The Duchess of Cambridge is active and athletic and loves the outdoors so it’s no surprise that her and husband Prince William often opt for tropical vacation spots when they want to take a break from royal duty.  The loved up couple have been photographed in the past enjoying some vacay in a variety of island paradises and have been known to splash around in the sea with family members including Kate’s sister Pippa and mom Carole Middleton. Kate typically opts for a crisp white (perfect for showing off a golden tan) or bright jewel tone two-piece bikini when their family is beach bound.

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Here are 7 of Kate Middleton’s Best Bikini Moments:

  1. Island Babymoon

In February 2013, Kate and William stole some time away together on the island of Mustique. Kate was done with her first trimester (pregnant with Prince George at the time) and was likely delighted to enjoy some fun in the sun and a bit of reprieve from her first months of pregnancy and morning sickness. The duchess appeared to have opted for a turquoise and white watercolor bikini and some white accessories (possibly shell earrings and a bracelet).

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2. Newlywed Bliss

Captured on their honeymoon in the Seychelles in 2011, Kate and William appeared relaxed and ready for a bit of vacation following their epic wedding extravaganza which was watched by millions around the globe. Kate opted to show off her impossibly fit physique in a black bandeau neck tie bikini with a gold embellishment. The bikini top  was later identified as the Seafolly Goddess Bikini Top from the brand’s 2009 collection. Similar from the label here

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3. Reign in Spain

The duchess was spotted in a vanilla bikini vacationing with her family and Prince William in Ibiza prior to the royal wedding. Kate opted for an ivory two-piece design as did her sister Pippa Middleton. As the Middleton sisters took pictures and enjoyed some diving off the side of their luxury yacht, it was obvious the two brunette beauties were related as they looked like nearly identical twins. The family was pictured laughing and sunbathing while enjoying the sights and sounds of the heavenly Spanish island in the Mediterranean sea.

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4. Mama in Mustique

Kate wore this blue Vix Bia bikini on the sandy shores of Mustique in February 2013. The pregnant duchess was seen splashing around in the water on a fun and relaxed holiday babymoon. The Cambridges were also spotted holding hands and cuddling during long walks on the beach during their

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5. French Connection

Before having children, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a French break at the Linleys’ chateau in Provence where Kate wore a ruffled bandeau bikini for a terrace tanning session in 2012.

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6. Flower Power

In August 2009 Prince William flew from London’s Gatwick airport to join his future bride on a family vacation in Mustique. (The previous year the couple also enjoyed a holiday on the small private island in the Caribbean and Kate had recently returned to the beach destination which she visited just a month prior.) For the ocean outing, Kate wore a dark blue bikini with a white print — her graphic halterneck bikini top featured a large gold ring accent.

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7. Bewitching Bikini

Did an eye-catching lingerie set seal the deal between between Kate and William? A runway show is believed to be the first time the blonde prince laid eyes on his future wife as she took to the catwalk for a good cause. The duchess wore a black bra and underwear set underneath a $40 Charlotte Todd see-through mesh dress (originally intended to be a skirt) for a charity fashion show at St. Andrews University. The prince reportedly spent $275 for a front row seat at the March 2002 ‘Don’t Walk’ charity fashion show. In 2011, the mesh slip sold for an astonishing $125,781.


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