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.
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 extraordinary ability to balance the classic and the contemporary in her outfits, The Duchess of Cambridge is a true style icon and inspiration. On this page, we are looking at her style evolution that has gone more elegant and classic with each year and picking out some of the iconic moments of Royal Style Journey.
Engagement Announcement – 2010
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.
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 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.
Official Engagement photoshoot – 2010
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.
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.
Royal Wedding 2011
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.
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’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.
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.
ARK Gala Dinner -2011
For ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) gala dinner in London in June 2011 Duchess 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 features a back zip.
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.
In July 2011, 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. Duchess 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.
Wedding of Zara Phillips – 2011
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.
War Horse Premiere – 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.
Diamond Jubilee Lunch – 2012
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.
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.
Diamond Jubilee Boat Procession -2012
The Duchess 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.
Olympic Gala London – 2012
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 a 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.
Private Dinner London – 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.
Diamond Jubilee Tea Party Malaysia – 2012
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.
Prince George Christening – 2013
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.
Duchess repeated the outfit for 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.
Singapore State Visit – 2014
The 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 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.
China State Visit – 2015
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 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.
Arrival in Canada – 2016
For the anticipating tour beginning, 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 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 Ruby Red Croc Darley Bag and wore her Sapphire and Diamond Diana Earrings, Women of The First World War Brooch and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
Spain State Banquet – 2017
Catherine dazzled at the Spanish State Banquet in July 2017. The Duchess of Cambridge 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.
Norway Gala Dinner – 2018
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 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.
BAFTA – 2018
Royal Elegance is a long shot for Hollywood Celebs – We Royal Watchers have been saying this thing from the very get-go. And 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.
National Portrait Gallery Visit – 2018
Catherine 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.
Prince Louis’ Christening – 2018
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. 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 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.
Catherine 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. Catherine 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.
At 2019’s Royal Ascot, the Duchess of Cambridge fulfilled a long due wish of Royal Fashion watching community. Catherine finally debuted a piece from Elie Saab. Duchess 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.
Sartorial Diplomacy is one of Catherine’s forte. And she used it perfectly during the extremely complex but successful Pakistan visit in 2019. She chose a stunning Catherine Walker Tunic and Trouser for the arrival in Rawalpindi. The Duchess of Cambridge 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.
In 2020 during Ireland visit, the Duchess 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 Clutch.