wear some bling borrowed from the royal jewellery box. Everything about this outfit is an overtly political choice; the red nods to the Canadian maple leaf, while choosing Catherine Walker, a designer often associated with Diana, Princess of Wales, will have been no accident. Kate tends to favour pastels, but this proves that she can carry off bold hues just as well.
The Occasion: Attending day two of the Calgary Stampede during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: An embroidered Alice by Temperley blouse and a traditional white cowboy hat
The Buzz: The royal couple thrilled locals as they donned ten gallon hats and cowboy-inspired outfits (albeit a designer version in Kate’s case) – and, as if that wasn’t enough, Prince William also wowed ‘em with a speech. “A week ago in Ottawa I spoke of how much Catherine and I looked forward to getting to know Canada and Canadians. I can only say that the experience of this past seven days has exceeded all our expectations,” he told the crowd. “We have been hugely struck by the diversity of this beautiful country: from Ottawa to Quebec; from Prince Edward Island to the Northwest Territories; and now the excitement of Calgary – and what about these fantastic white hats?” What a charmer.
The Occasion: Attending day one of the Calgary Stampede during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A similar white Temperley blouse and the same white cowboy hat
The Buzz: What can we say? Kate clearly knew this outfit was a winner, since she wore pretty much the same thing the next day. And we concur.
The Occasion: Arriving in Calgary on the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A yellow silk dress by Jenny Packham with nude LK Bennett pumps
The Buzz: It’s not often that we see Kate in floaty, shorter silhouettes – and we don’t blame her for being put off them after experiencing her very own Marilyn Monroe moment as she landed in a very windy Calgary in this one. She smiled on through regardless. What a pro!
The Occasion: An unscheduled visit to Slave Lake in northern Alberta during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Twill trousers by J Brand, a Smythe blazer, Linda Camm belt and Pied A Terre wedge slingbacks
The Buzz: This outfit is the perfect sum of parts that Kate wore elsewhere during the nine-day royal tour. Interestingly, the newly-weds were scheduled to have a break from their travels on this date but they opted instead to pay a visit to Slave Lake, a town reduced to ashes by a devastating wildfire instead, to meet surviving families.
The Occasion: Heading out to Eagle Island during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Her favourite J Brand 811 skinny jeans, a khaki Burberry shirt and Sebago Bela shoes
The Buzz: Kate eschewed typical date looks and instead pulled on her favourite jeans and a low-key top to helicopter off into the Canadian wilderness for some much-needed alone time with her new husband, where the two cookined steaks over an open fire and watched the sunset. Aah.
The Occasion: Celebrating Independence Day during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A knitted, nautical-inspired day dress by Alexander McQueen with navy Prada pumps
The Buzz: We always knew that there’d come a point where the world’s two biggest McQueen fans overlapped, and this dress was it. Kate wore it in cream, but Sarah Jessica Parker wore it first – in its navy incarnation, to see her husband Matthew Broderick awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame all the way back in January 2006.
The Occasion: Arriving in Summerside during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A £300 navy Ted Baker trench coat
The Buzz: Kate’s had this navy trench coat in her fashion armoury since at least 2006, proving that classics are worth the investment. Ted Baker was pretty pleased with her purchase also, announcing that UK and European sales were up 8.7% and global sales by almost 15% since the Duchess had been seen to be championing the brand.
The Occasion: A visit to Yellowknife in Ottowa during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Malene Birger’s Bullet dress paired with those trusty LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps
The Buzz: The Duchess didn’t let the light colour of this dress (or those heels) put her off a little tree planting, but she did decline a game of street hockey, settling instead to accept an honorary jersey.
The Occasion: A visit to the Canadian War Musuem in Ottowa during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A structured grey pencil dress by Catherine Walker, Tabitha Simmons’s Dela pumps, a Hobbs bag and Links Of London’s Hope Egg earrings
The Buzz: Kate’s not only a skilled outfit recycler – she’s also a handy accessories up/down-grader, too. She put a slightly more low-key twist on this statement dress as the day wore on by changing into a pair of black pumps and swapping out the angular bag for one of her go-to Anya Hindmarches.
The Occasion: An evening event for Canada Day as part of the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A purple drape-front dress by Issa with a diamond-studded maple leaf brooch borrowed from the Queen, Anya Hindmarch’s Maud clutch and Prada pumps
The Buzz: On a day of epic outfit changes, Kate slipped into this slinky Issa cocktail number as she and her husband joined 100,000 people on Ottowa’s Parliament Hill to watch acts from across the country into the night. It’s little wonder that the Duchess opted for a cool jersey piece with her hair swept into a chic chignon; earlier in the day she had told Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife Laureen: “I’m just so hot. It’s incredible,” as an onlooker fainted.
The Occasion: Celebrating Canada Day during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Reiss’ cream Nanette dress, a maple leaf hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co, Anya Hindmarch’s fan clutch and a pair of red court shoes by Albini
The Buzz: It’s that dress! The engagement portrait dress! Kate caused a fashion frenzy when she recycled probably the most high-profile piece in her wardrobe (wedding dress aside): Reiss’ Nanette dress. And she didn’t re-wear it any old way, but on another high profile day, on a high profile tour, paired with a hat with a giant maple leaf on it. This is the stuff fashion history is made of.
The Occasion: Arriving in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Joseph’s Vanessa dress, a signature tweed Chanel jacket and LK Bennett’s Natalie clutch
The Buzz: Now, that’s what you call making an entrance! Kate changed into this fresh and feminine look for touchdown in Charlottetown, toting the LK Bennett clutch bag she carried at Epsom races earlier in the year – and which had been sold out ever since. Kate reportedly told a little girl awaiting her arrival that the jacket was Chanel, or we probably wouldn’t have placed it, though it’s a very ‘Kate’ style.
The Occasion: A barbecue honouring young volunteers during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A navy Issa bird print
The Buzz: Spot the birdy? You’d be right – this is the very same bird print dress by Issa that Kate wore the day before she married her prince.
The Occasion: A tour of Quebec during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Erdem’s blue lace Jacquenta dress
The Buzz: This one had everyone rubbing their eyes. Hadn’t Kate worn a blue lace dress by Canadian-born, London-based designer Erdem already on this trip?
The Occasion: Arriving in Ottowa during the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: Erdem’s blue lace Cecile dress
The Buzz: Yep – it’s a blue lace dress by Canadian-born, London-based designer Erdem! Like Kate, we’re of the school of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Duchess obviously feels comfortable and stylish in cut, so we didn’t blame her one bit for packing two spookily similar pieces in her suitcase (we’re just a little bit jealous, because we’d be happy with one).
The Occasion: Boarding a plane at Heathrow to embark on the royal tour of Canada
The Outfit: A navy dress by Roland Mouret, wool-crepe blazer by Smythe and Mulberry’s £850 navy blue leather Polly Push-lock bag
The Buzz: It’s easy to forget that Kate’s actually working on the occasions she’s photographed, so easy and chic is her everyday style. We fear, however, that she misjudged the balance on this occasion – her formal navy ensemble was less private jet, more flight attendant. Still, we were thrilled to see her toting a Mulberry bag. Best of British, and all that. Plus, she changed before she landed…
The Occasion: A trip to Wimbledon
The Outfit: A pleated white £795 sun dress by Temperley London
The Buzz: The being pretty much as close as possible to a tennis dress as you’re going to pluck from a designer rail, Kate did her best to look like ‘one of the gang’ at Wimbledon the day before she and Prince William embarked on their royal tour of Canada. She giggled as her husband joined in with a Mexican wave, and received a lavish bow from Andy Murray as the Scot triumphed in straight sets against Frenchman Richard Gasquet on centre court. The dress, which had previously been reduced to half price in the designer’s summer sale, disappeared from its website within 30 minutes of Kate being spotted in it.
The Occasion: Marking Armed Forces Day at Victoria Barracks in Windsor
The Outfit: A double-breasted navy overcoat by Alexander McQueen with a ribbon-embellished hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery
The Buzz: This one speaks for itself. A military engagement obviously calls for a military-inspired look – and, since this one is by Alexander McQueen, it was a no-brainer for our sartorially confident Duchess. Observers noted that she struck the perfect note between stylishness and seriousness.
The Occasion: The Garter Day celebrations at Windsor Castle
The Outfit: A Philip Treacy head-piece with a light grey dress and matching coat by Katherine Hooker
The Buzz: It’d be fair to say that this outfit flew below the radar somewhat. Kate may love a good fitted silk dress coat, but it’s probably never going to catch on. We’ll mark this one ‘satisfactory’.
The Occasion: The wedding of close friend Sam Waley-Cohen
The Outfit: An unidentified silk monochrome dress with a Philip Treacy fascinator
The Buzz: We first spotted Kate in this dress way back in 2007, on a night out with sister Pippa during the brief period of separation between her and Wills. Interestingly, jockey friend Sam Waley-Cohen is the one oft-credited with getting the royal couple back on track. On another note, this is the same headpiece that Queen Sonja of Norway wore to Kate’s wedding – she was obviously picking up style tips from her guests!
The Occasion: The Trooping Of The Colour
The Outfit: An Alexander McQueen white dress coat with the same Philip Treacy fascinator
The Buzz: Life as the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t all hair appointments and receiving flowers from cute kids, you know – like any young professional, Kate has a pretty packed schedule. Earlier that same day of the wedding, she attended her first Trooping Of The Colour, simply buttoning this architectural McQueen coat over her dress for a totally fresh look. A girl after our own hearts.
The Occasion: The annual ARK charity dinner
The Outfit: A Swarovski crystal-encrusted pink gown by Jenny Packham with LK Bennett’s Agata sandals and a pink Prada clutch
The Buzz: The first official, public engagement for the royal couple after their wedding, this was definitely an iconic affair. In the eyes of the world’s media, this Jenny Packham dress catapulted Kate from blushing bride to international superstar – a view helped along, no doubt, by the gown’s decidedly blingy £3,835 price tag. (Such is the power of Kate, it still sold out almost immediately.)
The Occasion: A day at Epsom races
The Outfit: A Reiss dress, Joseph jacket, Philip Treacy hat and shoes and a clutch from LK Bennett
The Buzz: A heady mix of high end and high street pieces, this was hailed as a style triumph for Kate, on what was her first race day as part of the royal family. Sadly, the Queen didn’t fare quite as well – her horse, Carlton House, trailed in third.
The Occasion: Meeting the Obamas at Buckingham Palace
The Outfit: Reiss’ £175 Shola dress and a satin clutch by Anya Hindmarch
The Buzz: Having laid low for a few weeks post-honeymoon, Kate was back on the scene with a bang thanks to a high profile meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama – in which she trounced the First Lady’s (admittedly impressive) designer style with this bandage-effect high street gem. Reportedly, 20 dresses were sold online within two minutes of Kate’s appearance and the trend was quickly dubbed ‘Sholamania’ in a repeat of the demand for Kate’s engagement portrait dress, which was also by Reiss.
The Occasion: The morning after the (wedding) night before
The Outfit: A £49.99 cornflower blue Zara dress, belted, with a black Ralph Lauren blazer and a pair of £129.99 LK Bennett wedge pumps
The Buzz: How to top two incredible designer dresses that have been the toast of the world? Don’t even try. Newly-wed Kate kept things real as she was pictured leaving Buckingham Palace to hop in a helicopter with her new husband and be whisked away on a mini-moon in a Zara dress and the LK Bennett wedges she also wore on the eve of the wedding. No matter, really – following sister Pippa’s starring bridesmaid role, the heat from the style spotlight was diffused somewhat…
The Occasion: That second dress, for her wedding day evening celebrations
The Outfit: A strapless white satin gown with diamante detailing around the waist by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, plus a white angora shrug
The Buzz: It’s her wedding day, and she’ll change if she wants too! Kate went for a simpler, softer, more romantic vibe with her reception dress than she did for the ceremony show-piece – although she stuck to what she knew, opting for another Burton/McQueen creation. In a display of matrimonial harmony, Prince William also ditched the military uniform her wore earlier in the day in favour of black tie.
The Occasion: Her actual wedding (sob!)
The Outfit: A lace appliqué-bodice gown with a 2m 70cm train by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, with a Cartier tiara borrowed from the Queen and earrings that were a gift from her parents
The Buzz:And so we’re back to where it all began – with that dress, the one fit for a princess. How time flies indeed.