The Princess of Wales’ Iconic Looks

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Cartier halo tiara at her wedding
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On 16th November 2010, when Prince William of Wales introduced his absolutely gorgeous fiancée to the world, the Royal watching community got a style icon that it was waiting for almost 1 and half-decade. Catherine gave the fashion and style world a boost with a royal touch that was dubbed as “Kate Effect”. Her style was defined as elegant and comfortable. She is demure and sophisticated and influences millions of women on a daily basis with her down to earth personality.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Alexander McQueen Black Lace Gown at the Royal Variety Performance in November 2019
Alexander McQueen Black Lace Gown

From high street Issa to Alexander McQueen’s tailored outfits, Catherine carries every single piece with an internal grace that reflects whenever she steps out. With natural elegance and an extraordinary ability to balance the classic and the contemporary in her outfits, The Princess of Wales is a true style icon and inspiration. On this page, we are looking at her style evolution which has gone more elegant and classic with each year and picking out some of the iconic moments of Royal Style Journey.

Ireland Tour – 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge in Vampire's wife dress during Ireland tour in 2020
British Embassy Ireland

In 2020 during the Ireland visit, the Princess (The Duchess of Cambridge) took her fashion and sartorial diplomacy to another level with The Vampire’s Wife Falconetti Emerald Metallic Silk Dress that she wore to the reception on the day 1 of the visit. Catherine paired the dress with Manolo Blahnik BB dark green velvet pumps and H&M Statement Earrings. She was carrying her Wilbur and Gussie Gold Glitter Charlie Clutch.

Pakistan Arrival 2019

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan. Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a Catherine Walker Suit

Sartorial Diplomacy is one of Catherine’s forte. And she used it perfectly during the extremely complex but successful Pakistan visit in 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge (The Princess of Wales) chose a stunning Catherine Walker Tunic and Trouser for the arrival in Rawalpindi. The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, chose a perfect balance of British and Pakistani labels during the visit. She paired the outfit with Zeen Cream Gleam Clutch, Zeen Beaded Chandelier earrings and Rupert Sanderson Malory Nude Pumps.

Royal Ascot 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue Elie Saab
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At 2019’s Royal Ascot, the Duchess of Cambridge fulfilled a long-due wish of the Royal Fashion watching community. The Princess of Wales finally debuted a piece from Elie Saab. Catherine was wearing a gorgeous Elie Saab Macramé Trim Skirt Top. She paired it with Philip Treacy hat, Kiki Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings, Gianvito Rossi 105 metallic leather pumps and Elie Saab Leather Clutch. The whole outfit was giving vintage elegant vibes.

BAFTA 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge wore white off-shoulder Alexander McQueen Gown at BAFTA 2019
Kensington Palace

The Princess of Wales was a dazzling Disney Princess among the showbiz celebs at the 2019 BAFTA wearing a white Alexander McQueen Off Shoulder Gown. The bodice of the Grecian-style dress was figure-hugging with a fitted waistline before flowing into a billowing skirt. It has a floral detailing on the shoulder that finished the dress in true couture style. The Duchess of Cambridge paired the stunning gown with Diana’s Diamond and Pearl Earrings, a diamond quatrefoil bracelet, Alexander McQueen Clutch and Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Silver and Dusk Blue Fireball Glitter Dégradé Fabric Pointy Toe Pumps.

Prince Louis’ Christening – 2018

Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen custom dress for Prince Louis's Christening
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Prince Louis’ birth was the game-changer for the Cambridge family and it showed in the big smile of radiant-looking Catherine at the Christening of Prince Louis. The Duchess of Cambridge chose Alexander McQueen Cream Dress for the christening of Prince Louis. The cream outfit features a fit and flare silhouette with slightly puffed shoulders and a vee-neckline. Paired with Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs, Jane Taylor Floral Headband and Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Nude Patent Leather Pumps the look was absolutely suiting the occasion.

National Portrait Gallery Visit – 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess of Wales, was looking absolutely gorgeous in black Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in February 2018
Kensington Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess of Wales, was looking absolutely gorgeous in black Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in February 2018. Cut to a flattering figure-skimming fit, the eye-catching floral dress features a High neckline with a soft velvet band to the trim, smock front panel with ruched detailing and soft velvet trim, velvet ribbon collar and invisible zip back opening. Paired with her Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ pumps, Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch and Kiki Candy Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Drop Earrings the look was definitely eligible to be called an Iconic.

BAFTA – 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous in green Jenny Pakcham dress at BAFTA
Kensington Palace

Royal Elegance is a long shot for Hollywood Celebs – We Royal Watchers have been saying this thing from the very get-go. And The Duchess of Cambridge proved it with just one appearance – BAFTA 2018. While expecting her third child Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine joined Duke of Cambridge at the 2018 BAFTA wearing a Jenny Packham Green Gown. The muted green flowing silk gown featuring a black ribbon on the waistline having bow details at the back was based on Lucerne Belted chiffon Gown from label’s Pre-Spring/Summer 2019 collection. The £2240 silk chiffon gown had cap sleeves and vee-neckline and zip fastening. The Duchess of Cambridge teamed up the elegant gown with a pair of Emerald and Diamond Earrings and Necklace and a bracelet. Chose her Prada Wavy Cut Suede Pumps with Pretty Ballerinas Bow Clutch.

Norway Gala Dinner – 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge looked gergeous in pink Alexander McQueen gown at Norway Gala
Kensington Palace

It was a Princess Mummy moment at Norway Gala dinner in February 2018. The 6 months-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was looking like a Princess who stepped out of Disney movies. She wore Alexander McQueen blush gown that featured crystal flower embellishment around the neckline. The Highlight of the flowing gown was the cape that gave the gown a soft regal, vintage as well mysterious touch. Catherine paired the gorgeous gown with Queen’s Diamond Pendant Earrings, Queen’s Wedding Gift Bracelet, Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch.

Spain State Banquet – 2017

Duchess of Cambridge Iconic Look - Spain State Banquet in Marchesa pink gown
The Royal Family/Kensington Palace

Catherine dazzled at the Spanish State Banquet in July 2017. The Duchess of Cambridge now The Princess of Wales chose a delicate dusty pink Marchesa Dusty Pink Gown. The gown was a different piece from her usual go-to styles. Catherine paired the gown with Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings teamed up with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. That night Duchess debuted another royal jewel – Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace.

Arrival in Canada – 2016

Duchess of Cambridge wore beautiful blue Jenny Packham dress when she arrived in Canada in 2016
The Canadian Heritage

For the anticipating tour beginning, The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, wore a bespoke flattering blue coloured Jenny Packham Blue Shift Dress. The collared dress is a classic sheath knee-length dress that has a self-belt, slightly puffed fluted and bracelet-length sleeves, and a concealed zipper a vee at the back neckline.

The Duchess of Cambridge weairng blue jenny packham dress
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The Duchess wore the Queen’s platinum and diamond maple leaf brooch, also worn during the 2011 tour. Catherine paired her dress with her G. Collins & Sons Tanzanite Earrings and a Sylvia Fletcher Lock & Co Maple Leaf Hat. Duchess brought back Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ pumps and carried her trench colour Mulberry Bayswater Clutch. Duchess again wore the dress in 2018 for a visit to War Imperial Museum. This time she was carrying Mulberry Amberley Nude Blush Leather Clutch and wore her Sapphire and Diamond Diana Earrings, Women of The First World War Brooch and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

China State Visit – 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge at Chinese State Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge Shines in rich red Jenny Packham at First State Banquet in 2015. The gown features cap sleeves, a sequin and lace bodice, satin waistband and a full skirt. Catherine wore the Lotus Flower (Papyrus) Tiara, with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet teamed up with Queen’s Wedding Gift Bracelet and Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings. Duchess recycled the bespoke gown for the 2016 December Diplomatic Reception. This time duchess paired the look with Princess Diana’s favourite Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara and diamond earrings on loan from HM.

Singapore State Visit – 2014

Duchess of Cambridge wore grey Alexander McQueen coat dress for Singapore State visit in 2014The Duchess of Cambridge chose Alexander McQueen Gray Coat for Singapore State Visit. Catherine’s garment is a customized version of the Alexander McQueen Spring 2015 collection. The Box Pleat A-Line coat from spring 2015 featured a fitted bodice, nipped-in waist and full skirt having darts on the front and goes on the back, flared sleeves at the wrist, a chest besom pocket and angled pockets at the hip. She wore the Jane Taylor Lupin Beret last seen on an Australia tour. Duchess finished her look with Kiki McDonough and Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drops and black Prada Suede Pumps. She also wore Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace.

Prince George’s Christening – 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge wore off-white Alexander McQueen coat dress for the christening of Prince George
The British Monarchy/PA

The Duchess of Cambridge chose Alexander McQueen Ivory Coat Dress for today’s christening of Prince George. Catherine’s garment is a customized version of the Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 collection. She wore Jane Taylor Georgie Hat made of delicate silk organza rose and classic veiling trim”. Duchess finished her look with Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop Earrings and her Russell and Bromley Park Avenue Pumps. The Duchess repeated the outfit for the Garden party in 2016. This time she paired up the dress with a new pair of pumps Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ pumps, L.K. Bennett Nina Box Clutch and Kiki McDonough hoops with Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drops.

Diamond Jubilee Tea Party Malaysia – 2012

Duchess of Cambridge wore Alice Temperley lace dress in Malaysia during Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012
The UK in Malaysia

Duchess wore an ice blue Temperley London Aster Flower Dress for Diamond Jubilee Tea Party during Malaysia Tour. The ‘Ready to Wear’ version of the knee-length Aster Flower dress features a boat neckline, metallic embroidery, sheer sleeves, a flared skirt, three-quarter sheer sleeves and a pure silk lining. Duchess finished her looks with L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps and Natalie Raffia Clutch.

Private Dinner London – 2012

Duchess of Cambridge wore Roland Mouret for a Private Dinner in 2012

For the exclusive dinner in London Duchess of Cambridge wore Roland Mouret Lombard Gown with Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter Platform Sandals, Beaut Eva Earrings from the vintage style collection and contemporary glittering gold and a white colour vintage clutch. The Duchess repeated the gown for the premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in December 2013. This time Kate accessorized the dress with Zara Sparkly Crystal Bead Necklace, Mulberry Bayswater Clutch and Prada Suede Pumps.

Olympic Gala London – 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown at Olympic Gala in 2012
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To mark the countdown to the London Olympic Games at Royal Albert Hall in 2012 Duchess of Cambridge chose one of her favourite designer Jenny Packham’s Aspen gown. The style combines an emerald lace bodice embellished with Swarovski crystals and a pleated skirt, ribbon waisted with crystal and flower embellishment. Duchess carried the matching Jenny Packham Clutch from to compliment her look. Duchess wore Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter Platform Sandals and to finish the look dangling diamond earrings. The look again made a come back in November 2018 at the Tusk Conservation Awards paired with Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings.

Diamond Jubilee Boat Procession -2012

The Duchess of Cambridge wore red Alexander McQueen dress at Diamond Jubilee Boat Procession in 2012
The British Monarchy

The Duchess of Cambridge who has now become The Princess of Wales chose her go-to label for Boat procession marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Duchess wore Alexander McQueen Red Peplum Pleated Dress. The Knee-length dress has full sleeves with a boat neck and pleated frock. Kate wore Lock & Co Red Hat. The Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop Earrings and L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps completed the sombre yet stylish look.

Diamond Jubilee Lunch – 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Alexander McQueen for Diamond Jubilee Lunch in 2012
British Monarchy/PA

In 2012 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee church service Duchess wore the slim-fitting champagne lace Alexander McQueen dress, designed by Sarah Burton with nude empire band. The knee-length dress showcased exquisite lace atop an ivory base, long sleeves, a modified boat neckline, and satin ribbon or sash detailing at the waist. The look was teamed up with Jane Taylor Champagne Hat. The Duchess was in her LK Bennett Sledge pumps and carried Prada’s Pink Satin Logo Box Clutch.

The Duchess recycled the dress in 2014 for the annual garden party. This time Duchess paired the dress with Jane Corbett Hat and pearl earrings with Russell and Bromley 5th Ave Pumps and Russell and Bromley Park Avenue Clutch.

War Horse Premiere – 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge at the War Horse Premiere in January 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the premiere of “War Horse” wearing Alice Temperley’s black lace floor-length Amoret Gown. The style called Amoret showcased French lace with a floral motif atop a nude silk lining, unlined lace sleeves, a snug fit to the hip where the skirt then flares to the floor, waist detailing with a bow, three-quarter sleeves, a deep vee neck and keyhole opening at the back. The duchess paired the look with a Pretty Ballerinas Bow Clutch with Diamond Deco Earrings and Bracelet. The gown came back again in 2012 for fundraising night for her former university, St Andrews and then in 2013 for the screening of ground-breaking at Natural History Museum.

Wedding of Zara Phillips – 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge recycled old coat for Zara Phillips Wedding - July 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge was in a low-key yet stylish look for Zara Phillips marriage. For the family event, Duchess brought her old tailored pale gold brocade embroidered coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen that we saw on Laura Bowles wedding in 2006. Duchess paired the look with her trusted Sledge Pumps and Natalie Raffia Clutch both from LK Bennet with Diamond Deco Earrings. She finished her look with an asymmetrical wide-brimmed Gina Foster Potato Chip Hat. She again wore the coat in 2016 paired with Lock & Co Morning Rose Perching Hat and Kiki Classic Citrine Cushion & Diamond Earrings.

BAFTA 2011

Newly Married Duchess of Cambridge wore Alexander McQueen lavender Gown at Bafta in 2011

In July 2011, The Duchess joined Prince William for BAFTA Dinner in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen Lavender Gown. The dress made of light layers of silk and chiffon was belted with crystals. The Duchess of Cambridge finished her looks with a pair of silver platform Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter Platform Sandals, a Jimmy Choo Ubai clutch and Diamond Deco Bracelet. She wore Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings.

ARK Gala Dinner -2011

The Duchess of Cambridge wore floor-length blush pink rose sequin-embellished gown with crystal and bead detailing by Jenny Packham

For ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) gala dinner in London in June 2011 The Duchess of Cambridge chose floor-length blush pink rose sequin-embellished gown with crystal and bead detailing by Jenny Packham‘s spring 2011 collection. Duchess paired the stunning Jenny Packham Pearlescent Pink Sequin Gown with links of London earrings and Prada’s Pink Satin Logo Box Clutch and L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals rose colour suede 4 inches heels that feature a back zip.

Duchess of Cambridge's gorgeous blush pink sequined Jenny Packham gown

The Duchess brought back the stunning gown again in 2016 at the dinner hosted in the support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. She repeated the complete look with the exception of earrings. This time Duchess borrowed Diamond Chandelier Earrings earrings from Queen.

Royal Wedding 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge wore ivory white Alexander McQueen gown at her weddign
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On April 29th 2011, the whole world’s eyes on were Westminster Abbey to see Prince William’s beautiful blushing bride and she did not disappoint. The iconic ivory gown designed by Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen.

Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding gown
The Royal Collection Trust

The ivory satin bodice was padded slightly at the hips and narrowed at the waist, and was inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry that is a particular Alexander McQueen hallmark and 1950s fashion. The lace bodice features V-neck line and long sleeves with incorporated floral motifs cut from machine-made lace, which was then appliquéd on to silk net (tulle) by workers from the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. On the back were 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten using rouleau loops.

Duchess of Cambridge's wedding look
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The Duchess’s bridal shoes were also designed by Sarah Burton and were made of ivory duchess satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. Catherine wore diamond earrings – set stylized oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set-drop and a pavé-set diamond acorn in the centre made by Robinson Pelham.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding
Cartier Halo Tiara/RCT

The bride borrowed the Cartier halo tiara from the Queen for her wedding day. Made in 1936 for the Queen Mother by Cartier, from diamonds and platinum, it was passed to the Queen on her 18th birthday in 1944.

Official Engagement photoshoot – 2010

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Nannette Dress from Reiss for official engagmeent pictures
The British Monarchy/Reiss/Links of London

For the official engagement photoshoot by famous photographer Mario Testino, Catherine chose an off the rack look. She wore £159 Nannette Style by Reiss that has 3 quarter sleeves, an asymmetric draped neckline, a panelled waistband with side pockets and an overlay on the front skirt with an exposed zipper on the front.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Reiss Nannette Style dress for her engagement photoshoot and then in Canada
Canada Heritage

Kate paired the look with links of London white topaz earrings and her sapphire engagement ring. Catherine again wore the dress after her wedding in Canada in July 2011. This time Duchess paired it with Lock & Co Maple Leaf Hat, Anya Hindmarch Fan Bag, Hobbs London Albini Square Cut Court shoe, Asprey 167 Button Necklace and Asprey 167 Button Earrings.

Engagement Announcement – 2010

Kate Middleton wore Blue Issa Engagement Dress to announce her engagement in 2010The British Monarchy

Commonly known as Kate, Catherine came before millions of people wearing a beautiful silk jersey rich blue wrap dress by British label Issa to announce her engagement in 2010. It was the first iconic and defining moment of her public life.

Prince William gave Kate Middleton sapphire and diamond engagement ring
The British Monarchy

The most noticeable accessory of the day was her engagement ring. It was Princess Diana of Wales’ engagement ring.  Ring created by jeweller ‘Garrard’ consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. Catherine teamed up her engagement ring with a gold and sapphire necklace and earrings from the Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard collection at Tiffany.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Tiffany & Co Sapphire Oval Cabochon Earrings and Necklace on her engagement annoucement
The British Monarchy

The dress was relaunched in 2012 and it was sold almost immediately online. Unfortunately, the label stopped functioning some years ago. Catherine paired the outfit with her Episode ‘Angel’ Black Suede Platform Court Shoes.

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