A Brief History Of Kate Middleton’s Red Carpet Style

The Duchess definitely knows how to dazzle on the red carpet.

Kate Middleton Red Carpet

by Shana Lynch |
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From Buckingham Palace to the BAFTAs, Kate Middleton's knack for occasion dressing is second to none. While the Duchess of Cambridge tends to rely upon a select group of designers for these high profile fashion moments — we're talking Erdem, Jenny Packham, Temperley and of course Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, the woman responsible for her wedding dress — you'd be hard pressed to narrow down a signature red carpet formula for Kate. Instead, she switches effortlessly from simple shapes in block colours to bold floral prints to fairytale embellishment to old school Hollywood glamour and everything in between.

Excitingly, it's now been confirmed that the Duchess, alongside her husband Prince William, will once again be attending this year's BAFTA ceremony on 2nd February. Kate has had some amazing BAFTAs looks over the years, and we're excited to see what she wears next. This year, attendees of the BAFTAs have been asked to 'dress sustainably,' which will be no problem for Kate who is known for her sartorial recycling.

With the BAFTAs right around the corner, what better time to celebrate some of Kate's most memorable fashion moments on the red carpet? Enjoy a look through Kate Middleton's best red carpet dresses...


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November 2019

While attending the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre, Kate wore a stunning black sheer lace Alexander McQueen dress.

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March 2019

For the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait gallery, Kate re-wore an Alexander McQueen printed gown that she had previously worn to the 2017 BAFTAs. This time, she added sleeves to the dress.

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February 2019

Kate wore a glamorous blush pink off-the-shoulder Gucci gown to a gala dinner at the Victoria and Albert museum.

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February 2019

The Duchess wore a stunning white off-the-shoulder dress by Alexander McQueen.

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October 2018

Kate showed off her recycling skills once again by re-wearing this beautiful blue Jenny Packham gown to the Tusk Conservation Awards. She first wore it in 2012 to the 'Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert' at the Royal Albert Hall.

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October 2018

After becoming the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018, Kate wore this stunning Erdem frock to open the V&A Photography Centre.

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February 2018

To the 2018 BAFTAs, Kate wore a deep green Jenny Packham dress with a black belt.

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November 2017

Another red carpet event, another Jenny Packham gown: for the annual Royal Variety performance, the Duchess seemed to take inspiration from Frozen's Elsa (maybe George and Charlotte are fans?) in this shimmering ice-blue style.

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While attending the opening night of 42 Street at the Drury Theatre, Kate worse a Marchesa Notte dress in a deep berry colour.

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November 2016

Never did we expect to see the Duchess hit the red carpet in a dress previously sported by Paris Hilton, but that's exactly what happened when Kate wore this crochet detail maxi dress by Self Portrait to the premiere of A Streetcat Named Bob.

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October 2015

Kate had her Hollywood moment at the premiere of Spectre, wearing this elegantly understated Jenny Packham gown in duck egg blue.

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November 2014

For the Royal Variety, Kate opted to wear a black lacy Alexander McQueen dress.

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October 2014

Kate was seen leaving the Natural History Museum after she attended the Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2014 Awards Ceremony wearing a blue pastel high-to-low dress by Jenny Packham.

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February 2014

For The Portrait Gala in 2014, Kate wore this stunning teal off-the-shoulder dress that she would wear again in December 2014 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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December 2013

Roland Mouret has long been a byword for simple red carpet elegance, and this classic gown (which the Duchess paired with Zara jewellery for the premiere of Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom) certainly encapsulates that.

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September 2013

Kate worse this very sparkly Jenny Packham dress to the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2013.

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January 2012

This Temperley lace number is clearly a favourite for the Duchess, who first wore it to a reception at her alma mater St. Andrews, shortly before marrying Prince William. It then got a second outing for the premiere of War Horse, just under a year later.

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December 2011

Kate attended The Sun Military Awards in 2011 in a black strapless Alexander McQueen gown.

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October 2011

She regularly sports Amanda Wakeley's coat dresses and shifts on official appearances, but the criss-crossed straps and a halter neckline of this evening gown made this an unusual - but certainly striking - choice for the Duchess.

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July 2011

Kate wore this beautiful lilac dress to the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in LA in 2011.

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June 2011

Kate was always going to steal the show at the first official event following her wedding to Prince William, but this dazzling gown by Jenny Packham (soon to become one of the Duchess's go-to designers) made her debut even more memorable.

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