The stylish royals have great taste and uncanny similarities.
Although the new trend is more about street style and “it” bags, the charm of royalty has not seemed to fade. When the Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess of Monaco step out in public, every aspect of their look and style is scrutinized and appraised. We attempt to decode their royal fashion choices.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was born Catherine “Kate” Middleton into a business family, and spent her early years in Jordan. The family returned to their home in Berkshire, UK where she was raised with her siblings. Milddleton’s early career included a position as accessories buyer for a retail company, along with a role in her parents’ party supplies business. She met Prince William while they studied together at the University of St. Andrews. In 2010, the couple got engaged while on a trip to Kenya. The prince gave her an engagement that used to belong to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Their April 2011 wedding held at the Westminster Abbey was broadcast around the world with an estimated 300 million viewers. The couple has two children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – born in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Charlene, Princess of Monaco, was born Charlene Wittstock to a swimmer father and sales manager mother in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her family is of German and Irish origin, and her ancestors moved to South Africa for a better and safe life. Wittstock is a champion swimmer and has won three gold and a silver medal at the 1999 All-Africa Games. She was also on the Olympic swim team for South Africa. A shoulder injury put her out of commission for future competitions. Wittstock met Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2000, and made their relationship public in 2006. They were engaged in 2010, and got married in 2011. The couple has twin children – Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques – born in 2014.
The Duchess has had a major influence on modern fashion, with even the term the “Kate Middleton Effect” coined for it. Her engagement dress by Issa and a Jenny Packham dress she wore right after the birth of Prince George were sold out moments after her appearance in them. The Duchess stays loyal to British brands, with her favorites being Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. Her wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and spawned many lookalikes. Her look is very classic, with floaty gowns and slim dresses being her red carpet choice. For public outings, she is usually spotted in immaculately tailored clothing, with brightly colored outerwear picks. Her makeup is usually natural, and she plays up her eyes on special occasions. Her hair is the center of much attention, with her shiny locks having many admirers.
Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco is known for her statuesque physique and elegant style. She heavily favors Swiss label Akris, wearing it both in her daily life as well as at special events. Draped and flared silhouettes seem to be her signature, with some dazzling jewelry to complete the look. Her short blonde do is always well-coiffed, and she occasionally plays up her features with a bold lip or frosty eye shadow.
Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess of Monaco have featured on the covers of international magazines and are permanent fixtures on best-dressed lists. Their style and personality make them immensely popular with a global audience. Their story reads like a fairytale, of two women raised as civilians, and who went on to become royal princesses!
“By far the best dressing up outfit I ever had was a wonderful pair of clown dungarees, which my Granny made.”
“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.”
“There’s no one quite like William – I bet he’s really kind. You can just tell by looking at him.”
“I don’t want to be a princess who sits on the sidelines; I want to be present and actively involved. It’s a life with a purpose.”
“Sport has given me drive and discipline. It also taught me to remain humble.”
“Some brides stress, some don’t. I think I’m a serene bride.”