Often stepping out with her petite suede Emmy London clutches, micro top handle purses and satin box clutches, Princess Kate’s royal handbag closet is filled with ultra elegant and demure day bags. But before the mom of three joined the royal ranks, she often carried more designer emblazoned handbags, slouchy totes and luxe leather satchels.
Here are 20 Handbags Kate Middleton Owned Before She Became a Royal:
- Longchamp Mini Le Pliage Bag in Chocolate
Princess Kate has long been a fan of these durable nylon totes and has carried a variety of colors from the Parisian accessories brand. While shopping on King’s Road in 2006, she was spotted with the brown version of the brand’s folding mini tote.
2. Mulberry Aqua Scotchgrain Hellier Tote
The future princess carried this charming bag twice in 2006 — she was spotted right before the holidays in mid-December 2006 carrying the small tote bag in London.
3. John Lewis Sequin Clutch
Worn for a wedding in July 2008, Kate paired her Lindka Cierach dress and jacket with this shiny blue clutch from John Lewis.
4. Issa Reversible Tote
When Prince William announced his engagement to ‘commoner’ Catherine Middleton, the world waited for Kate to stun in a high-end designer dress. Instead, the former Party Pieces employee opted for a simple stretchy blue wrap dress from Issa London. So, it’s not surprising that the down-to-earth princess frequently carried the brand’s reversible tote to work in London.
5. John Lewis Embellished Clutch
For the Boodles Boxing Ball, Kate wore a pink Issa halter jersey maxi dress paired with a fun black embellished clutch from John Lewis.
6. Mulberry Locked Cosmetic Purse
For lunch at Berkeley hotel in February 2011, the princess was dressed in a Whistles Jersey Knit Jacket paired with her Diane Von Furstenburg abstract print Samuella black and white dress in a silk and lycra blend. For a clutch, she carried her Mulberry Locked Cosmetic purse in black.
7. Tod’s G-Bag Sacca Hobo
For a polo match in July 2010, the future Mrs. Prince William was snapped in a Joseph sage colored silk fringe dress and Pied a Terre Imperia wedges. She also wore Gucci Horsebit sunglasses and carried a Tod’s G-Bag Sacca Hobo in beige leather.
8. Mulberry Araline Bag
The princess carried this soft bag in aubergine leather for a party in London in September 2008. For a fun night out, the princess wore a Select Fashion green sequin halter top and her Aquatalia Rhumba boots. She also carried this purple colored Mulberry bag with braided handles accented with tassels and the brand’s signature postman’s lock in brass hardware.
9. Longchamp Paris Legende Handbag in Patent Black
For a night at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, a cinema building in the West End of London, Kate carried this glossy patent shopper tote. The so-called black ‘doctor’s bag‘ has a sturdy top handle and roomy exterior pockets.
10. Meli Melo Canvas Tote
The princess schlepped this cappuccino leather and white canvas tote in 2011. The camel suede strap bag with corner patchers was a fun and practical addition to Kate’s ever expanding closet of stylish shoulder bags and travel totes.
11. Prada Tan Bowler Bag
The princess was spotted with this cognac designer bag as far back as January 2007. She hauled the handbag on at least 15 occasions and often carried the designer purse to hairdresser appointments, for wedding errands and birthday parties. The bag was a streetwear staple in Kate’s pre-marriage days.
12. Mulberry Cookie Small Bayswater Leather Satchel
The princess carried this soft beige designer handbag in Chelsea in June 2012. Kate paired the neutral colored bag with a black dress from Oasis and a Whistles Helena cropped black blazer.
13. Gucci Canvas Red Horsebit Evening Clutch
At Church on Christmas Day in 2012, the royal beauty wore her Hobbs Celeste brown belted coat with a monogram red Gucci bag. The canvas bag is detailed with allover logo branding and has leather trim and goldtone hardware. The red bag was part of Gucci’s 1921 collection; the princess later carried the cherry colored designer bag in Cardiff for a rugby match on active royal duty.
14. Tod’s D-Styling Bauletto Bag in Dove Grey
The princess started carrying this classic leather satchel in light grey in December 2009. The bag was named after Princess Diana who frequently carried a camel colored Tod’s handbag for tennis and errands. Kate wore the bag for shopping trips from 2011 to 2016. She was last spotted with the bag at an Anna Freud conference in January 2018.
15. Prada Medium Boston Bag
In London in June 2008, while out with her sister Pippa Middleton, Kate carried this white leather bag. She accessorized her outfits with the designer purse over 20 times in 2007 and also in the summer of 2008 and 2009.
16. Tod’s Lady D Bag
In addition to her other Tod’s bags, the princess also owned the functional and practical Tod’s pebble leather D-bag in black. Kate was seen with the work-friendly shoulder bag in 2007 while out shopping in London.
17. L.K. Bennett Patent Bag
The princess carried this simple reflective black bag for movie screenings, shopping trips and other outings in 2007 and 2008.
18. Louis Vuitton Monogram Denim Neo Speedy Blue
Leaving her Chelsea home on the morning of March 1 2007, Kate was spotted carrying various coats, an unidentified striped suitcase and this French made LV indigo blue bag.
19. Anya Hindmarch I’m Not a Plastic Bag
Originally sold at Sainsbury supermarkets, Kate carried this charity shopper tote on a private family vacation.
20. LK Bennett Red Bag
Princess Kate was spotted carrying this slouchy red bag in 2006 for parties and polo. The red suede bag is from British fashion brand L.K. Bennett.