Blog Editor's Pick: Favorite Meghan outfits since becoming a royal

As the Duchess of Sussex is getting close to her maternity leave and welcoming her first child, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite outfits Meghan has worn since becoming a member of the British Royal Family.

As Meghan’s style is more aligned with my own than other royals, I have many favorites. These are just a few of them:

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

~ The black Loyd/Ford pleated black mini, strapless dress that she wore during the short tour of Morocco in February. She paired it with 24k gold GAS Bijoux “Gourmette” earrings and a pair of Manolo Blahnik Polka Dot Slingbacks. She wore a white Aritzia Babaton Keith jacket with it, as well.

~ The cream and gold long-sleeved Moroccan themed gown by Christian Dior. The bespoke gown was also worn during the tour of Morocco for a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence. She also wore gold Dior pumps, Snowstorm Birks earrings, and a Dior clutch that matched her gown.

Dior told UFO No More’s Heaven LeeMiller about the outfit, “It is a one of a kind piece, made in a kaftan style, created in our Haute Couture workshop especially for the occasion. The Maison Dior constantly aims to promote the mixing of cultures and different styles to show that fashion is universal (regarding the gown).”

On the clutch, “The Duchess of Sussex wore the D-Bee Clutch. It is an emblematic piece of our Maison and shows a very important symbol for Monsieur Christian Dior: the bee. This beautiful creature invites us to discover the childhood of the French couturier which was particularly impacted by the beauty of the maternal garden and shows the magnificence of nature.”

On the shoes, “The Duchess of Sussex wore pumps from the D-Moi collection. These shoes in patent calfskin are distinguished by their elegance as well as their originality. In addition, the sole of this exceptional model presents the lucky star of Monsieur Christian Dior.”

~ The nude Brandon Maxwell V-neck dress Meghan wore to the National Theatre in January. She also wore Aquazzura Matilde pumps, Brandon Maxwell 3/4 sleeve jacket, Carolina Herrera Insignia clutch, and Ecksand Tresses Gold Bar earrings.

~ The black, one shouldered Givenchy dress she wore to the fashion awards in 2018. Read more on it here.

~ The GORGEOUS white dress she wore to meet the King of Tonga during their Australasia fall 2018 tour. It was by Theia and featured cap-sleeves, beaded silk satin column with embellishments on the shoulder. She carried a Givenchy jewelry clasp clutch and wore black Aquazzura Deneuve pumps.

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

~ Blue cape gown for the Fijian state dinner by Safiyaa.

~ The bespoke nude Givenchy for Clare Waight Keller dress that featured a black Givenchy belt she wore for her first solo engagement with The Queen in Chester in June 2018. She was also in black Sarah Flint Perfect pumps and carried a black Givenchy Leather Crossbody bag.

What are your favorite outfits the Duchess of Sussex has worn?

Countess of Wessex's November 2018 working visit to Derbyshire

Back in November, the Countess of Wessex made a working visit trip to Derbyshire to visit several locations. For these outings, she wore a nude/off-white Prada coat, wool blush Gucci dress, black LK Bennett boots, and Nicoline Refine Watch. She also carried a Sophie Habsburg Design snakeskin patterned clutch. Her Royal Highness was also in a pair of earrings that have not yet been ID’d.

@RoyalFamily/Twitter

@RoyalFamily/Twitter

Her Royal Highness’s 20th of November began her day visiting Fairfields (primary) School - a school dedicated to those with learning disabilities - where she marked its 80th anniversary.

Next, she opened The David Nieper Academy. The Academy opened in 2016 after spending many years as Mortimer Wilson School then Alfreton Grange Arts College. It is run by the Derbyshire Local Authority. During her time there, the Countess took part in a GSCE food technology class.

Later, she was at the David Nieper fashion house to tour the factory floor. During this time she also visited the Sewing Academy where she met the course’s trainees.

Unfortunately, her trip to Gussie’s Kitchen at St Augustine’s Church had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. It is due to be rescheduled.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 31: Victoria's Middle Eastern Trip and the Sussexes Down Under

On this episode of the podcast, Laura and Brittani (follow her on Twitter here and read her work for Royal Central here) talk all about Victoria’s trip to the Middle East, the news that Meghan is pregnant, and Harry and Meghan’s tour.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

Thumbnail c/o: Linda Brostrom/Swedish Royal Court

UFO No More Podcast Episode 29: حب (with Special Guest Dina)

This week, Laura was joined by her good friend Dina (lovingtheroyals on Tumblr). Dina, who is Egyptian and a Muslim, felt very connected to Meghan’s first official solo project as a royal supporting the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen and helping them raise money through a cookbook. The ladies discussed the initiative and the launch event in detail. Dina also details a mistake Harry made at the event in a very informative and important way.

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UFO No More Podcast Episode 28: William's Slip Up

ICYMI, this week Prince William made a mistake. He reference Chinese food at the opening of the Japan House. He quickly corrected, but the moment caused a lot of discussion online. On this week’s podcast, Laura shared her personal perspective of the moment as Laura is part Japanese.

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UFO No More Podcast Episode 26: Feminism (with Recurring Guest Host Jessica)

On this week's episode, recurring guest host Jessica (follow her here and here on Tumblr) joins Laura for a deep dive on royals and feminism.  Major props to our friend Melissa from Tumblr whose question sparked this episode.  Laura and Jessica discuss the sexism in royal structures and how that varies around the world and the sexism of royal coverage.  They end on a happy note by discussing royals advocating feminist principles and causes.

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UFO No More Podcast Episode 25: Madeleine's Big Move

On this episode of the podcast, Laura discusses the announcement that Princess Madeleine and her family will be moving to Florida and shares her conflicting feelings about it.  She also talks about Meghan's recent fashion and her hopes for the upcoming months and the British Royal Family.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. Please leave a review for the podcast!

Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Royal Court, Sweden

Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Royal Court, Sweden

UFO No More Podcast Episode 24: Royal Scandals Past and Present

On this episode, Laura discusses several royal scandals.  She starts off with the recent Swedish Royal Academy scandal that forced the cancellation of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.  Then, she discusses the Countess of Wessex's scandal from 2001. Finally, she discusses the many scandals of The Duke of York.  The Telegraph article she mentioned can be seen here.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. Please leave a review for the podcast if you are so inclined.  As Laura mentioned on the show, the summer schedule may be a bit different as royals take their holidays and because of Laura's busy schedule.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 23: Recapping William's Tour of Jordan, Israel, and Palestine with Dina and Debby

The podcast is back after a week hiatus.  On this week, Laura is joined by two of her good Tumblr friends to recap Prince William's historic tour of Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Territories of Palestine.

First Dina (aka lovingtheroyals on Tumblr) joins the show to talk about the tour.  Dina is an Arab woman and spoke of how seemingly small details or light-hearted engagements were very significant to her and how the tour personally connected to her. She also talked about the recent news that Kate won't attend the RAF 100th Anniversary Service.

Next, Debby (aka avidroyalfan on Tumblr) joined.  She is Israeli and actually got to meet William in Israel.  She talks about the impact of the tour from her perspective and what it was like to meet William.  For more information about her meeting, check out this link.

Laura is so grateful to Dina and Debby for joining. It was a fun and interesting episode to record. Make sure to check out both of their blogs.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher and leave us a review.

 

UFO No More Podcast Episode 22: This Week in Royal Fashion

On this week's episode of the podcast, Laura recaps all of the major fashion moments from last week in royal fashion, goes on a bit of a rant about royal protocol, and answers a question about Madeleine's kids speaking Swedish.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher and leave us a review.

Programming Note: Barring any breaking news, I'm tentatively planning to take next week off from the show.

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:

UFO No More Podcast Episode 19: More Royal Wedding Talk (Featuring Grace) and Brittani's Interview with Tessy

On this jam-packed episode of the podcast, Laura talks with Grace from princesscatherinemiddleton.net about Meghan and Harry's wedding.  Grace gave her constructive thoughts on the good and bad from the wedding and how the press handled it.  It was nice to have a voice with some constructive criticism on the show, and we can't thank Grace enough for joining.

Then, Brittani made her second appearance in a row to talk all about her interview with Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg.  There are two part of that interview which you can read here and here.

You can buy the Project Playground bracelet Brittani talks about here.

As always, if you'd like to subscribe to the podcast you can do so here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher

Photo courtesy of Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, via Instagram

Photo courtesy of Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, via Instagram

UFO No More Podcast Episode 17: Royal Wedding Rewind and Predictions

On this episode of the podcast, Laura gets ready for Harry and Meghan's royal wedding discusses great stories from royals from around the world.  She also shares her thoughts on what Meghan will wear.

Thanks to claireofluxembourg on Tumblr and a Twitter friend for their help with this episode.

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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. 

Royal Wedding of Will and Kate: the guest outfits

On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary, we are taking a look at the guest outfits of the ladies we cover. Read about what they wore during the pre-wedding gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28 and the wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. 

Greece:

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal attended with her husband, Crown Prince Pavlos; brother-in-law, Prince Nikolaos; future sister-in-law Tatiana Blatnik; mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie; father-in-law, King Constantine; and one of her sons, Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece (William's godson). For the pre-wedding dinner, Marie-Chantal was in a Louis Vuitton gown that featured a deep V in the back and a small bow

For the wedding, she was in a light blue Chanel dress and jacket with a pair of Louboutins for the wedding. She was also in a blue Philip Treacy hat

Luxembourg:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the wedding with Grand Duke Henri. She wore a red Elie Saab gown for the pre-wedding dinner. 

For the wedding, she was in a sky blue Elie Saab dress and jacket

Monaco: 

Then Charlene Wittstock (she would marry Monaco's Prince Albert in July) wore a "dove-gray silk dupioni evening dress with laser-cut silk organza appliqué and a silk chiffon stole," explained the designer Akris (via Order of Splendor).

A gray Akris coat dress was worn for the wedding; she carried a matching Allegra ostrich clutch from the same designer.

Netherlands: 

Then-Princess Maxima wore a pinkish/nude lace Jan Taminiau dress for the wedding. She and Prince Willem-Alexander attended on behalf of the then-Queen Beatrix.  

Norway:

Unfortunately, the only piece from Queen Sonja's ensembles from the pre-wedding dinner and wedding that have been identified was her hat. It was a white Lock and Co. hat with a feather in the center. 

Spain:

Then-Princess Letizia attended the wedding with her husband, Prince Felipe and mother-in-law, Queen Sofia. Sofia's outfits have not been identified, but Letizia's luckily have! For the pre-wedding dinner the night before Letizia wore a strapless, purple (with flowers on the skirt) gown by Felipe Varela. The wedding saw her in a customized pink Pablo Y Mayaya hat that featured lace. Her dress was by Felipe Varela and featured 3/4 length sleeves and floral designs on the pink dress.

Sweden:

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel represented the Swedish Royal Family at the ceremony. Victoria wore a red short-sleeved Escada gown to the pre-wedding dinner, and for the wedding, she wore a muted orange long-sleeved dress by Escada and a matching hat by Britta von Koenigsegg. 

United Kingdom:

Autumn Philips wore a purple Sassi Holford coat dress for the wedding. Her hat has not yet been ID'd. 

The outfits of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been covered in a previous post. You can read it here

For Sophie, Countess of Wessex, she wore a red Bruce Oldefeld gown for the pre-wedding dinner. For the wedding, she was in a cream Jane Taylor hat, embroidered suit by Bruce Oldfield, and Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Zara Phillips would get married just a few months later, but for her cousin's nuptials, she wore a bespoke black Philip Treacy hat and a Paul Costelloe coat dress. 

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.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 13: Christine from Meghan's Mirror, What Would Kate Do, and Dress Like a Duke

It was an absolute pleasure to be joined by Christine from Meghan's Mirror, What Would Kate Do, and Dress Like a Duke.  Christine is a longtime royal blogger and friend of UFO No More who offered great insights.  Be sure to follow all of the Effervescence blogs.

Christine talked about the inspiration behind their newest venture Dress Like a Duke and her expectations for when Kate gives birth.  Then Laura and Christine discuss the many news stories that broke this week about Meghan and Harry's wedding.  From the charities Harry and Meghan are asking well-wishers to donate to to Harry and Meghan's involvement in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to the news about the wedding photographer, the ladies covered it all.

Finally, the ladies finished up with some fun talking about wedding dress and designer predictions and their favorite (and least favorite but mostly favorite) memories of being a royal follower.

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Meghan Markle's first appearance at the Endeavour Fund Awards

On February 1, 2018, Meghan made her first appearance alongside Prince Harry at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London.

Instead of wearing a gown like many assumed she would, Meghan opted for a black Alexander McQueen pantsuit. She was also in a silk ivory bodysuit by Tuxe Bodywear. Her black suede heels were by Manolo Blahnik. Harry's fiance was carrying a black Prada bag and wearing Le Plaisirs de Birks Bar earrings and her Birks Stacking Ring.

As reported in TODAY, the awards, "celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the past year." Harry serves as the Endeavour Fund's royal patron. It was founded by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2012. 

It was a rainy evening so the couple hurried into the venue - Goldsmiths' Hall - with the American actress under a gray umbrella. They attended the awards ceremony and then a reception to talk with the winners and guests. 

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@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Meghan went on stage to hand out an award alongside Neil Heritage. The envelope did not want to open as Heritage struggled to open it up to reveal the winner. Chuckling, Meghan helped him out before he announced the winner. A video from Victoria Murphy's Twitter is below:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry next month at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th. Details regarding broadcast and the bridal party have, as of writing this on April 13, yet to be announced. 

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. 

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@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.

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@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!

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@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.

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@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!