Royals Kate Middleton's 'Flag' Dresses! See How She Honors Nations with Her Wardrobe Each of the Duchess of Cambridge's outfits is carefully chosen — but did you realize that many of her international selections have a deeper meaning behind them? By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Updated on March 21, 2022 11:15 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 17 Kate Middleton. Karwai Tang/WireImage When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Belize, Kate took a cue from her host country's flag by wearing a blue lace Jenny Packham skirt suit and a matching clutch. 02 of 17 Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/WireImage During a visit to Denmark in February 2022, Kate made sure to honor her host country by sporting a red blazer with a white shirt, coordinating with the colors of Denmark's flag. 03 of 17 Prince William and Kate Middleton in Edinburgh. Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Kate always uses her tour wardrobe to give a diplomatic nod to her host country. In Scotland in 2021, that meant one thing: tartan. 04 of 17 Samir Hussein/WireImage During a visit to Ireland in 2020, Kate sported a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire's Wife in a nod to her host country's signature color. She accessorized with a clutch and velvet heels. 05 of 17 Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/WireImage In 2019, Kate glittered in a sparkling deep emerald column gown by Jenny Packham in a nod to Pakistan's green flag and earrings by Onitaa, sourced from Pakistan. 06 of 17 GERMANY Kate Middleton . Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage For a garden party for the Queen's birthday in Berlin in 2017, Kate wore a red off-the-shoulder dress — one of the colors of the German flag. 07 of 17 GERMANY Thomas Niedermueller/Getty And the next day, she wore a yellow dress, representing another color of the German flag. 08 of 17 POLAND Karwai Tang/WireImage Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen outfit upon arriving in Warsaw for her official visit to Poland in 2017. But it was the accessories — a ruby necklace, pair of earrings and ring, as well as a red clutch — that paid homage to Poland's red and white flag. 09 of 17 POLAND Zak Hussein/Splash News And that wasn't the only outfit in her suitcase with a Polish connection. That night, she wore a black and white dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska to a garden party in honor of the Queen's birthday. 10 of 17 CHINA INF The intention behind Princess Kate's choice of a red Jenny Packham dress for her first-ever state banquet in 2015 was clear: To honor the banquet's guests of honor, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Pang Liyuan, with the color of the Chinese flag – and considered a lucky color in the country. 11 of 17 AUSTRALIA AFP/Getty Instead of sporting Australia's traditional colors, Kate went the athletic route, landing in Sydney in 2014 in bright yellow, practically gold – the traditional color of Australia's national sports teams. 12 of 17 NEW ZEALAND Getty Rather than dressing in the colors of New Zealand's flag in 2014, Kate wore this chic black dress, embellished with a design featuring the silver fern – a national emblem of New Zealand. 13 of 17 MALAYSIA Mark Large/Getty This one is a subtle nod: While in Malaysia on 2012's Diamond Jubilee tour, Kate wore a white-and-gold dress to an official dinner with the Malaysian Sultan. Gold features prominently in the Malaysian flag. 14 of 17 SINGAPORE Getty In this white-and-purple dress she wore in 2012, Kate shows a sign of respect for the orchid, Singapore's national flower. 15 of 17 DENMARK Sipa During a visit to Denmark in 2011, Kate wore a deep red coat from one of her go-to designers, LK Bennett – perhaps to honor the red-and-white Danish flag? 16 of 17 CANADA Splash News Online Kate started off her North American tour in 2011 with one of her most creative nods to a nation: An ensemble in the country's colors of red and white, topped off with a maple leaf fascinator. 17 of 17 CANADA Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Later on during their visit, Kate wore another Canadian-inspired outfit. This time, it was a matching red coat-and-dress set with a sparkling maple leaf brooch.