38 iconic looks Kate Middleton has worn since becoming a royal


  • Since the Duchess of Cambridge stepped into the spotlight, she has been seen wearing one gorgeous gown after another.
  • Kate Middleton has also been known to recycle some of her best looks every now and then. 
  • Through the years, Middleton’s go-to designers have included Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, and Catherine Walker.
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Kate Middleton knows exactly how to make a lasting impression with her fashion choices. 

Since the royal stepped into the spotlight, she has worn gorgeous gowns from designers like Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, and Catherine Walker. The Duchess of Cambridge has also been known to repeat some of her best looks. 

In honor of Middleton’s 38th birthday on January 9, here are the most iconic outfits the duchess has worn since becoming a member of the British royal family. 

Kate Middleton wore a blue dress to match the sapphire engagement ring Prince William proposed with.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at their engagement announcement in 2010.
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The bride-to-be wore a blue Issa wrap dress to announce her engagement to Prince William in 2010. The dress was so popular that it sold out within 24 hours. 

The bride tied the knot in a Grace Kelly-inspired wedding gown.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William got married in 2011.
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Middleton wore a custom design by Alexander McQueen for her extravagant royal wedding. The gown is her most expensive outfit to date and is estimated to have cost $332,000. 

On her wedding day, the Duchess of Cambridge changed into another gown by the same designer.

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Kate Middleton at her wedding reception in 2011.
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Kate Middleton wore another Alexander McQueen dress for her wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. The satin gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a jeweled belt. 

Middleton shimmered in this embellished pink gown with sheer sleeves.

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Kate Middleton at the 10th annual Ark gala dinner in 2011.
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore an embellished Jenny Packham dress to the 10th annual Ark gala dinner.

Kate Middleton was the epitome of elegance at a BAFTAs reception in 2011.

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Kate Middleton at the BAFTA “Brits to Watch” event in 2011.
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Middleton wore a lilac Alexander McQueen gown with a silver belt for the night.

Middleton showed off a darker side in this lace gown at the UK premiere of “War Horse.”

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Kate Middleton at the UK premiere of “War Horse” in 2012.
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Kate Middleton arrived at the red carpet in a black lace Temperly London gown that featured a cream-colored lining. 

Kate Middleton looked regal in a floor-length gown for a dinner in London.

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Kate Middleton arrived at a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club in London in 2012.
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The duchess wore a white Roland Mouret gown with silver Jimmy Choo sandals.

Middleton wore a daring, semi-sheer dress to attend a reception ahead of her royal tour to India and Bhutan.

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Kate Middleton attending a reception at Kensington Palace in 2016.
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The duchess took a risk wearing a high-collared Mary Dot Illusion Dot Dress by Indian designer Saloni. The original design was completely sheer, but a nude panel of fabric was added to the bodice of Middleton’s dress for a more modest look. 

It’s no secret that Middleton loves to wear florals.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended a World Mental Health Day event in 2016.
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She arrived at a World Mental Health Day event in London wearing a pink Kate Spade dress with purple flowers printed throughout. She kept the look simple with a pair of nude pumps. 

Middleton wore Princess Diana’s favorite Lover’s Knot tiara for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at the annual Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace in 2016.
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The Lover’s Knot tiara was originally given to Princess Diana as a wedding present from the Queen, and it has been worn by Middleton on multiple occasions. 

The duchess paired the tiara with a red Jenny Packham dress. 

Middleton turned to her go-to color for the 2017 Portrait Gala.

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Kate Middleton attended the Portrait Gala in 2017.
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The duchess arrived in a green, long-sleeved Temperley London gown, which she dressed up with gold accessories. 

She went back to red for the opening night of “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at the opening night of “42nd Street” in 2017.
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Middleton wore a bright red Marchesa Notte dress that featured a textured geometric pattern. She accessorized her look with matching tassel earrings and suede pumps.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked classy in a black Diane von Furstenberg gown at a gala dinner in 2017.

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Kate Middleton at the 2017 gala dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
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Middleton wore a simple silver bracelet and earrings with her lace Diane von Furstenberg gown.

Middleton looked like Cinderella in a sparkling blue gown at the Royal Variety Performance in 2017.

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Kate Middleton attended the Royal Variety Performance in 2017.
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The duchess wore an ultra-delicate baby-blue Jenny Packham gown for the event. She offset the blue of her dress with sparkly silver heels. 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a soft velvet dress during a royal visit to Sweden.

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Kate Middleton during a royal visit to Sweden in 2018.
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Middleton’s velvet Erdem midi dress featured a stunning floral pattern. She paired the bold dress with a simple pair of black pumps. 

In 2018, she wore an all-white look for the christening of her third child, Prince Louis.

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Kate Middleton at the christening service of Prince Louis in 2018.
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Middleton opted for another Alexander McQueen look for the special occasion. She topped it off with a Jane Taylor headband.

Middleton donned a plaid dress after returning from royal maternity leave in 2018.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of the V&A Photography Centre in 2018.
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The duchess paired the plaid dress by Erdem with maroon heels and a boxy clutch. The accessories matched the red details of Middleton’s dress perfectly. 

She opted for a bold pop of color at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018.
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The Duchess of Cambridge stuck to one of her favorite designers, Alexander Queen, for Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding, sporting a hot-pink dress with a matching fascinator. 

The Duchess of Cambridge recycled this teal Jenny Packham gown, which she first wore in 2012.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2018.
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Middleton loves to repeat outfits and this dress is no exception.

For the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2018, the duchess recycled a teal gown by Jenny Packham, one of her favorite designers. 

Middleton got into the Christmas spirit for a party at Kensington Palace.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a Christmas party in 2018.
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The royal looked festive in a Brora cardigan and plaid Emilia Wickstead skirt. 

Kate Middleton stunned at the annual Diplomatic Corps reception in a shimmery Jenny Packham gown.

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Kate Middleton at the evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps in 2018.
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Middleton looked like a Disney princess in this Jenny Packham gown, which featured sheer cap sleeves and silver embellishments. She paired the dress with the Lover’s Knot tiara.

Kate Middleton was the epitome of elegance in a one-shoulder gown at the 2019 BAFTAs.

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Kate Middleton at the British Academy Film Awards in 2019.
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen dress with a flowing skirt and white appliqué flowers. She completed her look with a pair of Princess Diana’s earrings and sparkly silver Jimmy Choo pumps.

A few days later, Middleton went for a subtle pop of color in this pink gown.

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Kate Middleton at a gala dinner in 2019.
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The duchess arrived at the 100 Women in Finance Gala in a rose-colored Gucci gown, which she wore with a raspberry velvet clutch and pear-shaped earrings.

Middleton shimmered in a mint-green party dress during a surprise visit to Northern Ireland.

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Kate Middleton visiting the Belfast Empire Music Hall in 2019.
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The duchess wore a $2,480 Missoni midi dress with nude suede heels and a pink clutch.

She made a statement in a purple blouse and flowing wide-leg pants.

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Kate Middleton visiting the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in 2019.
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore the $1,300 Gucci blouse with wide-leg trousers by Jigsaw. She also carried a lilac crocodile-print Aspinal of London bag.

As Insider previously reported, Middleton put her own spin on the purple blouse by wearing it backwards. 

Middleton recycled an Alexander McQueen dress from 2017 for an appearance at a London gala.

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Kate Middleton arriving at the Portrait Gala 2019.
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Middleton wore the tiered Alexander McQueen dress with a black Prada clutch.

The royal channeled Princess Diana in a polka dot dress.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visiting a D-Day exhibition in 2019.
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For a visit to Bletchley Park’s special D-Day exhibit, Middleton wore a navy Alessandra Rich dress with light-blue suede pumps. People were quick to point out that the outfit was similar to one Princess Diana wore in 1985. 

Kate Middleton wore florals to the evening portion of the Chelsea Garden Show.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William visiting the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
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The duchess paired her floral Erdem dress with $192 wedges despite reports that Middleton and Meghan Markle are not allowed to wear the style of shoe in front of the Queen. 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white cap-sleeve dress to a state banquet.

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Kate Middleton and US Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, at a state banquet in 2019.
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Middleton turned to her trusted designer, Alexander McQueen, for a state banquet with President Trump. She paired the ruffled dress with the Lover’s Knot tiara and the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings.

Middleton recycled an off-the-shoulder dress for the Action on Addiction’s gala dinner in 2019.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at the first annual gala for Addiction Awareness Week in 2019.
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The duchess first wore the fitted white Barbara Casasola dress in 2016, but this time she paired it with sparkly silver-and-blue Jimmy Choo heels.

She donned a head-to-toe blue ensemble for Royal Ascot.

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Kate Middleton at the Royal Ascot in 2019.
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Middleton arrived in a textured, powder blue Elie Saab dress with sheer sleeves. 

Middleton looked fabulous in a simple teal dress for a visit to the Aga Khan Centre in London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at the Aga Khan Centre in 2019.
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The royal paired her teal ARoss Girl dress with forest-green suede pumps and a matching clutch.

Kate Middleton arrived in Pakistan for a royal tour wearing a traditional outfit.

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Kate Middleton arriving in Pakistan in 2019.
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For her royal tour, Middleton wore an ombré shalwar kameez designed by Catherine Walker, which she paired with a Zeen clutch.

The next day, Middleton turned heads again in a sparkling emerald gown.

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Kate Middleton attended a special reception during her royal tour of Pakistan in 2019.
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The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at an evening reception in Pakistan in a gorgeous, sparkling green dress designed by Jenny Packham.

Middleton went back to wearing black for the Royal Variety Performance in London.

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Kate Middleton attended the Royal Variety Performance in 2019.
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The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the London Palladium wearing a black, floor-length lace gown from Alexander McQueen. 

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