When the Princess of Wales steps out for royal duty, she often faces a flurry of flashbulbs and pens of paparazzi. Luckily, she frequently comes prepared with sunny shades at the ready. When she wants to block her pretty peepers from all the bright bulbs or just the sunny skies of England, she will wear a number of sleek and stylish sunglasses.
Here are 11 of Kate Middleton’s Favorite Sunglasses:
- Bulgari BV8170 Black Cat Eye Sunglasses
A style released in 2015, these full rim frame Cat Eye sunglasses are designed in Italy with grey gradient lenses. Inspired by the beauty of Roman and Greek artistry, Kate’s glasses feature gold metalwork detailing. With signature discs at the temples inspired by ancient Roman coins, the logo embossed designer glasses have been worn by the princess on four occasions — three times for Wimbledon and once privately for a drive near Windsor castle. (Similar)
Originally designed to protect pilots eyes from the harsh rays of the sun, Ray-Ban has been designing sunglasses since 1937. The princess is a fan of the RB2185 spotted polished Havana sunglasses. Worn on four occasions including three visits to Wimbledon and a charity summer polo match in 2019, Kate’s sleek glasses have brown polarized lenses and acetate frames.
3. Givenchy SGV767 Sunglasses
The princess has been photographed in these black frame sunglasses on just a single occasion — in the car at Kensington Palace on a drive to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rehearsal at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Paired with her Michael Kors carnation midi dress, Kate wore the black leopard rose gold gradient glasses to the ceremony practice (she was photographed for the first time after the arrival of Prince Louis). The sunglasses were a family favorite as Kate’s sister Pippa also wore the same oval frame glasses for Wimbledon while seated in the Royal Box for the Men’s Tennis final in 2012.
4. Finlay & Co Vivian Sunglasses
With marble brown and white lenses, these glamorous glasses made their debut on the princess in July 2023 for a polo match in Berkshire. Handmade in Italy from the finest sustainable Mazzucchelli acetate, the chic multi-color shades are treated with a scratch-resistant coating and offer 100% UVA/B protection.
Sleek metal arms play up the matte havana frames of these stylish sunnies. Brown lenses are a standout in the square frames of the RB4187 Chris sunglasses from Ray-Ban. The princess has worn the lightweight unisex glasses featured in the brand’s Highstreet collection on eight occasions including for five Wimbledon outings and a trip to Belize on the Royal Tour Caribbean in March 2022.
6. Givenchy Obsidian SGV773
A fan of these luxury designer shades, Kate has worn the black frame and grey gradient glasses for family vacations, Wimbledon tennis and Father’s Day polo tournaments. She first stepped out in the gold hardware detailed glasses for Wimbledon tennis in July 2012. Later, the brunette royal sported the glasses for sledding in Switzerland in March 2013 and wore them in Australia on tour in April 2014.
For a day of hiking and sightseeing the Caracol Maya Ruins of Belize, Kate donned a pair of new Wayfarer glasses with features of the classic Wayfarer but with a smaller frame and softer shape. The polished black polarized glasses with square frames, gave the British beauty the perfect amount of solar coverage.
Polished light havana frames make these sunglasses eye-catching and eye-protecting. Worn on over 15 occasions, Kate loves these glasses for their versatility — they pair well with everything from blazers to Breton tops. The folding design gives them special portability and packability for overseas tours. Brought for trips to Canada, India and New Zealand, these tortoise shades are one of Kate’s most frequent rewears.
On July 15th and 16th of 2023, the princess wore these black glasses with dark grey lenses for Wimbledon watching. The princess donned the elegant eyewear paired with a Self-Portrait blazer dress in mint and later a Roland Mouret green midi dress with a ruffle drape neckline. Kate’s sharp square shaped sunglasses with tinted tonal lenses are designed in Italy and exude sleek daytime glamour.
10. Finlay & Co Sunglasses in Light Tortoise
These green lens glasses have a cat-eye silhouette and can be engraved with special letters, dates or names. The striking tortoise glasses have retro vibe and are designed with Zeiss sun lenses with full UVA/UVB protection. New to Kate’s expanding eyewear collection, these cool sunnies have been seen on the princess in the Bahamas in March 2022 and at Wimbledon in July 2022.
11. Sungod Sierras SailGP Sunglasses
A limited edition pair of sunglasses, these colorful blue specs have bright lenses perfect for water sports. Creating clarity and clearer sail gazing, these unisex glasses are made of 100% recycled materials.