Kate Middleton’s 41 best fashion looks since becoming a royal: from a backwards Gucci blouse, sparkly Jimmy Choo heels and Kate Spade florals to the time she went full Disney princess in Diana’s tiara

Hip hip hooray for Kate Middleton’s ever-stylish fashion looks as the Princess of Wales turned 41. Photos: Getty
Kate Middleton turned 41 on January 9, and her style remains as on point as ever. Whether she’s rocking a signature Erdem dress, or an accessory by wedding day favourite Alexander Queen, royal fashion followers continue to keep an eye on her public appearances to see what she’ll wear next.

To celebrate the Princess of Wales’ recent birthday, here are 41 of her best looks …

1. The blue Issa wrap engagement dress

Prince William and his then fiancée Kate Middleton at a photocall after announcing their engagement at St James Palace, in 2010. Photo: AP

In 2010, Middleton wore a blue dress to match the sapphire engagement ring Prince William proposed with. The bride-to-be wore a blue Issa wrap dress after announcing her engagement in 2010. The dress was so popular that it sold out within 24 hours.

2. Her Grace Kelly-inspired wedding gown

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for her London wedding to Prince William in custom-made Alexander McQueen overseen by Sarah Burton. Photo: AFP

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 US$332,000.

3. Red-carpet Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton opted for one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen, at an event organised by the BAFTAs in 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Getty Images

She was the epitome of elegance at a BAFTAs reception in California in 2011 when she opted for Alexander McQueen again – this time a lilac gown with a silver belt.

4. Gothic beautiful in Temperley London

Kate Middleton in black lace Temperley London at the War Horse UK film premiere in 2012, in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton showed off a darker side in this lace gown at the UK premiere of War Horse. She arrived at the red carpet in a black lace Temperley London gown that featured a cream-coloured lining.

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5. Floor-length Roland Mouret

Kate Middleton arrives for a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridges in May 2012, in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton looked regal in a floor-length white Roland Mouret gown for a dinner in London in 2012. The princess paired it with silver Jimmy Choo sandals.

6. Stepping out in an olive green high street coat

Kate Middleton wore an olive-green Reiss coat at a football event. Photo: AMA/Corbis via Getty Images

The then-duchess of Cambridge looked cosy in Reiss at a football launch event. Middleton paired the olive-green coat with a statement crocodile belt, black trousers and matching boots.

7. Sheer polka dots by Indian designer Saloni


Middleton wore a daring, semi-sheer dress to attend a reception ahead of her royal tour to India and Bhutan. She 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 her dress for a more modest look, per Us Weekly.

8. Bright and breezy in Kate Spade florals

Kate Middleton wears Kate Spade at the London Eye in October 2016, in London, England. Photo: WireImage

It’s no secret that Middleton loves to wear florals. She arrived at a World Mental Health Day event in London in 2016 wearing a pink Kate Spade dress with purple flowers printed throughout. She kept the look simple with a pair of nude pumps.

9. Tweed Erdem chic


Middleton had a fabulous tweed moment while visiting the National Football Museum. She wore a tweed pink-and-blue Erdem coat with navy suede heels to match.

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10. Princess Diana’s Lover’s Knot tiara

Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for the cameras at Buckingham Palace in December 2016. Photo: WPA/Getty Images
Middleton wore Princess Diana’s favourite Lover’s Knot tiara for a reception at Buckingham Palace. The tiara was originally given to Princess Diana as a wedding present from the queen, and it has been worn by Middleton on multiple occasions since.

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

11. Green Temperley London lace

Kate Middleton wears a lace Temperley London gown to the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery in March 2017, in London, England. Photo: Indigo/Getty Images

Middleton turned to her go-to colour for the 2017 Portrait Gala. The then-duchess arrived in a green, long-sleeved Temperley London gown, which she dressed up with gold accessories.

12. Regal in a red Marchesa

Kate Middleton attends the opening night of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal in April 2017, in London, England. Photo: Indigo/Getty Images

She went back to red for the opening night of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, wearing a bright-red Marchesa Notte dress that featured a textured geometric pattern. She accessorised her look with matching tassel earrings and suede pumps.

13. Her sparkling-blue Cinderella moment

Kate Middleton sparkles at London’s Palladium Theatre in November 2017. Photo: WireImage

Middleton looked like Cinderella in a sparkling-blue gown at the Royal Variety Performance in 2017. She wore an ultra-delicate baby-blue Jenny Packham gown for the event. She offset the blue of her dress with sparkly silver heels.

14. Nailing maternity style in blue velvet

Kate Middleton during her royal visit to Sweden, in January 2018. Photo: WireImage

The Princess of Wales wore a soft velvet dress during a royal visit to Sweden when she was several months pregnant with the couple’s third child, Louis. Her velvet Erdem midi dress featured a stunning floral pattern. She paired the bold dress with a simple pair of black pumps.

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15. Perfect in a plaid Erdem number

Kate Middleton attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre in October 2018, in London, England. Photo: Indigo/Getty Images

Middleton wore a plaid dress after returning from royal maternity leave in 2018. The then-duchess paired the plaid dress by Erdem with maroon heels and a boxy clutch. The accessories matched the red details of her dress perfectly.

16. Pretty in pink

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in 2018. Photo: Indigo/Getty Images
Middleton opted for a bold pop of colour at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. She stuck to one of her favourite designers, Alexander Queen, for the occasion, sporting a fuchsia-pink dress with a matching fascinator.

17. Seeing double

Kate Middleton in a Jenny Packham gown at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton loves to repeat outfits and this dress is no exception. The Princess of Wales recycled this teal Jenny Packham gown, which she first wore in 2012, for the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2018.

18. Disney princess 2.o

Kate Middleton greets guests at a reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in December 2018 in London. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

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 for the annual Diplomatic Corps reception.

19. Goddess in white

Kate Middleton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2019 in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Kate Middleton was the epitome of elegance in a one-shoulder gown at the 2019 BAFTAs. She wore an Alexander McQueen dress with a flowing skirt and white appliqué flowers, completing her look with a pair of Princess Diana’s earrings and sparkly silver Jimmy Choo pumps.

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20. Ethereal in rose-coloured Gucci

Kate Middleton, patron of 100 Women in Finance’s Philanthropic Initiatives, attends a Gala Dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in February 2019, in London, England. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

Middleton arrived at the 100 Women in Finance Gala in a rose-coloured Gucci gown, which she wore with a raspberry velvet clutch and pear-shaped earrings.

21. Elegant in mint-green Missoni

Kate Middleton visits the Empire Music Hall Belfast in February 2019, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: WireImage

Middleton shimmered in a mint-green party dress during a surprise visit to Northern Ireland in 2019. The royal paired the US$2,480 Missoni midi dress with nude suede heels and a pink clutch.

22. Her backwards Gucci blouse

Kate Middleton visits the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in March 2019, in London, England. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

Middleton made a statement in a purple blouse and flowing wide-leg trousers in 2019 when she visited a children’s centre in London. The US$1,300 blouse was by Gucci while the trousers were created by Jigsaw. She also carried a lilac crocodile-print Aspinal of London bag. Middleton even put her own spin on the purple blouse by wearing it backwards.

23. Full length floral

Kate Middleton attends the Portrait Gala at National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton recycled an Alexander McQueen look from 2017 for an appearance at a London gala. She wore the tiered Alexander McQueen dress with a black Prada clutch.

24. Channelling Princess Diana in a polka-dot dress

Kate Middleton, then Duchess of Cambridge, in her Alessandra Rich for a D-Day exhibition at Bletchley Park, England. Photo: Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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.

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25. Erdem for the Chelsea Flower Show

Middleton wore florals to the evening portion of the Chelsea Flower Show. The royal paired her flowery Erdem dress with US$190 wedges – despite reports that she and Meghan Markle were not allowed to wear the style of shoe in front of the queen.

26. Ruffling feathers

Kate Middleton and US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin arrive for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in June 2019, in London, England. Photo: WPA/Getty Images
Middleton wore a white cap-sleeve dress to a state banquet with former President Donald Trump in 2019. She turned to her trusted designer, Alexander McQueen, for her look: a ruffled dress which she paired with the Lover’s Knot tiara and the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings.

27. Those sparkly Jimmy Choos

Kate Middleton at the first gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week in London. Photo: WireImage

Middleton recycled an off-the-shoulder dress for Action on Addiction’s gala dinner in 2019. She first wore the fitted white Barbara Casasola dress in 2016, but this time she paired it with sparkly silver-and-blue Jimmy Choo heels.

28. Off to the races in powder-blue Elie Saab

Kate Middleton attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in June 2019, in Ascot, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton wore a head-to-toe blue ensemble for Royal Ascot. She arrived in a textured, powder blue Elie Saab dress with sheer sleeves.

29. Another classic teal look

Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the Aga Khan Centre in October 2019, in London, England. The visit was ahead of their royal tour to Pakistan. Photo: WireImage

Middleton looked fabulous in a simple teal dress for a visit to the Aga Khan Centre in London. The royal paired her teal A Ross Girl dress with forest-green suede pumps and a matching clutch.

30. The Catherine Walker shalwar kameez

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton arrive at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in October 2019. Photo Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In 2019, Middleton arrived in Pakistan for a royal tour wearing a traditional outfit. She wore an ombré shalwar kameez designed by Catherine Walker, which she paired with a Zeen clutch.

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31. Sparkling emerald

Kate Middleton at a special reception hosted at the Pakistan National Monument in October 2019, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: WireImage

During the same trip, the then duchess arrived at an evening reception in Pakistan in a gorgeous, sparkling green dress designed by – who else? Jenny Packham, of course.

32. Back to black (lace)

Kate Middleton departs after attending the Royal Variety Performance with Prince William at the London Palladium in November 2019, in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton went back to wearing black for the Royal Variety Performance in London. She arrived at the London Palladium wearing a black, floor-length lace gown by Alexander McQueen.

33. Royal jewellery pairings

Kate Middleton talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in December 2019, in London, England. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

For yet another evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, Middleton wore a stunning Alexander McQueen gown with the Lover’s Knot tiara and a necklace that belonged to the queen too.

34. Medieval McQueen

Kate Middleton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall in 2020, in London, England. Photo: WireImage

Middleton attended the 2020 BAFTAs in an Alexander McQueen look she previously wore in 2012. The event invited guests to “dress sustainably”, which lent itself perfectly to Middleton’s fondness for rewearing outfits.

35. On-brand in Ireland

Kate Middleton arrives for a meeting with the President of Ireland in March 2020, in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: WireImage

For her first engagement during her 2020 royal tour of Ireland, Middleton opted for a festive green printed midi dress. The royal paired the bold look with emerald-green pumps, a matching headband and a simple green clutch.

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36. Her My Fair Lady look


Middleton looked like a modern-day version of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady at last year’s Royal Ascot. The royal kept her look simple, feminine and chic with a black-and-white high-neck dress covered in polka dots. She paired the dress with neutral camel-coloured heels and a festive floral hat.

37. Pink champagne

Kate Middleton holds a drink during a special reception in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, hosted by the Governor General of Belize. Photo: Reuters

Middleton wore a sparkling pink dress with feminine butterfly sleeves to a dinner reception at the Mayan ruins during her 2022 tour of Belize. Designed by the brand The Vampire’s Wife, the dress reportedly retails for around US$3,000. She paired the look with dangly earrings and a black-and-white clutch.

38. Off-the-shoulder glamour

Kate Middleton at a dinner hosted by Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica, in March 2022. Photo: Getty Images

Middleton attended a 2o22 event in Jamaica wearing an emerald off-the-shoulder gown with tulle detailing that paid homage to the colours of the Jamaican flag. In addition to wearing an official insignia and family badge pinned to her gown, she wore heirloom jewels loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth, People reported.

39. That timeless white lace shift and fascinator


Middleton wore a white lacy Alexander McQueen dress and matching fascinator to attend an inaugural military parade on her last day in Jamaica. She paired the look with simple white heels and a pearl bracelet.

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40. Satin and pearls

Catherine, then Duchess of Cambridge, at a reception hosted by the Governor-General of the Bahamas. Photo: Getty Images

Middleton seemed to channel Cinderella again when she was spotted at a reception in the Bahamas wearing a pastel-blue satin ball gown. The princess paired the eye-catching gown with a Van Cleef & Arpels mother-of-pearl earring-and-necklace set that she previously wore in 2020.

41. Championing British Canadian fashion in her favourite colour

The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton in Edeline Lee. Photo: @life.of.future.queen/Instagram

Middleton arrived at an event hosted by the British Fashion Council wearing a green belted dress with bow-accented sleeves. To present The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, the royal wore an elegant green dress made by British-Canadian fashion designer Edeline Lee. She matched the dress’ gold belt to her earrings and finished the look with her go-to shoe style, pointed suede pumps.

This article originally appeared on Insider.
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  • As Kate Middleton turns 41, it’s clear Prince William’s wife knows what she likes when it comes to fashion, with Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Jenny Packham as her go-to brands
  • She’s a master at accessorising too, adding Jimmy Choo heels, Prada clutches, Van Cleef & Arpels necklaces and jewellery handed down by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana to complete her looks