Sophisticated and sombre – how Kate’s style has changed for Remembrance Day over the years

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, sing the British national anthem during the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster, London (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, sing the British national anthem during the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster, London (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

She’s a style icon, a regal queen of fashion who knows just what to wear for every occasion. And for Remembrance Sunday, which formed part of a week-long series of events honouring Remembrance Day in the UK, the Duchess of Cambridge did not disappoint.

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Kate looked the epitome of sophistication in a black military coast by Alexander McQueen, black fascinator and hair swept back from her face (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old future queen arrived looking classy and oozing understated style, in a custom-made Alexander McQueen coat with shoulder-tassel detail. Kate paired it with a Philip Treacy fascinator and pearl drop earrings borrowed from the Queen. The customary red poppy pin, which is worn to honour those who have died while serving their country, added a splash of colour to her austere look. Her hair was swept back into an elegant up-do.

Social media erupted with praise for the mom-of-three, with one proud Briton tweeting, "This beautiful regal lady looked so proud as her husband lay his wreath, they are such a credit to the royal family and our country." Another wrote simply, "Regal. Dignified. Elegant." 

Kate's outfit perfectly captured the mood of the solemn occasion, which saw several members of the royal family laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall in Westminster, a monument to fallen soldiers.  

While she's stuck to the trademark black since making her Remembrance Day debut in 2011, Kate has sported a more military look in the past three years. In 2018 she went with McQueen again, her coat featuring a smart white collar and a red epaulette-style trim.

While she favoured her hair loose in her earlier years, she's switched to a more austere up-do in recent years.

As is her style, the mom-of-three has also reused some items. She wore the same jacket in 2011, 2012 and in 2016 and the same black hat in 2012 and 2017. Her jewellery for the most part she's kept subtle opting for stud-style earrings but in 2014 adding a necklace. On occasion she's also opted for black gloves as she did this year.

This year’s commemoration was a scaled-down event compared to recent years, with fewer attendees, who all maintained social-distancing rules. Members of the royal family who laid down a wreath were Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward. 

The queen was also in attendance. Noticeably absent were Prince Harry, who along with his wife, Meghan Markle, visited the Los Angeles Cemetery to mark the day, and Prince Andrew, who is barred from royal duties following his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, bbc.com

Take a look at Kate’s Remembrance Day outfits over the years starting with her debut in 2011:

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In 2011 on her debut appearance Kate wore a black wool coat by American designer Diane von Furstenberg and kept her hair long (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She wore the same coat again in 2012 paired with pearl-drop earrings loaned to by the queen and a Philip Treacy hat (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2013 she wore a gorgeous black coat by Temperley London (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She opted for one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen in 2014. Her hat was a repeat of the one she wore in 211 by British milliner Jane Corbett (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She donned a patchwork Alexander McQueen velvet coat in 2015 (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She recycled her Diane Von Furstenberg coat in 2016 (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2017 she opted for Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana, which featured a collarless style and two rows of gold-tone buttons.(Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2018 she chose an unusual Alexander McQueen coat which featured a white collar (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She chose a very military-looking double-breasted Alexander McQueen coat again in 2019 (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)


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