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Princess of Wales' wardrobe: A celebration of her go-to fashion brands

In celebration of Kate's 41st birthday, we reflect on labels the royal favours - proving it's surprisingly affordable to dress like the future Queen.

We take a look back at the Princess of Wales' favourite high street brands. (Getty Images)
We take a look back at the Princess of Wales' favourite high street brands. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales loves to champion British designers and brands (as well as European ones that have earned a special place in the hearts of UK shoppers).

Kate has the enviable capacity to cherry-pick the best designs around, regardless of their price tag. In among the McQueen and Jenny Packham gowns, however, she favours a surprisingly large number of more affordable labels - including a fair few high street brands.

Today, as the royal turns 41-years-old (and as birthdays are often a time for reflection), we're taking a look back at royal engagements of recent years to unearth the fashion brands that have become some of the mum of three's favourites.

If you too would like to dress like the future Queen-consort, these are the places to shop:

L.K. Bennett | Shop here

The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit. Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. Picture date: Tuesday September 27, 2022. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales in wales on September 27, 2022 wearing an L.K. Bennett coat. (Getty Images)

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L.K. Bennett has long been a staple in Kate's wardrobe. Founded by Linda Bennett in London in 1990 with the vision of bringing “a bit of Bond Street luxury to the High Street”, the label is best known for its heels and workwear.

Most recently the mother-of-three wore the brand while visiting Wales for the first time since receiving her new title in September 2022.Kate chose the LK Bennett wool red coat for the prominent outing, which retails for £599 and is still available to purchase.

The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 18 June 2021 wearing L.K. Bennett's Dee Pale Blue Crepe Shift Dress. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate at Kensington Palace on 18 June 2021 wearing L.K. Bennett's Dee Pale Blue Crepe Shift Dress. (Getty Images)

Kate also regularly wears shoes, dresses and coats from the brand, plus she owns a few of their clutch bags too. The brand's platformed Sledge pumps were her go-to's until 2014, and more recently she has been seen in the Fern pumps and Floret court shoes.

In June 2021 she wore the L.K. Bennett's £225 Dee Pale Blue Crepe Shift Dress as she visited the London School of Economics for the launch of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

Boden | Shop here

SCARBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Princess of Wales visits 'The Street' community hub during an official visit to Scarborough on November 3, 2022 in Scarborough, England. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting Scarborough to launch funding to support young people's mental health, in a collaboration spearheaded by the Royal Foundation. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales visits 'The Street' community hub during an official visit to Scarborough on November 3, 2022. (Getty Images)

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Boden has become one of the Kate's most frequently worn brands and she has a particular penchant for their knitwear, shirts and coats, which combine classic cuts with fun details.

Most recently, Kate wore a toffee coloured woven waist belt by the brand to visit The Street community hub in Scarborough in November 2022.

Pictured below in the brand's scalloped neck Hambleden jumper while visiting School 21 in Stratford, London, on 11 March 2021. Kate wore the bright coloured knitwear while congratulating teachers involved in the re-opening of the school following coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore a scalloped Boden jumper when visiting School 21 in Stratford, London, on 11 March 2021. (Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine wore a scalloped Boden jumper when visiting School 21 in Stratford, London, on 11 March 2021. (Getty Images)

Founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991 as a mail-order business originally specialising in menswear, Boden quickly pivoted to womenswear and Johnnie cites his wife and three daughters as inspiration.

Kate is a fan of the brand's scalloped styles, having also worn the Abercorn Scallop cardigan during another video call with one of the finalists in her photographic competition, Hold Still 2020, the previous November.

She also picked Boden when deciding on her outfit for the Cambridge family's 2019 Christmas card photo - in which she wore the blue floral Aurora Wrap Dress.

Mango | Shop here

Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales visits Colham Manor Children's Centre in Hillingdon, west London, on November 9, 2022. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales visits Colham Manor Children's Centre in Hillingdon on November 9, 2022. (Getty Images)

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Kate put a spotlight on high street brand, Mango, in 2022, when she wore a tonal green dress for the visit to Colham Manor Children’s Centre in Hillingdon in November 2022.

The green rib-knit dress cost just £35.99 and sold out immediately. Kate also wore the affordable number on Christmas Day last year, which she paired with a co-ordinating green coat.

SANDRINGHAM, NORFOLK - DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales with Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2022 in Sandringham, Norfolk. King Charles III ascended to the throne on September 8, 2022, with his coronation set for May 6, 2023. (Photo by UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate also wore the Mango dress on Christmas Day 2022. (Getty Images)

Reiss | Shop now

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to aid workers on the ground via video call during visit the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to learn about the ongoing support for people affected by the conflict in Ukraine on April 21, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Princess of Wales visit the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) on April 21, 2022. (Getty Images)

Shop Kate's Blazer

In April 2022, Kate chose a double-breasted blazer from Reiss to visit the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) alongside Prince William.

The tailored beige was an instant hit and has sold out numerous times but is luckily now back in stock.

She first debuted the high street item in September 2021 during a visit to RAF Brize Norton.

Superga | Shop here

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears Superga's Classic Cotu trainers while playing tennis games with schoolchildren at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre on 26 May 2021 in Edinburgh. (Andy Buchanan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine wears Superga's Classic Cotu trainers while playing tennis games with schoolchildren at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre on 26 May 2021 in Edinburgh. (Getty Images)

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Kate loves to take part in a variety of sports and often delights in a bit of friendly competition with her husband Prince William. Her competitive nature means she wouldn't want to be held back by unsuitable footwear, so the fact she can frequently be spotted sporting Superga's 2750 Cotu Classics speaks volumes for the shoes' comfort and practicality.

Most recently, she was seen wearing them in the families 2022 Christmas card. The trainers' classic design is versatile enough to be worn off the playing field too, and Kate packed them for her royal tour of Canada in October 2016 and wore them to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.

Aspinal of London | Shop here

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries Aspinal of London's Midi Mayfair bag as she and her husband Prince William depart City Hall in Bradford's Centenary Square on 15 January 2020. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate carries an Aspinal of London's Midi Mayfair bag in Bradford on 15 January 2020. (Getty Images)

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Kate likes the classic boxy style of Aspinal of London's Midi Mayfair bag so much that she owns it in two colours: Deep Shine Black Croc and Deep Shine Lilac Small Croc.

She carried the black version during a trip to Bradford with Prince William in January 2020, her first royal engagement of the year, during which they visited My Lahore Restaurant and attended group support sessions at a Khidmat Centre.

She previously showcased the design when she visited The Royal Opera House in London in January 2019, and as she paid tribute to those who were killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium at Leicester City’s Football Club in November 2018.

A month earlier Kate carried the lilac version while attending the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at London’s County Hall.

Aspinal is a family run business, whose founder didn't start out in the fashion world. Iain Burton was the original inventor of audio-guides to museums and galleries. In 2001 his brand started creating bespoke leather stationery to those museums and from there the brand branched into luxury leather goods, designed to be passed down throughout the generations.

Hobbs London | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Hobbs London's Lara Sweater and Tilda coat as she arrives for a visit to Nower Hill High School in London, on 24 November 2021. (Kirsty Wigglesworth-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate wears Hobbs London's Lara Sweater and Tilda coat as she arrives for a visit to Nower Hill High School in London, on 24 November 2021. (Getty Images)

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Kate has really embraced matching coats and jumpers when she wants to create a smart business-like look. Pictured above in Hobbs London's Lara Sweater and Tilda coat, she chose to wear this bold fuchsia pink duo for a visit to Nower Hill High School in London on 24 November 2021.

Hobbs was established in 1981 in Hampstead, London, with a focus on modern cuts, feminine tailoring and heritage craftsmanship.

Kate is clearly a fan of the brand's tailoring – especially when in bright colours or bold prints – as she owns quite a few Hobbs coats, jackets and skirt suits.

She wore the London Dalmatian Mac during two of her pregnancies. First in June 2013, she wore it to christen the Royal Princess ship while expecting Prince George. Then she wore it again during a visit to Margate in March 2015 while pregnant with her second child, Princess Charlotte.

Marks and Spencer | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears pink pin tucked trousers from M&S with Superga Cotu Classic trainers while meeting with parents and children, and peer supporters, in Battersea Park, London on 22 September 2020. (Jack Hill/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate wears pink pin tucked trousers from M&S with Superga Cotu Classic trainers while meeting with parents and children, and peer supporters, in Battersea Park, London on 22 September 2020. (Getty Images)

Kate has a pink trouser suit from Marks and Spencer's Autograph collection, which she really loves as she wore no less than three occasions in 2020.

First, she wore the pin tucked trousers and matching double breasted blazer during a private visit to an NHS call centre in Croydon, London, in March 2020. Then at the end of that month, Kensington Palace released a photograph of Kate wearing the blazer while speaking with the CEO of mental health charity Place2Be.

The trousers got another outing on 22 September 2020, when Kate met with parents and their children in Battersea Park, London, to discuss their experiences of being helped by peer support networks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kate has also been seen in numerous other pieces by the popular high street brand including a pair of under £40 trainers that were quick to sell out.

Zara | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears wide legged trousers from Zara and M&S's Ribbon Detail Lace Up Trainers while chatting to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill during a SportsAid Stars event at the London Stadium in Stratford on 26 February 2020. (Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate wears wide legged trousers from Zara and M&S's Ribbon Detail Lace Up Trainers while chatting to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill during a SportsAid Stars event at the London Stadium in Stratford on 26 February 2020. (Getty Images)

Kate owns quite a few pieces from high street favourite Zara. Pictured above in the brand's green wide leg trousers, which she paired with her M&S Ribbon Detail trainers for a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford on 26 February 2020, at which she raced heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Zara may be among the most affordable labels in the mum-of-three's wardrobe, but she certainly doesn't consider it to be throw-away fashion, as she has reworn Zara pieces on a number of occasions.

She stepped out for a second time in a checked dress first seen during a visit to Bradford in 15 January 2020. The pleated monochrome midi with a pussy bow neckline got a second outing on 5 October 2021, when Kate visited University College London to meet the researchers behind a landmark study called Children of the 2020s, which will track the holistic development of children from the age of nine months to five years.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a pleated monochrome midi from Zara as she visits University College London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies to meet with early years researchers on 5 October 2021. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate wears a pleated monochrome midi from Zara as she visits University College London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies to meet with early years researchers on 5 October 2021. (Getty Images)

Kate often snaps up blazers from the Spanish brand and has been pictured (fittingly) in red, white and blue styles - knowing Kate's attention to detail, we're sure the significance of those colours is no coincidence.

Barbour | Shop here

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears Barbour's Longshore Quilted Jacket as she and Prince William meet young people supported by the Cheesy Waffles Project, a charity for children, young people and adults with additional needs across County Durham, on 27 April 2021. (Andy Commins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine wears Barbour's Longshore Quilted Jacket as she and Prince William meet young people supported by the Cheesy Waffles Project, a charity for children, young people and adults with additional needs across County Durham, on 27 April 2021. (Getty Images)

The mum-of-three owns at least three jackets made by heritage countryside label Barbour.

Pictured above, Kate can be seen in the brand's Longshore Quilted Jacket, which was a staple on chilly outdoor royal engagements in 2021.

On 31 January 2021, Kensington Palace released a video filmed by Kate to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, in which she can be seen wearing the slimline jacket. Then on 27 April 2021, she wore it again while in Country Durham. It got a third outing on 26 May 2021 when Kate and Prince William spent the morning at West Sands Beach in St Andrew's, Fife.

Kate also owns a Barbour Edith jacket from the brand’s collaboration with Alexa Chung and an olive coloured Barbour Defence jacket, which she has owned since at least 2012.

Jigsaw | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Jigsaw's High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers while speaking to children during a mental health and wellbeing session as they visit The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, central England on 13 May 2021. (Photo Jacob King / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
Kate wears Jigsaw's High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers while speaking to children during a mental health and wellbeing session as they visit The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, central England on 13 May 2021. (Getty Images)

Jigsaw's High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers have become one of the Kate's favourite styles for pairing with bold knitwear and sharp shirts.

In December 2018, she wore the wide legged trousers while visiting RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Then she returned to the style in March 2021 while promoting the Mentally Healthy Schools project in at School21 in Stratford, and again in May 2021 while visiting The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Duchess of Cambridge paired a Boden jumper with Jigsaw's High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers while visiting School21 following its re-opening after the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in east London on 11 March 2021. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate paired a Boden jumper with Jigsaw's High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers while visiting School21 following its re-opening after the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in east London on 11 March 2021. (Getty Images)

Missoma | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Missoma's Zenyu Chandelier Hoops while attending the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 November 2021 in London, England. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate wears Missoma's Zenyu Chandelier Hoops while attending the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 November 2021 in London, England. (Getty Images)

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Even when Kate does wear an outfit from an expensive designer brand, her jewellery often offers a more affordable way into her wardrobe.

At the Royal Variety Performance on 18 November 2021, she paired her Jenny Packham gown with fan shaped 18ct gold-plated Zenyu Chandelier Hoop earrings by London-based brand Missoma.

Kate first wore this style on a royal tour of Pakistan in 2019, and they are not the only Missoma earrings she owns. She's also thought to have been wearing the the brand's Molton Hoop Earrings with her M&S pink suit during her visit to the NHS call centre in Croydon in March 2020.

Plus, she has often worn the brand's pink and gold rhodochrosite Mini Pyramid Charm Hoops.

Orelia London | Shop here

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Orelia London Chain Huggie Hoop earrings during a visit to the Belmont Community Centre in Durham, on 27 April 2021. (Andy Commins / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
Kate wears Orelia London Chain Huggie Hoop earrings during a visit to the Belmont Community Centre in Durham, on 27 April 2021. (Getty Images)

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British jewellery brand Orelia London is a relatively new favourite for Kate. Kate was first photographed in a pair of the brand's gold-plated Chain Huggie Hoop earrings during a video call with nursing students in February 2021.

Despite their very reasonable price tag of £18 the earrings have become something of a staple for Kate. She was next seen wearing them just a few days later during a video call with the founder of the Little Village charity and two of its service users.

Since then she has often returned to the neat pair, more recently wearing them with her Barbour Longshore jacket during a visit to County Durham in April 2021, as well as during the royal tour of Scotland in May 2021, when she donned her Superga trainers to play tennis games.