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11 Times Prince William and Kate Middleton Lit Up the Red Carpet

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The date April 29, 2011 is etched into the royal history books as the day the world witnessed a wedding of dazzling proportions and glamour — that of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Around 25 million people tuned in to watch the ceremony in the UK alone, with hundreds of millions more watching around the globe. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Victorian-inspired gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, with floral lace appliqué and a train measuring 2.7m long. The Duke, meanwhile, donned a scarlet Irish Guards uniform cut from light wool to keep him cool on the big day. 

It set the stage for the couple’s individual styles, which have continued to complement one another both on and off duty. In her casual outings, Kate favors a floral dress paired with a classic pump, while Prince William leans towards a dark two-piece suit. For more formal occasions, the Duchess loves to pair jewels from the royal collection with floor-length gowns featuring goddess drapery in sumptuous fabrics. The Duke, on the other hand, is almost always seen in a sharp black tuxedo with a wide silk lapel.

In celebration of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary on 29 April, Vogue reflects on 11 of the royals’ most memorable red-carpet looks.

1. Bafta date night 

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Attending the BAFTAs in February 2020, the Duchess chose a sustainable approach and wore a dazzling white and gold Alexander McQueen dress she had worn on the couple’s 2012 tour of Malaysia, while Prince William opted for his trusted silk-lapel tuxedo.

2. Cream brilliance 

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During the 2013 London film premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the Duchess wore a classically brilliant cream Roland Mouret dress with a contrasting black clutch and heels and Prince William utilised the same colour scheme with a sharp black tuxedo. 

3. A Bond girl 

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At the London premiere of Spectre in October 2015, the couple showcased their best Bond-inspired looks, as the Duchess wore a flowing baby-blue Jenny Packham dress, a pair of Jimmy Choo Vamp platform sandals and Robinson Pelham earrings.

4. A night in Alexander McQueen  

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Attending the 70th anniversary of the BAFTAs in 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge donned her favourite designer, Alexander McQueen, with a black off-the-shoulder floral gown.

5. The crown jewels

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Attending the BAFTA Brits To Watch event in Los Angeles, the Duchess wore a pastel Alexander McQueen dress, Jimmy Choo clutch and heels, and chandelier-style earrings borrowed from the Queen’s collection. The Duke wore his signature tux, adding a pearl-white handkerchief to complete the look. 

6A sweet tribute

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At the BAFTAs in 2019, the Duchess made a touching tribute to Princess Diana by wearing the latter’s diamond and pearl earrings along with the Queen’s quatrefoil bracelet, an Alexander McQueen dress and clutch, and Jimmy Choo heels.

7. Sparkle and shine

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To attend the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2013, the Duchess chose a favourite designer of hers, Jenny Packham, for the red carpet, alongside the Duke of Cambridge in his classic choice of a black fine-wool tuxedo with a matching bowtie. 

8. Royal blue

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At a charity gala dinner in Mumbai, India, in 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a long, draped, royal-blue gown by Jenny Packham and matching earrings.

9. Paris in the spring  

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During a visit to Paris in March 2017, the Duchess dazzled in a pale embellished Jenny Packham dress, matching Oscar de la Renta heels and diamond earrings and bracelet loaned by the Queen. 

10. Movie date 

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Prince William strays away from an all-black ensemble with a navy suit and maroon tie while the Duchess opts for a Matthew Williamson knee-length dress paired with Kiki McDonough earrings for the UK premiere of African Cats in 2012.

11. A rainy day 

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At the UK premiere of the film War Horse in 2012, the royal couple were caught in the rain walking down the red carpet, with the Duchess donning a Temperley dress with a complementary black velvet Mascaró clutch.

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