Princess Style: Kate Middleton’s Best Looks

To fete Will and Kate's first anniversary, we're celebrating a year of the duchess's signature ladylike style.

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Kate Middleton in British label Erdem to an event in Quebec City
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Since becoming engaged to Prince William, Kate Middleton has established a ladylike style all her own. The buzz all started around Kate Middleton's white Alexander McQueen wedding gown, designed by McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton, which was the princess wedding moment everyone was hoping for. The lace on the dress was created by The Royal School of Needlework, and the back of the dress was finished with 58 gazer buttons from the collar to the waist.
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For her wedding dinner, Middleton donned another Alexander McQueen white gown in what would become the duchess's signature silhouette: fitted through the waist with a flared skirt.
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Middleton made waves the day after her wedding strolling the grounds of Buckingham Palace in an $89 dress from Zara and LK Bennett shoes wedges. The shopping fervor around the two items kicked off a run on Middleton's favorite pieces that hasn't let up since.
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It was the meeting of two current fashion icons: When Middleton met with Michelle Obama in May 2011, she wore a nude dress by Reiss, which also promptly sold out.
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For her first public appearance after her wedding, Middleton dazzled in a shimmering gown by Jenny Packham. The gown remains one of the best she's worn to date.
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Middleton wore a cream colored Collette Dinnigan dress with a matching embroidered coat to watch the Garter Service pass last June. The duchess is often spotted in trim coats, paired with simple heels and (for fancy occasions) her signature statement toppers.
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To Prince Philip's 90th birthday last year Middleton wore a similar look: a periwinkle jacquard coat dress that she has been spotted in several times throughout the years.
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Middleton took her cues from the military in choosing this Alexander McQueen coat to visit the Victoria Barracks last summer.
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Some of us wear sweats on planes. Middleton, on the other hand, stepped off a plane this summer in a lace dress by Erdem -- one of several British labels she's supported over the past year.
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Middleton wore a cream Reiss dress and a scarlet Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co hat to celebrate Canada day. Red pointy-toe heels complimented the look -- a perfect match for her scarlet topper.
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Here, Middleton wears a purple dress from another of her favorite UK-based labels, Issa, which she is widely credited with putting on the global fashion map.
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Middleton wowed the crowd in an electric blue dress by Erdem for an event in Quebec City over the summer. While she hasn't garnered the same reputation for supporting rising star labels in the same way as Michelle Obama, Middleton has been a steady supporter of UK labels.
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Middleton used her royal connections to wear this archive Alexander McQueen dress and navy suede Prada pumps for an event over the summer.
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Royals have casual wear too. Here, Middleton in jeans, a blazer and her favorite espadrilles over the summer.
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Also over the summer, Middleton was right on trend in a canary yellow Jenny Packham dress.
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Middleton was spotted in a red coat and dress by Catherine Walker at an airport over the summer.
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During her California visit over the summer Middleton donned a green Diane von Furstenberg dress.
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Middleton wore a lavender dress by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Illincic to an event in L.A. over the summer.
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The style icon stuck to a muted palette of grays and yellows, donning a Jenny Packham dress to watch her husband play polo in Santa Barbara.
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Middleton donned a lilac Alexander McQueen gown to attend 2011 BAFTA Brits. The dress was immediately copied by e-commerce site eDressMe.
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Middleton has also shown she has a taste of what are referred to as "High Street labels" in Britain. During the L.A. leg of her American tour last summer, Middleton wore a blue crochet top from Whistles, a UK chain, and white pleated skirt.
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To a wedding last summer Middleton wore a cream colored coat dress and large hat. The British press reported that she had last worn the coat in public in 2006.
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Middleton wore one of her most fashion forward looks -- a silk blouse and matching pencil skirt by Alexander McQueen and Prada heels -- on a charity outing last August.
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To visit the Royal Marsden Hospital, Middleton donned a white long-sleeved shift dress and camel pumps -- keeping it simple and chic, as she has long been wont to do.
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At a charity dinner at Clarence House last year, Middleton went a bit sexy, wearing a pale blue chiffon gown with beaded detail by British designer Amanda Wakeley.
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At the Child Bereavement Charity Fundraising Gala in October, Middleton also went for a more mature silk jersey wrap gown by Beulah.
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Middleton opted for this Jenny Packham one-shoulder Grecian gown for an event at St. James' Palace in the fall.
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Middleton showed she had really come into her own as a sophisticated dresser with the strapless velvet Alexander McQueen gown to the Sun Military Awards at Imperial War Museum in December. The ruby and diamond necklace she wore with the gown was reportedly a wedding gift.
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For the holidays, Middleton updated her trim-jacket-and-statement-hat routine with more wintry fabrics and plummy hues.
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Middleton wowed the fashion critics at the premiere of War Horse in January in a lace gown by Temperley.
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Middleton wore the ladylike trend well to the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition. The look consisted of a double breasted coat dress in grey by Jesiré, suede Jimmy Choo shoes and diamonds from Asprey.
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To visit Oxford Spires Academy early this year, Middleton wore Orla Kiely's "Birdie" dress. It sold out within minutes of her appearance across the UK.
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Middleton tried one of our favorite trends of the spring season -- the peplum waist suit (hers is by LK Bennett) -- with a smart, bow-embellished hat and classic suede pumps, for a public appearance.
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Middleton tried a Orla Kiely grey-embroidered dress with suede pumps and delicate pearl earrings for an outing to the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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To visit the Irish Guards during their St Patrick's Day Parade, Middleton wore an emerald green Emilia Wickstead coat dress with a chocolate brown Lock and Co. 'Betty Boop' hat.
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To visit The Treehouse hospice in March of this year Middleton wore a cobalt blue Reiss dress that her mother actually wore first in 2010.
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Middleton donned Matthew Williamson for the UK premiere of African Cats -- a surprisingly fashion-forward moment for the Duchesss.
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