Kate Middleton’s Stunning Style Transformation Fit for a Future Queen

Since joining the Royal Family in 2011, Kate Middleton has undergone a style transformation which has recently seen her become one of the most fashion-conscious and self-confident Royals since. Princess Diana.

From the sleek, understated style adopted as a bride-to-be, to the sophisticated, confident dressing that helped save a floundering royal tour, Kate has channeled her aesthetic eye – demonstrated by her passion for photography – into her own royal image. This was achieved with the help of longtime friend and stylist, Natasha Archer, who is married to one of the Royal Family’s favorite photographers, Chris Jackson.

Kate showed a keen understanding of the importance of controlling and disseminating, at her own pace, an image of royal life. Since the birth of her first child, Prince George, in 2013, Kate has taken and distributed her own photographs of the royal children, allowing her to control an aspect of royal life that previous generations could not.

Over the past decade, it looks like Kate has extended this process of careful consideration, precise execution and then controlled release to her wardrobe. The change was commented on by the fashion press and royal watchers who described Kate’s recent outfits as “cool girl” chic and “worthy of the most glamorous Bond girl”.

Kate Middleton transformed her period style as a new royal bride into a confident future queen in her own air of glamour. Left, pictured during a royal tour in Singapore on September 11, 2012 and, right, at the royal premiere of the new James Bond film at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, 2021.
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The change brings with it a new sense of confidence seen throughout the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s latest tour of the Caribbean. Although the tour was marred by protests, ill-conceived photo opportunities and online criticism via social media, Kate’s bold and purposeful wardrobe helped create an image that, as far as the family is concerned royal, everything was under control.

Kate’s surprisingly confident new image has been carried over from the tour to her first official engagement since it ended last week. Appearing at the service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday, Kate wore a monochrome polka dot dress by designer Alessandra Rich, complete with a large hat and pearls inherited from Princess Diana.

With a busy year of commitments ahead, including major national celebrations planned as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer, Kate will have plenty more opportunities to show her newfound confidence as the world looks to what she will wear.

The brands she relies on

Key to Kate’s royal style artistry is the amount she leans on her favorite designers.

Like Princess Diana and the Queen before her, the royals who create the most impact with their wardrobes build strong working relationships with a select few designers and brands.

In the early years of Kate’s marriage, Jenny Packham was a favorite for evening dresses with very simple lines, usually with lace details. For a time, she was away from Packham, regularly dating designer Erdem.

It now looks like Kate has returned to Packham with passion and the British designer has created many essential pieces that have contributed to Kate’s recent fashion renaissance. Packham is the designer of Kate’s ‘Bond girl glamour’ dress which she wore to the James Bond film’s royal premiere no time to die.

Packham also created a number of outfits that Kate took to the Caribbean. The first outfit on the tour was a blue Packham lace ensemble in the color of the Belizean flag.

Alexander McQueen is another brand that Kate has built a healthy relationship with for over ten years. This is the house that Kate ordered her wedding dress from and again, from a fairly conservative background, Kate has become more confident and daring with the styles she orders.

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Kate appeared in an emerald royal evening dress, left, by Jenny Packham at an evening reception during her recent visit to Jamaica on March 23, 2022. She wore a printed yellow midi dress by Alessandra Rich, right , as the final outfit of his Caribbean Tour on March 26, 2022.
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Perhaps one of the brands most closely associated with Kate is Catherine Walker & Co. Founded in the 1980s, the brand has become a favorite of the Duchess’s mother-in-law, Diana, Princess and Walker. becoming close friends. Now run by Walker’s husband, Said Cyrus, the brand is behind Kate’s famous collection of coat dresses.

Alessandra Rich is a designer who has come to the forefront of Kate’s fashion consciousness and whose vintage-inspired designs with bold modern touches especially help reinvigorate Kate’s style lately.

This UK-based brand is famous for its sleek 1980s-inspired looks using bold, modern patterns and prints. Kate has worn the brand for a number of years, but has only recently embraced more striking options. In the Bahamas, Kate wore a yellow midi dress as her closing outfit for the royal tour and it was a Rich dress she wore to Prince Philip’s memorial service.

The cost of looking this good

How much does a wardrobe cost to dress properly like a princess is always a hotly debated topic in times of royal tours. More recently, it has been estimated by the Daily mail that Kate’s Caribbean tour wardrobe cost around $45,000 spread over the seven-day trip.

Although many of her garments are bespoke and therefore impossible to assign an exact dollar amount – bearing in mind any royal discounts that may be applied – Women’s magazine estimated that in 2021, the Duchess wore new clothes worth $64,000. This was a reduced figure from previous years, largely due to coronavirus restrictions on royal travel.

The highest annual figure Kate reportedly spent on her wardrobe was $156,000 in 2017. But who pays for all that?

Kate’s work wardrobe is said to be paid for by Prince Charles out of an annual allowance he gives to Prince William of the Duchy of Cornwall. Cambridge staff and other discriminatory official costs are also believed to be paid from this allowance.

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Kate’s wardrobe has helped maintain a controlling image amid widespread criticism during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent Caribbean tour. Left, wearing a yellow ROKSANDA dress in Jamaica, March 22, 2022. Kate’s style was also reinforced at home, for example at an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in London on March 17, 2022, right, wearing a coat dress by Laura Green.
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A new era and a look to the future

Moving forward into a year filled with royal events, Kate has set a standard in her dress that signals bold and beautiful things to come.

The Duchess’ new aesthetic, which mixes the old style signature of classic British couture injected with fun retro references and bursts with unapologetic glamour, sets Kate on a journey to become one of fashion’s most enduring icons. of the royal family and a confident future queen.

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Moving forward into a year filled with royal events, Kate has set a standard in her dress that signals bold and beautiful things to come. Left, pictured at the James Bond premiere wearing Jenny Packham on September 28, 2021. Right, at the service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip on March 29, 2022.
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