Getting photographed every single time she steps outside, the Duchess of Cambridge is bound to slip up every once in a while.
While visiting the Solomon Islands in 2012, Kate accidentally wore a dress by a designer from the Cook Islands, a different country that's about 3,000 miles away. It was one cute sundress that led to multiple press releases.
During the Cambridges' tour of Canada, Kate's floaty yellow dress got a little too floaty.
At the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Kate must have missed the memo from her in-laws to wear a neutral outfit. Calling her red suit "as striking as it was inappropriate," the Daily Mail's headline for the event said: "Did Kate really have to steal the show in her scarlet dress?"
With all the attention on her style, it's a significant decision when Kate decides to wear the same look twice. Yes, she repeats staples like shoes and jewelry, but she's worn this particular Roksanda Ilinic dress to at least four major functions.
While in Australia, Kate had another skirt blow up in front of photographers, prompting the New York Post to say, "Mooning the world is the most interesting thing Kate Middleton has done."
Kate wore this completely transparent lace dress at a charity fashion show in college, and legend has it that the frock is responsible for catching William's eye for the first time. Designer Charlotte Todd has called it "a piece of fashion history."
During their separation in 2008, Kate attended a charity event at a disco clad in tiny shorts, a sequined halter top and roller skates. The Daily Mail called the look "inelegant" and reported that royal sources were "appalled" by "a most unladylike display."
You wouldn't catch Queen Elizabeth dead in skintight pants that leave nothing to the imagination ... but they also weren't in fashion when she was Kate's age! Her tendency to wear jeggings was cited as one reason British researchers now caution women to be careful about the circulatory complications that come with these pants.
Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress was such an exciting fashion moment that the gown earned its own Wikipedia page—prompting some royal haters to demand the company take it down. "The sheer presence of this article is one of the lowest points ever reached by Wikipedia!" complained one commenter, as discussed at a conference.
After yet another short skirt flapped up in the breeze, the Queen reportedly demanded a makeover for Kate in 2014, prior to her tour in Australia and New Zealand.
Along with her shorter hemlines, the Queen rung the death knell for Kate's ubiquitous wedges, her shoe of choice for many casual public appearances.
Royals fans were divided on Kate's loud, ruffly Erdem dress, but one fashion blogger said it was "hideous," "horrible," and that "the sight of it gives me heart palpitations and makes me want to cry."
Wimbledon has a notoriously strict dress code—all white, down to women's bra straps—but those rules typically don't extend to spectators. That said, Kate only wore white dresses until the last tournament, when she turned heads in red.
Years after her wedding, Kate's Alexander McQueen gown made headlines when designer Christine Kendall sued the fashion house for breach of copyright. She claimed McQueen stole her initial sketches for the dress, and the case is still pending.
The Daily Mail officially declared Kate the "Duchess of Drab" following the Queen's style makeover, calling out this coat dress in particular for being too stiff.
Shortly after releasing fun-filled photos of a family skiing vacation, Kate was criticized by PETA for wearing fur-lined gloves on the slopes.
"Why Does Kate Middleton Dress Like She's 50?" asked the Daily Beast after she wore a conservative suit to daughter Charlotte's christening.
Fans anticipated that the Cambridges' tour of India and Bhutan would be a nonstop parade of brilliant southeastern style, but the Independent called Kate's subdued choices "embarrassing" "dowdy," dreary" and "lacking pizzazz."
In her most painful wardrobe malfunction to date, Kate's cream dress flew up while she was placing a wreath at a war memorial in Delhi, India.
The same day, Kate slipped off her shoes at the Gandhi Smiriti museum as a basic sign of respect—and was met with nervous breakdowns across the U.K. over her unpolished toes. "Corns, clawed toes, bunions AND fallen arches" cried the Daily Mail.
She's worn skinny jeans plenty of times, but her Zara trousers on safari in India were "tight enough to accentuate more of Kate's assets than are acceptable for a Royal wife," sniffed one blogger.
Even with all of these rules decreed by the Queen, Kate still manages a rebellion every once in a while. Just get a load of those knee caps she showed off at the Queen's 90th birthday celebration!