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Sure, Kate’s ever-present wavy blowout is a stunner (and appropriate for all occasions). But this elegant side-swept updo for the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner in N.Y.C. perfectly complements her gorgeous emerald earrings and her favorite Jenny Packham gown.
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Black lace dresses are the Princess’s trusty go-to’s, and seeing as how flawless she looked in this Diane von Furstenberg gown at the Royal Variety Performance in London (especially with a hint of a baby bump), we can see why.
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Kate brightens (or you know, ignites) the carpet in a dazzling Jenny Packham gown at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London.
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QUEEN OF THE LBD
So she may not be Queen of England yet, but Kate always gives her LBD a “royal” upgrade. At the SportsAid dinner in London, her black Temperley London dress shows some pops of white under its lace overlay. Plus, a pop of color (fire engine-red Alexander McQueen clutch) is always a welcome touch.
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What better way to show off a lace shoulder cutout than with a chignon mimicking the design? Kate tops her low bun with sleek, shiny loops at a stop on the Royal Tour Down Under.
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The lets her gray-and-white plaid A-line dress take center stage at a pre-Olympics event in London.
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BEAT THE HEAT
Earlier on her royal tour of Asia, the said she was afraid her hair might poof up, but at a stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she clearly has nothing to worry about: Kate wears a low twisted chignon without a hint of frizz or a single piece out of place.
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PRETTY IN PLEATS
may have worn it first, but 90 percent of StyleWatchers say the Duchess wore it best! Kate paired her red Alexander McQueen creation with a matching floral hat and, you guessed it, her nude pumps for a Diamond Jubilee celebration.
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Kate revealed her (slightly) racier side in a head-turning teal lace Jenny Packham gown with a crystal-embellished waistband, plus a coordinating clutch, strappy metallic sandals and sparkling drop earrings.
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CREAM OF THE CROP
She went to great lengths in an off-white Roland Mouret dress that people are still buzzing about (that sexy slit!). We especially love her sequin clutch, which is classic yet still youthful, thanks to the stripes.
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HOT AROUND THE COLLAR
Jumping on the peplum bandwagon, Kate wore a chic pale blue Matthew Williamson sheath with a jeweled collar and cuffs to the London premiere of African Cats.
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SHADES OF GRAY
The austere hue is all business, but the floral appliqués and feminine knife pleats add a little fun to her Orla Kiely 3⁄4-sleeve dress and basic black pumps, worn to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
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Someone’s clearly taking cues from the always impeccably dressed Queen Elizabeth II. The Duchess joins her at London’s St. Pancras Station wearing a fashion-forward origami-pleat forest green skirt suit, a jaunty beret and black pumps.
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LOVELY IN LACE
Continuing to show support for British designers, Kate wore a delicate, lacy Temperley London gown with a V-neck and long sleeves, plus sparkling jewels, to the War Horse London premiere.
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Though the Duchess rarely goes strapless, preferring to show off her legs instead of her décolletage, she chose a sweetheart-neckline black velvet Alexander McQueen gown, accented by jewels she’d received as a wedding gift, for London’s Sun Military Awards.
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A lace-print cream mini, cropped blazer and black tights were a simple yet perfectly pretty and appropriate choice for the Prince’s Trust concert in London.
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Reporting for duty in a military-inspired Alexander McQueen skirt and top, plus coordinating navy heels, the Duchess joined William for a surprise trip to the Summerfield Community Center in Birmingham, England.
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A LITTLE WAISTED
Looking regal in another Alexander McQueen – this one, a pleated lavender gown – and borrowed earrings from the Queen, Kate met Hollywood’s finest at the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala in Los Angeles.
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GET ON THE TRAIN
Fashioned out of French Chantilly lace, English Cluny lace and ivory and white satin gazar, the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen design Kate wore to become Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge featured a dramatic train and earned rave reviews.
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