Often, Kate Middleton is known for wearing modestly-colored outfits that don’t make her stand out too much. That was not the case at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This was a special occasion that every royal needed to show up at putting their best foot forward. To do this, Kate enlisted the trusty designer, Alexander McQueen, who is a favorite of hers.
To mark the occasion, Kate wore a bright red boat-neck, long-sleeved dress, and paired it with a matching hat. Her hair was up, which isn’t so usual for the Princess. She also held a red clutch purse, as well as a second, yellow tartan purse (for some reason).
Matthew Williamson Dress - April 2012
For the UK premiere of "African Cats" in aid of Tusk, the new Duchess of Cambridge wore an African-inspired gray dress with turquoise embellishments by Matthew Williamson. This event was just ahead of their first wedding anniversary, and it's fun to see how young the two looked here.
Before any baby princes and princesses arrived, and while Prince William still had all of his hair, the pair were attending events left, right, and center. This dress was the perfect blend of muted and modest, with a fun built-in accessory that prevented Kate from looking dull. The Spring number stayed a favorite of Kate's and resurfaced some years later.
Matthew Williamson Dress - November 2015
For the second rendition of Matthew Williamson's grey dress, Kate wore it to the Place2Be Headteacher Conference at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. Years wiser herself, Kate still loved this dress and felt it was the perfect fit for a teachers' conference. Like last time, Kate paired the outfit with a small black purse and also wore some dainty gold leaf earrings.
The peplum aspect of the dress was very 2012, but Kate made it work even when it wasn't so in style anymore. Kate was a patron of the charity and spoke about her experience and dedication to the betterment of children's mental health.
Alexander McQueen Dress - December 2015
Previously, this bold number was worn at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Three years later, Kate donned it again for a slightly less important (though equally fitting) occasion. Kate attended the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party in London, and a bright red dress definitely screamed "Christmas."
While anyone can get away with wearing loud clothing in the name of the holiday, Kate usually doesn't wear such bright colors. Still, you can't fault her — she kept everything else low-key and knew how to carry herself so that the dress didn't wear her. It's an impressive talent that she seems to naturally possess.
Project D Dress - September 2012
When Kate and William set off for their Jubilee Tour of the Far East in the year 2012, Kate needed a closet full of outfits to accompany her. One such outfit was a yellow Project D dress with eyelet cut-outs. The dress was the perfect summer frock, complete with a folded collar.
When Kate wore it at the departure ceremony at Honiara Airport in the Solomon Isles, she had her hair done in a royal updo and wore easy camel-colored wedged sandals. She also held a traditional ornate fan, which no doubt came in handy with the area's famous humidity.