After nearly a decade in the public, Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge – known affectionately as “Kate” – feels as familiar as family. We’ve watched her through three pregnancies, dozens of high-profile events, royal weddings, the red carpet at the annual BAFTAs, and more trips abroad than we can count. Through it all, her smile and approachable personality have made her one royal we love to watch, especially when it comes to what she wears. By now, we know her aesthetic so well that we could practically be her stylist.
She prefers British brands like Alexander McQueen and Erdem, occasionally mixing it up with high-street picks from Topshop or H&M. There isn’t a fitted, knee-length coat she doesn’t look great in and, when she isn’t wearing her signature fit-and-flare silhouette, she opts for a fitted sheath. When solid colors are in order – as royal codes often dictate – she opts for head-to-toe jewel tones or sophisticated neutrals. Tweed fabrics and tartan checks are a constant part of her wardrobe, with floral prints often making an appearance as well.
When she’s dressed to impress, she always looks chic in elegant but unfussy gowns, and rarely ever indulges in embellished surfaces – the only time she ever gets elaborate with her look is when she reaches for a Philip Treacy head fastener. The duchess is always at her best when she’s channeling Princess Diana or paying homage to her through what she wears. As one of the world’s most well-known women, today’s birthday girl is constantly under scrutiny, but we have yet to see her make a major style gaffe – as illustrated by this gallery of her best looks over the years.