Monday, 23 May 2016

8 Kate flower power moments

Kate in a floral print on a visit to Bhutan

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week. It will be Kate's first visit to the event, a bit of a royal institution, and she and William are set to attend later on today. But will the duchess be channeling a bit of flower power as she makes this royal debut? In honour of Kate's first flower show foray, here are eight floral moments from her famous wardrobe.

During her visit to Bhutan earlier this year, Kate wore a bright orange poppy print dress for an evening reception. The flower is the emblem of her host country and the frock looks fabulous. Real flower power from the Duchess of Cambridge here.

On a visit to Australia in 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge wore this fabulous white dress with bright blue poppy print. The L.K. Bennett piece sold out, of course, and has been one of Kate's most popular ever looks. As it's not been seen for a while, could Chelsea mark its reappearance?

Flower power is usually most obvious in Kate's wardrobe when she's on tour and her first year as a duchess saw her choose this yellow and grey print for a trip to the polo in the USA. This pretty, very summery dress was perfect for the event in Santa Barbara and would be pretty perfect for a Chelsea first time appearance. Add it to the list.

Kate chose another unusual evening take on flower power for a reception for Team GB Olympic and Paralympic medallists in October 2012. The black dress with white flowers is rather striking and modern and was spot on for this celebration of sport.

Floral prints have also been a bit of a go to for Kate during her pregnancies. While expecting George, she chose this red, white and blue flower power print for a visit to a school in Manchester. It flies the flag and gets floral all at the same time.

Perhaps one of Kate's most famous floral dresses was the yellow and white Jenny Packham design she chose to bring Princess Charlotte home from hospital just hours after her birth on May 2nd 2015. It's pretty and springlike and just about everyone is still in awe of how good Kate looked less than half a day after becoming a mum for the second time. 

One of Kate's most controversial floral looks was this evening gown worn in October 2015. Kate chose the bright, can't miss it dress for the Women in Hedge Funds dinner. It's very flowery, very long and very seventies and you either love it or loathe it. But there's no doubt, it's floral.

This pale pink flower print has got to be a bit of a favourite for a rewear at the Chelsea Flower Show. Kate chose it for a trip to the Singapore Botanical Gardens on her Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012. It's pretty, pale and delicate, the flowers aren't overwhelming and it's not been seen in recent times so could well be the pick of Kate's Chelsea debut.

Photo credit: @KensingtonRoyal Twitter

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