While she prepares to be Queen consort, the Duchess of Cambridge is refining her royal role and delving into the causes that matter most to her both personally and professionally. From mental health to children’s development — the Berkshire born Brit is ready to modernize the monarchy with her innovative ideas and initiatives. Even as the Cambridge matriarch soars to success with her passion projects — she will forever embody her royal role not only as a hard working public servant but also a worldwide worshipped style icon.

The duchess has worn countless outfits over the years from culottes to couture — yet, a few of her ensembles remain examples of her modest but masterful take on dressing as a duchess.

Here we take a look at Kate Middleton’s 10 Best Style Moments as a Royal:

  1. Erdem

In October 2018, Duchess Kate had a late night museum engagement and opted for a checkered Erdem dress. The textured flounce hem, ornate pearl buttons and fluid off-the-shoulder neckline made this classic plaid look into a sensational showstopper. Kate’s burgundy belt and velvet pumps were the finishing touch on this elegant midi. Shop the Look

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2. Jenny Packham

Catherine may frequently wow in her elegant evening ensembles but her Swarovski crystal gown by Jenny Packham was the ultimate glam glow up. Worn first at a gala dinner in 2011, the duchess showed off a jaw dropping pearlescent pink gown with stunning sequin detail. Kate looked flawless in her crystal mesh gown and peep toe pumps. Shop the Look

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3. Emilia Wickstead

The duchess always carries off a nearly impossible fashion feat: pastel. While most commoners would look a tad candy colored in a pale lavender — Kate shines like a vintage movie star in her fit and flare dresses in a range of springtime shades. Shop the Look

 

4. Really Wild Clothing

For a charity camping trip, Kate showed off her casual smarts in a Zara sweater and slim fit jeans. The royal fashionista also donned her favorite Le Chameau Wellies and a Really Wild Shooting Waistcoat in a moss colorway. The outdoorsy outfit was a perfectly coordinated country chic style statement.

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5. Alexander McQueen

In Canada in 2016, Kate displayed a bit of sartorial diplomacy in the national flag colors of red and white. The ravishing royal’s red and white tiered dress was charming, whimsical and feminine. Shop the Look

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6. Altuzzara

Long before the midi trend was everywhere, Duchess Kate proved the power of polka dots and a shin hem with her Aimee dress by Alutzzara. The dotty dress rendered in a beautiful blue was the ideal choice for a daytime visit at a local school.

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7. Michael Kors

The duchess was on point with a floral frock, breezy blowout and simple accessories on a school run. Kate showed off her fabulous figure in a blossom heavy Michael Kors dress on Princess Charlotte’s first day of school. The duchess looked every inch the doting mum in her carnation georgette shirtdress from the American designer. Shop the Look

 

8. L.K. Bennett

Ready for royal duty, Kate always stuns in sheaths and her blue ‘Lasa’ poppy print dress was a serious sartorial success. A bouncy blowout and sapphire earrings plus simple nude pumps made this late summer look one of Kate’s best mini dress moments.

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9. Elie Saab

Channeling Cinderella, the Duchess of Cambridge looked picture perfect in her blue tulle ensemble by Lebanese designer Elie Saab for Royal Ascot 2019. The ethereal ensemble was comprised of a pussy bow top and glittery maxi skirt resulting in a look straight out of a fashion fairytale. Shop the Look

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10. Alexander McQueen

A real life princess was born the day Duchess Kate wed Prince William–clad in an exquisite design by Sarah Burton–the beaming bride was breathtaking in a ivory lace dress featuring a Victorian inspired corset with a lace bodice and floral tulle.

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