In honour of the Duchess of Cambridge’s 39th birthday, Royal Central is taking a look back at 39 of her most memorable style moments over the years. Readers might notice a handful of designers mentioned frequently. The Duchess has been known to wear pieces by Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen on numerous occasions.
39. Reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment SummitEmbed from Getty Images
January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit. Held at Buckingham Palace, the summit brought together Heads of State and Government from African countries as well as senior representatives.
38. Commonwealth Day 2019Embed from Getty Images
For Commonwealth Day 2019, the Duchess opted to wear one of her more recognised coats, a Catherine Walker double-breasted coatdress. The Duchess first wore the coat with a different hat during a 2014 trip to New Zealand.Embed from Getty Images
37. State Visit of the King and Queen of the NetherlandsEmbed from Getty Images
In 2018, the Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen dress at a state visit honouring The King and Queen of the Netherlands. The Duchess wore the gown with the Lover’s Knot Tiara which was a favourite of her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.
36. 2017 tour of ParisEmbed from Getty Images
During a black-tie dinner at the British Embassy on a 2017 visit to Paris, Kate wore a dress by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham.
35. 2017 tour of ParisEmbed from Getty Images
For a visit to different Paris sites including Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, the Duchess wore Chanel from head to toe.
34. The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of SussexEmbed from Getty Images
Just three weeks after giving birth to her third child, Prince Louis, the Duchess wore a yellow coatdress by Alexander McQueen for her brother-in-law, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. She accessorised with a hat by Philip Treacy and shoes by Jimmy Choo.
33. Birth of Princess Charlotte in May 2015Embed from Getty Images
32. Calgary Stampede activities at the BMO CentreEmbed from Getty Images
During a royal tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess dressed up to attend and be the guests of honour at the famous Calgary Stampede Parade. The visit was in July 2011, just months after the two wed at Westminster Abbey.
31. Royal visit to ‘The Prince’s Foundation For Children And The Arts’Embed from Getty Images
In March 2012, the Duchess visited the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London. Notably, it was a joint engagement with her parents-in-law, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. This engagement was also within her first year of being an official member of the Royal Family.
30. Canada Day celebrations at Parliament HillEmbed from Getty Images
On day two of her 2011 tour to Canada, the Duchess wore a white “Nanette” Reiss dress.
29. Reception at Kensington Palace ahead of tour to India and Bhutan 2016Embed from Getty Images
A reception was held at Kensington Palace ahead of the Duke and Duchess’s upcoming royal tour to Bhutan and India. During the reception, they spoke with students and workers from both countries who live in the U.K.
28. Visit to Victoria, British Columbia 2016Embed from Getty Images
During their second tour of Canada, the royal couple was joined by their two children. At the time of the trip, Princess Charlotte was just over a year old, and Prince George had just turned three-years-old.
27. Royal tour of north Pakistan 2019Embed from Getty Images
During a visit to the Badshahi Mosque, the Duchess wore a green shalwar kameez and a headscarf.
26. Opening of The Nook Children HospiceEmbed from Getty Images
In November 2019, the Duchess wore a purple Oscar de la Renta suit to open The Nook Children’s Hospice in Farmingham Earl, Norwich, Norfolk.
25. The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack BrooksbankEmbed from Getty Images
In October 2018, the Duchess wore a pink Alexander McQueen dress and a Philip Treacy hat to the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Her eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were page boy and bridesmaid.
24. Royal Ascot 2017Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess is seen wearing a white lace Alexander McQueen gown at the 2017 Royal Ascot.
23. 2012 St Patrick’s Day ParadeEmbed from Getty Images
For her first St Patrick’s Day event, the Duchess wore a coat by Emilia Wickstead. She would wear the coat the following year when she was pregnant with Prince George.Embed from Getty Images
22. ‘In Kind Direct’ charity event at Clarence HouseEmbed from Getty Images
In October 2011, the Duchess attended her first solo engagement – an ‘In Kind Direct’ charity event at Clarence House.
21. Christmas Party for families of military personnel deployed in CyprusEmbed from Getty Images
During a 2018 Christmas Party for military families, the Duchess wore a festive Emilia Wickstead skirt and Brora cardigan.
20. 2019 Trooping the ColourEmbed from Getty Images
The 2019 Trooping the Colour would mark the first time the Cambridge’s stepped out as a family of five – marking Prince Louis’s first Trooping the Colour event.
19. 2019 visit to Northern IrelandEmbed from Getty Images
The Duchess wore a Missoni dress while famously pouring a pint of the well-known Irish beer, Guinness.
18. 2017 visit to Berlin, GermanyEmbed from Getty Images
A favourite designer of hers, the Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen maxi dress at a party at the British Ambassador’s residence during a royal tour of Berlin in 2017.
17. 2019 Sandringham Christmas Day church servicesEmbed from Getty Images
The 2019 Christmas Day church service would be the first time Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents at the annual event. Prince Louis, at the time, was about one and a half years old.
16. 2018 Commonwealth DayEmbed from Getty Images
One of her last appearances before going on maternity leave for Prince Louis’s birth, the Duchess wore a Beulah coat for the annual Commonwealth Day service.
15. ANZAC Day Service 2019Embed from Getty Images
Joined by her brother-in-law Prince Harry, the Duchess wore a Catherine Walker dress for an Anzac Day Service at Westminster Abbey. Anzac Day is a day to recognise the sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women.
14. Bletchley Park D-Day ExhibitionEmbed from Getty Images
In May 2019, the Duchess wore an Alessandra Rich dress to commemorate D-Day’s 75th anniversary at Bletchley Park.
13. EE British Academy Film Awards 2017Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess chose an Alexander McQueen dress for the annual awards.
12. The birth of Prince Louis 2017Embed from Getty Images
11. Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Nook AppealEmbed from Getty Images
During a 2016 gala dinner, the Duchess brought back a famous Jenny Packham gown that she wore during a 2011 event for the annual ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) dinner. The June event would be the couple’s first formal engagement since their wedding.Embed from Getty Images
10. Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert 2012Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess wore a turquoise gown by Jenny Packham at ‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ Olympics concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Duchess would wear the dress again in 2018 at an appearance at the Tusk Conservation Awards.Embed from Getty Images
9. Royal tour stop in Islamabad, PakistanEmbed from Getty Images
The Duchess chose a Jenny Packham gown for an event hosted by the British High Commissioner at the Pakistan Monument during a 2019 tour.
8. EE British Academy Film Awards 2020Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen gown at the 2020 awards show. She previously wore it during a state dinner in Malaysia back in 2012.Embed from Getty Images
7. Royal Variety 2019Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess chose a sheer Alexander McQueen gown for the event at London’s Palladium Theatre.
6. 100 Women in Finance Gala DinnerEmbed from Getty Images
The Duchess wore a pink Gucci dress for the gala dinner at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
5. The birth of Prince George 2013Embed from Getty Images
4. BAFTA Brits To Watch eventEmbed from Getty Images
The Duchess wore a pale Alexander McQueen gown during an Los Angeles event in 2011 – one of her most notable dresses.
3. State Banquet for President Trump’s State Visit to the UKEmbed from Getty Images
During a 2019 State Banquet for President Donald Trump, the Duchess wore a white Alexander McQueen gown.
2. Engagement announcementEmbed from Getty Images
For their 2010 engagement announcement, Kate famously wore a blue wrap dress by Issa London for the photocall at St James’s Palace.
1. The Royal WeddingEmbed from Getty Images
The world watched Kate Middleton wed the UK’s Prince William in a dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. With a nine-foot-long train and a handmade lace made by the Royal School of Needlework, it’s estimated the dress cost £318,649 ($434,000 USD) to make.