Kate Middleton: a style retrospective
On day 6 of the Royal couple's Diamond Jubilee Asian tour Kate hits the style jackpot in a simple but bold dress designed by Jonathan Saunders Rose, matched with an unusual head piece that completes the outfit with a hint of exotic.
Return of the Pack
On September 13th Kate returns to failsafe Brit designer Jenny Packham and is once again a picture of elegance in a pale blue pleated dress with lace overlay, cleverly accesorised with an East Asian style parasole.
Kicking off the Asian tour
In a departure from her usual British designer gear, Kate opts for Singaporean designer Prabal, sporting an unusually bold print of psychadelic purples, pinks and blues in September 2012. She replaces her trade-mark nipped-in-at-the-waist sillouette with a retro shift and elegant three-quarter length sleeves.
Kate took our breath away in a floor length pleated Jenny Packham gown at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the countdown to the London Olympic Games on 11th May. Could this be our favourite to date? Quite possibly...
Red carpet glamour
In her first appearance at a film premiere, Kate takes to the red carpet like a pro in an elegant floor length Alice Temperley dress at the premiere of War Horse in Leicester Square, London, on 8 January 2012.
She's rarely seen in black, but here Kate Middleton goes all out in a strapless black velvet floor length gown by Alexander McQueen at the Sun Military Awardsin December 2011. Kate accessorises with a gorgeous silver necklace she received as a wedding present.
Jenny Packham triumphs again in this beautiful grecian gown which Kate wore at a St James's Palace dinner in November 2011.
And winning Best Coat accolade so far is this gorgeous LK Bennett wool number cleverly paired with a matching red crocodile leather belt.
Kate takes a trip to Birmingham in a nautical inspired top and pencil skirt.
Racey in lace
Kate carefully treads the line of flirtiness and modesty in a tight-fitting royal blue dress with lace detail at the shoulders in Quebec, Canada, in July 2011.
A royal wedding calls for eye-catching head gear, and Kate rose to the challenge in this ornate lemon yellow hat at the celebration of Zara Phillips's nuptials in July 2011.
Fit for a princess
Kate Middleton looks utterly dreamy in a simply perfect lilac sweeping floor length gown that just had to be by the one and only Alexander McQueen.
Channeling Mary Poppins...
We love when Kate wears red, and this Catherine Walker skirt coat cut a gorgeous shape on the princess in Calgary, Canada in July 2011.
Pastels on the lawn
When she's not in something knee-length and tailored, Kate often goes ultra feminine in lighter fabrics and pastel shades. Perfect for polo watching at Santa Barbara, California in July 2011.
Kate dons a stetson and shirt tucked into belted jeans to blend into the crowd at the Calgary Stampede in Canada in July 2011. Must have felt good to shed the formal wear for a day.
Princess Catherine opts for a floaty above-the-knee canary yellow number by Jenny Packham to make a royal appearance at Calgary Aiport in Canada in July 2011. A brave choice by our the Princess of Cambdridge who experienced a few 'Marylin moments' when the wind picked up.
Pretty in purple
In an exciting departure from the usual subtle tones, Princess Catherine plumps for a bright purple jersey dress by Issa and a rarely sported up 'do on day 2 of the couple's North American tour in June 2011.
Upon arrival in Canada on June, 30, Kate changed into a knee-lenght floral lace number from the pre-spring 2012 collection of Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu. Extra points for her her nude clutch and heels that let the dress do the talking.
Beginning of Royal Tour
The Duchess arrives at Heathrow airport on June, 30 to board a plane to Ottawa, Canada with her husband for the first leg of their Royal Tour together. Accordingly Kate chooses a dress by French designer Roland Mouret and a matching navy blazer by Canadian designer Smythe les Vestes. Her Mulberry handbag is the perfect travel accessory.
Prince William took keen teenis fan Kate to the 2011 Wimbledon Championship on June, 27, where she showed off her amazing off court style in a Temperley Moraiah white pleated dress complemented by her tan and glossy locks.
Celebrating the third Armed Forces Day at her first military ceremony at Windsor Castle on June, 25 Kate looks the part in a double-breasted coat with gold buttons and a golden Irish shamrock brooch.
The Duchess of Cambridge shows off a silver Philip Treacy headpiece complimented with a matching coat, dress and clutch while watching the Garter Service pass by on June 13 in Windsor.
Shades of blue
At Prince Philip's 90th birthday on June, 12 in Windsor, Kate works one of her favourite colours and looks pretty as a picture in yet another stunning hat creation and a coat she wore back in 2009.
The Duchess has always been a fan of recycling her old outfits. After attending the Trooping the Colour parade, she makes an appearance to the wedding of her friend Sam Waley-Cohen. She teams the hat she wore earlier that day with a Diane Von Furstenberg silk patterned dress, which she sported back in May 2007.
Classy in white and black
The coat, the hair, that hat - Kate oozes sophistication standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour Parade on June, 11.
Dazzling in sequins
The Duke and Dutchess make their first public engagement on June, 9 at the 10th Annual ARK gala dinner at Kensington Palace. Kate outshines everyone in her pink and organza sequinned floor-lenght gown by Jenny Packham. Stunning!
Hats off to Kate
Catherine is consistent in her choices of elegant outfits. Making an appearance at the Investec Derby Day on June, 4, she works a pair of gorgeous nude stilettoes, gold clutch and a smart cream blazer. Her hat adds a sophisticated royal feel to the look.
High street fashionable first lady
Kate's bandage-style Shola dress worth £175 from Reiss, which she wore when meeting with the Obamas in Buckingham Palace on May, 24, turned out to be such a hit amongst the public that it crashed the retailer's website and manged to sell online 20 dresses within two minutes of Kate's appearance! We wonder if Michelle ordered one as well...
The loved-up couple leave the Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding and a waiting helicopter takes them to a secret honeymoon location. Kate's ocean blue dress and wedges make the perfect getaway outfit.
A Duchess in white
Kate, wearing what could easily be a second show stopping wedding dress, heads to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day.
Kate marries her prince and becomes the Duchess of Cambridge in a stunning creation by Alexander McQueen on April, 29 at the wedding ceremony of the year!
In the trenches
Kate Middleton's most recent public appearance in Belfast, Northern Ireland, sparked yet another sell out in the shops. This time it was the double breasted Burberry trench coat worth £650 that did it. And we'd have to admit, it's a very chic number and we love pretty frill detailing. At this rate the country will be swarming with mini-Middletons.
Regal in red
Kate pays a visit to her old uni in St Andrews in a pure-wool scarlet jacket and skirtby Italian ready-to-wear label Luisa Spagnoli which she picked up in Knightsbridge, London. Bellissima!
At her first royal engagement in February, Kate attends the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour' at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey. Wearing a beautfiul £250 Vivien Sherriff embellishment, Kate's choice of headwear was to cause a swift 95% increase in fascinators at high street chain Peacocks. Ah, the power!
And then...Kate and Wills announce their engagement on 16 November 2010. Kate chooses a beautiful silk jersey dress by Issa for the occassion, so adored by the public that it was reported to have sold out within 24 hours of Kate's appearance.
A wedding before the wedding
A month before announcing their engagement, Kate a Wills attend Harry Meade & Rosie Bradford's wedding in Cheltenham in October 2010.
Pretty in peppermint
Kate watches Prince William and Prince Harry play in the Chakravarty Cup polo match in Tetbury.
Kate's spotted sporting a rare up do at the UK Premiere of 'Tenacity Of The Tasman' at Odeon Leicester Square in London in November 2009.
Lovely in lavender
Kate attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks in August 14, 2009.
Back at Kate's favourite - the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival - she does effortless chic in a navy mac and black accessories in March 2008.
Hazy reports of reconciliation with Prince William dominate by September 2008 as Kate dons day glo disco gear for a roller disco in London.
Serene in green
Kate chooses an elegant bottle green dress to attend the book launch party of 'Time To Reflect' by photographer Alistair Morrison, at Bluebird, London, in November 2007.
Kate chooses the preppy sweater-over-a-shirt look and belted skirt to appear at the Badminton Horse Trials in May 2007.
Kate dons sporting gear as she takes part in a training session with the Sisterhood cross Channel rowing team on the River Thames in August 2007.
She's all white
A month following her split from Prince William, Kate Middleton attends a book launch in a pretty white knee-length dress, London, May 2007.
...we much prefer her choice of outfit for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, March 2007.
Out on the razz
Kate hits the London tiles in a gorgeous silk print dress in February 2007.
Kate attends the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's pre-Wimbledon party at The Roof Gardens in London, June 2006.
Regal in red
Kate wears a striking red jacket and black hat as she watches boyfriend Prince William taking part in the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, December 2006.
Kate and William do his and hers on the first day of the annual Cheltenham Race Festival in March 2007.
Kate looks pretty as a picture as she attends an opening party for new shop Bluebird in London, June 2006.
It's this photo that made us realise that fascinators were not just for middle aged mothers of the bride. Kate shows oodles of personality at the wedding of Laura Parker-Bowles and Harry Lopes in Wiltshire, May 2006. A few months later Kate was to be given the role of accessory buyer with clothing chain Jigsaw.
Lady in red
...and she's as equally accomplished doing the casual look in a sweet red wrap around dress seen here at the Ham Polo Club in Richmond, June 2006.
By 2006 graduate Kate's already become one-to-watch in the fashion stakes, named 'Most Promising Newcomer' in the Telegraph's list of style winners and losers. Here she sports a Russian fur hat and beautifully tailored coat on the final day of Cheltenham Races.
Thinking man's crumpet
Kate does sexy scholar in a short skirt at her University of St. Andrews graduation ceremony in June 2005. Kate obtained a 2:1 degree in History of Art.
Kate looking every bit the society girl at the wedding of Hugh Van Cutsem and Rose Astor in Burford, June 2005.
Kate attends the Festival of British Eventing in a cool cowboy hat and brown knee-high boots at Gatcombe Park in Stroud, August 2005.
On the slopes
Kate sports red ski gear as she joins in with the royal ski party in Klosters, Switzerland, in March 2005.
The then 23-year-old Kate Middleton on the day of her graduation in casual white vest and jeans with her father Michael Middleton in St. Andrews in April 2005.
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Kate Middleton, more formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, is admired the world over for her sartorial choices.
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