What Kate Middleton is like as a mom

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with Prince William for a very glamorous evening on Monday night to attend the annual Royal Variety Performance. The royal couple opted for their black-tie best for their night at the theater, which was met with a number of musical performances from "Mary Poppins" and "Come From Away" to raise money for the organization. 

But as it turns out, even at work engagements, her children are not very far from Duchess Kate's thoughts. In fact, their night was filled with a lot of discussions about the couple's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

It seems that despite her official Her Royal Highness Title, the duchess is just like any other mother! 

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Kate is "adamant" about raising her kids her way

Royal protocol may go out the window when it comes to how Kate Middleton raises her kids -- and she's not afraid to show it. According to reports, the royal is adamant about "keeping stuffy ­royal protocol far from their apartment at Kensington Palace."

Said an insider according to RadarOnline: “It would absolutely horrify Elizabeth. But Kate insists the kids should be allowed to be normal children. Never in royal history have the children in direct line to the throne been raised in such a modern way.” 

One of the biggest ways this has come through is in the decision to send George, and now Charlotte, to school at Thomas's Battersea in South London. The couple chose to forgo the elite and traditional "Eton-style feeder" the family has attended in the past. Located in an up-and-coming area of London, the school seeks to invoke social responsibility and kindness as its core values, while promoting classes like dance and foreign language.

She knows the importance of a good hug

“Hugs are very important. I keep saying that to my children," she explained during a visit to an early childhood center. Later, it was revealed that the duchess' favorite thing is hugs from her kids. 

While visiting the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in March, Kate was asked about the best thing as a parent.

She "told us that for her it was getting hugs from her kids," explained royal correspondent Rebecca English. The royal has spoken about how important it is for children to have a safe place to express these emotions, and how it's ok to reach out for help or even a hug. 

She aims to instill values like kindness and respect in George, Charlotte and Louis

“My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life,” Kate said during a visit in 2017, according to People

The mom continued: "That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”

She isn't afraid to get down and dirty -- including going on bug hunts

The duchess has long been vocal about how nature and the outdoors can benefit early childhood development. And whether she's climbing trees, making s'mores or building a fortress, the royal is willing to get on her hands and knees to show how important nature is to her. 

“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children," the royal said at the launch of her "Back to Nature" garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May. "I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together."

Shots of the family visiting Kate's garden show adventurous and barefoot George and Charlotte. "The children played last night in a way I hadn’t imagined," the 37-year-old royal told reporters. "They were throwing stones. I hadn’t actually thought that that was what they would be doing. They kicked their shoes off, and wanted to paddle in the stream… using it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated."

One of the royal's favorite activities with George and Charlotte? Bug hunting. The royal revealed last year that she could spend "hours" going on spider hunts with her two eldest children. 

The family likes to spend a lot of time outside, really...

Whether it's through skiing, bug hunting, going on hikes or playing soccer (uh, football), the Cambridges try to spend as much time outside as possible. 

Most recently, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted taking Prince Louis for a walk along Round Pond in Kensington Palace to feed the ducks. George and Charlotte are frequently spotted riding their bikes in the palace gardens, as well. 

The duchess, who grew up an athlete, has also talked about the importance of sports and has spent much of her public work to organizations dedicated to play. 

"I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about. I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team," she said in 2016

...and avoid screentime 

While Prince William has revealed that Charlotte loves Peppa Pig and George enjoys Fireman Sam, a source indicates that the Cambridges truly strive to stick to an "unplugged" lifestyle -- so much so that iPads are banned at the Cambridge home. 

“They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children,” said a source to US Magazine. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.” 

One of those ways the couple keeps their kids entertained is through books. A favorite read in the Cambridge household? "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson.

She's very protective of her children 

When it comes to George, Charlotte and Louis, privacy is a very big concern of hers. When the couple relocated to Kensington Palace from Norfolk in 2016, the royals had a row of trees planted to create a dense wall near the couple's apartment. They've also had a few statements issued as a warning to paparazzi. 

Most recently, the couple planted a 950-foot hedge at Kensington Palace to increase security.

While the family can occasionally be spotted on the palace grounds by tourists, or coming to and from the helicopter pad,  the general rule of thumb is that the family is allowed to be photographed at official events, but not at their home (as it should be!) 

She encourages her children to be vocal about their feelings 

“We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older," she wrote in a blog post for HuffPost UK in 2017.

The royal continued, "We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”

She's a fixture on the carpool scene

The duchess (seen here on the way to Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace) has chauffers and royal nannies at her disposal. However, Kate and Will choose to do school dropoff themselves.

“Either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly,” said one fellow parent at Thomas's Battersea in South London.

Joked another: "No one really gives Kate a second glance when she does the school drop-off. We have a Victoria's Secret model doing the school run, too, and the dads are far more interested in her!" 

The royal was even spotted dropping off her son George just one day after giving birth to Prince Louis.

She loves hand-me-downs

See those blue shoes George is wearing? Eagle-eyed royak viewers noticed Charlotte wearing the same pair in the photos released for her fourth birthday, which were captured by her mother. That's not the only time the Cambridge children recycled their clothing.

Right after Prince Louis was born, the royal family released photos of Charlotte craddling her newborn brother -- the then 2-year-old was spotted wearing Prince George's old sweater.  And new photos of Prince Louis taken at the Chelsea Flower Show show the one-year-old tot wearing his older brother's shorts. 

Given Kate's affinity for affordable designer getups, these hand-me-downs come as no surprise. The duchess is known to repeat many of her most regal looks, while also prioritizing stores like Zara for a good deal. Even her favorite sneakers come at a steal (shop them here!). 

Kate and Will employ "active listening," even though the queen may disapprove 

No matter how high her heels are or however tight her dress, Kate interacts with her children in the same way: by crouching down to their levels in a technique called active listening. 

"Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message, ‘You’re important to me.’ Get down on the child’s level, lean in and make eye contact,” said child development expert Gill Connell, according to People. The late Princess Diana was also known to take on such a technique, although the queen seemingly disapproves. In 2016, Prince William was reportedly reprimanded by the queen when talking to Prince George during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2016. 

Kate and the kids love to cook pizza and "cheesy pasta" together and bake

Kate understands the power that cooking can have and how it can strenghten relationships in a fun and easy way. In a visit to Lavender Primary School this past winter, the royal revealed that George and Charlotte especially love to make cheesy pasta together. 

Another family favrotie? Homemade pizza. “I think they’re some of the best things to make, pizzas at home, she said according to Us Weekly. “It’s such fun. You can choose what you can put on them — all the different toppings.”

As far as baking goes, it can frequently turn the kitchen into chaos. "When I try to do this with George at home, chocolate and the golden syrup goes everywhere. George makes so much mess. It’s chaos," Kate said in 2016 about making chocolate crispy cakes. 

She understands that not all families have the support she has

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not,” Kate explained. 

The mother-of-three has been particularly vocal about empowering mothers through her various mental health initiatives and highlighted the need for open and honest conversations about these obstacles. In 2017, she championed "Heads Together," a coalition with eight different partners to raise awareness and provide vital help for those in need. Her work extends far beyond that, however. She's been an advocate of this work for many years: Her creation of a steering group on the benefits of early intervention in childhood will provide support for years to come.

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A patron of a number of charities, the duchess is committed to her royal duties, having stepped out for 87 public engagements alone in 2018 despite taking months off for the birth of Prince Louis. The royal juggles these public duties with her responsibilities as a mother, a role she has been incredibly vocal about, and brings her experience as a parent to much of her patronage work. 

When the doors to the palace close and the tiara comes off, scroll through above to see what Kate is like as a mother.

Related: Kate's style has changed so much

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Garden Party in an Alexander McQueen dress, a Loeffler Randall clutch and her go-to Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps ($675).  
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge officially opened V&A Dundee on January 29, 2019 in Dundee, Scotland, wearing an Alexander McQueen coat dress.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May at the men's singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2018 wearing a yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018 in London, England wearing a tweed Erdem dress.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a party for families of military personnel deployed in Cyprus at Kensington Palace on December 04, 2018 in London, England. She wore a black cashmere cardigan by Brora and an Emilia Wickstead tartan skirt
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to receive an update on The Nook Appeal at EACH on January 24, 2017 in Hobbs London' Sinead jacket and skirt
The Duchess of Cambridge attended sister Pippa's wedding in May 2017 in a blush long-sleeved Alexander McQueen dress and matching fascinator.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on August 30, 2017 in London, England, wearing a green poppy-print silk dress by Prada. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016 in a custom green Catherine Walker coatdress.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge opted for a red-and-green Vanessa Seward dress ($622.50) and $185 fern hoop earrings by Catherine Zoraida to attend a Christmas party for volunteers at The Mix youth service on December 19, 2016 in London, England.

The Duchess of Cambridge dressed in head-to-toe black Preen ($1715) for the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House on November 22, 2016.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a blue Emilia Wickstead dress, visited Action on Addiction in Warminster, Wiltshire.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress, visits The Anna Freud Centre in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire to meet with local air cadets wearing a red jacket from Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini ($1079) and Stuart Weitzman boots ($695).
For the Wimbledon finals, Kate recycled this Jonathan Saunders dress she wore during the Jubilee Royal Tour in 2012.
Kate, William and Harry kicked off the Tour de France in July. Kate was wearing her green Erdem coat and favorite L.K. Bennett sledge pumps.
The Duchess of Cambridge visits an M-PACT Plus Counselling programme at Blessed Sacrament School on July 1st in a coral GOAT dress with cream clutch.    
Kate is seen wearing Alexander McQueen to a military event in London.
Duchess Kate attends Order of the Garter in a lovely pale blue Christopher Kane coat.
Prince George of Cambridge walks holding his Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's hand as they watch Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry play in the Jerudong Trophy charity polo match. Kate is seen wearing a casual striped top and a pair of skinny jeans, while George is wearing an adorable pair of overalls.
The Duchess of Cambridge during an official visit to National Maritime Museum on June 10, 2014 in London, England.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a service during the D-Day 70 Commemorations on June 6, 2014.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they leave Fairbairne Airbase to head back to the UK after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception hosted by the Governor General Peter Cosgrove at Government House on April 24, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.
Kate attended the SportsBall, donning a laser-cut, black lace Temperley London cocktail dress, paired with her Jimmy Choo heels and Alexander McQueen clutch.
Kate looked lovely in London, wearing an Orla Kiely skirt and MaxMara coat as she received flowers from a young girl.
Kate recycled an Orla Kiely dress and her Aquatalia boots for a charity visit with William.
Kate wore a pretty black Temperley coat to honor Remembrance Day in London, wearing her hair in ringlets.
In honor of Poppy Day, William and Kate stepped out in London -- Kate wearing her long scarlet L.K. Bennett coat.
Kate attended a charity gala the following day, wearing an elegant navy Jenny Packham gown.
Kate chose Alexander McQueen for Prince George's Christening.
Kate attended the SportsAid Athlete Workshop just a few months after having Prince George. She wore a pre-pregnancy outfit: her J.Brand skinny jeans, Ralph Lauren striped top, navy Smythe blazer and Stuart Weitzman wedges.
Kate and William attended a gala for the Tusk Trust, Kate glittering in Jenny Packham.
Kate joined William out and about in Anglesey, wearing a Zara top, Paige denim jeans and a Ralph Lauren jacket.
Kate wore another Seraphine knot-front dress for the photo while William was casual in a gingham button down.  And in this photo, both the Middletons' family dog and Lupo made the cut!
Kate and William pose with Prince George for the family's first official portraits at her family's home.
Kate definitely had a new mom glow about her when she left the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital.
When Wills and Kate took off to go visit her parents in Bucklebury for the first few weeks after George's birth, she wore a dress by Seraphine perfect for new moms.
Kate wore a bespoke Jenny Packham blue polka dotted dress when she presented her son to the world, and she looked lovely.
For her last official appearance before giving birth, the Duchess chose pale pink Alexander McQueen at the 2013 Trooping the Colour.
Kate was glowing as she named a cruise ship in a printed Hobbs coat.
Kate looked positively lovely at the Queen's Coronation service in one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham, a light peach, almost nude lace empire-waisted dress.
Kate was bold and bright at this year's Garden Party, wearing a bespoke version of the Marella coat by Emilia Wickstead.
Kate visited Naomi House on the day of her wedding anniversary, wearing a peach coat by Tara Jarmon.
Kate visited the Harry Potter sets at Warner Bros with William and Harry, wearing in a polka-dot dress by Topshop.
Kate attended an event at the National Portrait Gallery, wearing a '50s-inspired, powder blue Emilia Wickstead dress and grey suede pumps. 
Kate visited a primary school in a pretty Erdem floral dress.
Kate attended the National Review of the Queen's Scouts, wearing a mint green Mulberry Coat, Whiteley fascinator and her L.K. Bennett pumps.  As you can see, the Duchess finally popped and her baby bump was fully visible.
Kate donned her red Armani coat, as seen on her in 2006, for the visit to Scotland.
During a visit to Scotland,  Kate and Wills met well wishers, played some ping pong, field hockey and basketball while she wore this tartan coat by British brand moloh.
Kate visited the Great Tower Scout camp, keeping warm in green rain boots, a green army jacket and a knit crochet hat.
Kate visits the Baker Street Underground Station in this teal Malene Birger coat, and true to royal style: a pretty black fascinator.
Dressed in a pretty white Redgrave Goat collarless coat over a dress from Topshop, Kate visited the headquarters of Child Bereavement UK.
Kate Middleton wore this black Topshop dress as she visited the headquarters of Child Bereavement UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks in the same gorgeous green Emilia Wickstead coat of the previous year.
Kate attended the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival in a gorgeous peach wool coat by Joseph.
Kate visited Grimsby in a gorgeous brown Hobbs coat, with her baby bump just starting to show.
Kate showed off her baby bump in a patterned MaxMara dress and simple pumps during a visit to Hope House. 
Kate looks on in a pretty Whistles dress after viewing her first official portrait.
Kate left the hospital, after being admitted for severe morning sickness, in a navy coat by Diane von Furstenberg.
Kate played hockey  in Alexander McQueen while visiting St. Andrews University.
Kate wore this MaxMara Studio coat over a leopard-print dress for her and William's first visit to Cambridge.
Kate was glowing in an emerald green Mulberry dress for an opening at the Natural History Museum.
Kate dons her lace Temperley London gown once more, this time adding a pop of red with her Alexander McQueen clutch.
Kate attended a royal reception for team Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes, wearing a black floral dress with sheer sleeves.
Kate bends down to receive flowers from an adorable two-year-old, looking lovely in Alexander McQueen.
Back in the UK, Kate and Wills attend the official launch of the new Football Centre, the Duchess wearing a Reiss coat.
Kate wore this navy eyelet Mulberry dress with traditional adornments during their visit, with her hair in natural waves.
Kate prepared to dance with traditional dancers, in a much cooler grass skirt than we've ever seen. 
The royal couple boarded a plane, Kate wearing a pale yellow eyelet dress and Stuart Weitzman wedges.
The Duke and Duchess smiled in traditional Island clothing as they visited the Governor General's house.
This yellow Jaeger shirtdress was light, bright and cool for the warm island weather.
On day 6, Kate and Wills arrived at the Solomon Islands, Kate dressed in a bright Jonathan Saunders dress.
The casual duo cross a bridge at a Rainforest Research center in Malaysia.
Kate wore this sparkling Alexander McQueen to a dinner with Malaysia's Head of State.
Kate wore a pale teal dress to visit the Memorial Cemetery in Singapore, looking back thoughtfully as she walked beside her husband.
While in Malaysia, Kate wore an ice blue lace Temperley London dress, with her hair pulled back in a pretty updo.
On Day 4, Kate and William visited a Mosque, respectfully removing their shoes, Kate wore a headscarf and looked lovely in white.
Kate looked gorgeous in a floral Erdem dress during the British Gala reception.
She also wore a lovely Alexander McQueen skirt and jacket with Stuart Weitzman wedges.
On day 2, Kate wore this sheer Raoul dress and nude pumps.

Kate and William kicked off the 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour in Singapore, the Duchess wearing a vibrant dress by Prabal Gurung.

Kate looked chic and professional at the Paralympics Day 4 medal ceremony.
Kate attends the 10th day of the Olympics in a zipped-up windbreaker for the sailing events.
Wills and Kate celebrate a big win for the UK during the Olympics.
The Olympics took London by storm, and the young royals weren't going to miss it.  Kate sported UK colors in this striped top and navy jeans.
Kate and William visited Bacon's College with Prince Harry, Kate dressed in a grey and white checked dress.
Our three favorite royals wait to receive the Olympic Torch at Buckingham Palace on it's route around Britain to the Olympic Stadium.  
Kate looked vibrant in Stella McCartney while visiting the National Portrait Gallery.
Kate looked chic in white at Wimbledon, carrying a fun animal print clutch.
Kate payed homage to Scotland with her clutch while she watched as Prince William was installed as a Knight of the Thistle in Edinburgh.
Time for the Order of the Garter, and while most members of the royal family were in pale hues, Kate's Alexander McQueen stole the show.
Kate wore wellies to a polo match, with casual jeans and her pooch Lupo by her side.
Kate waved from a carriage during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, wearing one of her favorite designers, Erdem.
The Diamond Jubliee continues, and Kate is seen in a nude lace Alexander McQueen dress with a Jane Taylor fascinator.
Kate wore a vibrant red Alexander McQueen dress, carrying a clutch by the same designer and sporting her favorite L.K. Bennett heels during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Kate is pretty in pink at the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress and classic nude heels.
Ok, so maybe this photo is more about the puppy-love than the dress, but the Duchess still looks chic, even while playing with her and Wills' pup, Lupo!
Attending an Olympic Concert, Kate dominated the red carpet in a lace-back Jenny Packham gown.
Kate shows a little leg in this sleek Roland Mouret gown.
In one of our favorite looks, Kate had the embellishment on the neckline of this Matthew Williamson dress added just for her -- and she looked gorgeous.
The Duchess is a hard worker! Helping to plant a tree, Kate still looked totally glam in a vibrant blue Reiss dress.
It was St. Patrick's Day, and Kate looked gorgeous in green, a belted Emilia Wickstead dress.
Kate looked cute and casual in coral skinny jeans while playing hockey with the Olympic team.
Kate wore an Orla Kiely dress for a visit in South London.
Kate wore this peplum skirt suit by L.K. Bennett and a James Lock hat during a visit to Leicester, England.
Kate wore this slightly distressed tweed Missoni coat to tea with the Queen and Camilla. 
Kate visited schools in Oxford, wearing a flared, bird-print Orla Kiely dress.
Kate wore this brown Hobbs coat to visit Liverpool, pairing it with black stockings and pumps.
Kate visited the National Portrait Gallery in a belted grey jacket with a wide collar.
Attending the premiere of War Horse in the UK, Kate wore a lace Temperley London gown.
The royal family attended a Christmas Day service, all in chic jackets and boots as they arrived together.
Just before the holidays, the Duke and Duchess visited a homeless charity, Kate in a simple Ralph Lauren turtleneck dress.
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry arrive at the Imperial War Museum, all dressed in their black-tie best.
Kate spoke with dinner guests at a reception at St. James Palace, wearing a silver one-shouldered gown.
A beautiful duo: Kate wore this crimson Beulah London gown, adding some vibrance to Fall in London.
Kate looked lovely in Amanda Wakeley as she and William visited the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The Duke and Duchess visited Birmingham, Kate wearing Alexander McQueen.
Kate sparkled in this classic drape dress by Roksanda Ilincic.
Kate and Wills are back in the U.K., the Duchess wearing a beige v-neck dress for the opening of the state rooms in Buckingham Palace.
Kate in Santa Barbara, in a floral Jenny Packham dress.
Kate and Wills attended the BAFTA Awards, Kate showing off a tiny waist in this Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen floor length gown.
Kate wore this grey shift by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic while in Los Angeles.
The Duke and Duchess arrived in Los Angeles, Kate in a bright green dress by one of our favorite designers, Diane von Furstenberg.
Kate looked lovely in this canary yellow Jenny Packham dress, but battled with the wind at Calgary International Airport.
The Duke and Duchess boarded a Canadian Airforce jet, Kate wearing J. Brand skinny jeans and L.K. Bennett slingback wedges.
Kate looked cool and casual in boat shoes and jeans.
Kate and Wills smile at one another, the Duchess dressed in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen on their 5th day in Canada.
The newyweds are cute and casual, in a rare embrace (public, at least!) after taking part in a dragon boat race.
Kate wore this simple white shift during their Canada visit, carrying her favorite L.K. Bennett "Natalie" clutch.
On day 4 of their Canada visit, Kate was seen in a brilliant blue Erdem dress with lace detailing on the bodice.
Kate wore this grey shift dress while in Canada, with a pointed collar and cuffed sleeves.
Kate was a bronzed beauty in this long-sleeved, purple Issa dress on the royal couple's Canada tour.
Kate looks over her shoulder as she and Wills attend Canada Day celebrations in Ottowa. She was wearing a white Reiss dress with bold red accents in her fascinator and heels.
Kate wore a lace Erdem shift dress and nude L.K. Bennett heels while attending the wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Canada.
Kate wore this bold Alexander McQueen military-style coat while visiting army Barracks in Windsor.
Kate and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wearing pretty coats to the Order of the Garter Service.
Kate wore her Jane Troughton cornflower blue brocade coat to the church service celebrating the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.
Kate and William were the picture of elegance at the 2011 Trooping the Colour ceremony for the Queen's birthday.
Kate and her sister Pippa attend a friend's wedding, both dressed in black and white patterned dresses and matching court shoes.  
Kate attended the 10th Annual ARK Gala Dinner in a stunning floor-length embellished Jenny Packham gown.
Kate attended Derby Day, everyone dressed to the nines.  The Duchess was in a white Reiss dress and beige fascinator.
The Duchess met Michelle Obama in Buckingham Palace, wearing a cap-sleeved neutral Reiss dress.
Kate and William headed out for their honeymoon the day after their wedding, Kate dressed in a simple belted blue dress and her L.K. Bennett wedges.
Kate leaving Clarence House to attend the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William, in a pretty satin dress with an embellished belt showing off her tiny waist.
The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to cheers from the crowd.
The blushing bride steps out of Westminster Abbey, stunning in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown.
Here comes the almost-bride... Kate smiled for the camera as she arrived at the Goring Hotel with her mom and sister the day before her wedding.  She looked stunning in a patterned Issa dress and L.K. Bennett wedges.
Kate wore a flared neutral trench coat while visiting Northern Ireland.
The dashing couple matched in navy blue suits while visiting an athletic track in Darwen, England.
Kate and William visit their Alma Mater, St. Andrews University, for its 600th anniversary celebrations.
Kate wore all shades of neutral to launch a new RNLI lifeboat in the chilly February weather.
The couple attended a Christmas "Spectacular," Kate dressed in contrasting black and white with a bold necklace.
The couple looked lovely and happy as can be!
A royal engagement! Kate's navy Issa dress from her engagement photo is one of the most sought-after dresses she's worn.
Kate and Wills attend a friend's wedding, Kate wearing a bright silk dress with a black jacket and accessories.
Kate chose a belted teal sundress and leather bag for the Chakravarty Cup Polo Match.
Kate wore a stunning blue patterned Jane Troughton coat to a friend's wedding, paired with a Jane Corbett fascinator and black court shoes.
Kate wore skinny jeans and a leather jacket to a charity Polo match in which Prince William and Harry were playing.
Kate attended the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco in London, supporting an Oxford charity.
Kate channeled the '60s in this mod-inspired dress while out in London.
Kate looked lovely at Lady Rose Windsor's wedding, wearing a pop of color and print with black accessories.
Kate wore a pretty white Issa sundress with a cardigan to the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Always there to support, Kate watched Wills and Harry play in a charity polo match.
Kate attended the Most Noble Order of the Garter service, standing with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in contrasting black and white.
Kate in her go-to casual look: jeans and a jacket.
Kate with Prince William after his graduation, now a Royal Air Force pilot, wearing a pretty peacoat. 
We love that Kate paired navy blue with black -- a look that the fashion-savvy know is super chic, but many would be afraid to do.
Kate attended an afterparty following the opening night of Afrika Afrika, wearing an animal print dress.
Kate attended another book launch, dressed in a simple cap-sleeved dress.
Wearing a vest over long sleeves, Kate and the rowing team practice for the Charity Boat Challenge.
Sporty-chic Kate took part in a training session with the Sisterhood Cross Channel rowing team.
Looking nautical in stripes and wedges, Kate was spotted in London.
Kate attended the Concert for Diana in London, wearing a white trench and black heeled boots.
Kate smiles in a casual top and jeans in London.
The Middleton sisters looked lovely at a book launch party in London.
Kate wore a sweater and pencil skirt with boots to the Badminton Horse Trials, mastering that transitional time when Spring has a chill in the air.
Kate wore a 60s-inspired dress out and about in London.
Kate and Pippa watched William play rugby in casual jeans and boots.
For the next day of the festival, Kate went for a mix of blues and browns, wrapping it up with a pretty scarf and beret.
Back to her classic, almost professional, duds, Kate wore a matching deep green skirt and coat to the Cheltenham Festival.
Seen leaving the venue Boujis, Kate looked classic in a shimmering black jacket.
Showing off some not-often-seen skin, the now Duchess was out on the town with friends.
Kate wore this casual black and white patterned dress, arriving home from work.
Kate wore a red Armani coat to the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy.
Kate rocked white jeans and a simple cardigan at the Beaufort Polo Club.
Dressed in casual summer whites, Kate attended the Rundle Cup Day with Chelsy Davy (Prince Harry's former girlfriend) and William's cousin Zara Phillips.
Kate wore one of her favorite silhouettes, a simple wrap dress, for a Polo match.
Kate dances with a friend at a pre-Wimbledon party, dressed in a dark floral dress.
Kate wore red and white polka dots to the Chakravarty Polo match, completing the look with strappy wedges and classic sunglasses.
Kate wore a floral dress and pink jacket to a store opening, letting her bangs fall to a fringe.
Kate attended the Boodles Boxing Ball, dressed in bright blue to support the sports charity Sparks.
Kate looked lovely in a long cream coat and fancy fascinator at a friend's wedding.
Wills made Kate laugh after she and her sister watched him play in a field game at Eton College.
Kate wore flat boots, a long coat and Russian-style fur hat at the Cheltenham Festival with her sister Pippa.
Kate and her mother, Carole Middleton, attended the Spirit of Christmas Shopping Festival in London, Kate wearing jeans and a light blue blazer.
A casual Kate out and about with her father, graduation weekend.
Kate, dressed in a casual sweater with a brown jacket, wore her hair up for the Gatcombe Horse Trials.
Kate Middleton and Prince William on the day of their graduation ceremony at St. Andrews University.
Kate at her graduation from St. Andrews, where she met Prince William.
Kate attends the wedding of a friend, wearing a lace-patterned black and white skirt with a complimentary jacket and fascinator.
Kate skis in the Klosters with William and family.
Kate with sister Pippa and Father Michael in Jerash, Jordan. The Middleton Family moved to Amman, Jordan for two and a half years.
An adorable Kate smiles at the camera, age five.
A 3 year-old Kate wearing bright stripes.
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