For the Cambridge family’s arrival in Canada and start of the 2016 tour Kate wore a chic, sophisticated dress from one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham. The Duchess accessorized with a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company hat that showcased a maple leaf motif, along with her Nina hard-sided clutch from royal favorite LK Bennett, and Gianvito Rossi signature suede pumps in the ‘praline’ color. We also saw the Queen’s platinum and diamond maple leaf brooch, worn by Kate during the 2011 tour, and the tanzanite earrings believed to be by G. Collins & Sons. To read our full post on the family’s arrival in Canada click here.
China State Banquet 20 Oct 2015:
For her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace the Duchess wore a bespoke Jenny Packham gown, the Lotus Flower/Papyrus Tiara (more here), diamond drop earrings on loan from HM, the ‘Wedding Gift’ diamond bracelet (there is a bit more info here) and a second diamond bracelet made from a choker of Queen Mary’s (more info here). Kate also carried a red clutch that looks like a custom piece made to match the dress. We’re not referencing footwear because there are no photos showing Kate’s shoes. Click here to read our full post on the banquet.
The Duchess wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress for Princess Charlotte’s christening in July 2015. The knee-length design was a classic fit and flare silhouette, with intricately engineered gores and darts. It also included a fitted bodice with wide, winged lapels and a pleated skirt in the back. Kate accessorized with a custom Jane Taylor hat; the ‘Pointy’ pump from Russell and Bromley; and the white gold and diamond ‘Empress’ necklace and matching drop earrings from jewelers Mappin and Webb. Click here to read our full post on the christening.
For Prince George’s christening, the Duchess opted for a design from one of her go-to labels, Alexander McQueen. Her hat was the aptly named ‘Georgie’ from Jane Taylor, and her Park Avenue pumps were from Russell and Bromley. We also saw Kate in one of her favorite pair of earrings, the Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drops. For our full post, click here.
Blue Issa Engagement Dress: This was the first time Kate was introduced to millions, not everyone was familiar with the bride-to-be.
The Duchess-to-be wore the famous wrap dress by Issa London in a rich blue silk jersey. The dress was designed by Issa’s founder, Daniella Helayel. Sadly, the company is no longer in business. Miss Middleton’s notable accessory was her engagement ring, the same worn by Lady Diana Spencer upon her engagement to Prince Charles. She also sported a gold and sapphire necklace from the Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard collection at Tiffany, along with the matching Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard earrings. For our original post on the dress click here.
Libelula Dulwich Coat: Worn to a January 2011 wedding, the silk velvet coat closes with a diamante rhinestone clasp and hits just above the knee.
Reiss Nanette Engagement Photo Dress: No list of iconic Kate Middleton styles is complete without this dress, worn for one of two formal photographs shot by famed photographer Mario Testino.
The dress featured three-quarter sleeves with a cascading ruffle down the front and an exposed zipper, also on the front. As we originally noted in describing the dress, it is unremarkable on the hanger; it is one of those styles that needs to be put on before one can render an opinion on it. Reiss continues to be a brand Kate favors.
The Penelope Chilvers Boots & Really Wild Clothing Ensemble:
Most Kate fans remember this 2004 photograph, Kate posing in front of Blenheim Palace.
For many, the appeal of the photo is in the image it projects, an upscale town and country look that transcends generations. For others, the Really Wild brand clothing Kate is seen wearing holds the greatest interest; still, others are intrigued by the Penelope Chilvers boots; learn more about the boots (they’re still available!) on our Kate’s Favorite Footwear Brands page.