The Princess of Wales loves a chic chain crossbody bag or slim chained wallet. Often gravitating toward front flap styles with interesting lock closures and sturdy top handles, Kate frequently finds herself on royal duty carrying crossbody purses by hand.

Before marrying into the royal family, Kate often wore her Mulberry, Tods and Prada handbags slung on her shoulder. But now as a a member of the monarchy she follows the example of her Princess predecessors like Diana, and often carries petite clutches sans chains.

Still, it’s only been in recent years that Kate has shunned the clutch in favor of a sling bag worn on the shoulder. She recently wore her Mulberry Harlow blue satchel by the chain atop her shoulder at the Royal Charity Polo Cup in July 2023 and donned a new Chanel mini flap bag as a shoulder bag at the Rugby World Cup match in October 2023. In addition, the mom of three carried her Emmy London Natasha by the metal strap for Wimbledon in July 2023. 

Previously, she was only once spotted in a classic crossbody across the shoulder to her hip at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July 2019 in Wokingham, England and wearing her Smythson Ludlow as a crossbody for a day of shopping at Waterstones. 

Here are 9 of Kate Middleton’s Favorite Crossbody Bags:

1. Metier Roma Tan Suede Mini Shoulder Bag

Carried on royal duty on four occasions, Kate loves this Italian made bag designed of ultra soft suede. A gleaming diamond turn lock opens to reveal three compartments, a secret card slot and one zipper pocket. Plus, a detachable shoulder strap and solid brass top handle chain give this bag plenty of polish.


2. Chanel Mini Flap Bag in Black Lambskin

A classic Chanel bag with an exterior designed of diamond quilting, this mini bag has a rear half moon pocket with a signature CC lock closure. The compact leather bag has a mixed media light gold tone metal and leather shoulder strap. Kate wore the bag off her upper arm for the Rugby World cup final match in Marseille, France in October 2023.


3. Strathberry Mosaic Bag in Vanilla

A soft chalk colored bag, this smaller version of the Nano offers plenty of room for a cellphone, wallet and keys. Designed in Spain from a smooth luxe leather, this bag is inspired by the sculptural works of Scottish pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi. The exterior of the bag features the brand’s signature bar, magnetic closure and leather feet; the vanilla mini bag also boasts a top handle while the interior has a single pocket and microfibre lining. The princess toted the Strathberry by hand for the Together at Christmas Carol Service in December 2023.


4. Jaeger Kate Quilted Navy Shoulder Bag

A classic quilted dark blue bag, this purse has a gold plated chain strap and a stylish turn lock closure. The princess has carried the pocketbook by hand on 8 occasions including most recently at a Ukrainian community centre in November 2022. Kate’s mother Carole Middleton and sister Pippa Middleton own the same bag in tan. 


5. Mulberry Small Amberley Crossbody Bag in White Grain Leather

Inspired by the British countryside, this versatile leather bag is constructed of white grain leather. With traditional equestrian styling including the brand’s signature Rider’s Lock, this elegant bag has a detachable leather top handle and sleek chain strap.


6. L.K. Bennett Milly Nude Leather Bag 

A sixties inspired bag, this chic accessory can be worn as a crossbody or carried by hand. Crafted in Spain of Nappa leather, the high street handbag has a grab handle, detachable crossbody leather strap, gold-tone metal lock front and is accented with brogue detailing. The princess has carried the bag on one occasion to meet with Dr. Jill Biden for a roundtable discussion in June 2021.


7. Polene Paris Numbero Sept (No7) Mini Bag in Blue Grain Leather 

A dainty bag designed with blue textured calf leather, this Spanish made bag has a square structure with mini front flap and gold hardware. Defined by its meticulous jewelry work with the Polène-engraved snap hooks and signature clasp, this sleek bag has been seen on the princess on three occasions including a visit to the Glade of Light memorial in May 2022 and most recently at the Oxford House Nursing Home in February 2023.


8. Mulberry Darley Bag in Hibiscus Red Croc

One of the few styles Princess Kate has worn diagonally across her person as a traditional crossbody, this luxurious embossed croc leather bag comes in a shiny scarlet shade. The bag features a gold chain-link shoulder strap, a crossover flap, and a gold turn Postman’s lock. The flap opens to a dark blue leather interior with a zipper pocket, card slots, and flat pockets.


9. Mulberry Harlow Satchel in Cloud Blue

A retro minded bag in a cloud blue colorway, this front flap bag has a removable shoulder chain strap and round handle, foldover top with twist-lock closure, multiple interior card slots and gold-tone hardware. Kate has carried the sophisticated bag in December 2022 in Boston and July 2023 for a charity polo match at Guards Polo Club in Windsor.

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