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IT’S been 19 years since fresh-faced student Kate Middleton met Prince William at university and her style has evolved dramatically in her path to becoming the future Queen. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has made some subtle tweaks to her wardrobe since being thrust to fame as Prince William’s girlfriend.


16Kate Middleton during a visit to the East London Mosque yesterday in one of her statement midi dressesCredit: PA:Press Association

Nowadays, Kate would never be caught popping to the shops in lowrise denim jeans and a strap top, and there is rarely a moment that she doesn’t look picture-perfect. 

For engagements, the duchess has developed her own polished style, with tailored, modest dresses and high-quality pieces.

Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage told Fabulous that Kate’s wardrobe update over the years is “arguably it’s the greatest style upgrade of our times.”

Here are the subtle tweaks Kate has made to her wardrobe in preparation to become a Queen…

Ditching lowrise denim  16Kate at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in 2005 wearing lowrise denim jeansCredit: Getty - Contributor 16Kate and her father Michael before her graduation ceremony at the University of St. Andrews in 2005 in jeans and a strap topCredit: Getty - Contributor

Back before she had married into the royal family the use of denim was a staple in Kate’s wardrobe. 

In 2005, we saw her pairing low rise jeans with a boho feeling leather belt and cowboy boots. 

Lucas told Fabulous: “Whilst her love for denim has stayed over the years her denim days are now few and far between, of course her 2020 denim sits much higher and is a more chic straight slim leg style.”

Hiding bra straps 16Kate pictured in a casual Lipsy dress in 2007Credit: Alamy

Kate always looks polished when out in public, and her underwear is never visible during events.

Back in 2007, we saw Kate in Lipsy dress, and Lucas said: “Here we see a much more jovial relaxed Kate, bra strap on show out on the town. 

“Whilst we probably won’t be seeing any bra straps today, the print of this dress still carries through to pieces she enjoys wearing now.”

Kate is said to ensure she never has bra straps on show in public using tactical underwear Etiquette expert Myka Meier said Kate's secret style hack is using shapewear or sewn-in bras Knicker lines are prevented by seamless knickers, undergarments or shapewear, according to the royal expert

According to royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, the Duchess of Cambridge, relies on strapless and seamless underwear to give a polished look. 

Speaking to Fabulous, Myka said: “Underwear and bras are also considered private intimate wear, and for royals to put intimate apparel on display would simply not be done. 

“There are a few options to hide bra straps, with one option being a bra that is actually sewn into the piece.

“A second option is strapless shapewear, which is a one piece that either snaps at the bottom or has legs attached.”

Using a midi ‘template’ for all seasons 16Lucas said that Kate is a fan of using a style template of the midi dress and updating it season on seasonCredit: PA:Press Association 16Kate's 'midi template' draws attention to her waist with a tieCredit: PA:Press Association

Lucas said that Kate is a fan of using a style template of the midi dress and updating it season on season.

He said we often see Kate in a similar shape of dress again, and added: “It’s tie detail on the waist and finishing below the knee.

“She always draws attention to her waist; whether it be a wrap or a tie.

“The length finishing just below the knee gives this look a lady-like feel which may have felt a bit stuffy for a girl in her 20s.

“It really does go to show when you find a style that works for you you can keep it as your template and update with fresh prints and details.” 

Making tights and court shoes the norm 16One of Kate's now go-to looks is tights and court shoesCredit: Getty Images A close-up shot revealed that Kate uses sticky padded tights to stop her slipping out of her heels

Lucas said that we have seen Kate adopt a tights and court shoe combination and it has become a staple for her.

It was revealed by royal insider Victoria Arbiter that it is required of the women in the royal family to wear tights during public occasions.

The duchess has previously been pictured with sticky pads inside her shoes, which help to secure the tights inside her heels – genius!

And the best part is that the product won't break the bank.

You can buy the must-have, non-slip tights from John Lewis for just £5, and they come in nude, black or tan shades.

Making the coat the focus of the outfit 16Kate often makes her coat the focal point of her outfit, and gets the hemline matching perfectly with the dress underneathCredit: Getty Images

Another staple of Kate’s is using a coat or piece of outerwear and “wearing it more like a dress”, says Lucas. 

He explained: “She often takes a statement coat and lets that be the cherry on top of the fashion cake. 

“A coat with a nipped in waist and flared mid-length are ‘classic Kate’.”

The stylist added that we often see Kate now matching her coat hemlines perfectly to her dresses. 

Lucas added: “This is an easy loom to achieve yourself if you’re handy with a needle and thread and gives a very chic and well put together vibe.”

Knowing the power of a wow dress 16Kate knows how to make an entrance with a 'wow' dress fit for royalty, such as this Jenny Packham gown at a 2011 gala dinnerCredit: Getty - Contributor

While Kate typically toes the line when it comes to sticking to royal etiquette in her day-to-day wardrobe, Lucas said she knows how to dazzle when the occasion calls for it.

The stylist said one of the first times the duchess caused jaws to drop in a show-stopping gown was in 2011 at a gala dinner in a Jenny Packham dress. 

He said: “It was one of the first times we saw her throw away her own fashion rule book and just simply dazzle in a show stopping gown. 

“This is one of the first fashion moments where she really looks like she could take the crown and become the future Queen.”

Adds more high-street pieces Kate wore a maroon scalloped neck jumper from Warehouse last year

She may be royalty, but we have seen Kate mix up her wardrobe in recent years with high-street pieces and she also likes to recycle her favourite items. 

Lucas said: “It’s also important to note that Kate uses brands that have a modest price tag and she gives the impression she has a modest approach to fashion when it comes to budget. 

“She has also reworn many items in her wardrobe too which is a modern and refreshing take on royal dressing.”

In October last year, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a high-neck maroon knit from Warehouse.

Weighted hems Kate has weights sewn into her skirts to make sure they hang beautifully Strong winds on the 2011 trip to Canada previously saw Kate battle with her dress and hair

The Duchess of Cambridge works hard to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions, and one secret to making sure her skirts and dresses hang straight is by adding some weights to them. 

The weights are added into the hems of their outfits to ensure they hang perfectly - and to try and stop them blowing up in the wind. 

The Queen is said to have circular lead curtain weights sewn into all her hand-made outfits, which measure an inch across and weigh less than an ounce.

The 94-year-old is believed to have passed this invaluable tip on to Kate, with Royal couturier Stewart Parvin telling MailOnline: “I just pop a couple of weights into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully.”

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We shared how Kate Middleton showed off her baking skills with Prince William as they visit bagel shop to support Brits hit by pandemic.

This week, the royal family shared birthday messages to Prince Harry to mark the duke's 36th birthday.

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Queen Elizabeth, royal family facing estimated $45M decline in future finances due to coronavirus pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family are facing an estimated $45 million dollar hit due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, the royal family's 2019-20 financial report was released by royal treasurer Sir Michael Stevens, also known as the Keeper of the Privy Purse. While a majority of the expenditures included in it come from before the global health crisis surged around the globe, he did explain how the pandemic will leave a lasting effect on the British royal family's income.

Stevens said a lack of income from visitors to royal buildings was likely to bring a general funding shortfall of 15 million pounds ($19 million) over three years.

“If we look at our core Sovereign Grant and the income that we generate to supplement the Sovereign Grant, both of which support the official duties of The Queen, we are expecting a significant reduction in income from the Royal Collection Trust due to the impact Covid-19 has had on their visitor numbers," Stevens said. "This forms the bulk of a projected shortfall in income, which we estimate will be around £5 million per year for the next three years.”


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks out during a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Saturday June 13, 2020 (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)

He added that the impact of the pandemic is also likely to cause a 20 million pound ($25.4 million) shortfall in a 10-year, 369 million pound program to replace antiquated heating, plumbing and wiring at Buckingham Palace, the queen's London home.

Officials have said the palace's aging infrastructure, which had its last major upgrade after World War II, is at risk of a catastrophic failure if it's not replaced.

Stevens emphasized that while the pandemic will cause a decline, the royal family is not seeking financial assistance from the government.

"In responding to these challenges, we have no intention of asking for extra funding but will look to manage the impact through our own efforts and efficiencies," he said.


The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20 (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace has already introduced a staff pay freeze and a halt to hiring.

The accounts show that the monarchy cost British taxpayers 69.4 million pounds ($88.2 million) in the year to the end of March, an increase of 2.4 million ($3.1 million) on the previous financial year.


Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square  (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty)

The accounts also show that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid an undisclosed sum to reimburse the public purse for rent and refurbishment of their Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle. The exact sum will appear in next year’s accounts. The renovation costs alone for the home were 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million.)

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry announced their decision to step away from their roles as senior members of the royal family. The announcement included the couple's plans to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. Most recently, the two, along with their son, Archie, purchased a home in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Stevens concluded that, despite the many changes the pandemic has brought to future royal events, the royal family's dedication to citizens in the United Kingdom has not changed.


“Although Covid-19 has temporarily changed the format of engagements and events, it has not changed the sense of continuity, reassurance and recognition they provide. Her Majesty’s programme, supported by Her family, will continue to develop meaningful ways to lead the nation through this time,” Stevens added.

Buckingham Palace has been closed for public tourism since April, impacting the royal family’s income that isn’t granted from the U.K. Treasury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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