The Best Royal Style Moments of 2021

From Queen Elizabeth's bright colors to Kate Middleton's habit of "shopping" from her own closet, the royal family's fashion game is as enviable as ever

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Royal Style 2021. Photo: Getty (3)
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Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton at the London premiere of "No Time to Die". Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In her most memorable look of the year — and maybe ever — Kate chose a gold sequined cape gown for the world premiere of the latest James Bond film No Time to Die...although this dress was certainly to die for.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), arrive at the Clydeside Distillery to host a reception for the key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the Winners and Finalists of the first Earthshot Prize Awards on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. - COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 2015 Paris summit and is seen as crucial in setting worldwide emission targets to slow global warming, as well as firming up other key commitments. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty

While in Scotland for the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference the Cambridges complemented each other in regal blue. With Prince William smartly outfitted in a navy suit with a sophisticated patterned tie, wife Kate's chic updo allowed her blue topaz earrings by Kiki McDonough to shine atop a cobalt coat dress by Eponine and Rupert Sanderson heels.

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Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II official arrival at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, UK - 09 Aug 2021
Queen Elizabeth. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

The monarch is known for wearing bright colors so she can stand out in a crowd. She definitely was easily spotted in a pink coat and matching wide-brimmed hat for a ceremonial welcome to Balmoral in Scotland, where she spends each August.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021 in London, England.
Prince William and Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge practiced sustainability for the Earthshot Prize Awards in October. They both recycled outfits from their royal closets: for William, a green velvet suit previously worn in 2019, while Kate brought out an Alexander McQueen gown from a full decade ago!

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Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice. Karwai Tang/WireImage

Polka dots, including this adorable dress worn to Wimbledon, quickly became mummy-to-be Princess Beatrice's go-to maternity style.

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Prince George

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Prince George and Prince William in July 2021. Frank Augstein/Pool/Getty Images

Prince George was dad Prince William's mini-me at two Euro 2020 games, looking all grown up in a navy suit with red and blue tie.

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Kitty Spencer

Princess Diana's niece looked all kinds of regal in a Victorian-inspired lace bridal gown by Dolce & Gabbana for her July wedding to Michael Lewis in Italy.

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Princess Eugenie

After welcoming her first child, Princess Eugenie showed off her enviable mom style on Instagram. She wore a white turtleneck dress under a pale pink coat, accessorized with a statement velvet headband.

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August Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brookbank's son, born in February, is already a mini trendsetter! In a photo posted to his mom's Instagram page, August sported a custom sweater with his name across the back.

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Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England.
Kate Middleton. Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Kate perfectly coordinated with the lush green court of Wimbledon in a bespoke green dress by one of her favorite designers, Emilia Wickstead, paired with white pumps to present the trophy to women's champion Ashleigh Barty.

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Kate Middleton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2021 in London, England.
Kate Middleton. Karwai Tang/WireImage

The following day, Kate wore another new dress — similar in shape, but this time by Beulah London, another of Kate's favorite brands co-founded by her friend Natasha Rufus Isaacs. In pale pink and with a floral pink mask by Amaia, there was perhaps a nod to the championship's famous strawberries and cream.

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Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth meeting with the Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan on June 8. Victoria Jones - by Pool/Getty Images

During a virtual meeting with Ms. Agnes Oswaha, Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan, in June, the Queen accessorized a floral dress with the Onslow Butterfly Brooch, a piece of jewelry that has only been seen in public three times in the last decade.

The diamond and ruby brooch in the shape of a butterfly was a gift from Dowager Countess of Onslow to the Queen at her 1947 wedding to the late Prince Philip. The timing of its re-emergence was symbolic — just two days before what would have been the 100th birthday of the Queen's husband.

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Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle Teams Up with Melissa McCartney to Launch 40th Birthday Project
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Archewell.com

With everyone spending more time at home in the past year and a half, Meghan nailed comfy chic in a video released to celebrate her 40th birthday in August. The mom of two sported a cozy sweater over a basic tank top — and heels under her desk!

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth's daughter-in-law recycled her hat from Kate and Prince William's wedding (10 years prior!) for a whole new look during a day at Royal Ascot.

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Mike and Zara Tindall

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall
Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall. Karwai Tang/WireImage

The parents of three looked sharp during a day date at Wimbledon, where they sipped the tennis tournament's signature cocktail: Pimm's Cup.

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Prince Charles

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, officially opens the Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Fish Markets at Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd at Lerwick Fishmarket, on July 30, 2021
Prince Charles. Jane Barlow/Getty

Prince Charles looked right at home during an outing in Scotland, sporting a kilt and knee-high socks.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William

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Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Getty

Kate arrived at her Christmas carol concert in a red Catherine Walker dress with a festive bow detail and a pair of the Queen's earrings — and Prince William perfect coordinated in a red tie.

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