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Royal style roundup: March 2020

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

My first choice is the Vampire’s Wife ‘Falconetti’ dress Kate wore on the first day of the Ireland tour. Described by the brand as “fabricated from iridescent emerald silk metallic chiffon,” this was the perfect cocktail outfit for a reception at the Guinness storehouse.

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And later in the month, we had one of Meghan’s best looks ever when she stepped out in a red Safiyaa cape dress. The gown was an absolute stunner and everything from her makeup to accessories said “wow.”

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Kristin’s thoughts: It was great to see Meghan bringing out such a fabulous look for one of her last events as a working royal. As for Kate, I discussed how she wore a bit too much green during the Ireland tour (thoughts here) but this dress was sparkly, fun, and festive from an unexpected label.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

This month my first choice was so easy. I love Meghan’s style so I was so happy that she was back this month – albeit temporarily.

I absolutely adored the red, caped gown she wore to the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the beginning of the month. The gown was by Safiyaa, and she carried a new Manolo Blahnik clutch. The Duchess of Sussex was also in red Stuart Weitzman pumps and a pair of Simone Rocha crystal bead earrings.

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My other choice was Meghan’s turquoise dress by Victoria Beckham at the Endeavour Fund Awards. She paired it with gold hoop earrings and a bracelet by Jessica McCormack. She also wore navy Manolo Blahnik pumps and carried a Stella McCartney clutch. While I wasn’t a fan of the shoes with the dress, I’m letting that go because I loved the dress so much.

Brittani’s thoughts: I love a cape gown…absolutely love the look, and Meghan rocked it! She brought out that Hollywood glamour for that evening, and it was stunning!

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The turquoise dress was sleek. It was something any of us could wear…to church, to dinner, on a date, etc. It was a colour we don’t see too often out on royals. With Meghan’s skin tone, the dress colour really pops! This is a dress I really want to get for myself!

Heaven LeeMiller, Europe Correspondent

So my first outfit is the outfit Queen Letizia wore at a Rare Diseases World Day event. It is her Adolfo Dominguez shirt paired with a new Reiss ombre skirt and her Steve Madden shoes. I chose this outfit because I love how coordinated it is without being boring. I think the ombre skirt works really well with this shirt, and I like that her shoes are two-tone as they match the skirt perfectly.

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My second outfit is the one the Duchess of Cambridge wore when she visited the NHS last week. It was a new Marks & Spencer suit with repeated earrings and her grey Hugo Boss pumps. I thought this outfit was also very appropriate for the event, and it is great that she chose a suit from an affordable brand such as Marks & Spencer as they are also struggling in this difficult time. It’s great support for the brand! We don’t usually see Kate wearing full pantsuits (I think this may be the first time?) but I wish she would wear pantsuits more as they really suit her. This colour, in particular, looks lovely on her, and I like that she styled it with a simple white top. I’m also very happy that she repeated her grey Hugo Boss pumps as they are some of my favourites of hers, and they compliment the outfit without being boring.

Heaven’s thoughts: I thought this was a really appropriate outfit for the Rare Diseases World Day event while still making her stand out. It’s a classic outfit from Letizia, but the skirt is really the statement piece. I also like that all the pieces are from more affordable brands as it is an outfit that is very easy to replicate for yourself. I also really like how she styled her hair as I like her with wavy/tousled hair better than with straight hair.

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My first thought when I saw Kate’s outfit was that she had gotten inspiration from Letizia as Letizia has worn a similar Hugo Boss pink suit three times in December, but this is also something I could see Crown Princess Victoria wearing (she also has a pink pantsuit in her wardrobe). I like that Kate this year has gotten out of her comfort zone somewhat while staying true to her style and what she likes and suits her.

Laura Faurot, Reporter

My first choice is the suit Crown Princess Victoria wore to her Name Day celebration inside Stockholm Palace. She chose a white Baum und Pferdgarten blazer paired with a beige pussybow top and bold checked pants. She completed the look with gold statement earrings.

My second choice was the dramatic Safiyaa gown the Duchess of Sussex wore to the Mountbatten Music Festival. The bold red dress features a cape detail. She paired the dress with red pumps, a red satin bag, and bold red floral earrings.

Laura’s thoughts: It’s no secret Victoria loves wearing suits, but I love the twist she put on that here. The proportions of the pants are perfect and the checked print looks so stylish on her. Every element of the look works together nicely but isn’t too matchy-matchy, which sometimes Victoria can favour.

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Meghan made such a statement during her last round of royal engagements, and this red gown was perhaps her boldest. The colour looks absolutely radiant on her. She looks so stately and confident in the look. I love the colour coordination with Harry, too.

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central 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.