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paid tribute to her host country on Canada Day, topping her famous cream-colored Reiss dress with a maple leaf-themed fascinator by Lock & Co.’s milliner, Sylvia Fletcher – and finishing the look with a stylish fan clutch, smart red pumps, Kiki McDonough earrings and a brooch on loan from the Queen of England.
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REGAL IN RED
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WHITE ALL RIGHT
For her most formal Australian appearance, at the Canberra Government House, Kate selected an ivory Lela Rose dress, black stacked pumps and some delicate jewels.
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So nice, she wore it thrice! Kate loves this “ink blue” Jenny Packham dress so much, it’s become her go-to for formal events. Our favorite outing in it was the most recent, at an event in N.Y.C., when she teamed it with an elegant updo and some serious emerald danglers.
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GET THE SCALLOPS
The Princess loves a black lace dress – so much so that she got the ultimate version of it, a Diane von Furstenberg gown – to wear to a Royal Variety performance with another one of her style go-tos: a pair of dangly earrings.
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Kate usually keeps her bling to her royal jewels, so this fully embellished Jenny Packham sequin stunner – worn with an uncharacteristically sexy pair of open-toe Jimmy Choos – had jaws dropping up and down the red carpet at the Tusk Conservation event in London.
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MAD FOR (WELL, YOU KNOW)
What can we say? The lady can pick a great coat dress. This Alexander McQueen one, worn with simple black accessories and a favorite Jane Taylor hat, makes us deeply sad we don’t have one of our own in our closets.
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This Roksanda Ilincic dress was so nice she wore it twice, first during her 2011 visit to Los Angeles and then to the Royal Academy of Arts’ Creative Industries Reception in London.
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The most surprising thing about this Roland Mouret gown (worn to the London Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom premiere) is not that she wore it twice, it’s that she added a $35 Zara necklace and a messy pony to it the second time around.
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It’s awfully hard to steal the spotlight from a super-cute baby in a white lace christening dress, but Kate manages in her ruffled Alexander McQueen coat dress (custom, of course), drop earrings and a hat from her go-to milliner, Jane Taylor.
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Some moms-to-be have a favorite pair of sweatpants and enjoy Real Housewives marathons. Others wear Dalmation-print coats from Hobbs, jaunty hats from Sylvia Fletcher and adorable accessories to name a cruise ship.
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She’s worn this look so many times, we’ve started calling it “The Kate.” The formula? One striped trop plus one perfectly-tailored blazer plus a pair of dark skinnies and her go-to Stuart Weitzman “Corkswoon” wedges. And while some might be dying for her to mix it up a bit, we say, Why mess with perfection?
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The night before her 30th birthday, stunned in a lacy Temperley London gown accessorized with those flawless glossy locks at the War Horse premiere in London.
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Joining the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall for tea at London’s Fortnum & Mason food store on March 1, the Duchess looked quite ladylike in her blue M Missoni coat and Rupert Sanderson pumps.
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Kate caused quite a stir at London’s St. Pancras Station on March 8, wearing one of our favorite looks, a teal suit by L.K. Bennett and James Lock hat, for an outing with the Queen.
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PLEATS TO MEET YOU
For her introduction to the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts in London on March 15, Kate looked prim and perfect (seriously, how is there not one wrinkle on that dress?) in a feminine Orla Kiely creation and black pumps.
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Kate, in a classy green coatdress and complementary topper, sham-rocked some Irish Guards’ worlds on March 17 when she presented them with sprigs of shamrock during a traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to Aldershot, England.
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WHAT A GEM
At the London premiere of the Disney nature film African Cats on April 25, Kate showed off her fashion instincts in a tailored gray Matthew Williamson peplum dress with jeweled turquoise detailing at the neckline and sleeves.
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The Duchess called upon one of her favorite designers, Brit Jenny Packham, to create a “wow” moment with a teal peekaboo gown for an Olympic dinner in London on May 11.
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No sailor gear here! For a Jubilee boat trip down the Thames on June 3, Kate stood out in a red Alexander McQueen frock (once worn by Kim Kardashian) and a matching floral hat.
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IN THE NUDE
To salute the Queen again on June 5, the young royal donned another McQueen creation, this one a nude lace sheath with satin trim at the waist.
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COAT OF ARMS
Pulling one of her famous recycling acts, Kate combined elements from four outfits she’d worn before – a greige Katherine Hooker coat, a Jenny Packham dress, her Whiteley fascinator and those beloved L.K. Bennett pumps – for a pal’s wedding in Lincolnshire, England, on June 9.
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Kate got a kick out of her gray-and-white check dress (another one we want in our closet!) at a pre-Olympics event in London.
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This Roksanda Ilincic dress was so nice she wore it twice, first during her 2011 visit to Los Angeles and then to the Royal Academy of Arts’ Creative Industries Reception in London on July 30.
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The graphic Prabal Gurung design Kate wore for an official dinner in Singapore on Sept. 11 was a modern (but welcome) choice for the young royal, who often sticks to safer, more flowing silhouettes.
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NOTCH ON HER BELT
Relying yet again on one of her favorite design houses, Alexander McQueen, Kate looked weather-appropriate in a broderie anglaise suit and cute wedges while touring Singapore’s Gardens in the Bay on Sept. 12.
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Kate played it smart for dinner with His Majesty, The Agong, in Malaysia on Sept. 13, choosing a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress with a hibiscus print – a nod to Malaysia’s national flower.
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Kate didn’t even break a sweat in her feminine, printed silk dress while giving another public speech in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 13.
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To tour steamy Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 14, she looked cool, calm and collected in a pale mint button-front dress with sheer sleeves, which she wore with a head scarf later.
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Channeling the one and only Jackie O, Kate arrived in the Solomon Islands on Sept. 16 in a retro Jonathan Saunders sheath and pillbox hat.
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On Sept. 18, the last day of her Asia tour, Kate stepped out in Tuvalu in another lovely yellow dress and neutral sandals.
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Looking appropriately autumnal in cranberry, Kate opted for a Paule Ka skirt suit, showing just a hint of her lacy top, for a Middle Temple Scholars meeting in London on Oct. 8.
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PLAYING THE FIELD
Though she wasn’t quite dressed for sport, Kate still impressed during a trip to a British soccer training facility on Oct. 19, wearing a belted Reiss coat and her favorite black knee-high boots.
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A LEG UP
Hot mama alert! After announcing her pregnancy – and battling severe morning sickness in the hospital – the mom-to-be dazzled in Alexander McQueen at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London on Dec. 16.
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