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Kate Middleton: a look back at her royal year in fashion

When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey and became the Duchess of Cambridge, she also cemented her role as a fashion icon. During her first year of marriage, she has wowed in glittering gowns and won the hearts of fans with myriad ladylike looks

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The dress that starts it all: Kate Middleton arrives for her April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey in a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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After the ceremony, she changes into another Alexander McQueen satin gown and a white angora bolero for evening celebrations at Buckingham Palace.

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The next day, the newlywed wears an $89 Zara dress while walking hand-in-hand with her husband outside Buckingham Palace.

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The Duchess goes with a simple yet structured Reiss dress to meet the Obamas at Buckingham Palace on May 24.

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The Duchess dazzles in a sparkling Jenny Packham gown at the the 10th annual ARK gala dinner at Kensington Palace in London on June 9.

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Kate attends Wimbledon on June 27 in a sporty white dress by Temperley London.

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The newlywed leaves London's Heathrow Airport on June 30 for a North American tour in a business-like navy Roland Mouret dress.

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After arriving in Ottawa, she waves to the crowd at Rideau Hall in a beautiful lace and crepe dress by Erdem Moralioglu. a Montreal-born designer.

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To celebrate Canada Day, Kate shows her spirit by donning a Sylvia Fletcher hat and a maple leaf diamond brooch loaned to her by the Queen. The dress is the same Reiss dress she wore for her official engagement portrait.

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At the evening celebrations on Parliament Hill, she switches to a bright silk jersey dress by Issa, one of her favourite designers.

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Kate is the picture of elegance in a royal blue dress by Erdem at a ceremony on HMCS Montreal in Quebec City on July 3.

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The Duchess leaves Quebec on July 3 in a blousy cream dress by Joseph, a British label.


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At a July 4 ceremony in Charlottetown, Kate gets into the Maritime feel with a sailor-style dress by Alexander McQueen.

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Also on July 4, a more casual look: She wears skinny jeans and a Nike jacket for a dragon boat race.

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On July 5 she wears jeans again, this time with a khaki shirt and Sebago boat shoes for a floatplane flight in Yellowknife.


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The Duchess touches down in Calgary on July 7 wearing a summery dress by British designer Jenny Packham.

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Later in the day she changes into a more casual outfit, featuring the 10-gallon hat presented to her on arrival, an oversized belt buckle and a Western-style Alice Temperley top.

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At the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles on July 9, she wows in an Alexander McQueen gown, Jimmy Choo 'Vamp Glitter' sandals and a matching clutch.

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Kate departs Los Angeles on July 10 wearing an outfit from Whistles, a high street chain.

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She takes a low-key approach for the wedding of Zara Phillips on July 30, wearing a brocade coat from 2006 and a hat by Gina Foster Millinery.

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On August 19, Kate visits a part of London damaged by the summer's riots in a military-inspired skirt/shirt combo by Alexander McQueen.

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The Duchess goes with a pale colour for once, greeting guests at London's Clarence House in mint-green gown by Amanda Wakeley on October 27.

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Kate dons a red L.K. Bennett coat to visit the UNICEF emergency supply centre in Copenhagen on November 2.

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The Duchess shows off her slim figure in a luxe, velvet gown by Alexander McQueen at A Night of Heroes in London on December 19.

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Kate attends the London premiere of the film War Horse in a slinky black lace Temperley gown on January 8.

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Kate looks prim and proper in a tweed coat-dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely as she visits Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on February 21.

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At the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London on March 15, she shows off her ironing skills in a grey Orla Kiely dress.

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To promote the approaching Olympics, Kate plays field hockey in London's Olympic Park on March 15 while sporting a Team GB sweatshirt and on-trend skinny coral jeans by J. Brand.

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The Duchess dons a Reiss dress dating back to 2008 for her first official speech on March 19 at the Treehouse in Ipswich, England.

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Prince William keeps her Matthew Williamson dress - complete with on-trend peplum - protected from the rain at the premiere of African Cats in London on April 25, her first public appearance in weeks.

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Kate wears a prim and proper blue tweed skirt and jacket by Rebecca Taylor to London's Goldsmiths's Hall on April 26.

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Later that day she changes into a form-fitting dress by Amanda Wakeley for a stop at the Imperial War Museum.


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