Monday, 2 May 2016

Eight times Kate has worn yellow

Kate's most famous yellow dress made its first appearance on May 2nd 2015 on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

It's twelve months to the day that the Duchess of Cambridge wore a yellow dress to present her daughter to the world and made the colour about as popular as it can be - for a while at least. The Kate Effect saw sales of yellow dresses soar by over 200% after she chose that print Jenny Packham dress as she left hospital with Princess Charlotte in her arms.  It's one of several yellow choices by Kate - here's eight of the best.

The pretty knee length dress worn, as we'd expect with those famous nude heels, was the perfect pick for a spring day and perhaps proved Kate didn't know the gender of her second baby as she'd gone for something neutral that would have said boy or girl. In the end, it was a princess in the arms of this duchess and perhaps the best time of all that Kate has worn yellow.

It's one of Kate's standout looks and it will take some beating. When she stepped off the plane in Australia in 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress and rather fabulous it looked too. The knee length dress, paired with nude shoes, was a stunner of a look and very modern and rather different from some of Kate's more traditional picks. A winner by a mile.


Just after her first wedding anniversary, Kate attended the annual Thistle ceremony in Edinburgh where she donned a pale yellow coat dress. The outfit itself was rather lovely but the duchess's decision to add a beige hat, black shoes and a black bag hidden by the red Stathearn tartan left this yellow in peril.


Yellow became a colour of choice for Kate on her Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East with William in the early autumn of 2012. And by far the best of the lot was a pretty yellow broderie anglaise dress worn for a visit to a primary school in Nauti in Tuvalu. It was summery and chic and still very smart and the perfect match for the garland of flowers she was given to wear in her hair. William had less luck matching his crown and clothes.


 Less successful was the yellow sundress chosen for a visit to the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands which looked, dare we say it, just too casual for a tour engagement. It was also ever so slightly dull despite its bright hue. A bit of a yellow miss here, sorry to say.


The first 'Marilyn' dress Kate has had a few Marilyn moments in her time as a royal and the first and perhaps most famous came when she hopped off a plane at Calgary airport in Canada only to find her light yellow dress caught by a gust of breeze. The dress itself is pretty enough but perhaps wouldn't be quite so famous if it hadn't starred in this wind powered royal memory.


It's a set of photos that the Duchess of Cambridge may choose to forget. In 2008, not long after her split from Prince William, Kate headed to a roller disco in London where she took to the floor in a sparkly green top and very yellow hot pants. She also fell over in a famous photo that showed how the then Miss Middleton could giggle over just about anything. She had the last laugh - two years later she was engaged to her handsome prince.

Kate was no shrinking violet when it came to maternity wear. Dressing a bump in yellow is a pretty hard call but she managed it spectacularly at a garden party at Buckingham Palace just weeks before Prince George was born in 2013. The lightly patterned coat with its cream accessories was just about as yummy a pre-mummy outfit as you can get.

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