30 Iconic Fashion Moments From the British Royal Women

30 Iconic Fashion Moments From the British Royal Women
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Think what you may of them, but there's one thing that's impossible to deny: Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and the rest of the women in the British royal family have seriously incredible style. Whether they're attending a gala, a daytime event on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, or are on a walk through the woods, they always manage to bring major sartorial chops to whatever they're doing. 

Obviously women like Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have access to incredible bespoke clothing (not to mention stylists), but the way they wear their clothes is on a level of its own. No matter where they are, they manage to look comfortable and completely appropriate for the occasion, all while absolutely killing it, fashion-wise. 

Of course, even though they look good all the time, there are a few looks the royal women have rocked that have solidified a spot in fashion history. They're the looks we'll never forget -- and the looks that can never be emulated by anyone else. 

From iconic wedding dresses to show-stopping gowns, here are 30 of our favorite looks from the women of the British royal family. 

  • Kate's Post-Birth Look 

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    Blue dresses with white polka dots will forever be etched in some people's minds as What Kate Wore after giving birth to Prince George. 

  • First Date  

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    When Meghan Markle made her first appearance with the queen -- alone -- this is what she wore. With good reason. 

  • Oh, Canada

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    During her first royal tour, Kate Middleton rocked this look in Toronto, which echoed the colors of the Canadian flag. 

  • Sleek & Simple 

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    Kate killed it in 2012 during an evening out in a knee-length dress with perfect makeup, jewelry, and hair to complement it. 

  • Kate's Wedding Dress

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    There are no words for the gorgeousness that was Kate Middleton's wedding dress. The lace was such a timeless and lovely touch. ICON.

  • Green With Envy 

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    If we're being honest, we're not sure we'll ever get over Meghan's green leather skirt and blouse. Talk about chic. 

  • Gown Gal

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    For the premiere of War Horse in London, Kate rocked this stunning black lacy dress. Definitely one of her best dresses of all time. 

  • Maternity Chic

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    Not only did Meghan looked absolutely incredible in this cream number during her pregnancy, lest anyone forget, the dress was from H&M.

  • Mad for Plaid 

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    Again, a super adorable look of Meghan's for one of her first appearances. She managed to make tartan look modern. 

  • Meghan's Wedding Dress

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    Another iconic wedding dress. We could never decide whose wedding dress we liked more -- Meghan's or Kate's. It would be like choosing between two of our children. 

  • Glitter Ribbon 

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    It's hard to imagine other ladies of the royal family wearing this glittery bow, but Princess Beatrice is owning it. 

  • Glitterati 

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    Another York daughter, another glittery dress. 

    Love!

  • On Trend

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    Maaaaybe we could see Meghan Markle in this, but other than that, Beatrice is the only one in the royal family who could pull this off. 

  • Sneaker Sister

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    This look of Beatrice's -- the patterned dress, blazer, and white sneakers -- will forever remain a favorite of ours. 

  • Perfection 

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    Kate at the National Portrait Gallery Gala in 2019. 

    Any questions?

  • Perfection II

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    Princess Eugenie at her wedding in 2019.

    Again, any questions?

  • Shades of Tan 

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    What Meghan Markle wore to her very first Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family was a look we'll never forget. 

  • Black & White 

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    Not necessarily a hemline the queen would approve of, but a memorable look nonetheless. 

    Hot. 

  • A Vision in Blue 

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    Again, a little risqué for the queen, but this dress is to die for. 

    Quite possibly her best ever?

  • An Angelic Look

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    Kate Middleton brought it to the BAFTAs in 2019. Let's all hope this is a dress she recycles. Gorgeous. 

  • Like a Doll

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    Meghan wore this stunning, midnight blue Dior for one of her first official events after getting married, an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. It featured the same boat neck that graced her wedding dressed and a crisp A-line skirt. We love that it pairs beautifully with Prince Harry's uniform.
  • Swept Away

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    This was an instant stunner, seen on just a few photographs outside a gala, but memorable all the same. The layers of sheer rose tulle and criss-cross off-the-shoulder top, make this Gucci gown a dream. We loved that Kate accessorized with a pair of morganite drop earrings she wore to sister Pippa's wedding. 

  • A Royal Engagement

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    Her engagement ring, made with an unusual pink sapphire, may have stolen the show, but Eugenie looked lovely wearing a joyful floral dress by Erdem, a favorite of Meghan and Kate. And the black satin Jimmy Choos are sexy perfection.
  • Desert Rose

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    This bespoke Dior in cream was perfection for the occasion, a reception during Meghan and Harry's official trip to Morocco. Inspired by a traditional kaftan, it featured draping and silver accents, and flowed like a dream when she walked. 
  • Second to None

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    While we loved Meghan's wedding dress for its modern simplicity, this dress -- THIS DRESS! --the Stella McCartney number she changed into for her reception, was just so sexy and fun and sophisticated at the same time, with its bare shoulders. It was paired with an aquamarine ring that used to belong to Princess Diana. 
    Unforgettable. 
  • Rebel With a Cause

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    Hard to believe, but his look made waves for breaking with the royal tradition of, ya know, wearing a deadly boring coatdress to an event. Meghan rocked this chic Alexander McQueen pantsuit to deliver her first official speech -- and the not-so-subtle message that she was not going to blindly toe the line.

  • Retro-licious

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    This vintage-looking Gucci dress is bound to go down as one of Kate's most memorable looks. That's because it's so different from her usual. The piping is instantly recognizable as Gucci (Kate's choices are usually more subtle), and because it's short. 

  • Off to the Races

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    Love the peekaboo neckline and the color on this dress, which Princess Eugenie wore to the 2019 Royal Ascot races. It's complements her complexion and auburn hair beautifully. The graceful feather fascinator is keeps is simple but sophisticated.
  • Romance, Period.

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    We really hope that Kate had more fun at this event than she's showing in this picture, because this Alexander McQueen dress is fire, and it's begging for a dance floor, some cocktails, and a dashing gentleman. Hope Prince William was up to the task. 
  • Special Delivery

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    Kate was worn some stunners to the BAFTAs (the British Oscars), and this green Jenny Packham dress is no different. It also helped Kate continue her streak of impeccable pregnancy style. Oh, and those emeralds.

    Swoon.

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