Kate Middleton style through the Years Here’s how Kate looked. On June 23, 2005: The day of her graduation from St. Andrew’s University. She tried out an eccentric feathered hat as William’s wedding guest in 2006. A few months later, she rocked a hat with ribbons shaped like a giant heart. In 2008, she wore a simple white coat and black boots while she watched William earn his royal air force wings. The pair announced their engagement in November 2010, and Kate’s blue wrap dress from designer Issa almost instantly sold out. A few months later, she visited her alma mater, St. Andrews, in a vibrant red jacket. Red is still a favorite color in the Duchess’s wardrobe. On her wedding day in April 2011, Kate wore a breathtaking lace gown from Alexander McQueen.
In 2008, she wore a simple white coat and black boots while she watched William earn his royal air force wings. The pair announced their engagement in November 2010, and Kate’s blue wrap dress from designer Issa almost instantly sold out. A few months later, she visited her alma mater, St. Andrews, in a vibrant red jacket. Red is still a favorite color in the Duchess’s wardrobe. On her wedding day in April 2011, Kate wore a breathtaking lace gown from Alexander McQueen.
After the wedding, Alexander McQueen’s profits jumped nearly 30%. The newlyweds took a three-day trip to Southern California in summer 2011. Kate looked stunning in this simple green shift. The next day, she glowed in a flowing lavender dress. This lace gown she wore to a theater premiere in early 2012 might look familiar: It’s got a deep neckline just like her wedding dress. Kate donned an ethereal chiffon gown with lace and subtle pleating for a concert in May 2012.
On the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne —her Diamond Jubilee — Kate chose this feminine pale pink ensemble. Later that year, she and William embarked on a Diamond Jubilee tour through several countries. During the trip, even her casual outfits – like this one from a day spent in Singapore – were immaculate. Kate doesn’t wear patterns very often, but the ones she does choose are memorable. Here’s another look from the Diamond Jubilee tour in fall 2012. In November 2012, Kate visited a school in this crisp plaid jacket — and even played some field hockey in her heeled suede boots.
By spring 2013, she was showing off her baby bump while the world anticipated the birth of a new prince. Turns out motherhood looks great on her, too. Here she is introducing Prince George to the world on July 23, 2013. A few months later, she wore one of her favorite combos: Horizontal stripes with a tailored blazer. She chose a simple but striking gown for a film screening in December 2013. Kate wore this sleek ensemble to Easter Sunday service in 2014. She channelled Jackie Kennedy upon her arrival in New Zealand in 2014. It was Prince George’s first royal trip.
On the same trip, Kate stood out in this white and yellow color-block dress, complete with a sharp square neckline. It’s a notable departure from her usually monochromatic outfits. We can’t help but think she made a purposeful decision to wear bright blue during a visit to the Tower of London’s Ceramic Poppy Field in November 2014. Kate has worn this midnight-blue gown on several occasions, including a 2014 dinner in New York City. She showed off her second baby bump in this timeless navy ensemble after a church service in March 2015. She wore a sunny floral pattern to announce the birth of Princess Charlotte in May 2015. Kate’s plum lace turtleneck dress looked sophisticated during her visit to China in October 2015.
The henna-esque patterns on this dress were perfect during Kate’s April 2016 visit to New Delhi, India. For a charity dinner event in summer 2016, Kate opted for a sexier silhouette than usual. This beaded number oozes old Hollywood glamour. Kate wore it to a gala dinner in summer 2016. She wore this bold pattern to a royal engagement in August 2016. On a September 2016 tour of Canada, Kate stunned in this tea-length red gown with an asymmetrical neckline. On the same trip, she even coordinated her outfit with George and Charlotte’s. In December 2016, Kate paired her red gown with one of Princess Diana’s tiaras for the annual Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace.