What an amazing year 2018 has been for the Royal Family. Perhaps even the biggest, busiest and best they have seen yet. The royal tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Sweden and Norway, to the birth and christening of Prince Louis; plus the royal weddings of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. Countless overseas royal tours from the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice to Australia and Cambodia, and the very successful Pacific Tour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Of course, we are interested in the fashion side of things, so have picked our top 10 royal looks of the last 12 months.
The ever popular Royal Ascot to the tradition of Trooping the Colour, with much anticipated balcony appearance. Prince Charles’ glittering 70th Birthday Celebrations, State Banquets which give wonderful tiara moments and enough official family photos with an overload of too cute royal children that are almost too much for Royal Watchers.
Our favourite Royal ladies have not disappointed in the extreme fashion stakes this year and each of them has upped their fashion game in 2018 like never before. We take a look at our favourite outfit from our favourite royal ladies on Replicate Royalty this year. A hard task to choose only one for each, but let’s take a look.
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge is known to stay loyal to her tried and tested designers of Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, Jenny Packham and Erdem, with the occasional new designer thrown in just to keep us on our toes. Kate once again showed a revamped wardrobe after Prince Louis was born. Her amazing tweed and jewelled off the shoulder Erdem runway dress was a knockout sensation.
However, our favourite Kate outfit of 2018 was definitely the cerise Alexander McQueen dress worn to the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, making it our favourite look of hers in 2018. Kate looked sensational in this Sarah Burton creation.
Each woman attending the wedding seemed to be battling the elements of the extreme wind of Storm Callum, with skirts flying and gentlemen dashing to collect hats rolling down the path at Windsor Castle. All the while, The Duchess of Cambridge kept her outfit together with aplomb, striding confidently in her gorgeous deep magenta velvet Philip Treacy hat trimmed with flowers and perfect elegant regal up-do staying perfectly in place. Not a single wisp of hair moving. What storm? How she did it we will never know!
Catherine’s perfectly tailored monochromatic outfit stood her firm as a senior member of the Royal Family. The Duchess showcased her experience and knowledge of navigating her way through the fashion stakes as a Royal, and her previous experimentations with fashion choices to now use her fashion choices to elevate her status to an elegant and regal future Queen. Whilst we have seen Kate wear almost the same dress in bubblegum pink for Trooping the Colour in 2017, the slight modifications to this dress took it to a new level. The paper bag waist dress with pin-tuck detailing across the neckline was modified with bracelet length sleeves and peaked puffed ruched shoulders giving a vibe of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
The cerise dress looked to be crafted from a lighter, softer and much less rigid fabric than it’s predecessor. Kate pulled her look together with some finishing polishing touches, a rich magenta velvet Prada clam box clutch and Prada velvet pointed toe pumps. Her gorgeous mid-sized Philip Treacy hat was a nice change of pace from her Jane Taylor or Lock and Co choices. The Duchess was truly stunning in this ensemble.
The Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess of Sussex has had such a busy year, who can even keep up? From her first introductions to the British people with mini tours through the UK before she was an official member of the Royal Family, to the wedding at Windsor, with not one but two stunning wedding gowns and the appearance of Diana’s sparkling aquamarine ring. To the whirlwind, engagement packed, gruelling Pacific Tour, to secret patronage meetings, cookbooks and of course the impending arrival of Baby Sussex. Meghan’s Royal wardrobe has exploded, giving us perfect Princess, to controversial cajoled clothing choices that set social media alight. How can we pick with so many ensembles?
Our favourite outfit of the Duchess of Sussex’s was her Roksanda ‘Athena’ pleated two-tone crepe midi dress worn to visit Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney. The simple yet elegant navy sleeveless dress boasted a demure tea length and wide contrasting sky blue hem and opposing wine coloured lining.
It wasn’t just the beautiful colour block dress that captured our attention with this ensemble, but her picture perfect hair. Meghan’s hair was everything we have been waiting for. A girly half-up do with mini bouffant at the top rear, delicate wisps falling around her face and a slight wavy texture through the style, gave a soft feminine and graceful appearance. She was shining.
Meghan even managed to match in with the school girl’s uniforms perfectly!
The Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex never fails to evoke a timeless elegance, sophistication and class with every outfit she wears. We were pleased to see Sophie try to experiment a little more with her fashion choices this year and step out of her comfort zone. From her daring navy jumpsuit, to her bright and colourful llama shirt dress, her silver sparkling gown, Prada ankle booties, black leather moto jacket and her array of wide brimmed Jane Taylor hats. The Countess has kept us intrigued all year.
Our favourite outfit of Sophie’s was her Suzannah ‘Threadwork Bodice Top’ and ‘Curve Midi Skirt’ worn to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding. What first appeared to be an amazing dress turned out to be separates.
The cropped style top has a geometrical pattern of pale blue, white and silver metallic thread with embellished beading, quite a different choice from Sophie. The beautiful flared full circle, tea-length skirt in pale blue Italian satin is giving us 1950’s prom vibes. The skirt features a wide belted waistband and welt pockets. You cannot appreciate this beautiful ensemble and finely crafted detailing unless you saw it in person. Sophie just gets better and better with her fashion choices as the years go on. We hope to see the Countess push her fashion boundaries even further in 2019.
Princess Beatrice also had a big year from her tours to Australia and Cambodia, to her work and trips to New York and her sister’s wedding, where she gave a reading. Our favourite look from Princess Beatrice came late in the year. Her Gucci Italian crepe crystal embellished gown was what being a Princess is all about, the fairytale wardrobe full of beautiful gowns.
The cream bodice features a very deep v-neck line with cross-over front wrap, embellished with sliver crystals. There are also long sleeves with peaked puffed shoulders and button wide cuffed sleeves. A sweeping gradual flared a-line black floor length skirt turns this into a gala gown. A large pink sequinned bow adorns the waist and adds a fun, flirty, feminine touch, keeping true to Beatrice’s quirky, experimental sartorial styling. One of her best looks to date. Amazing!
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Seems to be a no brainer that we’d chose Eugenie’s wedding dress, right? But her gorgeous Peter Pilotto bespoke gown with personal empowering message, glittering emerald Greville tiara and natural makeup is not our pick for Princess Eugenie for 2018, though it did come very close. Even Eugenie’s Christmas Day look was a knock out sensation.
However, our favourite look of Princess Eugenie was her recent Roksanda ‘Aviden’ gown she wore to support the charity Street Child. The navy blue column gown showcases delicately scalloped straps, scooped neckline and banding across the bustline. The gown is fitted to the waist and a floor length column gown skims the floor. Princess Eugenie was glowing in her post-wedding bliss and was perfectly preened from head to toe, with gorgeous natural make-up and a beautiful lighter hair colour she debuted on her wedding day. She looked truly stunning.
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Lady Louise seemed to grow up before our eyes this year, moving away from those white tights she always sported to hats and her first heels. Louise went from a young shy girl at the start of this year to seeming like an almost 20-something when she confidently walked the bridesmaids and page boys into Windsor Chapel for her cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding, displaying maturity and resilience.
Our favourite outfit from Lady Louise was the cobalt blue Claudie Pierlot ‘Round-neck dress’ worn as a special attendant for Princess Eugenie’s wedding. The scoop neck dress, with three-quarter length sleeves and knee length skater style skirt is the perfect look for a teenager. The dress has a lower scooped back and matching self-tie belt to cinch the waist in. Claudie Pierlot is a label worn by Princess Eugenie often, so it is nice to think that she may giving her young cousin some fashion advice. Louise topped her dress with a beautiful matching cocktail fascinator by royal favourite milliner, Jane Taylor, and a pair of blue suede scalloped edge court heels. This outfit was age and event appropriate in our book. Stunning!
Zara, daughter of Princess Anne is known for her fashion forward hat collection. Mrs Tindall didn’t make as many appearances this year being pregnant with second her daughter Lena. Our favourite outfit from Zara in 2018 was the Claire Mischevani ‘Teal pleat coat’ worn to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
This beautiful coat features a rounded peter-pan collar, long sleeves, a fitted tailored bodice, fit and flare knee length skirt with vented panels at the rear. The exquisite detailing of the floral embroidery brocade over the sleeves and and skirt turn this into a magical regal coat. We think Zara looked stunning in this coat.
Autumn is by far one of our fan favourites at Replicate Royalty, with each of her outfits being highly praised amongst royal watchers. Autumn always showcases immaculate style, elegance and grace with her gorgeous ensembles. Her outfits are simply stylish and timeless.
Our favourite Autumn outfit for 2018 is her Suzannah ‘The Hunter Dress Coat’ worn to Royal Family’s Easter Day Church Service earlier in the year. This gorgeous silk/wool blend coat dress in a sky powder blue colour-way is inspired by a vintage hunting coat. It has a slight fold back collar, hidden front fastenings, an immaculately-tailored panelled bodice, fitted through the waist line and a gradual a-line flare midi length skirt with a slight dip hem at the rear. A perfectly feminine styling from Autumn.
Lady Sarah Chatto
A special mention goes to Lady Sarah Chatto (Princess Margaret’s daughter) for her bespoke Jasper Conran ensemble seen at The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
Lady Sarah wore a high neck finely knitted cobalt blue top, and a matching blue flared box pleated skirt to a tea length, featuring an open front panel which showed a sharp knife pleated panel underneath. The whole ensemble was cinched in at the waist with a floral bejewelled embellished belt. Sarah wore a Stephen Jones for Debenhams cobalt blue wide cartwheel brimmed lattice hat trimmed with blue grosgrain ribbon around the crown. Sarah accessorised with her mother’s diamond and pearl drop earrings.
We hoped you enjoyed our Royal Round up for 2018. We are looking forward to the 2019 and all the new royal outfits that we can fawn over. Tell us what you think. Did we leave out your one of your favourite outfits?
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