Starting her life in the spotlight as a preppy student, her look quickly evolved as her status soared and the ‘Kate effect’ became quickly apparent; who could forget the royal blue Issa dress she wore to announce her engagement, that subsequently sold out within hours, or the flurry of Reiss dresses that kept sparking sales surges?
Since marrying her Prince in a gown custom made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, which won nods of approval unanimously from the international fashion press, she has become an ambassador for British fashion – both high street and designer. As often as she steps outin a delicate Erdem dress or a ladylike Emilia Wickstead coat, she’ll be spotted in a Topshop tea dress, a Hobbs tailored jacket or her signature LK Bennett nude heels.
The announcement of her pregnancy only served to notch up the attention on the Duchess’ fashion sense. Maternity style didn’t appear to phase her though, with pastel hues and empire-line shift dresses emerging as her staples. Prince George was born on July 22 2013, prompting celebrations around the world. Her second pregnancy was announced in September 2014 and Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015.
The Duchess was unveiled as Vogue‘s centenary cover star in April 2016 – she was photographed by Josh Olins for the shoot, the first time she had consented to being shot for a magazine.