Iconic Royal Outfits Of The Past Decade Ranked (2010-2019)

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The royal family has an endless list of memorable fashion moments from throughout the years. With the end of the decade fast approaching, we thought we’d round up the most iconic of them all. From Kate Middleton to Meghan Markle, follow along for a ranking of iconic royal outfits of the past decade:

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30. Queen’s State Banquet – June 2019

Kate Middleton was a vision in white when she stepped out to attend the Queen’s State Banquet with Prince William at Buckingham Palace in June 2019. For the occasion, she wore a floor-sweeping Alexander McQueen dress that was unlike anything we’ve ever seen her wear! The dress featured soft cap sleeves and full ruffles trailing from top to bottom. Kate topped the formal look with her favorite tiara, the Lover’s Knot tiara, which was also a favorite of Princess Diana.

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29. 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner – February 2019

Kate Middleton looked like a walking valentine when she opted for this sweet pink dress for the 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner in February 2019. We love the two-tone detailing of this look and the gorgeous contrasting burgundy velvet.

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28. BAFTA Awards – February 2019

Kate Middleton looked absolutely angelic when she stepped out at the 2019 BAFTA Awards wearing this whimsical one-shoulder dress. We love the dramatic floral embellishment on the shoulder of this look, which adds eye-catching detail to an otherwise quite simple white gown.


27. Buckingham Palace Banquet – December 2018

Kate Middleton stepped out in December 2018 for an evening reception at Buckingham Palace looking every bit a snow princess! Her glittering look featured sheer cap sleeves, sparkling beading and she even topped the look with the Lover’s Knot crown. The dazzling dress was exactly how we imagine a princess to dress, which made this undeniably one of Kate’s most iconic looks of all time.

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26. Buckingham Palace Reception – December 2018

Queen Elizabeth looked regal yet glitzy when she stepped out for an evening reception at Buckingham Palace with Prince Charles in December 2018. The gorgeous champagne and ivory lace was the perfect option for an evening event and worked fabulously to complement her diamond necklace and crown.

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25. British Fashion Awards – December 2018

No one can forget this gorgeous black dress that Meghan Markle wore during her surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards in December 2018. The look was perfect for an evening event and was the epitome of Meghan’s effortless yet glamorous style.

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24. Tusk Awards – November 2018

Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a striking teal Jenny Packham gown in November 2018. The sweeping floor-length gown featured layers of chiffon and satin but also featured delicate lace cap sleeves and a sparkling belt. We imagine that Kate had all eyes on her this evening in a stunning dress like this!

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23. Australian Geographic Society Awards – October 2018

Meghan Markle dazzled when she stepped out in October 2018 wearing this Oscar De La Renta gown that featured an intricate bird design. The voluminous fashion moment was definitely one of the boldest that Meghan has opted for during her time as a duchess, but the striking dress made her look every bit a princess!

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22. Cirque Du Soleil – October 2018

The Duchess of Sussex stole the show when she stepped out wearing this head-to-toe sequin gown while pregnant with baby Archie in October 2018! The dress was modest with the high neckline and long sleeves, but still super chic with the glitter texture and subtle slit.

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21. Westminister Abbey – July 2018

When it comes to royal dressing, Meghan Markle has seemed to favor a darker color palette filled with black, navy and emerald. This particular black look she wore to a Westminster Abbey service in July 2018 and despite the dark color, she turned heads from miles away. The delicate Dior gown featured her signature bateau neckline and she topped the look with an intricate fascinator that really amped the princess and glamour factor.

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20. Harry & Meghan Wedding – May 2018

One of Meghan’s most iconic fashion moments as a duchess is the second dress she wore to her wedding reception. Many actually favored this classic halter-style dress over her actual wedding gown. The slip-style gown fit her like a glove, and while it didn’t have typical princess glitz or sparkle, we definitely think she looked every bit a princess!

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19. Harry & Meghan’s Wedding – May 2018

For her wedding, Meghan wore a Givenchy Couture gown, designed by Claire Wright Keller. The design of the gown was simple and minimal with an open bateau neckline, sculpted waist, and three-quarter-length sleeves. The most amazing part of her wedding day ensemble was the cathedral-length style veil, which was made of silk tulle and featured hand-embroidered flowers. To keep the veil in place, she wore the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, which features diamonds set in platinum and a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds.

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18. Royal Variety Performance – November 2017

Another memorable fashion moment occurred when Kate Middleton stepped out wearing this pale blue gown covered head-to-toe in chunky glitter and beading. Many compared her look to Queen Elsa’s iconic dress in Disney’s Frozen and we can totally see the resemblance!

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17. Black Tie Gala – March 2017

One of our favorite Kate Middleton looks of all time is this gorgeous powder blue gown she wore while visiting Paris in 2017. The floating sheer sleeves and intricate gemstone beading are truly a work of art.


16. BAFTA Awards – February 2017

Kate Middleton’s black off the shoulder BAFTA moment in 2017 was definitely quite memorable! The garment featured a sleek shape and subtle tiered skirt which added volume and glamour to her look. We love that the floral detailing increases in size as it trails the length of the skirt to really add the drama and red carpet glitz.

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15. A Street Cat Named Bob Premiere – November 2016

In 2016 Kate stepped out for the film premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob wearing an angelic white number. We love the sheer pattern on the top of this dress and the flowy skirt, which felt really old Hollywood and glitzy. Kate is typically quite modest with her fashion, so seeing her on a red carpet looking this glamorous was quite the treat!

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14. Brute Mills Visit – August 2016

Another unforgettable Kate Middleton tour moment is when she wore this stunning floral dress during a visit to Brute Mills in 2016. The dress fit her like a dream and had a gorgeous shape to it with the square neckline and modest elbow-length sleeves! We love this shade of cornflower blue on the Duchess since it perfectly complements her blue eyes.


13. Canada Tour – September 2016

No one could forget this gorgeous red and white look that Kate wore while touring Canada in 2016! She honored the Canadian flag by wearing its colors and perfectly accessorized with cherry red pumps and a matching clutch.


12. Buckingham Palace State Banquet – October 2015

One of Kate Middleton’s most magical fashion moments was when she stepped out in late 2016 for a prestigious event at Buckingham Palace. Her look consisted of a swoon-worthy crimson dress featuring lace detailing, a slight shimmer and a dainty belt. It’s quite rare for Middleton to wear a tiara, but for the occasion, she opted for the sparkling Lover’s Knot tiara that was one of Princess Diana’s favorites.


11. Princess Charlotte’s Birth – May 2015

Kate Middleton has worn three very different outfits to present each of the royal babies, but this particular yellow number was one that was definitely iconic. The sunny yellow dress was the perfect choice for a bright spring morning to present Princess Charlotte to the world. The pastel Jenny Packham number featured a soft buttercup print and longer 3/4 length sleeves suiting to the brisk early May weather.

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10. St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner – December 2014

One of Kate’s most gorgeous gala dresses has to be this deep turquoise dress she wore in December 2014 and has repeated on multiple occasions. The dramatic neckline and sheer layering really remind us of something straight out of a childhood fairytale!

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9. Natural History Museum – October 2014

Kate stole the show when she stepped out at the Natural History Museum in October 2014 wearing this aqua blue dress and blush bow heels. This look is really unique among Kate’s wardrobe because it features a high-low hemline, which is quite trendy considering her tendency to lean towards more classic cuts.

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8. Tusk Foundation Gala – September 2013

Kate Middleton dazzled her way down the red carpet at the Tusk Foundation gala back in 2013 when she stepped out for the first time post-baby. The sparkling dress is definitely a Kate Middleton fashion moment we could never forget because the royal rarely opts for full sequins. When she does, however, it’s definitely a swoon-worthy princess moment for the books.

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7. National Portrait Gallery – April 2013

Kate Middleton absolutely dazzled at the 2013 National Portrait Gala where she stepped out wearing this icy blue empire waist dress. The shape of this dress was super flattering on the expectant duchess and the glitter texture really brought a glamour factor. She pulled her hair into a loose half-up style and accessorized with simple drop-style earrings.

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6. Far East Tour – September 2012

One of Kate’s most stunning ensembles from the Far East tour in 2012 was the purple and white printed number she wore. This shade of vibrant purple works beautifully with her dark features and chestnut hair. The shape of this dress also fits her like a glove!

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5. St. Andrews 600th Anniversary – November 2012

Kate dazzled when she stepped out wearing this black lace number with a nude underlay back in November 2012. She’s worn this dress a few times throughout the years for more formal gala events, but we absolutely love how she styled it in 2012 with a bright red clutch.

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4. BAFTA Gala – July 2011

No one does red carpet fashion better than the Duchess of Cambridge! While it’s rare for the duchess to attend celebrity events, the one we can usually expect her at is the annual BAFTAs. She’s always the belle of the ball when she steps out and our personal favorite BAFTA look of hers is this sweeping lavender dress with a white sash on the waist.

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3. Ark Gala – June 2011

One of Kate Middleton’s most glamorous gowns ever is this blush sequined dress she has worn for multiple formal occasions throughout the years. We love the contrast of the icy silver glitter with the warm mauve tones. The fluttery sleeves and sleek shape make this dress a true show-stopper!

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2. Kate & William Wedding – April 2011

The wedding day of Kate Middleton and Prince William was magical, to say the least. While Kate’s wedding gown was obviously an iconic royal fashion moment, we have to admit that her reception gown was too! The luxurious satin gown fit her like a glove and featured a chunky glittering belt which really made her look the part of a princess.

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1. Kate & William’s Wedding – April 2011

Similar to Markle, Kate Middleton’s most iconic fashion moment of the decade had to be her wedding day look! The event gathered millions of viewers from around the world to watch Kate become a duchess and wear her first tiara. Her ethereal lace wedding gown was designed by Alexander McQueen and featured floating lace sleeves, a subtle V-neckline, and sweetheart-shaped bodice.

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