Perhaps the most glamorous duty for a queen-to-be is attending black tie events. Naturally, all of these fancy outings, located everywhere from Mumbai to New York, require an extensive amount of formalwear. The Duchess of Cambridge seems to have this part of the job figured out. During her royal tenure, Kate has shown off a vast number of formal gowns, favoring designers Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen, in every hue, fabric, and style. Indeed, few do formalwear quite as well as the Duchess of Cambridge. Here, we’ve gathered Kate’s best black tie looks, from her royal wedding to all of those James Bond premieres.
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September 28, 2021
At the premiere of the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress fitting of a Bond girl. Her gold, embroidered cape gown was crafted by one of the Duchess’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham.
December 11, 2019
Wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara, previously worn by Princess Diana, the Duchess attended a diplomatic corps reception at Buckingham Palace. She complemented her many accessories with a simple black velvet gown.
November 18, 2019
Kate chose a velvet-trimmed, long sleeved, black lace gown from Alexander McQueen to attend the Royal Variety Performance. She paired the dress with loose waves and Erdem hoop earrings.
October 15, 2019
During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of Pakistan, Kate chose a stunning emerald green, long sleeved gown for a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan.
June 3, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge chose a white, ruffled gown and the Lover’s Knot tiara for a state banquet, during Donald Trump’s visit to Buckingham Palace.
March 12, 2019
The Duchess looked elated as she arrived at the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Gala in a black, floral Alexander McQueen dress. She previously wore the dress to the 2017 BAFTA awards.
February 13, 2019
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Duchess wore shades of pink and mauve to attend a gala dinner for 100 Women in Finance’s Philanthropic Initiatives. Her raspberry-colored velvet clutch matched the gown’s belt detail.
February 10, 2019
At the 2019 BAFTAs, Kate opted for a one-shouldered, A-line gown from Alexander McQueen.
December 4, 2018
In one of her rare tiara moments, the Duchess of Cambridge sported the Lover’s Knot and an embroidered, cap-sleeved gown at a Buckingham Palace reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps.
October 23, 2018
The royals always dress up for state banquets. When King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited, Kate chose a light blue, mermaid-cut gown and the Lover’s Knot tiara.
February 18, 2018
During her third pregnancy, the Duchess matched her emerald jewelry to a deep green, empire waist gown, as she and Prince William attended the BAFTAs in London.
February 1, 2018
While pregnant with Prince Louis, Kate embarked on a trip to Oslo, Norway. There, she wore a pale pink gown with a matching, embroidered cape for dinner at the royal palace.
March 28, 2017
We all know the Duchess loves a lace moment. Here, she put a colorful spin on the fabric, sporting a green gown for the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery.
December 8, 2016
In the holiday spirit, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps in a cap-sleeved red gown, paired with the Lover’s Knot.
November 3, 2016
The Duchess attended a movie premiere for A Street Cat Named Bob and matched her clutch to the red carpet. This evening’s gown featured a sheer, white lace top and a full, pleated skirt.
April 10, 2016
Looking striking in Mumbai, Kate wore a blue, embroidered gown and matching shawl during the royal tour of India and Bhutan.
October 26, 2015
The royals often attend James Bond premieres and Kate went with Princes William and Harry to the Spectre showing. She chose a pale blue Jenny Packham gown and an updo.
December 9, 2014
The two St. Andrews University alumni attended the college’s 600th anniversary dinner in New York. Kate’s off-the-shoulder gown had hints of black and blue and elegant pleats.
September 12, 2013
In one of her sparkliest ever looks (second only to the 2021 Bond dress), Kate wore this glittery number to the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society.
May 11, 2012
The Duchess wore a lace-detailed turquoise Jenny Packham dress to a gala marking the countdown to the London Olympic Games. The gown also featured a lace-trimmed, open back.
January 8, 2012
For the rainy London premiere of War Horse, Kate dressed for the season, wearing a black lace gown with a nude-colored lining.
December 19, 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrived at the Sun Military Awards at London’s Imperial War Museum. For the occasion, Kate wore a black velvet gown and a statement necklace.
October 26, 2011
Kate chose a strappy light grey gown to attend an event at Clarence House, supporting the In Kind Direct charity.
July 9, 2011
For her first time attending the BAFTA awards, Kate opted for a belted, draped lavender gown and a metallic clutch.
June 9, 2011
Attending the ARK 10th anniversary gala dinner, the Duchess chose a glimmering pale pink gown from Jenny Packham.
April 29, 2011
No gown of Kate’s is more iconic than her wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It also featured a nearly nine-foot-long train.
April 29, 2011
Kate changed into a second wedding dress for the evening reception at Buckingham Palace. The strapless gown and shrug were also designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
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