Here's Kate—pre-royal-engagement and post trial breakup—in 2009 at a fancy friend's wedding (to be specific: Nicholas Van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton, love just saying those names) wearing a regally embroidered jacket and very British fascinator. She would repeat the outfit a few years later for an official royal appearance.
There it is! The official engagement portrait in 2010 and that royal blue Issa dress that immediately sold out (starting the trend of many Kate-fueled runs on pieces). Earlier this year, Issa collaborated with Banana Republic on a line inspired by that dress. But is there a handsome prince that comes with purchase?
We couldn't have a Kate round-up without another look at her breathtaking wedding gown not-so-secretly designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen now, could we? And we have Kate to thank for making sleeves on wedding dresses de rigueur again.
And here's the happy couple at a movie premiere in 2012. Kate is just glowing in a gorgeous black lace gown by Temperley London, who you may remember designed Pippa's near-show-stealing royal wedding reception gown. And yes, that' the GORGEOUS gown she just three-peated last week.
Isn't she a vision in a Swarovski-embellished Jenny Packham gown at an Olympic concert that summer?
While Kate is very loyal to designers like Jenny Packham and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, she's not afraid to experiment with edgy, contemporary names, too. But with demure, ladylike, Queen Elizabeth-approved styles, of course. Here she is looking lovely in a draped lilac dress Roksanda Ilincic.
It doesn't happen super often, but sometimes Kate will dazzle us with a print. She opted for Michelle Obama-favorite Prabal Gurung for this brightly patterned outing earlier this year. Love.
SO, big happenings this year: the Royal Pregnancy and the very major birth of the Prince George! And of course Kate had the most stellar (and pastel-filled) maternity wardrobe, like this pink confection by a very versatile Jenny Packham. Packham also custom designed the cornflower blue dress for Kate's first appearance with baby George.
Why mess with a good thing? Kate's first formal appearance after George's birth was in this shimmering gold gown also by Jenny Packham. Stunning.
At the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the Duchess looked regal (while showing some royal leg) in a repeat Roland Mouret winter white gown. We can't wait to see what 2014 brings!