Kate turns 40. The Duchess of Cambridge: we celebrate her birthday with her most spectacular looks
Today he turns 40 and is going through the best moment of his life. Acclaimed by the British people and devoted to her family, Kate Middleton also triumphs as a style icon. The last time the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in public was last October, at the premiere of No Time to Die, the latest James Bond film: she looked like a goddess in her Jenny Packham sequined and beaded cape dress, a designer she often trusts and who also dressed her in 2011 in her first act after her wedding to Prince William, also in 2013, in her first appearance after the birth of her first child.
“Any other woman who just had a baby might wear something more discreet, but Kate preferred to show her integrity,” reflects Gayle Rinkoff, fashion stylist.
Paillettes are not the only trend that Kate knows how to wear with elegance. White is one of his bets since, as is tradition, he wore it on his wedding day. Sarah Burton described the assignment as “the experience of a lifetime.” Specialized embroiderers from the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace worked in secret for months, enriching the dress with lace in the shapes of roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks that covered the skirt, corset and sleeves. “The trend set by the Duchess was overwhelming, future brides were inspired,” says designer Kate Halfpenny.
Other bets that the Duchess of Cambridge embraces with style are floral prints, lace dresses and romantic outfits in pastel tones, as well as drapes, such as the one she wore when her engagement to Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson became official. “While her evening gowns are not as achievable for her fans as her more casual, everyday outfits, they are influential in many women’s wardrobes,” says Bethan Holt, author of The Duchess of Cambridge. A Decade of Modern Royal Style, and ensures that even if they do not buy a McQueen, they will look for something of the style.
When the protocol dictates, Kate completes her gala looks with the Crown jewels, to which she gives them a fresh and modern touch. The Queen often lends her pieces from her own collection, such as the “Lover’s Knot” tiara, which Princess Diana wore multiple times and which Kate has already worn at four state appointments. It is a piece set with diamonds and nineteen baroque pearls, which is the most popular among all generations of the Royal Family.
The Duchess of Cambridge even managed to outshine many of the Hollywood stars with whom she coincided in her tours of the world, advancing in her process of future Queen consort of the United Kingdom, a country in which she was already “crowned” as the best dressed.