We can’t resist the Duchess of Cambridge’s winning Royal Ascot style.
Although Kate Middleton waited until 2016 to finally make her debut at the prestigious racing event, we’ve been treated to some amazing fascinators and elegant outfits since then.
Unlike the well-known horsemen Zara Tindall and Princess Anne, the Cambridges aren’t the most royal family’s horses – and Middleton is rumored to be actually allergic to the animal – but on the few occasions we have the Duchess at Royal Ascot seen, we’ve been treated to some seriously stunning outfits.
From white lace to baby blue bows, we take a look back at Middleton’s best Royal Ascot outfits over the years.
2016: Dolce & Gabbana
After Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, many wondered why she had never been to Royal Ascot (her mother, Carole, had even appeared several times). But royal fans were delighted when the Duchess made her first visit to Ascot in 2016, dressed in a white lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana.
The swishy midi had sheer sleeves and a soft layered skirt with nude lining, and although it looked new, it turned out she had worn the dress just a month earlier.
The Duchess had previously layered the dress under a red cape-style coat from Zara for the Royal Windsor Horse Show, though the dress was barely visible at the time.
For the Ascot, the lavish pearl earrings, a mesh saucer style hat with white floral accents and a matching LK Bennett clutch bag.
Once a fan of a beige pump, Middleton added praline suede heels from Gianvito Rossi to round out her winning first Ascot outfit.
2017: Alexander McQueen
Fashion fans made a double attempt when the Duchess appeared at Royal Ascot the following year in an almost identical white lace look. This time, her dress was by Alexander McQueen, and there were some obvious differences from her 2016 Dolce design.
The piece featured a higher scalloped neckline, a ribbon belt at the waist, and a light peplum. Middleton also opted for a shorter length this time around, adhering to the strict Ascot dress code with her hemline falling just below the knee.
For 2017, she again opted for neutral accessories, including a matching white hat with floral details, a brown Loeffler Randall clutch bag and the same suede Gianvito Rossi heels.
But the most special part of her outfit can be traced back to the Queen: Middleton borrowed Her Majesty’s Bahraini pearls and diamond earrings, which she would later wear to the platinum anniversary festivities in 2022.
2019: Elie Saab
Her most elegant Royal Ascot look came in the form of a light blue blouse and skirt, donned by Elie Saab – in what the Duchess would appear at the race for a while due to the pandemic.
With Swiss polka dot details, a bow tie at the neck and a sheer bodice over a light blue tank top, the look featured a modified version of one of Saab’s resort 2019 collection of blouses.
The elegant top was paired with a matching blue midi skirt with the same embroidered polka dots, and Middleton wore a matching Philip Treacy hat worn in a cheery side corner.
Though she chose a different pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps for the outing, this time she debuted a new silver pair, featuring a metallic Elie Saab clutch and blue topaz and diamond earrings from her favorite jeweler, Kiki McDonough.