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Royal style roundup: February 2020

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

Both of my outfits from this month were from Spain’s Queen Letizia. The first was from Valentine’s Day when she debuted a new polka dot dress during a day visiting Huelva and Cádiz.

As per the Queen Letizia Style blog, she wore the white Emporio Armani “Crepon long dress with polka dot jacquard motif” along with repeat Carolina Herrera black sling-back pumps and pearl-and-diamond drop earrings. She added a black belt which I think added extra interest to the long white dress.

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Her second look was a repeat from last year: the HUGO by Hugo Boss ‘Kalocca’ floral print shirt dress, according to the Queen Letizia Style blog. The belted pink shirt dress was originally worn in a more casual way with a tan leather jacket when she debuted it in November, and this time she wore the dress on its own along with a pair of dangling rainbow-hued earrings (the Tous ‘New Romance’ earrings) and Magrit rust-red leather pumps.

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Kristin’s thoughts:

Both of these dresses are styles I would wear in my everyday life so they stood out to me for that reason, and I love how down-to-earth Letizia’s wardrobe can be even though she’s a queen. The black version of the Emporio Armani dress is currently on sale for 40 percent off and I’m seriously tempted to buy it! The elastic flounces at the cuffs really make it different and fun. I love the floral print of the Hugo Boss dress and how the rust and orange details can make it very autumn/winter appropriate even though it’s a springy pink shade.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

My first pick for this month is the outfit the Duchess of Cambridge wore to visit Wales with her husband earlier in the month. Kate wore a long navy Hobbs coat over a red Zara knit dress and Beulah London scarf. She was also in her trusty Stuart Weitzman boots while carrying a Mulberry bag. She wore a gold Daniella Draper necklace and Asprey London earrings. This whole outfit was so well put together and looked great on her. Everything fit perfectly and the colours really flattered her.

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My second pick is also the Duchess of Cambridge. She re-wore her gorgeous gold and white bespoke Alexander McQueen gown from 2012 (as the BAFTAs requested those in attendance re-wear a previous outfit for sustainability). She tweaked it slightly around the sleeves (which I preferred the way it was worn in Malaysia) and complemented it with a new Van Cleef and Arpels Magic Alhambra Set.

Brittani’s thoughts:

I find myself picking outfits the royals wear that I would wear myself. This outfit of Kate’s is one I definitely would wear, and to be honest, I have worn something similar to the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit in the past. So, it’s no wonder it’s one of my choices this month!

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This gold and white gown, although customised a bit for the BAFTAs, was first worn on her and the Duke of Cambridge’s tour of Malaysia in 2012. I was so very excited to see her pull this gown out of her closet as it is one of my favourites that she has ever worn!

Laura Faurot, Reporter:

My first choice is the Victoria Beckham outfit Queen Letizia wore to Ecija in Seville. The shirt and skirt combo features an asymmetric leopard print and was paired with black slingback pumps.

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My second choice is the COS wool dress Queen Letizia wore to the National Research Awards. The sleek look featured a modern neckline. Letizia paired the dress with straight hair and black boots.

Laura’s thoughts:

When royals do prints right, I always love it. This leopard print is done in such a bold and interesting way. It’s flattering to Letizia, and she carries it well. The length isn’t something that works on everyone, but it works beautifully on Letizia.

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The COS dress is such a bold choice. It has a futuristic feel to it, and that’s the kind of risk that seems made for Letizia. She styled it perfectly to compliment the modern feel of the dress. It is such a powerful look that Letizia really owned.

Heaven LeeMiller, Europe Correspondent:

My first favourite is the outfit Letizia wore while visiting Huelva on 14 February. Her Emporio Armani dress was very simple, but it fit her so well. I found it very airy and romantic which was appropriate for the date. I really love that she kept the styling simple with a simple black belt and her Carolina Herrera black slingback pumps.

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My second choice is the outfit Kate wore while visiting South Wales on 4 February. I really really loved Kate’s Hobbs coat as I think she can pair it with plenty of different outfits as it’s a classic piece in a wardrobe. I also really loved her Zara dress.

Heaven’s thoughts:

I always say Letizia has an edge to her style which I love but she can also pull off very simple outfits and this is an outfit I can actually see myself wearing in my daily life.

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I think the red and navy colour combo worked great on her, and I was very surprised by the sleeves of the dress as it’s not usually the type of sleeves she goes for. I think she pulled it off though, and I love when she’s wearing more affordable brands like Zara or H&M. I think the Mulberry bag and Beulah London scarf were the perfect stylings for this outfit. The only thing I wasn’t really a fan of is the boots as I’ve never been a fan of wearing midi dresses or skirt over knee-high boots, but they were appropriate for the events scheduled. They matched her belt so that doesn’t really take away from the outfit for me.

About author

Kristin was Chief Reporter for Royal Central until 2022 and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.