Kate Middleton's Royal Style

Newly engaged to Prince William, this future princess knows how to make a statement — and loves a good hat!

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July 21, 2011 11:10 AM
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March 2002

Although they first met in September 2001 at St. Andrews University in Scotland, Kate caught William's eye while modeling a sheer black lace dress on the catwalk at a student fashion show.

June 2005

A fan of festive hats, Kate — attending as beau William's date — donned one at the high-society wedding of Hugh Van Custem and Rose Aster in Burford, England.
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June 2005

Wearing a gown of her own, Kate attended William's graduation from St. Andrews, where he received a Master of Arts degree with upper second class honors in geography — the highest of any heir to the British throne.
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August 2005

More casual in jeans and a riding hat, Kate attended the Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing horse trials near Tetbury, England.

March 2006

Kate stayed warm at the Cheltenham Festival with the help of a Russian-style fur hat on the venal day of the races in England.

May 2006

The future princess opted for a festive, feather headpiece at the wedding of Harry Lopes and Laura Parker Bowles — the daughter of Camilla, who is the second wife of William's dad, Prince Charles of Wales — in Wiltshire, England.
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June 2006

Kate, in a floral skirt, attended a pre-Wimbledon party hosted by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin in London.
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June 2006

After William successfully completed the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Kate — along with the Queen and the Prince of Wales, along with other members of the royal family — attended his graduation parade in England.

March 2007

In a beret, scarf and knee-high boots, Kate attended the Cheltenham Festival races in Gloucestershire, England.

April 2008

Alongside her longtime boyfriend, Kate — in an ivory A-line coat — celebrated William, who received his RAF wings in a graduation ceremony from the Central Flying School in Lincolnshire, England.
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September 2008

In yellow hotpants, sequined turquoise halter, and florescent pink legwarmers, the oft-conservative Kate got in the spirit at the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco charity fundraiser — which she co-organized — in London.
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August 2009

Kate went with a lavender coat dress and hat to celebrate the nuptials of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton in London.
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July 2010

A devoted fan, Kate looked casual chic at the Chakravarty Cup in Tetbury, England, where she watched William and his brother, Prince Harry, play in the polo match.
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October 2010

Kate stood out with a bold blue dress when she and William attended yet another royal wedding (they've gotten good practice for their own!), this time for Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford in Cheltenham, England.
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November 2010

In an apt color choice, Kate wore a striking royal blue dress — by her favorite brand, London-based Issa — to match her blue sapphire ring at her and William's official engagement announcement in London. He actually proposed to his girlfriend of eight years in October, while on safari in Kenya.