How Much Is It Worth: First Year Edition

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified.

After publishing our 2018 yearly review of the worth (please note not what the royal ladies actually spent) of 14 royal ladies new clothing, we are now taking a look at the first year of marriage (including the time the ladies were engaged ahead of their wedding) focusing on the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Sofia of Sweden.

The years we are looking at are 2011 for the Duchess of Cambridge, 2015 for Princess Sofia of Sweden, and 2018 for the Duchess of Sussex.

As there has been much discussion about the Duchess of Sussex’s total for 2018, we have decided to do investigate into what 2 other royals accumulated for clothing during their first year of royal marriage. We selected one royal from the same family (Duchess of Cambridge) and one from a different country (Princess Sofia). These three ladies all married into their respective royal family’s during the past 8 years.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Our data ranges from January 1 through December 31 of the year the royal married in - meaning that part of our calculations are from before they received their titles. However, these ladies were already engaged to be married and taking on engagements on behalf of their royal family, which is important to remember. So, all three of these royal ladies took part in royal engagements alongside their soon-to-be husbands ahead of their wedding. Our calculations include any photos of them taken during their first year; however, their wedding gowns are not included in our tally.

We do fully recognize that the ladies may have paid for their items ahead of their weddings out of their own pocket, but it is important to note that after the wedding, their clothing remains to be privately funded. As we have stated above, this article is not claiming our statistics are what was actually spent - only what they are worth. It is important to remember that after the wedding, the clothing is not funded for by taxpayers- it remains to be “funded privately”.

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland/Sofia Hellqvist

Princess Sofia married the only son and second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip on 13 June 2015 in Stockholm. Sofia and Carl Philip have two sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel.

Princess Sofia of Sweden (Sofia Hellqvist before marriage), debuted 123 new pieces during 2015. 93 pieces of those came to a calculated worth of 53,441 €. Missing from this total was 17 pieces which remain UFO and 13 pieces with the prices unknown. These 13 pieces are a mixture of custom gowns and ready-to-wear pieces (most from High Street brands but were identified too many years after being sold for a price to be recorded). Her average price per piece was 580 €.

In total, Princess Sofia was photographed in 76 outfits in 2015.

Duchess of Cambridge/Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (the eldest child of Charles, The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Prince of Wales) on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. They now have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

During 2011 Duchess of Cambridge (previously Catherine/Kate Middleton) debuted 142 new pieces. Her total for 2011 came 61,603 € for 95 pieces. 47 pieces are missing from this total, 38 being custom/no price available and 9 pieces remaining unidentified. The average price-per-piece for these 95 pieces was 648 €. Her wedding earrings are not included in this total as no price was ever released for them by the designer AND because they were a confirmed gift from her family, the British Press estimated them to be worth 15,000 £.

In 2011, Kate was photographed in 61 outfits.

Duchess of Sussex/Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex married the younger son of the Prince of Wales and late Diana, Princess of Wales on 19 May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor. They are currently expecting their first child in the spring.

The latest person to marry into the British royal family was the Duchess of Sussex (or Meghan Markle before marriage). In 2018 she debuted 324 new pieces, 256 of those pieces added up to a worth 479,048 €. Her average price per piece average of 1,871 €.

You will note that we omitted a total of 64 items from our total. 26 of these pieces were unidentified and the remaining 48 items were identified but without a price (most were bespoke pieces).

One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts, possibly from Prince Charles (our friends at Meghan’s Mirror shared their thoughts on this here), which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials. However because the Palace has not confirmed them to be gifts we left them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD). Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design.

In her first year, Meghan had 98 photographed outfits.

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article - please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

How Much Is It Worth?!

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified. If you would like to contribute to finding the UFOs from 2018, visit our comprehensive breakdown HERE.

As is becoming our annual tradition, Heaven and I have sat down with our notes, spreadsheets and calculators to bring you a comprehensive look at the value of the new clothing of 14 different royal ladies from around the world. Last year we brought you the number for 11 different ladies, and we heard your requests for us to include a few others. We are so happy to be able to include Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the Duchess of Sussex this year, per your request, in addition to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

You will notice that Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan is not on this year's list as she was last year. After discussions with the Royal Hashemite Court and the Office of Her Majesty, we have taken Her Majesty out of our tally and off of our website as to not cause any “damage” to her from our calculations of the yearly worth of her clothing. As a result of our discussions with members of the Court, we determine it was best for Her Majesty and UFONoMore.com to remove her from our tally and website.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). Out of 1,663 new pieces debuted this year by these ladies - only 34 of these pieces did we estimate a price. We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Totals in Euros (Descending by 2018 Total)

Now onto the data! In total, these 14 royal ladies debuted clothing retailing over 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) during 2018 on clothings and accessories. This 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) takes into account the 1,095 pieces which were identified with costs or had costs estimated. Excluded from this tally was 568 pieces where the pieces remain UFO or are custom pieces.

Average Price-Per-Piece in Euros

We acknowledge that some of these tallies could be higher because a royal has more pieces identified than others - which is why we include the average price-per-piece graphic for you below. These numbers are calculated by dividing the cost of pieces we have prices for by the number of pieces we have prices for (Example: Even though Princess Charlene of Monaco had 51 new pieces, we divided her total amount by 24 because that was how many pieces we had prices for). This gives us a better idea of her spending habits and trends.

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The Duchess of Sussex has taken over the top spot in her first year as a royal. We have calculated her new clothing worth to be a whooping 479,048 € ( $509,278 USD) this year. That number is likely higher because only 256 pieces out of her 324 new pieces have prices and thus are included in this amount. One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts from Prince Charles, which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials, however because the Palace has not confirmed either way we leave them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD) which still has her in the top spot. Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design. (Visit Meghan’s Mirror’s post for a further analysis)

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With the second highest amount, Crown Princess Mary comes next in the line up. With her 2018 wardrobe additions costing 102,914€ ($144,349 USD) for 105 pieces and debuting 170 pieces, she certainly has been stepping up her “fashion game” in the past few years. Mixing local and couture designers her average price-per-piece was 980€ ($1,089 USD), putting her in the middle of the ranking for our cost-for-pieces tally. (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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Next up is Sophie, Countess of Wessex who’s debuted 85 new pieces this year - totaling 86,675€ ($91,939 USD) for 60 of those pieces. She ranked 3rd highest on the average cost-per-piece with an average of 1,444€ ($1,532 USD) for 2018. Following her was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who debuted 117 new pieces this year. Of those 117 pieces, only 81 of them factored into her 80,237€ ($85,097 USD) total. While her numbers are lower than last year, it should be remembered that she also had a maternity leave during this year which left her out of the public eye for a few months.

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Princess Charlene always manages to find herself in the middle of the “rankings”; however, for 2 years in a row she remains in the top spot for average price-per-piece. Her total amount was 61,390€ ($65,178 USD) for 24 out of 51 total new pieces. While this total puts her in the middle, her price-per-piece average came in at 2,557€ ($2,715 USD) which was about 705€ ($733 USD) higher than the Duchess of Sussex who took the number 2 spot in the price-per-piece tally.

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Next up, was Queen Maxima of the Netherlands - whose new clothing retail value is probably double what we have calculated as we only have prices for 48 of her 108 new pieces for 2018; this resulted in a tally of 56,805€ ($60,383 USD). Most of her new pieces were custom pieces, many from Natan which result in 60 pieces where prices were unknown or remained unidentified- therefore excluded.

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Another new addition to our tally this year was Princess Beatrice who totaled in at 56,363€ ($59,817 USD) for 62 out of 88 new pieces. With her sister’s wedding being a major event in their family this year, Princess Beatrice made sure that she dressed the part all year long introducing Gucci designs into her wardrobe and continuing her love for loafer shoes.

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Princess Marie comes next in the tally spending 49,408 € ($58,042.70 USD) on 59 out of 96 new pieces. Her year saw her wearing Elie Saab for the first time, much to Heaven’s great pleasure! Her biggest splurge of the year was a new selection of jewels from her favorite designer Christine Hvelplund, which raised her average price-per-piece to 843€ ($967 USD). (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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The first Swede on the list is Crown Princess Victoria who debuted 133 new pieces this year. Continuing her pattern of championing Scandinavian designers, her total comes in to 44,095 € ($47,127 USD) for 98 of those pieces. Her choice to majorly favor Scandinavian designers resulted in her average price-per-piece being one of the lowest at 449€ ($480 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

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Next up is Queen Letizia, who continued her love of high street brands which allowed her to debut 196 new pieces but remain a low figure on the tally. While 107 of those pieces factored into her total of 42,448€ ($45,054 USD) - it is safe to say that she knows how to get the most “bang-for-her-buck”.

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Next is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, who was also away from the public eye for most of the year on medical leave. Spending 41,027€ ($43,594 USD) on 52 of her 76 new pieces, 2018 saw her splurging more a couple specialty pieces. Her price-per-piece average came to 789€ ($838 USD). *We have talked to the royal court and determined that one of items had a wrong identification and it was thus taken out of the total number until the correct identification could be confirmed*

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Princess Eugenie had an exciting year - both in her personal life and in fashion. Marrying Jack Brooksbank this autumn wearing a custom gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her wedding weekend accounted for many custom gowns and outfits which are sure to bring her actual numbers up. She finished the year with a total of 37,512 € ($39,818 USD) for 43 out of her 60 new pieces this year. (Note: Her wedding outfits are not included in these numbers because they were custom made and therefore we don’t have a price for them)

Finishing our tally are Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Princess Sofia’s total came to 30,844€ ($33,049 USD) for the year which accounts for 72 of her 118 new pieces debuted this year. Princess Madeleine spent most of the year out of public eye, giving birth to Princess Adrienne and relocating her family to Florida which accounted for her low numbers. Her total came to 26,398€ ($28,493 USD) for 24 out of her 39 new pieces. However, when she did debut a new piece - it was typically from a luxury brand, as seen in her average price-per-piece amount of 1,099€ ($1,187 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

In summary, the standings from 2018 are:

  1. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

  2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

  3. Sophie, Countess of Wessex

  4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

  5. Princess Charlene of Monaco

  6. Queen Maxima of Netherlands

  7. Princess Beatrice

  8. Princess Marie of Denmark

  9. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

  10. Queen Letizia of Spain

  11. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

  12. Princess Eugenie

  13. Princess Sofia of Sweden

  14. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Did any of these numbers surprise you? Leave a comment and let us know!

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article - please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

Our favorite royal gowns


We've compiled our favorite royal gowns, and we included your picks, too. Thank so much to all of you who responded!

Brittani:

I didn't want to repeat choices I've already made in similar posts, but there are plenty that I just adore! 

I really like the gown Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wore to the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to Sofia Hellqvist in 2015. It was an off-shoulder, glittering bespoke gown by Celia Kritharioti. 

I also really like the pink Lela Rose gown then-Meghan Markle wore as a bridesmaid in her friend's wedding in 2016. 

@meghanmarkle/Instagram

@meghanmarkle/Instagram

Last but not least, I like the blue Bruce Oldfield gown Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore to the gala for the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in June 2016. 

Heaven:

I am pretty biased on this one but one of my favorite is the Elie Saab gown Princess Marie wore for the gala dinner for Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday. I love Elie Saab and I love Marie so this was my dream combo and I loved the result! I think the decision to removed the sleeves was the right decision as the sleeved version would have overwhelmed her I think.

Another favorite is the Rochas gown Queen Rania wore in 2006. It's one of my all-time favorite for Rania, it's so flattering, the color is beautiful and I loved the floral embroidery.

My third choice is the Ole Yde gown Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in 2010 for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's wedding. It was a very beautiful gown and I love the color and the styling! 

 

Laura:

Fadi el Khoury Victoria wore to Madeleine's wedding. It was so exquisite. It was wearable art. And the picture of Victoria in it carrying Estelle was the epitome of modern royalty in my opinion.

By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26551717

By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26551717

Par Engsheden red gown Victoria wore to the Nobels. It just screams grand and regal. It was also the perfect gown to showcase that amazing cross necklace.

Finally, a Erdem gown Mary wore to Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday. It's not as grand as other gowns, but the print just sings on Mary. She just owned this look, there's no other way to describe it.

Samantha:

Elie Saab for Victoria at her wedding concert the night before her wedding in 2010. 

Another Elie Saab, this time the gown Princess Madeleine wore to Prince Carl Philip's wedding. (Royal Central's Deputy Editor, Jamie Samhan told us this was her favorite, as well):

And this Ida Lanto Princess Sofia wore for an official dinner hosted in March 2017 at the Royal Palace. It can be seen in the video below:

Sarah:

This was too hard! I felt like I couldn’t betray these Swedish masterpieces:

Crown Princess Victoria's one-shouldered pre-wedding gown by Elie Saab for the concert the night before her wedding. 

This Fadi el Khoury gown Princess Madeleine wore for the Nobels and Min Stora Dag.

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Lastly, this Ida Lanto gown Princess Sofia wore to the 2017 Nobels:

© Nobel Media AB 2017. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

© Nobel Media AB 2017. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Your Thoughts:

Asten: The red gown at the 2014 Nobels. The "I'M A PRINCESS" gown.

 

JR‏  on Twitter sent us these:

Madeleine at Nobels and kids tea party in Al Khoury - Madeleine has never looked better and come on, this is the best royal engagement ever right?

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Victoria at Madeleine's wedding in Al Khoury. Amazing, I remember the gasp of the commentators when the camera hit Victoria and I agree - Can you do anything other than gasp. Great accessorising, too - Lilian's tiara, Josefina's stomacher necklace, wee Estelle.

Victoria at her pre-wedding gala in Elie Saab. Baam! Except for her wedding day Victoria has never looked better. I know many don't like the foam but I do. Again great accessorising with the Cupid's arrow worn by her grandmother, the epaulett earrings.

 

Dianne Dunn‏  said: 

I loved Duchess Kate in this Jenny Packham ! It’s such a beautiful shade of blue with just the right amount of sparkle!!

British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

 

Princess Victoria‏  told us: 

My favourite gown is the Elie Saab Victoria wore on her pre wedding concert. I've seen it at the Royal Wedding Dresses exhibition, it's my dream gown

 

Duchess of Pemberley's opinion. 

It was the Pronovias Sofia wore:

She also added the Alexander McQueen from the BAFTA's in 2017 saying, "Kate, who I love, doesn’t generally wow me with her evening gown choices, however, this one is a favorite"

 

Kat Es thoughts:

Mine are Victoria's Elie Saab gown from her pre-wedding concert, and Letizia's gown from William and Kate's pre-wedding dinner, Madeleine's Elie Saab from Carl Philip's wedding, Kate's light pink Jenny Packham gown she wore in 2011.

(Since the gowns of Victoria and Madeleine have been listed above several times, we aren't reposting those photos. Below are the Letizia and Kate gowns):

Europe Correspondent for Royal Central, Laura Dekkers, sent us her favorites, too:

I loved Princess Madeleine’s Ida Sjösedt gown (or skirt) with those flowers in 3D which she wore at the Polar Music Prize last year.

And a Classic one but still gorgeous is Crown Princess Victoria in Fadi El Khoury at Princess Madeleine’s wedding. A true piece of art! (See the pictures above)

Princess Madeleine in Fadi el Khoury at the Nobel Prize 2014.

 

Queen Mathilde in Jan Taminiau, a red gown that she wore in 2016 for a concert in the Netherlands at Centre for Fine Arts.

 

Crown Princess Mary in a white Erdem gown with flowers from the banquet in Norway and the Birgit Hallstein that she's worn on a couple of occasions (including the gala dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's inauguration as King in April 2013.

Reader and guest on our podcasts The Royal Watcher sent us:

Never again: Royal outfits we hope to never see again on our favorite royals

We've selected royal outfits that we were not fond of. We want to emphasize that we love these ladies, just not these particular choices. While we may not like a certain outfit, some of you may love it - which is fine. Different opinions make the world go around. We have also included some of your opinions, as well! 

Brittani:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Sweden had some bad outfit choices for all the royal ladies. One of Kate's was just horrendous and never needs to see the light of day again. It was a mustard colored floral silk gown by Erdem. Burn it, please!

Queen Maxima's yellow "Big Bird" dress was horrible. It was the 2017 Spring Collection of Claes Iverson. She wore it during a dinner for an official visit by the King and Queen of Jordan to the Netherlands in 2018.

Another bad choice was the red Viktor & Rolf gown Princess Mabel wore to the Dutch pre-inauguration dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the Dutch throne in 2013.

Heaven:

Crown Princess Mary usually has beautiful gowns but this Jesper Hovring orange gown she wore to the New Year Gala in 2013 is definitely not one of my favorite.

I also never want to see this Natan outfit Queen Maxima wore in June 2015. The top is not bad but the culottes are awful in my opinion.

Last,  I really didn't like the Akris dress Princess Charlene wore in Russia in 2013. I think it was really inappropriate.

Laura:

First, I'd like to put at least a one year moratorium on any and all Erdems.  There are some Erdem pieces I like, but more often than not, they are overwrought or just plain not flattering. The one exception for me would be Crown Princess Mary, who seems to know which Erdem pieces work and which don't.

For specific outfits, I'd prefer to never see both Stylein outfits Victoria wore for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Sweden visit again. The dress from the first night was an odd length, and the sleeve and neckline were puzzling too. The shirt and skirt from the second night were equally bizarre.  I didn't care for the slit in the skirt, the sleeves of the top, or the material of the top.  Overall, the looks were just really bad.

Finally, I'm really not a fan of Queen Maxima's Etro jumpsuit that she wore in 2016 to the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.  Jumpsuits, in my opinion, mostly need to be in solid colors or a color block.  Patterns are very tricky.  Patterns in an ugly shade of tan with a tan belt? Disaster. 

Sarah:

I don't like this monstrosity Crown Princess Victoria wore to the dinner hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for the 2014 Nobels and in official photos. The designer has never been identified. 

Photo: Kungahuset

Photo: Kungahuset

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

I also didn't like this Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini print dress Princess Sofia wore during the February 2017 state visit from Canada. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Last, I wasn't a fan of this Jenny Packham light blue gown Kate wore to the James Bond Spectre premiere in 2015. She also was in Jimmy Choo “Vamp” Sandals, Packham Casa Box Clutch, and Robinson Pelham Blue Topaz Chandelier Earrings. It was a terrible gown!

Samantha: 

There are two outfits I really hope to never see a royal wear again. My first choice is this outfit of Queen Maxima's. It was an ill-fitting Natan ensemble that she wore to the premiere of the musical The Color Purple in the Netherlands in April 2018.

My next choice is this ensemble the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the The Wellbeing In Schools Awards for her patronage Place2Be in 2014. She wore a Jenny Packham Fall RTW 2013 satin skirt in peacock and the top is Invitation by Hobbs “Emilia” top.

 

You answered: What outfits do you hope to never see again?

Our reader Rachel chose the Alexander McQueen gold and white gown from the Malaysia tour saying, "Yellow is an ugly colour and nobody should wear yellow." Another choice was the same Erdem gown Brittani chose above from Sweden remarking, "Here’s another I strongly dislike. I love the floral but that’s it. Like I said, yellow, especially mustard yellow doesn’t work for me."

Rachel also was not a fan of this monstrosity of a gown of Haute Couture by Karl Lagerfeld that Princess Caroline of Monaco wore to the 2017 Rose Ball in benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation. 

A guest we've had numerous times on our podcast, Jessica, chose the glittery black gown by Marchesa that Princess Madeleine wore to the 2012 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce from Farm to Fork Royal Gala award dinner in New York in March of that year saying, "This makes her look like a b lister at the country music awards."

She also chose the Duchess of Cambridge's light blue Erdem dress from Trooping the Color in 2012. Jessica said, "Kate pulled a Scarlett O'Hara and made a dress out of the curtains."

Reader Ann told us she did not like this light colored gown of Princess Laurentein of the Netherlands that she wore to the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary Donaldson in 2004 saying, "Pointy boobs look good on no one."

This look of Meghan's was also not a favorite. She wore the Altuzzara dress to the Commonwealth Youth Forum that she paired with a black Camilla and Marc blazer and Oroton bag. Ann said, "It was too much. Also, for the event it didn't seem like it fit."

JustACasualGirl on Twitter told us she did not like this burgundy Ida Sjöstedt gown from the 2014 Nobels before her wedding the next June. 

She was also not a fan of this deep purple satin gown by Alexander McQueen that Crown Princess Mary wore back in 2005 and again in 2016. The first time was for dinner in New York on February 1, 2005. 

She also chose this Ida Lanto light blue dress from the Te Deum for Prince Oscar in 2016. She said, "It really doesn’t suit her, in my opinion."

Then-Kate Middleton's wedding dress

As it is the wedding anniversary of Will and Kate, we are going to look back at the wedding gowns (and outfit for her arrival at the Goring Hotel on April 28, 2011) she wore for the beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey and reception at Buckingham Palace. Happy anniversary to the happy couple and proud parents of three!

Kate's much talked about wedding gown was by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and gave nods back to the wedding gown of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco in the 1950s. It featured a lace top with a v-neck and long sleeves. She wore the Cartier Halo Tiara with her gown. The train was 110 inches long. Her white shoes with lace were also Alexander McQueen. She wore a pair of diamond earring featuring acorns (which is on her family crest) by Robinson Pelham. They were bought by her parents as a gift. 

For the evening reception she wore another creation by the same designer that was strapless and featured jewels around the middle of the waist. 

The wedding featured guests from politics, music, Hollywood and foreign royals. You can read our piece about the outfits of their royal guests in our earlier post this morning!

The bridal party included Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton as Maid of Honor and bridesmaids: Lady Louise (William's first cousin), Margarita Armstrong-Jones (cousin of William), Grace van Cutsem (daughter of a friend of the couple), Eliza Lopes (William's step-niece), William Lowther-Pinkerton (William's Private Secretary's son), and Tom Pettifer (son of William and Harry's former nanny). Prince Harry served as William's Best Man. 

The wedding was at 11 am local time, and Kate chose to arrive in a car rather than a carriage. Her father, Michael Middleton walked her down the aisle. The bride chose not to promise to obey in her wedding vows, as Diana had done 30 years before. Prince William also chose to not wear a ring. The Archbishop of Canterbury presided over the ceremony. 

The Queen named them the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their wedding. 

The night before her wedding, Kate arrived with her family (parents: Michael and Carole) and siblings (Pippa and James) to the Goring Hotel where she would spend her final night as a single woman. Media was there to greet them as they arrive and a large crowd. Kate was in a black dress with white designs by Issa and matching black wedges by LK Bennett. She wore a cream jacket by BCBG, as well. 

The final days of Kate's 2011 Canadian trip and Los Angeles

In our final installment, we take a look at the Duchess of Cambridge's outfits for the remaining day of her first Canadian tour in 2011. 

On July 5, Kate wore her J Brand skinny jeans again with a tan Burberry long-sleeved shirt and her Sebago flats for part their time in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. She also wore a cream dress by Malene Birger with her trusty LK Bennett pumps. They spent their day learning about Aboriginal traditions and activities and attended a ceremony to highlight cooperation between the natives and other cultures. They also attended a session for the Youth Parliament and a street hockey game where William took a couple of shots that were stopped by the goalie. 

The next day saw Her Royal Highness in a repeat of the jeans and blazer worn earlier in the tour with a Malene Birger blouse. She was in navy slingback wedges from Pied-A-Terre. That day was spent in Alberta where Their Royal Highnesses toured Slave Lake (a town that had recently been ravaged by wildfires) on what was supposed to be their day off. 

July 7th in Calgary saw Kate meet with a young cancer patient as part of Make-a-Wish. The little girl's dream was to meet Kate, and she greeted her with a big hug. Kate was in a yellow silk Jenny Packham dress. Later that day, she and William wore their white cowboy hats they had been given upon their arrival for the Calgary Stampede. She was also in GoldSign bootcut jeans, white Alice Temperley blouse and Butler and Wilson belt.

They attended on the 8th too with Kate in the same outfit with a solid white Temperley blouse. The couple then left Canada in an official ceremony for Los Angeles. Kate wore a red Catherine Walker coat dress. She had changed into a Roksanda Ilincic, paired with beige Jimmy Choo pumps upon their arrival in the States.

LA saw the Duchess in a lilac Alexander McQueen gown at the Belasco Theater for BAFTA Brits to Watch event. She was also seen in a navy and white outfit from Whistles on their final day in LA where they visited Skid Row. Kate also wore her Chinoiserie-print Jenny Packham dress, Kiki McDonough earrings for a polo match in Santa Barbara where William took part. She presented the winning trophy. She wore a green Diane von Furstenburg “Maja” dress with an animal skin purse by the same brand for a private reception British Consul-General’s residence.

Our favorite looks of the Duchess of Cambridge's third pregnancy

As the Duchess of Cambridge's third pregnancy is coming to a close (she's due this month), we thought we would look back at our favorite fashion moments from her third pregnancy.

Brittani:

My all-time favorite pregnancy look of Kate's occurred during this pregnancy when she attended the gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Oslo during her and William's tour in early February. She was in a gorgeous white, caped Alexander McQueen gown with embellishments around the neck. It looked wonderful on her, and it's a shame we will probably only get to see it on her once. 

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Another favorite of mine was the navy and blue Seraphine Phaedra Woven Maternity dress she wore on February 21 when she visited Sunderland with Prince William.

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

I also thought her white boucle tweed Alexander McQueen long-sleeved minidress was very flattering. She wore it in Sweden on January 31, 2017, when she visited the Karolinska Institute and Haga Palace. She also carried a burgundy Chanel bag and wore a pair of matching Tod’s heels. I was also a fan of the red and white houndstooth Catherine Walker coat she wore over it!

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Photo: Raphael Stecksén, Royal Court, Sweden

Photo: Raphael Stecksén, Royal Court, Sweden

Heaven:

I think my favorite maternity outfit Kate wore (outside of the gorgeous McQueen gown Brittani chose) is the Beulah London navy coat she had already worn when pregnant with Charlotte! It was already my favorite maternity outfit of hers then and it still is! I think it's very flattering, and I love the overall vibe of the outfit.

Another one of my favorites is the green Jenny Packham gown she wore to the BAFTAs. I know there was a lot of controversy about it but from a fashion point of view it was such a flattering gown, and I loved the color!

My last choice is not specifically related to the dress (although I liked it!)  but more to the context. It is the Orla Kiely dress she wore when visiting the new National Portrait Gallery's exhibition. It's not her best dress and it's another floral one but I was there when she arrived so I got to see her and she was so beautiful and the dress looked really good in real life , I just had to include this outfit in the list!

Laura:

I loved her Catherine Walker coat with the McQueen dress from Sweden. I loved the print of the coat and the texture of the dress paired together. It had a very Jackie O feel to it.

I also loved the McQueen cape gown. It was the epitome of glamor, and I'm only sad that wasn't a tiara event.

Finally, the last engagement where she wore the Hobbs top with the repeated Goat coat. Kate doesn't wear separates to engagements a lot, and I loved the outfit. It wasn't as matchy matchy as she typically goes, but all of the pieces work together. I also love the brand Hobbs and would like to see Kate wear it more.

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@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Samantha:

I also really liked the outfit Kate wore in Sweden with the Alexander McQueen dress and red houndstooth Catherine Walker coat!

Another favorite of mine was the outfit she wore for her last engagement in March before maternity leave. She was in her white Goat coat and Hobbs printed shirt.

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Sarah:

Admittedly, I wasn't overly fond of many of her third pregnancy outfits. This outfit that she wore in Sweden to an ice hockey event was my favorite by far. Kate wore a Burberry coat with a sweater by Swedish designer Fjallraven. She also wore Sorel boots in the Torino style and a Eugenia Kim knit cap in the Rain with Faux Fur Beanie style.

I thought Kate's blue Seraphine dress with the two buttons under the bust was another good outfit, as well. She wore it at the first annual Royal Foundation forum alongside Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on February 28, 2018.

What were your favorite looks? Let us know!

Our top picks on outfits we want to see the Duchess of Cambridge repeat

Sarah:

The bright yellow and white lace sundress by Jenny Packham that she wore during the tour of Germany in the summer of 2017! I thought the color really flattered her, and it is one we don't see her in often!

Like Heaven, I really loved her in the red Marchesa dress that she wore in April 2017. 

And I love, love the lilac Alexander McQueen gown Kate wore to the BAFTA dinner in Los Angeles, California, during the 2011 tour. Such a gorgeous dress!

Heaven:

Marchesa dress worn at the "42nd Street" opening night in April 2017: I think it is one of my favorite outfits of hers! She looked so good, and I really loved the dress.

Prabal Gurung dress worn during their 2012 tour in Singapore : I'm a really big fan of Prabal Gurung, and this dress was very lovely so I would really like to see it again, with different accessories this time!

Emilia Wickstead coat worn at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2013 :  The Duchess doesn't wear a lot of yellow but this coat worn when pregnant with Prince George is one of my favorites! I hope we'll see it again soon! Maybe at another garden party this summer?

Brittani:

Gold and white Alexander McQueen custom gown from the 2012 tour of Malaysia.  It is honestly my favorite outfit of hers ever. I would absolutely love to see it repeated!

Blue and white patterned Ikat Batik Catalina print Diane Von Furstenberg dress from Winnmalee, Australia, during their 2014 tour. This may actually be my second or third favorite outfit of Her Royal Highness's. It sold out in 8 minutes! Kate, please bring it back!

The green Maja Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg from the 2011 trip to Los Angeles, worn when she met the British Consul-General. I really liked this one as I thought the color really flattered her. It's a shame we only saw it once!

Laura:

Gucci from Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit opening. Love the retro preppy feel of the dress. It's definitely a different look than we're used to seeing from Kate which is why I love it. 

And the second outfit I'd love to see repeated is Erdem from Trooping the Colour in 2012. I LOVE that neckline and color. Plus, this is one of the very few Erdems that isn't overworked. She was also in a Jane Corbett hat. I think it'd be great for a church service or something similar. 

Samantha: 

I really liked the green Mulberry coat Kate wore while pregnant with Prince George in 2013 when she wore it to the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013.

I also loved her turquoise Jenny Packham lace gown that she wore to the "Our Greatest Team Rises" concert in 2012 as part of the countdown to the Olympic Games in London. 

These are just two of a handful of older outfits that have yet to be repeated that I would love to see again!

What were your favorite looks? Let us know!

Looking back at the dresses Kate wore to introduce George and Charlotte

As the date gets ever closer for the birth of #BabyCambridge3, we thought we would take a look back at the two bespoke dresses the Duchess of Cambridge wore to introduce Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the world.

Prince George was born on July 22, 2013, in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. He was presented to the world the following day in the arms of his mother. Kate was wearing a blue and white, short-sleeved Jenny Packham dress with nude wedges by Pied a Terre. She was praised at the time for choosing a dress that displayed the post-birth baby bump to show that a woman's body does not snap back into shape the moment she gives birth. Many also saw it as a tribute to Princess Diana - who wore a green polka dot dress to present Prince William in 1982.

Christopher Neve/Flickr

Christopher Neve/Flickr

William and Kate spoke to the assembled media before departing the hospital where William joked, "He's got more hair than me, thank God!"

George's name was announced on July 24 at George Alexander Louis. 

Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015, at the same hospital as her big brother. She was presented to the media just a few hours after her birth. It was a chilly day as the press took photos of the family before they headed home to Kensington Palace with Kate spotted asking William if Charlotte was getting too cold. 

For the presentation, the Duchess wore a white and yellow floral dress with 3/4 sleeves with a pair of nude heels. It was made by Jenny Packham, as the dress had been for George. It's likely Packham will have made the dress Kate chooses to wear to show her new bundle of joy off some time this week. 

Charlotte's names were announced on May 4 as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. 

Duchess of Cambridge in Canada 2011: Days 3-5

Days three through five of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first trip to Canada in 2011 took place in Ottawa, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Day two was on July 2 in Ottawa and Quebec. They visited the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa before departing for Montreal. 

Kate wore a knee-length gray Kensington dress by Catherine Walker, a pair of matching snakeskin Tabitha Simmons pumps and Hobbs London clutch while in Ottawa and later in Montreal. 

The next day, while in Quebec City, Kate was in a royal blue lace by Erdem and her traditional LK Bennett nude pumps. She carried a nude clutch, as well. That day they attended a Freedom of the City Ceremony and a community ceremony in Levis, Quebec, before moving on to Prince Edward Island that evening. While in Levis, she was in the same shoes but changed into a cream, sleeveless Joseph dress. Upon arriving on the island, she was in her blush Jimmy Choo pumps and a pink tweed jacket. 

During their day in Prince Edward Island, the Duke and Duchess visited the provincial legislature in Charlottetown, learned about the military at Prince Edward Island Park, and challenged each other in a dragon boat race (which William won). She was wearing a white and blue knit dress with a tie at the chest by Alexander McQueen with navy pumps. She later put on her navy trenchcoat by Ted Baker and a red Hugo Boss scarf. For the boat race, she was in a Nike navy jacket and J Brand skinny jeans, as well as Sebago flats. 

Duchess of Cambridge's arrival and days one and two of 2011 Canadian trip

Upon her arrival in Ottawa, Canada, on June 30, 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a navy lace scooped back dress by Canadian brand, Erdem. She was also wearing her nude LK Bennett heels. She had changed from the blue blazer by Smythe les Vestes (Toronto based company) and Rouland Mouret navy dress she was wearing as she left London. Kate was also wearing navy Manolo Blahniks at the time.

When they arrived, they were greeted by several Canadian authorities including the Mayor of Ottawa. They laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier at the Canadian National War Memorial. Later, they were officially welcomed at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada before moving on to a Celebration of Youth Barbecue Reception at the same location. 

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Photo: Brian Gratwicke/CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

On day two, the couple celebrated Canada Day. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white Reiss mid-length dress which featured overlapping fabric on the left side for a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec (near Ottawa). It was the same dress she wore in her engagement portraits. She paired it with a red hat by Lock & Co. which featured a maple leaf - traditional Canadian symbol. Her outfit, in general, were the colors of the Candian flag - fitting for the national holiday. She was wearing her silver Asprey necklace and earrings. 

For the last engagement at the Evening National Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill, she changed into a purple V-necked dress by Issa. She was also wearing black Prada pumps and carrying an Anya Hindmarch clutch. Several Canadian acts performed on the occasion before they concluded day two of their first royal tour. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's BAFTA 2018 gown

There has been quite a bit of controversy stemming from Catherine's dress color choice at the BAFTAs on Sunday, February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Duchess wore a dark forest green Jenny Packham gown that featured a black sash around the middle. She was also carrying a black clutch and wearing a pair of black Prada wavy cutout heels. She also added to her ensemble with emerald and diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet from her personal collection that was given to her as a gift. 

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Many expressed their displeasure that Kate did not wear black while others defended her saying she showed solidarity in a very royal way as to not appear to be showing any sort of political statement (as the Royal Family is discouraged from doing). 

We asked our Twitter followers to vote on whether or not they approved of Catherine's choice. We very much appreciated hearing everyone's thoughts. Below are the results with the vast majority believing green was appropriate: 

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For me, the Duchess wore exactly what I was expecting. I did not think she would show up in a black gown and actually predicted something similar to her navy Jenny Packham gown that she wore in New York while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. I'm not personally a huge fan of green, so I wish she had gone with a navy. I do think she was showing solidarity, especially adding black with the sash, shoes and clutch. Sadly, no matter her choice, she was going to be criticized. 

American actress Olivia Munn went to the Duchess's defense on Twitter saying, "The Times Up dress code suggestions should not be used to ostracize or control. What we stand for & what we fight for matters more than the color of our dress. I have a hard time believing that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t stand beside us just because she was wearing green."

Our own fashion editor, Heaven concurred on Twitter by posting, "I honestly don’t mind Kate not wearing black tonight. It would have been nice of course but she chose a dark color with black details and accessories and that’s good enough for me. I would have been mad had she worn red or pastels but here, I think she found a good balance. I love the whole outfit and I think it’s one of her best maternity one and I’m glad to see the emeralds again. I think it’s another case of damned is she does, damned if she doesn’t, as always with Kate."

In our weekly podcast, fashion editor Laura also spoke about the event saying how she could see both sides of the argument and personally did wish Her Royal Highness had been in black. She made a very important point in the recording that we should all take note of: It is fine to disagree, but when you do so, do it in a respectful and thought out way. You can hear her full thoughts on our podcast here

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I'm quoting my article from Royal Central to explain where the #MeToo campaign came from regarding Sunday night, "...most actresses in attendance kept to the similar dress code as the 75th Golden Globes in January where actresses dressed in black as a show of solidarity. Likewise, the Grammys saw attendees wearing or carrying white roses for the same purpose.

"The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements developed late last year after explosive revelations about influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual assaults and harassments were exposed by The New York Times and New York Magazine, causing an avalanche of anger and condemnation across the entertainment industry as well as other sectors, including politics."

 

Three times the charm: Catherine's pink Mulberry coat

Three times the charm! The Duchess of Cambridge has made her third appearance in her £1500 hot pink Mulberry coat. The latest appearance was on January 16, 2018, when she and the Duke of Cambridge visited Coventry Cathedral and the Coventry University Campus to open their new £59m Science and Health Building. She also wore a pair of pale pink Kiki McDonald earrings on this outing with her black Tod's pumps and black Cornelia James Beatrice gloves. 

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

The couple met staff and volunteers, as well as those out on the street who waited in the cold to see Their Royal Highnesses. The visit to the cathedral and university were part of a day of engagements in Coventry. They also had an event at the Positive Youth Foundation where they were able to watch a performance. Read more about the visit here

The first time we saw Catherine in this coat by one of her favorite British brands was in New York City in 2014 while visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood before the tragic terror attack in 2001 that killed almost 3,000. This was during the early months of her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte. 

On this occasion, she was wearing her black Seraphine "Vanessa" dress underneath with her Episode "Angel" pumps. For jewelry, she accessorized with her long, gold Cartier necklace and the Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings

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We saw the gorgeous coat once more while she was carrying Charlotte - on her last official engagement before maternity leave. On its second appearance, the Duchess also wore her black suede Stuart Wiseman Power heels and Kiki McDonald diamond drop earrings. She also carried a Mulberry "Bayswater style" clutch. In March 2015, she and Prince William were at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London. There they met with Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, who created the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in memory of her late son. 

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The total amount “spent” by the royal ladies on clothes in 2017

It's time again to look over the amount spent the previous year by the royal ladies on their outfits. Our prices are based on the Euro for Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie, Princess Charlene, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, Queen Letizia and Queen Rania. 

Regarding Queen Rania's (see below) and Crown Princess Mary's clothing, it is important that we mention Mary’s, we believe based on our research, are paid for by the taxpayers whereas we believe the others are not. For Crown Princess Mary, the Crown Prince Couple are given a parliamentary annuity each year which is to account for all of their expenses; additionally, Crown Prince Frederik's "personal savings" - worth reportedly up to $3billion in land holdings - also contribute (via the Sydney Herald). 

UPDATE: More information has come to our attention, and we want to clarify our information on Queen Rania. Her Majesty’s clothing is NOT paid for by the Jordanian taxpayer. At face value, our calculations are what Queen Rania (and the other royal women)’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost to buy. We cannot say for a fact that these royal ladies actually spent the amount as items could have been on loan or gifted, which does occur for some royal ladies. Additionally, we do not know if they were purchased at full price or with a high discount (like 50% off, for example). Therefore, the calculations should be seen more as what the wardrobes were worth in 2017.

We apologize for any confusion and misinformation earlier to our readers, Queen Rania, and the Royal Hashemite Court. We hope that people now take note of our update with verified information.

In total, the royal women spent a whopping 916,127.12 € in 2017 altogether - but these are only the pieces that were identified! Because there were some pieces that were custom made (like Nobel Prize Ceremony Gowns for example) we cannot give an exact estimate of what was spent. Please note that there are 347 pieces not included in this number. 

Now on to the rankings of who spent the most to who spent the least!

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Coming in first place was Queen Rania of Jordan whose new wardrobe was worth 267,238.00 €, with 29 of her custom outfits being excluded due to not knowing the price. 153 pieces were identified this year for her and seven pieces still being unidentified. The average price of her clothing per piece was 1,724.12 €. Queen Rania had a total of 191 new pieces.

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Second place belonged to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who spent an average 1,580.01 € per item. She had a total of 106 new pieces this year; 74 were identified with price and 8 are still outstanding. Her total spent on outfits in 2017 was 129,560.51€. 

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark ranked third, spending 91,869.22 € this year, of which 174 pieces were new. The average price per piece was 734.95 € with UFO No More identifying 117 with the price while 43 are still UFOs. 

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Fourth place in price spent goes to Princess Charlene who spent an average 2,575.44 € per piece for a grand total being 77,263.08 €. 26 pieces were identified with the price while 17 are still UFOs. Charlene had 56 new pieces in 2017.

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The Countess of Wessex was next spending 58,525.03 € in 2017 with an average price of 1,194.39 €. 43 were identified with 11 outstanding. Sophie, who had 60 new pieces, was followed by Queen Letizia who spent 51,342.97 € with the average per piece at 466.75 €. Fashion identifiers located 98 with the price with 22 still as UFOs. Letizia had 162 new.

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Seventh place was Crown Princess Victoria, with her sister-in-law, Princess Sofia barely nudging out Victoria's sister, Princess Madeleine for eighth place. Victoria spent 50,737.17 € with an average per piece being 393.31 €. Sofia spent 37,323.72 € in 2017 with 583.18 € being spent per piece. Madeleine spent 37,235.67 € last year with the average per piece being 1,379.10 €. There were 125, 60 and 27 pieces identified with the price for Victoria, Sofia and Madeleine, respectively. There are UFOs for both Victoria and Sofia and 9 for Madeleine. In terms of the amount of new pieces, it was 152, 85, and 40 respectively for Victoria, Sofia, and Madeleine. 

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit came in after Madeleine, spending 25,263.26 € with the average price being 701.76 €. 35 pieces were found with the price, but there are 41 which are still UFOs. She had a total of 83 new pieces.

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The royal lady who spent the least was Princess Marie with a grand total of 23,512.86 €. Her average price per piece was 635.48 € with 34 pieces being identified with the price. However, 37 are still unidentified. Marie had 82 new pieces in 2017.

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The order for prices spent (from highest to lowest) are as follows:

1. Queen Rania of Jordan
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
3. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

4. Princess Charlene of Monaco
5. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
6. Queen Letizia of Spain
7. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
8. Princess Sofia of Sweden
9. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

10. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
11. Princess Marie of Denmark

As explained below, there are many custom pieces that have been left out and therefore the numbers would be higher for each royal. The infograph below details who had the most new pieces, as well as who has the most that still need to be identified. 

Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected.

Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected.

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

* We have clarified our paragraph regarding tax payers paying for the clothing of Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mary.

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article- please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

Outfits at Her Majesty's Annual Pre-Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace

On Thursday, December 20, 2017, it was a family affair in London for Her Majesty's annual pre-Christmas Luncheon. Members of the immediate Royal Family and the extended Royal Family were in attendance. This year, however, a new face was seen at the luncheon; Meghan Markle. 

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It is always a challenge to catch glimpses of the outfits that the royals adorn on this particular day, but us royal watchers and fashion finders caught a glimpse of two; Meghan's and Kate's. For this event let us first start with Meghan. Ms. Markle wore a dress by Self Portrait, it is their 'Nightshade' midi dress, and was IDed by Heaven. She also debuted Birks' Snowflake Large Round Jacket Earrings from the Birks Snowflake Collection

Photo Via Jules B.com : https://www.julesb.co.uk/self-portrait-nightshade-midi-dress-p811581

Photo Via Jules B.com : https://www.julesb.co.uk/self-portrait-nightshade-midi-dress-p811581

Photo Via Maison Birks: https://www.maisonbirks.com/en/birks-snowflake-large-round-jacket-earrings

Photo Via Maison Birks: https://www.maisonbirks.com/en/birks-snowflake-large-round-jacket-earrings

Now onto another favorite royal lady, Duchess Catherine. This will be the Duchess's seventh year attending the large traditional gathering, her first being in 2010 when she was only Kate Middleton. This year the Duchess's outfit was a little challenging to ID, but the keen eyes of royal watchers were up for the challenge. 

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This year, Kate wore Zara's 'Long Cloth' Cape, a removable fur tippet from Jigsaw which is sold out, what looks to be her Goat 'Eloise' Dress, and her trusty chandelier earrings which have yet to be identified.

Photo Via Lyst: https://www.lyst.co.uk/accessories/jigsaw-faux-fur-tippet-black/

Photo Via Lyst: https://www.lyst.co.uk/accessories/jigsaw-faux-fur-tippet-black/

Photo Via Zara: https://www.zara.com/us/en/long-cloth-cape-p08091744.html

Photo Via Zara: https://www.zara.com/us/en/long-cloth-cape-p08091744.html

Photo Via Goat: http://www.goatfashion.com/us/eloise-dress-plum

Photo Via Goat: http://www.goatfashion.com/us/eloise-dress-plum

These looks were only quick glimpses of what we were to see on Christmas Day when the two ladies attended the Christmas church service at St. Mary Magdalene's Church. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's dress to present Prince George

On July 22, 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her firstborn, a son, in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London. He weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and was born at 4:24 pm local time in London. They made the announcement to the world a few hours later via Clarence House's Twitter. The announcement was then placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital with their baby boy the next day. When they presented him to the waiting press, Catherine wore a bespoke blue and white polka dot dress by Jenny Packham. It had short sleeves and came just above the knee. She also wore her nude wedges by Pied a Terre.

The little Prince's names were announced the next day as George Alexander Louis. He would be known as Prince George of Cambridge. 

He was joined by a younger sister less than two years later, Princess Charlotte, in May 2015. They will gain a younger sibling in April 2018 when the Duchess gives birth to her and the Duke's third child in the same hospital.

Duchess of Cambridge at the State Dinner for the King and Queen of Spain

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the State Dinner for King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in mid-July 2017 at Buckingham Palace alongside other members of the British Royal Family. This was the second state dinner that she has taken part in.

For the event, Catherine wore a customized blush pink lace Marchesa gown. Her version added long sleeves to the originally sleeveless gown. She also wore Her Majesty's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau necklace with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara. Unlike the other female members of the British Royal Family, she has not yet been given the family order to wear at such events. 

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For her part, Queen Letizia wore a red off the shoulder gown by Felipe Varela with the Fleur de Lys Tiara. She had a diamond bracelet on and wore diamond drop earrings while carrying a red clutch by Magrit.

The meal included poached fillet of salmon trout, medallion of Scottish beef with bone marrow and truffles, full-bodied Portuguese wine, and dark chocolate and raspberry tarts. 

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Other members of the British Royal Family who attended were: The Queen, Prince Philip, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Anne with her husband Sir Timothy Laurence. 

This was Prince Harry's first state banquet, while it is expected to have been Prince Philip's last as he retired in the autumn of this year. 

While dining, the guests were treated to music like the theme from the Bond film Skyfall, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," and tunes like "Lady Of Spain" and "the Royal Spanish Waltz."

The King of Spain made sure to pay tribute to the close relationship between Spain and the United Kingdom while giving his toast, as well as expressing solidarity with the victims of recent terror attacks in the UK. He said, "Spain stands united with the British people, who at this time of suffering have once again shown dignity and strength of character."

Earlier in the day, Spain's King and Queen were welcomed to the UK with a carriage ride down the Mall alongside Her Majesty and Prince Philip. King Felipe was bestowed the Order of the Garter, which he proudly wore to the banquet that evening.

The engagement dress of Kate Middleton

On November 16, 2010, news broke that Prince William was to, finally, wed his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, after being together since their time at the University of St. Andrews. 

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The couple met the press for a photocall in Buckingham Palace where Kate showed off her familiar diamond and sapphire engagement ring - the one that had belonged to William's late mother, Princess Diana, and was made by Garrard.

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During the interview, while speaking of the ring, Kate said, "It's beautiful. I just hope I look after it. It's very, very special." William also explained why he proposed with this ring, "It is very special to me. It was my mother's engagement ring. It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together."

Kate perfectly matched her dress to the 18-carat ring wearing a royal blue Issa wrap dress that had a v-neck, long sleeves and was of mid-length. She also wore a dainty gold necklace with a matching stone and a similar pair of earrings by Tiffany & Co. The dress by Issa was an instant hit and sold out soon after and began what is known as the "Kate effect" in fashion. Since then, copycats have been made, which also were very popular. Issa even worked with the Banana Republic for a temporary line which included a very similar dress to the one Kate wore on the day her engagement was announced. This one, however, was only three-quarter sleeves.

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Our co-editor, Jessica, has written a post about Kate's dress and where you can find her look for less. Read it here. Be sure to check out all of her posts about where you can dress like your favorite royal ladies for less!

The interview after the press conference was conducted by Tom Bradby for ITV. 

It was the first time, for many, to hear Kate speak and get a good look at their future queen. The interview covered the engagement in Kenya, their breakup in 2007, and how they met. About the short breakup Kate admitted, "At the time, I wasn’t very happy about it. But actually, it made me a stronger person. You find things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I really valued that time for me.” They also spoke about meeting at university and becoming friends first before their love blossomed. 

Kate also spoke about entering the Royal Family and Diana calling her inspirational and saying, "I'd have loved to have met her." When it came to her charity work, then 28-year-old Kate said, “I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way,”

The couple went on to marry on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey; they were given the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They now have two children and are expecting their third. Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, will be joined by a brother or sister sometime early next year. The expected month of the birth has not yet been announced as the Duchess has not passed the first trimester. She was forced to announce her third pregnancy earlier than most mothers like due to suffering from acute morning sickness which plagued her first two pregnancies. 

Royal ladies at 2017 Royal Ascot Day 1

Autumn Phillips attended Royal Ascot alongside her husband, Peter Phillips - the son of Princess Anne and the eldest grandchild of Her Majesty The Queen - on June 20, 2017. 

She wore a blue and white Rumour London dress with sleeves to her elbow and the skirt just below the knee. The dress itself was white with blue embellishments all over. The dress had scalloped edges and was pleated. She wore nude shoes and carried a nude bag on the first day of Ascot. Autumn was also wearing a white Emily London hat with the Goodwick design from SS 2017 according to Royal Hats. Additionally, she wore a pair of simple diamond earrings. 

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She attended on the same day as her sister-in-law, Zara Tindall, and cousins-in-law, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Princess Anne, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were also there.

Zara wore a royal blue dress by Escada that featured a pleated skirt. She carried a navy clutch and wore navy heels. Royal Hats reported that she was wearing a white and blue Sarah Cant hat.

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Princess Beatrice wore an embellished dress by Claire Mischevani while carrying a blush colored clutch that matched her Stuart Weitzman shoes. Her hat was by Goldust Millinery. Her sister, Princess Eugenie was in a sleeveless floral dress with a matching bespoke Ethan K clutch and shoes by Reiss. Eugenie also wore a navy and pink hat by Emily London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a long lace Alexander McQueen high-neck dress with a nude Loeffler Randall clutch. Additionally, she wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi suede heels. She wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings on loan from The Queen (who had been given them by Bahrain as a wedding gift).

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Naturally, Her Majesty and Prince Philip were in the first carriage of the royal procession with Prince Andrew while the second carriage carried Andrew's daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie and Charles and Camilla. The third carriage had Prince Edward and Sophie and William and Kate. Autumn and Peter rode in the last carriage with Princess Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband.

A moment of silence was held before the race in memory and honor of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena and London attacks, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire. The racecourse donated "£100,000 to the British Red Cross UK Solidarity and London Fire Relief Funds and local charities" for all those affected, according to The Telegraph.

Kate Middleton and the dress that caught William's eye

When she was still Kate Middleton and a student at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, Kate decided to model in a charity fashion show in 2002. Prince William was in the audience.

The 19-year-old future Duchess of Cambridge walked down the runway in a see-through black slip with turquoise trim at the top and bottom by Charlotte Todd. Kate wore black underwear and a black bandeau bra under it. It was supposed to be a skirt, but Kate chose to wear it as a dress. 

It only cost £30 to make, but it was worth £10,000 after the engagement announcement (and was more in the future) according to its designer who admitted to the Daily Mail that it has been in the back of her closet ever since. 

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The designer is pictured with the famous dress above before an auction. The dress ended up selling for $125, 871 to an anonymous buyer. 

The slip caught the Prince's eye in the audience and reportedly, their relationship started soon after. They had been friends, but he saw her in a new light after the fashion show. Reportedly, she was dating her first university boyfriend Rupert Finch at the time, and after their breakup, she began dating William. The rest, as they say, is history!