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The Duchess of Cambridge: 39 of her most memorable style moments


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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 Summit

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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 2019

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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.

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37. State Visit of the King and Queen of the Netherlands

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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 Paris

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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 Paris

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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 Sussex

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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 2015

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32. Calgary Stampede activities at the BMO Centre

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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’

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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 Hill

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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 2016

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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 2016

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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 2019

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During a visit to the Badshahi Mosque, the Duchess wore a green shalwar kameez and a headscarf.

26. Opening of The Nook Children Hospice

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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 Brooksbank

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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 2017

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The Duchess is seen wearing a white lace Alexander McQueen gown at the 2017 Royal Ascot.

23. 2012 St Patrick’s Day Parade

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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.

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22. ‘In Kind Direct’ charity event at Clarence House

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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 Cyprus

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During a 2018 Christmas Party for military families, the Duchess wore a festive Emilia Wickstead skirt and Brora cardigan.

20. 2019 Trooping the Colour

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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 Ireland

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The Duchess wore a Missoni dress while famously pouring a pint of the well-known Irish beer, Guinness.

18. 2017 visit to Berlin, Germany

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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 services

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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 Day

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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 2019

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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 Exhibition

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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 2017

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The Duchess chose an Alexander McQueen dress for the annual awards.

12. The birth of Prince Louis 2017

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11. Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Nook Appeal

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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.

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10. Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert 2012

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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.

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9. Royal tour stop in Islamabad, Pakistan

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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 2020

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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.

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7. Royal Variety 2019

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The Duchess chose a sheer Alexander McQueen gown for the event at London’s Palladium Theatre.

6. 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner

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The Duchess wore a pink Gucci dress for the gala dinner at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

5. The birth of Prince George 2013

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4. BAFTA Brits To Watch event

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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 UK

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During a 2019 State Banquet for President Donald Trump, the Duchess wore a white Alexander McQueen gown.

2. Engagement announcement

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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 Wedding

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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.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.