The royal rarely wears prints – but when she does, it's a reason to celebrate

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated March 10, 2016 02:10 PM
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Princess Kate has a three-prong style for most of her public events: 1) knee-length dress; 2) sensible heels; 3) the perfect haircut and blow dry.

So when she opts to break out a patterned print, it requires closer examination.

On Thursday, Kate wore a new-to-us black dress featuring a white swallow print from Jonathan Saunders’ diffusion line for U.K. department store Debenhams, Jonathan Saunders/EDITION. The frock originally cost a little more than $85 in 2012. (Sadly, it’s no longer available for purchase.)

This is not the first time that Kate, 34, has worn an item by the Scottish designer. In September 2012, Kate wore a brightly patterned green-and-blue frock from the designer’s ready-to-wear line when she visited the Solomon Islands alongside Prince William.

This is also not the first time that we’ve seen Kate in a bird print – the princess wore a very similar black-and-white look (this time by her go-to dress brand, Issa) when she toured Canada with William in June 2011.

Keep reading to see more of Kate’s best moments in prints!

Kate wore a blue and white Diane von Furstenberg dress when she visited Echo Point with William during their official tour or Australia in April 2014.

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The polka princess! In April 2013 – when she was still pregnant with Prince George – the royal wore a Topshop polka dot dress when she visited Warner Bros. studios in London.

Again while pregnant with George in April 2013, Kate wore a silk printed Erdem dress to visit a primary school in Manchester, England.

In July 2012, the princess wore a light printed summer dress from Hobbs when she stopped by Bacon’s College in London.

Kate wore another fast fashion favorite – Zara – when she attended friends Sam Waley-Cohen and Annabel Ballin’s wedding in Lambourn, England, in June 2011.