When Princess Diana passed away, it’s as if all the royal family’s style disappeared with her. Long regarded as a fashion icon, no one, it seemed, could take her place. Six long years later a new trendsetter caught the eye of royal watchers everywhere. To their delight, she was Prince William’s new girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Even from those early days of their relationship, people could see that Kate Middleton’s outfits had a special flare.
Of course, no one can forget Kate Middleton’s gowns from those early days. From the royal blue engagement dress (was Kate channeling Diana there?) to the absolutely stunning wedding dress. Then there was the lavender chiffon gown that the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the BAFTA’s in 2011 a few short months before she got married. It was gorgeous!
Kate Middleton’s sense of fashion only got better. Even when she was pregnant with Prince George, she could carry off prints, like leopard or polka-dots, with style. With her hair pulled back in a ponytail, she looked radiant. And who could forget the moment when she appeared cradling her firstborn, her beaming husband beside her? The polka-dotted dress reminded royal watchers of the dress that Diana had worn when she and Charles stood before the cameras with newborn Prince William.
The years passed, but Duchess Kate continued to delight fashionistas. Whether she was going to a wedding or to church on Easter Sunday, whether she was in a ballgown or a casual pair of jeans, Kate Middleton never disappointed. It didn’t matter if she was front-and-center of a huge royal event or just attending one of her husband’s polo matches–she knew how to carry off any outfit with grace.
Watch her most memorable fashion choices below!