BeforeMeghan Markle entered our lives, the royal family had another style icon in Kensington Palace — Kate Middleton! Forget her fab hat game and envy-inducing hair, Prince William’s better half knows how to put together a killer ensemble and has remained true to her sophisticated sense of style.
From her blue Issa engagement dress and her show-stopping Alexander McQueen wedding gown to her penchant for gorgeous green get-ups and the occasional patterned frock too, Duchess Kate simply personifies classic and timeless dressing with a modernly regal twist. To see some of Duchess Kate’s best style moments, keep scrolling for killer frocks, all-star gowns and show-stopping coat dresses.
The festive season is well and truly here: the trees are all up, the lights have switched on and for Prince William, the time has finally arrived to bust out a couple of Christmas jokes. The Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were recently in Cyprus to visit an RAF base, where the Duchess arrived in a chic yet casual outfit. While most of us were out yass queen-ing over her wide legged trousers and blazer combo, Prince William on the other hand was cracking wise about her CEO-chic look.
According to Hello!, the pair visited RAF Akrotiri for a brief visit to meet with servicemen and women who would be separated from their family during the holidays. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly ‘handed out the presents from some of the families’ to RAF personnel and later withdrew for a quick photo opp by a charmingly decorated Christmas tree. While there however, he was caught making a joke at Kate’s expense.
As they posed by the green and white Christmas tree, he noted that Kate and the tree were twinning. According to Harper’s Bazaar, he joked, ‘My wife’s camouflaged against the tree.’
He continued the joke and even offered to step out of the picture, asking photographers, ‘Do you want me to move out of the photo?’
Honestly, kind of. But only because the Duchess’ outfit deserved an #OOTD of its own, since we’re still obsessed with it. The look was a vast change from her intricate Jenny Packham gown at the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception earlier this week, as it was a much more laidback (but no less sophisticated) look. She turned to one of her favourite fashion designers Smythe for her Duchess Blazer, an L.K. Bennett clutch and diamond hoop earrings by Asprey.
Kate also drew the attention of the internet for her glorious navy wide-legged trousers, which many pointed out could be a sign Meghan Markle’s style is rubbing off on the royal. Markle was photographed at Wimbledon earlier this year wearing white trousers in a similar style. It was a pretty memorable style moment for the royal, if only because we couldn’t imagine keeping them as pristine as the Duchess did.
We’re personally loving Kate’s more casual looks recently, as it feels like a new shift in Kate Middleton’s style evolution. For instance, she brought the festive joy in a bright red tartan skirt to meet Santa Claus which we instantly fell in love with.
To our knowledge, Prince William didn’t crack any jokes about her outfit then but they were photographed looking super adorable as they were pelted with fake snow.
It has emerged however that also during their break up, Kate had a brief romance – and it is reported to have annoyed William more than most.
Why? Because it was with one of William’s Eton school friends, shipping heir Henry Ropner.
It gets even more dramatic as Harper’s Bazaar Australia reported that William once dated Ropner’s ex back in the day.
‘We were both very young,’ Prince William explained of the split in their 2010 engagement video interview. ‘It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.’
He continued: ‘It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.’
Kate certainly seemed to agree, explaining, ‘I think at the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.’