One of the main words that is associated with Kate Middleton is style.
Whether it’s an off-duty daytime look in her trusty Barbour jacket, or wowing in a full glam look on the red carpet, there is nothing the Duchess of Cambridge can’t pull off.
To mark her milestone 40th birthday on Sunday 9 January, Kensington Palace released three brand new stunning portraits of the mum-of-three.
Each of the photos will become part of a permanent collection at The National Portrait Gallery, with one image taking centre stage due to the choice of outfit.
In one we see Kate stun in a flawless one-shoulder red gown by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen.
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It is said that the Duchess specifically chose to wear gowns by the well-known label as a way of paying tribute to her wedding day with Prince William where she sported a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
The red dress has, and is set to become, an iconic image and outfit for Kate as the world has complimented on her beauty.
However, fans have pointed out one key design feature which has them going crazy.
One fan said: “That red dress…and it has pockets!!!!!”, which triggered many others to obsess over the detail.
Another user replied: “If anyone compliments me on my dress – I always say ‘ thanks and it has pockets,’ because dress pockets are revolutionary. Love her style!”
Whilst a third added “dresses with pockets should be mandatory.”
In addition to this, Kate worked closely with the brand to redesign the dress so that it was more suitable for the royal picture.
The original dress see’s the fabric be printed with an enlarged pattern of a red flower which was overlaid on a dusky pink colour.
The Duchess knew that this wouldn’t be approved by The Queen so therefore had them remake the gown in a simple crisp red shade.
Whilst the outfit bends one of the royal protocols of ladies not displaying their shoulders, we think by Kate opting for this specific style represents how she is taking new steps in her royal role.
With Kate being who she is, of course no expenses were spared as the original design of the asymmetric draped gown retails for a staggering £3,450.
This however wasn’t the only dress that Kate put her special touch on as in one of the portraits which see’s the Duchess looking away from the camera had many elements taken away.
The original gown came with a built in crystal corset with an intricately pleated bra — knowing this would be a big no from Buckingham Palace, Kate had this removed to the bodice was left plain.
She also had the shredded tulle removed from around the base of the dress so that she appeared a lot more regal and sophisticated in the images.
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