Princess Eugenie has announced she is expecting a baby with husband Jack Brooksbank.
The couple married in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and this is their first child. Buckingham Palace said in a statement, “The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.”
Eugenie is due to give birth in early 2021, and whether she’s able to go out on royal visits or she’s posting at-home pictures on Instagram, we’re hoping for plenty of maternity fashion moments. If she was looking for pregnancy style inspiration, she could learn lots from the royals who have given birth before her.
You Can Never Go Wrong With a Good Coat
Throughout all three of her pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge was the indisputable queen of coats and coat dresses. She realized how this comfortable style is perfect for formal daytime events, and styled her coats either as a dress or unbuttoned to make room for her bump.
Kate very well could have gained her inspiration from royals who have come before: the Queen was also a fan of making her coat the star of the show, as seen here during a 1963 visit to the Royal Academy in London when she was expecting Prince Edward.
The Princess of Wales also regularly wore coats during her pregnancies – here seen in a pink coat dress and matching hat in 1982 when she was pregnant with Prince William.
In normal years, royals are expected to attend formal events throughout their pregnancies. For many, the best and most stylish way to accommodate their changing body is an empire-waist dress; it’s a sleek and elegant look, with room for a bump. And it doesn’t rule out daring fashion choices – such as in 1982 when Princess Diana wore a red Victorian-meets-pirate evening gown with an empire-line waist.
Don't Be Afraid to Take Risks
Maternity style doesn’t mean you have to suddenly switch up your style to be boring and demure. When pregnant with Prince Harry in 1984, Diana surprised everyone by wearing a monochrome tuxedo complete with a bow tie.
Perhaps inspired by Diana, for the 2019 Endeavor Fund Awards Meghan, Duchess of Sussex moved away from the classic formal gown and wore something a bit more modern – a crisp white shirt with a long black skirt.
Meghan also knew how to experiment with colors during her pregnancy – during a 2019 visit to Birkenhead, she chose the unexpected combination of purple and red with an Aritzia dress and a Sentaler coat.
Not Everything Has to be Loose
There’s an odd misconception in maternity wear that everything has to be loose and flowing. While loose outfits certainly have a time and a place, tight clothes can still be comfortable and stylish. Meghan’s maternity dressing showed this perfectly – such as this navy sequined dress by Roland Mouret or the all-white ensemble, custom-made by Calvin Klein.
Yes, You Can Wear Patterns
Another pregnancy myth the royals have busted time and time again is all about patterns. Sure, your body is changing and getting bigger, but you can still have fun with your fashion – it needn’t be all drab monochromes. Princess Diana’s blue, pink, and white outfit is a perfect example of this – as well as being oh-so Eighties.
For a more modern take on pregnancy patterns, Meghan wore a blue Carolina Herrera dress during the royal trip to Morocco in 2019.