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Our September fashion favourites

September was a busy month for the royals across Europe, and we even got a glimpse of the glamour we were used to before the global health crisis. From laid-back styles to red carpet frocks, the royals donned it all in September. Our Royal Central team is taking a look at our favourite looks from this month.

We all absolutely adored the gold, shimmering Jenny Packham caped gown the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the premiere of the new Jame Bond film No Time to Die in London. She was a true Bond girl with her entire ensemble, and the entire look blew us away! It quickly has become a favourite look for most of us of the Duchess of Cambridge!

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

My first choice is Queen Máxima at Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) this year. She always looks gorgeous at this event each year, and I really loved the reddish-orange top with the light blue skirt that featured a floral design. Máxima wore an outfit by her go-to brand, Natan. It was a lovely and subdued looked for a scaled-back Prince’s Day.

Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 50th birthday on 22 September, and the Royal Court released new photos of her to celebrate. The images show the Princess in a lace, light pink dress. We don’t really see Märtha Louise in pink that often, so it was a nice change of pace, and it really made her shine. Something about the colours made her blue eyes pop. The dress is by Valentino and has actually been worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit in the past, and I love seeing sisters-in-law sharing clothes like this!

Lydia Starbuck, Associate Editor

The Duchess of Cambridge in that knockout gold dress is easily the royal fashion highlight of September, but there were other looks that made a big impression, too. My first pick is a rather pretty polka dot dress worn by Queen Letizia of Spain for a day of engagements in Portugal as the month came to an end.

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This is a really simple look but Letizia, as always, wears it very well. I love the pleating and folds on this Emporio Armani dress, and the (almost) maxi length really suits her. It’s a repeat, but it has a late summer vibe that’s hard not to love.

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September has been awash with wedding celebrations, and that meant hats, fancy frocks and some special styles. The striking two-tone outfit worn by Lady Helen Taylor to the marriage blessing of Flora Ogilvy is an absolute favourite of mine. The dusky pink and orange combination just works, and the flow of the whole dress is fabulous. I love that she kept the hat small enough to let the frock do the talking but big enough to get everyone looking. It’s just a fabulous look all around.

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

For me, the Duchess of Cambridge really showed some bold fashion choices this month. Aside from the glittering gold Jenny Packham, I thought her purple trouser suit was such a fantastic look. The suit, designed by one of her go-to’s, Emilia Wickstead, added a bright punch of colour to an otherwise basic businesswear look. Kate is showing an increasing confidence these days and a willingness to stand out from the crowd; this isn’t a look everyone can pull off. I might have been inspired to try a purple blazer myself!

My second pick for September is the beige leaf-patterned dress worn by Crown Princess Victoria to accept the 2021 Swedish Woman of the Year prize. I thought this dress, designed by Valerie, was a really nice traditional look for those early September days when it doesn’t feel like summer, but it’s not quite autumn yet. The tiered ruffles add a fun touch and the high neckline is very Victoria – overall, a great new dress for her, and I especially enjoyed the gold feather earrings she wore to tie into the dress’s print.

Jess Ilse, Senior Royal Reporter & Editorial Assistant

I’ve already spoken of my love for Kate’s golden gown, so let me turn my attention to Crown Princess Mary’s stunningly sleek look at the Crown Prince Couple’s awards mid-month. The skirt, shimmery and patterned, does all the work but it’s such a refined outfit and one that’s easily replicated for the rest of us.

Let’s talk about the Duchess of Cornwall’s stunning blue sequined Bruce Oldenfield gown that she wore at the No Time To Die premiere. Perfectly princess-worthy, perfectly Camilla, and such a wonderful colour on her!

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.