Known for their sophisticated outerwear including equestrian field jackets with diamond quilting and contrasting corduroy collars, Barbour has been a mainstay in the closets of royal women for years.
From Princess Diana’s long Barbour Beaufort jacket to visit Scotland in 1985 to Queen Elizabeth’s penchant for tartan skirts and Barbour coverups in the early 90s to Princess Anne’s Barbour Gamefair jacket worn for horse riding competitions in 1978 — the royal family love their classic coats from the English luxury and lifestyle brand. Even King Charles adores all things Barbour, and wears their waxed jackets for countryside strolls and visits to Castle of Mey on the north coast of Scotland.
The British heritage brand has multiple royal warrants — a special mark of recognition from the monarchy for their goods and services. The first appointment was conferred by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1974, Queen Elizabeth II in 1982 and King Charles in 1987. Few companies hold the esteemed designation so it’s not surprising that one of their senior royals — Princess Kate –frequently appears in the brand’s iconic clothing.
Here are 7 of Kate Middleton’s Best Barbour Coat Moments:
1. Barbour Waxed Defence Jacket
A charming and classic field jacket in dark olive, this waterproof waxed cotton jacket has all the features of a classic Barbour rain coat. The utility jacket designed with waist tab adjusters, button flap pockets and tartan cotton lining — is the ideal style for hikes in the mountains, visits to the local park or stormy beach walks. The princess has been wearing the jacket since March 2012 when she was spotted walking her dog in the coat at Kensington Gardens in jeans and brown sherpa boots. Shop the jacket HERE
2. Barbour Longshore Quilted Jacket in Navy
The princess has been partial to this puffer since February 2019 when she wore the lightweight coat for a day on the football field in Ireland. Later, she repeated the insulated jacket for a visit to West Sands beach in Scotland. Privately and publicly, she’s worn the chevron coat on six occasions. Similar at Nordstrom shop HERE
3. Barbour Edith Waxed Cotton Jacket
British television presenter and model Alexa Chung collaborated with Barbour to design this glossy waxed cotton jacket with multiple pockets, a soft corduroy collar and classic checked lining. The sandy colored coat has a diagonal zipper and was inspired by the design of Barbour’s Beaufort and its rich rural heritage. Kate’s oversized khaki coat has appeared on the princess on four occasions — on a video call in November 2020, a visit to Wales ahead of the coronation in April 2023 and recently in North London for a community visit with the group Dadvengers. She also wore the jacket privately to visit a memorial for Sarah Everard in March 2021. Similar at Nordstrom shop HERE
4. Barbour Linhope Featherweight Jacket
For a visit to Great Scout Tower Camp in Cumbria in March 2013, the princess wore this lightweight sage colored jacket for a snowy day with the cubs. She donned the polyester coat finished with PU coating paired with dark jeans. In addition, she wore a Really Wild Tweed hat called the ‘Lindsey’ as well as green Le Chameau Wellington boots.
5. Barbour Vintage Jacket
For a woodland walk years ago, it appears Kate wore a Barbour Bedale or Sapper Jacket (similar pictured). The coat has a zipper pull and front flap pockets.
6. Barbour Liddesdale Jacket
Princess Kate and her beloved Prince William took a romantic seaside stroll in Anglesey, Wales on January 24, 2012. The couple spent time combing the beach with a gifted puppy from Kate’s brother James for her birthday. It appears the princess possibly wore a now vintage Liddesdale Barbour quilted coat with contrast collar, diamond quilting and open pockets. Similar at Nordstrom shop HERE
7. Barbour Elfie Coat
Barbour and Alexa Chung have teamed up for seven installments of their exclusive coat collections so its no surprise Kate was photographed in another design by the British influencer, Vogue regular and sartorial trendsetter. Along with husband Prince William, Kate appeared off-duty at son Prince George’s football game on September 21, 2023 wearing a Barbour x Alexa Chung Elfie casual jacket. The green canvas coat has a contrasting light green collar with a buttoned throat latch, central button fastening and an adjustable belt around the waist. The military inspired and festival-friendly topper is also detailed with buttoned cuffs, flap patch pockets and tonal embroidery on the upper back. Kate paired her jacket with wide leg jeans, white sneakers and a black scarf. Similar at Nordstrom shop HERE
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