Kate Middleton has worn three dresses in the past two months that have not been seen since 2017 — a year full of royal highs and lows.
Kate, who married Prince William in 2011 and became the Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her royalty in style and has closets full of exotic pieces that are carefully stored after each use.
The duchess, like her husband William, is known for her eco-minded nature that fashion is one of the main ways she can portray it in public.
While in the 1980s and 1990s Princess Diana faced her bursting wardrobes, filled with pieces she would wear only once or twice, by donating clothes and clothing items, Kate created her own. method of simple dressing and wearing pieces are sometimes decades apart.
This work is unheard of by royal groups. Princess Anne — the queen’s only daughter — has been known to use pieces in her closets more than thirty years after first wearing them, due to thrift and avoidance of waste.
Kate though, seems more deliberate in her enthusiasm.
In 2022 the wardrobe demands placed on Kate have increased, not only due to a week -long tour of the Caribbean the king made in March, but the fact that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee means increased public appearances and functions. .
Perhaps what was a public display of concern for the environment and the economy, Kate, for important royal occasions over the past two months, has re-worn pieces from her wardrobe with a strange- the link that the last time they were all worn in public was the year. 2017.
For the royal Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle in April, Kate wore a pale blue dress by designer Emilia Wickstead. It was last worn when the duchess visited Luxembourg in 2017.
For the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in May, Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen coat that was last worn on a visit to Belgium to celebrate the centenary of the 2017 Passchendaele War.
Most recently the duchess wore a Michael Kors blue coat dress on a visit to Manchester to officially open the memorial garden to the victims of the 2017 bombing attack at the Ariana Grande concert.
The last time the coat was worn was at the opening of the Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial in London in 2017.
2017: A Year of Royal Highs and Lows
The year 2017 has been an even busier one for Kate and an important one in terms of the king’s broader history.
For Kate, visits to Paris, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and Poland with William were all made, as well as a number of joint ventures with Prince Harry related to the mental health initiative of the trio Heads Together.
Along with this program, broader royal milestones such as Prince Philip’s retirement from royal office, the queen’s platinum wedding anniversary and a visit to the state of London by the King and Queen of Spain.
The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and the Manchester Arena bombing marked times of national shock and mourning in 2017 with Kate and other members of the royal family meeting with those affected and thanking the first responders.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking event of the year for William and Harry, as well as Kate, was the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in a horrific 1997 car crash in Paris. The event was marked by a series of television interviews conducted by the princes.
The anniversary was somewhat eased by the announcement that Kate was also expecting her third child. The first engagement since the announcement was the opening of the Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace where a statue was later opened in 2021.
The garden will play a key role in one of the king’s most important events of 2017-the announcement of the partnership of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Kate is known to have a great awareness of the importance placed on the dress worn by members of the royal family and, for the past eleven years, has appeared through special tributes and dress messages to honor the events she has attended. .
Whether the Duchess’s fashion innovation in 2017 is a thoughtful choice or not, the events of that royal year resonate now and for Kate, in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations just a few weeks away, her wardrobe examined closely as before.