While the Princess of Wales may be inclined to step out for regal red carpet appearances in chiffon dresses with a hint of Grecian glamour, she’s on occasion gone full glitz and donned beaded ballgowns, crystal cape dresses and sequin statement gowns.
When she wants to razzle dazzle royal watchers and thrill fashion critics with shimmering sequins, she goes big.
Here are 8 of Kate Middleton’s Best Sequin Gown Moments:
1. Gorgeous in Green
Kate brought a little ‘Middleton Magic’ to the Royal Variety performance at Royal Albert Hall in November 2021. With sideswept mermaid waves, gold chandelier hoops and a matching clutch covered in coordinating green sequin, Kate looked every inch the sequin starlet. The princess wore Jenny Packham’s emerald ‘Tenille’ gown with a belted waist, crystal embellishment at the neck and allover sequins for the theater performance.
2. Silver Stunner
Kate wore a heavily embellished floor length metallic sequin gown from Jenny Packham for her first glam appearance following the birth of Prince George. Radiating that new mom glow at the Tusk Conservation Awards in September 2013 — Kate set off a flurry of flashbulbs from onlookers and photographers alike.
3. Blue Belle of the Ball
Kate has worn this hand-beaded gown on more than one celebratory occasion; inspired by the fashions of Bollywood, elements of the royal blue dress were embroidered in India. Designed by Jenny Packham, the floor-length frock features sleeves and a bodice embellished with blue beads and sequins that create an elaborate floral motif. Kate’s matching shawl and clutch appeared in Mumbai for a fundraiser in 2016 but later, she wore the gown sans wrap for a Buckingham Palace birthday party for charity Place2Be.
4. Frosty Fairytale
At the Palladium Theatre in London in late November 2017, Princess Kate wore this dress which was likened to Disney’s Elsa in the animated movie Frozen. The icy blue sequin dress has layers of illusion tulle covered in light-catching crystals and tonal powder blue sequin flowers. Kate’s sequin blue gown likely had a hidden meaning — paying homage to the baby boy she was expecting in April the following year — Prince Louis.
5. Princess in Pink
The princess looked enchanting in this gleaming gown at the Jordanian royal wedding reception. Proving she could pull off the Barbiecore trend with aplomb, Kate was ravishing in this pretty pink Packham dress. The princess’ dress felt familiar as the metallic rose ‘Georgia’ dress has the same silhouette and crystal detailing as her Tenille sequin green gown (worn in Pakistan and at a fall Royal Variety show).
6. Crown Crusader
Golden goddess meets royal renaissance woman — Kate’s shimmery gold caped dress brought to mind a style slaying superhero and nearly broke the Internet. The ‘Goldfinger’ gown with its fully loaded sequin embellished cape and long train made for an unforgettable red carpet moment at the James Bond movie premiere in London.
7. Haute for the Holidays
Kate brought the Christmas cheer in this festive red sequin gown from Needle and Thread for a palace party in January 2020. Though the Christmas season had concluded, Kate’s ‘Aurora’ sequin gown was still a sensation with its intricate vintage lacework and ruffle trim at the neckline and shoulders.
8. Christmas Catherine
The princess debuted this emerald green dress for a private party for King Charles’ 75th birthday — the ultra-glamorous gown has scalloped sequin detailing and is adorned with rich floral lace artwork. Perfect for a special party or romantic Christmas in the City, this sparkling dress is bound to become a seasonal garment go-to for the princess.