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Kate Middleton Will Pack 15 Outfits, Hiking Boots for Her Upcoming Tour of India and Bhutan: “She’s In Charge of It Herself”

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If you obsessed over Kate Middleton's wardrobe when she toured Australia and New Zealand with Prince William and a baby Prince George, get excited—it's happening again! The couple is set to go to India and Bhutan for a six-day tour, jetting off on April 10, and royal insiders have provided some scoop on what the Duchess of Cambridge will be packing. She'll bring between 12 and 15 outfits, with two typically worn per day. While the actual act of packing might go to someone else, Kate is still very involved in what makes it into her suitcases.

"It's very much a process that she leads, though she does have some help from her staff when it comes to sourcing outfits. She is in charge of it herself and takes an interest in paying tribute to the host country with nods to their culture and local style on at least a few of the engagements," an insider told The Telegraph, referencing the way she's picked designers from the countries she visits. "The important factor on this tour is the heat, so that's an issue that plays a big part in the choice of outfits."


Kate in an Emilia Wickstead dress while arriving in New Zealand in April 2014; Wickstead is a British-based designer born in New Zealand

Kate, mind you, is not going into the adventure blind as we might when packing for vacation. A scouting group has made a "rehearsal trip," and the young mum's private secretary Rebecca Deacon took notes to help inform fashion decisions. Photographs were also taken of all the stops on the couple's itinerary to ensure selected outfits look good against the background where they'll be photographed. While the majority of her looks will likely be pretty dresses and heels (there's a formal reception and dinner celebrating Bollywood's best that sounds promising on the glamour front), we know a few sporty moments will be included. The Duke and Duchess are set to play with local children, watch a cricket match, and embark on a six-hour hike that's supposed to be strenuous—maybe she'll pack something from the label that provided her with athleisure togs for an event earlier this year.

We do know that the wardrobe cost will likely be sizable. For the three-week tour Down Under, estimates came in around $54,000, a pretty penny for the thrift store-loving royal.

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Come See Which Royal Is Being Criticized for Spending $200,000 on Purses

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The European media is suggesting that being voted best-dressed royal doesn't come cheap. Denmark's Princess Mary took the title last summer, beating out fashion plates like Kate Middleton and Queen Letizia, and it's currently turning into a rather contentious issue. A Danish publication is suggesting that the princess has purchased 59 bags in the past five years—including a croc Hermès Birkin thought to have costed $44,500—combining for a total collection worth $200,000.

Like most royals, Mary's standard look for official engagements and visits involves a small clutch, often understated and difficult to pin to a particular pricy designer. Conversely, her off-duty style is often anchored by a luxe piece (Ralph Lauren's classic Ricky, retailing for approximately $2,500, is a favorite).

Come See Which Royal Is Being Criticized for Spending $200,000 on Purses

Mary in Spain last summer with her Ricky

The fairytale part of being a princess (especially when you were born a commoner, as is the case with Australian Mary) feels like it should mean getting to buy all the bags and jewels you wish, but that's not necessarily so. When it comes to royals, the outfit-watching goes beyond being a casual sport that offers up outfit inspiration to us non-castle dwellers. Instead, the choices that are made can both speak to nationalistic pride or a budget-conscious attitude that doesn't let countrymen think the royal budget is being spent frivolously. It's why Kate Middleton's penchant for British designers and high-street brands has been received so positively (and why Queen Letizia had to deal with complaints that her style was too sexy for the wife of a king).

Melania Trump gets it too—insiders are saying she'll mostly be wearing American designers on the campaign trail should Donald win the Republican nomination.

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Come See Which Royal Is Being Criticized for Spending $200,000 on Purses

Kate Middleton Wows in All Blue at the RAF Air Cadets Anniversary Ceremony

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Kate Middleton has done it again! "It" being wearing a virtually flawless coat-and-fascinator ensemble, of course.

Kate Middleton Wows in All Blue at the RAF Air Cadets Anniversary Ceremony

The duchess stepped out for an event commemorating the RAF Air Cadets' 75th anniversary at St Clement Danes Church in London earlier today and looked as picture-perfect as ever in a trim baby blue coat, which she deftly paired with navy pumps and a dark blue fascinator. We know that Kate looks amazing in blue (or just about any color, if we're being honest), but the three shades in this ensemble are particularly eye-catching.

Her soft makeup worked to complement the look—but no word on if she was wearing that new Marc Jacobs lipstick named after Princess Charlotte.


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Kate Middleton Wows in All Blue at the RAF Air Cadets Anniversary Ceremony

Princess Sofia’s Maternity Red-Carpet Style Has Achieved Kate Middleton Levels of Chicness

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Sweden's Princess Sofia is expecting her first baby this spring and has mostly avoided the spotlight throughout the fall and winter, giving us little chance to check out how she's styling her growing baby bump. That changed yesterday when she attended the Swedish Sports Gala with husband Prince Carl Philip. She picked a collared, midnight blue silk gown by Greta with a wrap belt that was easily adjusted to accommodate her new curves. It was relatively affordable too, coming in around $585 at current conversion rates.

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Princess Sofia's Maternity Red-Carpet Style Has Achieved Kate Middleton Levels of Chicness

The elegant, flattering cut was on par with Kate Middleton's best maternity moments, the royal standard for pregnancy style. Off-duty though, we can't help but wonder if Sofia's picks have been leaning more toward the Kim Kardashian West school, stretchy skirts and all. The royal surprised the world this fall when she picked a camel-hued dress that looked directly inspired by the reality star (though, TBH, she's never actually worn the same dress as Kim —and Kate has).

We knew Princess Sofia would have a super-chic pregnancy. Don't forget: This was the royal who killed it at her first official appearance with four different outfits.

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Princess Sofia's Maternity Red-Carpet Style Has Achieved Kate Middleton Levels of Chicness

From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here’s What Royals Wear for the Holidays

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When being royal is your job, the holiday season doesn't mean a slow-down cruising into vacation time spent vegging out with family. Rather, December is busy, with festive visits to charities, meet-and-greets with the populace, and lots of formal Christmas parties. Because today's crop of princesses (and duchesses and countesses) is so impressively well-dressed, we're taking a second to study what they've been wearing to all of it. If you've still got holiday fun times on the calendar, your outfit inspiration has arrived.

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From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

Princess Charlene of Monaco took to the streets in a crazy chic cape and flat over-the-knee boots. She picked the outfit to hand out Christmas gifts to hundreds of the country's children, but we say the combo works for pretty much anything you've got coming up (from a cocktail party to an afternoon of errands—a chic outfit always improves the mundane).

From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

That most princess of wardrobe staples, the coatdress, makes an appearance on Sophie, Countess of Wessex. As daughter-in-law to the queen, Sophie's had years to perfect stylish, demure outfits like this one, and it's a style worth playing with. Smart coatdresses don't necessarily crowd the racks at your local mall, but you can capture the same tailored, retro-inspired shape with a full A-line dress nipped in at the waist.

From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

When Kate Middleton was the guest at a Christmas party hosted by a charity she supports, the Duchess went all-in, re-wearing a festive Alexander McQueen dress (psst—this is the same dress that Kim Kardashian West has worn!). The crisp pleating and notched peplum detail would look lovely in any shade, but we like the festive pick of holly berry-red.

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From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

The Swedish royals had a black-tie celebration to attend, and pregnant Princess Sofia picked a fluid Viktoria Chan dress (and her clutch is from H&M!). We love the pretty teal color, a nice twist on the more typical forest green you see popping up this time of year. And while her gown is made formal with family jewels and a glossy blow-out, a pick like this could work for a more casual family dinner if worn with flats, minimal accessories, and a topknot.

From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

Her sister-in-law Princess Madeleine went with a gown from Swedish designer Ida Sjosted that used a sheer, dotted overlay to add intrigue and a tiny dose of sex appeal. If you live in a chilly clime, pay attention to her choice of topper too: A fuzzy, waist-length coat is a reliable piece to pick if you need another layer but are dressed too formally to pull on a fleece or the black basic you wear into the office.

With a fresh year on the horizon, ready to be filled with more divine royal style, it's only fitting we take a look back. Come relive the best royal outfits of 2015, then vote on which was your favorite.










From Princess Sofia to Kate Middleton, Here's What Royals Wear for the Holidays

From Kate Middleton’s Tiaras to Queen Letizia’s Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015

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Royal-wise, it was a big year. We had new babies, new princesses, and all the fabulous outfits that surround those events. And while the lure of a jaw-dropping ballgown and diamond tiara is hard to resist, there were some more casual moments that caught our attention too, whether it was Princess Victoria showing flawless maternity style or a certain Spanish queen bringing fairytale shoes into the real world. See which outfits and accessories topped our list of favorites before voting at the end.

1. Princess Mary's New Year's Day outfit
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
The Danish princess started off 2015 right, wearing a dreamy outfit to a formal dinner at the palace. The belted white gown would have been super simple on its own, but the heavy-weight jewelry makes it (not to mention the dramatic velvet cape).

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2. Queen Letizia's clear Magrit heels
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
The Spanish brand sells their Cinderella-inspired mules for around $300, and the Queen loves 'em, sporting the pair to an official event with her husband and daughters. She wore them again a week later to a palace reception.

3. Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress, worn to Princess Charlotte's christening
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
By now the world knows the Duchess of Cambridge can rock a chic christening look like nobody's business. Kate's cream McQueen suit (and Jane Taylor hat) matched Charlotte's cascading robe in the same manner as her earlier McQueen look did when it was George's big day.

4. Prince George's mini-me William outfits
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
Princess Charlotte hasn't had enough outings to land her on our list (yet), but big brother George most certainly has. Of his many stylish moments this year—one of which caused kiddie Crocs to sell-out—the best might be the retro-inspired outfits he's been wearing, nearly identical at times to ones dad Prince William wore as a little guy.

5. Princess Sofia's Zuhair Murad gown, worn the day before her wedding
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
Before she officially became a princess, Sofia Hellqvist proved she had the whole fairytale fashion thing down. For a formal lunch preceding her summer nuptials, the now-princess picked Zuhair Murad with a splash of crystals across the front and a sash that flowed in the wind. Dreamy.

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6. Princess Deena's fashion week wardrobe
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
This royal owns her own boutique, making New York Fashion Week a work trip. She dresses to impress and routinely catches the eyes of street style photographers, making it a no-brainer to anoint her with the title of best-dressed royal at NYFW. There were strong moments throughout the entire week, but this electric blue Rosie Assoulin number was our favorite.

7. Queen Maxima's culottes
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
The Netherlands' Queen Maxima is a fashion plate we love keeping tabs on (she's so impeccably turned out, we've yet to see the woman wear a pair of jeans!). The year was filled with chic moments for her, but there's one that deserves extra attention: Yes, that's a pair of satiny slick culottes, worn with a bold floral top to a children's concert. Love.

8. Princess Victoria's maternity style (especially this pillbox hat look)
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
Currently expecting her second child, Princess Victoria's pregnancy style has been pretty flawless. It was a close tie between this inky purple-blue dress and the under-$100 ASOS dress she had shortened, but we're most besotted with this polished pick due to the finishing touch. How Jackie Kennedy is that pillbox hat?

9. Princess Mette-Marit's boho-chic dress, worn to Beatrice Borromeo's wedding
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
Of all the royal families in attendance at Beatrice Borromeo's summer wedding to Pierre Casiraghi, it was Norway's princess who impressed us the most. Her dress was delicate, floaty, and ultra-romantic—and instead of a high-wattage tiara, she went with a sweet crown of blush roses.

10. Kate Middleton's custom Jenny Packham, worn to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace
From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015
Even though the first thing to steal our attention about Kate's appearance at October's state banquet was her tiara (as a rule, she doesn't like to wear them very often), we were quickly distracted by the poppy-red Jenny Packham gown she picked. The full, flowing skirt was perfect for a princess, and we loved the bold color on her.

What was the best royal style moment of 2015?

One of Kate Middleton's other lovely Jenny Packham gowns earned her a nomination on our list of the very best red-carpet dresses of 2015—come see all the options and vote for your favorite!










From Kate Middleton's Tiaras to Queen Letizia's Amazing Shoes, The Best Royals Style Moments of 2015

Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton’s Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

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Ever since her sublimely stunning wedding dress, Kate Middleton's name has been associated with Alexander McQueen. The Duchess of Cambridge wears the house frequently (including for both of her little ones' christenings), but one silhouette stands out from the pack: the always classy, perfectly tailored coatdress. With a neat tailored look that adds instant formality, it's today's version of a skirt suit for modern royals—and a new princess just added it to her closet!

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Norway's Princess Mette-Marit seemed to take a lot of inspiration from Kate, wearing a crisp white Alexander McQueen dress that could have been plucked straight from the closets at apartment 1A. It fits her like a dream, with a skinny belt acting as an elegant accessory that defines her figure. The all-black accessories are also a major British royal styling trick.

Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton's Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

The Norwegian royal chose the look for this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, keeping things regal for the occasion with a thick headband that mimics a tiara. Notice the peaked shoulders of her jacket, creating a strong shape in the same way shoulder pads did in the '80s? It's a total McQueen signature.

Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton's Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

Mette-Marit's white style reminded us of Kate for not only her christening dresses (both cream to match the robe George and Charlotte wore), but also for the bold peplum style she picked for the Order of the Garter ceremony in 2012. Beside her and also rocking the coatdress is Sophie, Countess of Wessex, a Queen Elizabeth confidante who's been quite open about how fashion fits into the royal lifestyle.

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Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton's Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

For an official engagement last fall it was another McQueen number for Kate, and the basic cut of this one is a lot like the style we just saw in Norway. It's a perfect example of why the style is such a no-brainer for professional and formal occasions: Kate could be wearing a basic dress or outfit underneath it, but the flared skirt and nipped waist are so similar to a classic dress that it doesn't feel off at all when the piece is left buttoned throughout an entire ceremony.

Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton's Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

Coatdresses vary in weight and coverage too, with Kate's lighter favorites appearing as a basic dress at first glance. Conversely, the Duchess has also worn thicker pieces as actual coats. Remember this cornflower blue beauty? You can clearly see she's got an actual dress on underneath.

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Copy-Kate! Another Princess Just Tried Kate Middleton's Go-To Alexander McQueen Silhouette

Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.

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The worldwide fascination with royal style is at an all-time high. Time and again, we see Duchess Kate's latest dresses sell out in minutes, while Queen Letitia has become a household name, landing on numerous international best-dressed lists. But it's not all tiaras and diadem regalia. What's cool about today's royal style is that they're wearing real, chic, everyday clothes we ourselves could see ourselves wearing over and over again (with the occasional tiara peppered in, sure). Now, Goat, one of the royal go-to for chic dresses and daywear is coming to the U.S. The fabulously understated U.K. label favored by everyone from royals (ahem, Kate Middleton and Samantha Cameron) to Victoria Beckham to Sienna Miller and Lana del Rey.

"We've been dressing the great and the good very quietly and very discreetly for many years. Celebrities wear it on their own time, they aren’t borrowing it," says founder and creative director Jane Lewis. "It's been the best kept secret for many years, and now we're letting Americans in on it." Previously available to stateside fans online only, Goat is expanding its American presence and is now available in stores at Saks.

Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.
Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.
Kate Middleton wearing pieces from Goat here and above.

At the core of each collection are "hero pieces," as Lewis calls them, which are "classics that have established themselves to withstand the test of time." [Fittingly, the name Goat is a tribute to where cashmere comes from.] Lewis mentioned their "Lola" dress, a versatile tunic style you could imagine falling back on every time you don't know what to wear to work...or a party. "I road tested the first sample we made in apple green, and I still wear it now. Even though we've made thousands of them and I have it in many colors, I still love that first dress hot off the press."

Royals aside, Lewis herself just might be the best ambassador for Goat. She showed up to our appointment looking confident and comfortablein a chartreuse silk tie-neck blouse, her faithful gold hoops, and ultra-slimming, leg-lengthening flares in deep forest green. The day before, Lewis was rocking one of her tailored boiler room suits during sales appointments, and was happy to report “every single buyer bought one for herself. Do you know why they want it? It’s the tiniest details.”

Everything is reasonably priced, especially considering these are the kind of go-to items you wear repeatedly—the first thing you pull out of your dry cleaning when you get it back. “People always say, ‘Oh, I’m designing clothes for women,’ but I really feel we do because we’re a company of women making clothes for women,” says Lewis.

As for her take on style in the U.S. vs the UK? “I think Americans are very polished and there’s a strong work ethic here, and that sense of work hard, play hard, pounding the streets that’s very practical in a way,” says Lewis. “In London it’s more about street style and possibly more experimental, but it depends on where you’re working. Everywhere you go, I think you can be stylish and powerful and use your clothes as a tool and a comfort.”

The collection is available at the brand's site, GoatFashion.com and Saks Fifth Avenue. And while prices average at about $650 for a dress, it's an investment worth considering, seeing the gorgeous quality and classic silhouettes, allowing for lots of re-wear. Here's a look at some of our favorite new pieces:


Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.



Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.


Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.
Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.


Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.










Goat, The Dress Brand British Royals Swear By Is Now Available in the U.S.

Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

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Kate Middleton just capped off a busy style week with another look ready to be dissected, and this one shook things up! Instead of her typical coat dress, pumps, and tights—all princess fashion essentials—the Duchess picked a modified shawl-collar coat by Reiss and knee-high boots. The kicker? As a rule, she almost always wears stockings, pairing them with both heels and ankle boots, but this time's different. In lieu of hosiery, she appears to have a pair of leggings tucked into those high boots!

Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

You can see a closer look at her leggings-and-boots combo in this sweet snap of her bending down to talk to youngsters awaiting her and the prince's arrival. Kate and William were in North Wales visiting a center that caters to homeless youth, sitting down for a meal and chat with older teens later (where Kate left her coat buttoned up, not revealing anything extra about what she was wearing).

MORE: A Palace Insider on Why Royals Wear the Same Shoes and Bags All the Time

Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

Eagle-eyed Kate fans might realize this isn't the first time she's rocked the topper either. For a day spent at Britain's National Football Centre in the fall of 2012, she wore the same coat, though a wide embossed belt made the silhouette a bit more dramatic. She's wearing a similar pair of suede boots too, though with tights, not leggings.

Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

This is the third look we've seen Kate out in this week. She started off the week in a sapphire blue silk Saloni dress before pulling a style repeat on Wednesday. She'd initially worn the gray Matthew Williamson pick, accented with jewels at the neck and sleeves, to an event in 2012—she even chose the same accessories!

Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

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Kate Middleton Wears Knee-High Boots and Leggings

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London’s Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress

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In terms of princess style, Kate Middleton really knows what works for her—which is probably why we’re consistently enamored with the sweeping Jenny Packham gowns, trim dress coats and airy midis she so often steps out in. We feel no different about the look we spotted the duchess in this weekend: Middleton donned a black-lace Dolce & Gabbana dress to the Festival of Remembrance on Nov. 7 in London, a frock featuring a sheer illusion neckline, lacy sleeves and a hem that, true to Kate form, fell just above her knee.

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress

The look is a signature for the royal, and it’s a no-brainer that she would return to this simple, sexy LBD style time and time again. (Seriously, it's a staple.)

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress

During her highly anticipated visit to New York City last December, Kate (accompanied by husband Prince William) arrived at a dinner for the Royal Foundation sporting a fit-and-flare Beulah London dress replete with sexy sheer lace overlay.

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress

Middleton has worn other incarnations of the lacy LBD too—notably in November 2014, when she took to the Royal Variety Performance in London wearing a floor-grazing Diane von Furstenberg gown featuring (you know it) three-quarter length lace sleeves. In December 2013, she slipped on a lighter version of the look by Alice Temperley for the Natural History Museum Alive 3D premiere in London.

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress

And sometimes the duchess opts for a sheer-sleeve look, sans lace—and makes that pretty incredible, too. We’re partial to the belted peplum Hobbs blouse she wore with a navy Jenny Packham skirt to Place2Be's Wellbeing in Schools Awards at The Queen's Gallery in Kensington Palace last November.

Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress









Kate Middleton Looks More Perfect Than Ever at London's Festival of Remembrance in a Lacy Little Black Dress