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The White Dress That Changed Wedding History Forever

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their return from the marriage service at St James's Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. - Rischgitz—Getty Images
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their return from the marriage service at St James's Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. Rischgitz—Getty Images

175 years ago, Queen Victoria introduced a new era of bridal standards

Sarah Begley is a staff writer for TIME.

Wedding traditions may have relaxed in recent decades, but one thing stays the same: the bride wears white. Sure, there are plenty of options out there for the iconoclasts among us. But as of last year, colored gowns accounted for only 4 to 5% of sales at popular retailer David’s Bridal.

Like any number of traditions, the white wedding dress comes to us straight from the Victorian era—in fact, from Queen Victoria herself, who was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on this day, Feb. 10, 175 years ago. Yet when she chose white silk-satin for her wedding, the choice was almost as iconoclastic as it would have been for Catherine Middleton to walk down the aisle in scarlet.

Red was in fact a very popular color for brides in Victoria’s day, but the young queen broke with the status quo and insisted on a lacy white gown. Members of the court thought it much too restrained in color, and were mystified that she eschewed ermine and even a crown, opting instead for a simple orange blossom wreath.

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Victoria was not the first royal to choose white for her nuptials—several others, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1558, preceded her—but she is the one widely credited with changing the norm. Just a few years after her wedding, a popular lady’s monthly called white “the most fitting hue” for a bride, “an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.”

Alongside purity and simplicity, Victoria’s gown telegraphed two other important values. She supported domestic commerce by using only British-made materials (a tradition repeated, partially, by Catherine Middleton), and she showed economy by keeping pieces of her dress in her wardrobe for years to come (as most of her contemporaries would have done as well, often simply wearing their best dress on their wedding day, no matter the color or style). Victoria repurposed the lace from her dress again and again, even resurrecting it for her Diamond Jubilee 56 years later.

Today’s brides may not share this thriftiness, but they do take after Victoria in style. With its fitted bodice and full, floor-length skirt, the typical contemporary wedding gown looks a lot more like Victoria’s dress than it does like anything else in the bride’s wardrobe.

Could a modern-day celebrity set such a lasting precedent for bridal fashion? It’s possible, but hard to imagine where such influence would come from. Even Madonna wore white to both of her weddings.

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2015 in London. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge leaves The Goring Hotel in Victoria, London on March 2, 2015. Ben Cawthra—Sipa USA
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen arriving at the Barbly Primary School in West London on Jan. 15, 2014. TGB/Splash News/Corbis
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Carlyle hotel in New York on Dec. 7, 2014. Chad Rachman—Reuters
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at EACH Hospices Appeal Launch at The Norwich Showground, Norfolk, Britain on Nov. 25, 2014. Rex USA
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Valero Pembroke Refinery in Dyfed, Wales, on Nov. 8, 2014. James Whatling—Splash News/Corbis
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Perfectly Pink Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves the Blessed Sacrament School in London on July 1, 2014. Lefteris Pitarakis—AP
Jovial in Jacquard Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade on June 14, 2014 in London. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
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Straitlaced LookBritain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London on June 10, 2014. John Stillwell—AFP/Getty Images
Fixing a HoleBritain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree during a visit to The Treehouse in Ipswich, England, on March 19, 2012. David Crump—AFP/Getty Images
Anchors AweighCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing an Alexander McQueen outfit, visits Bletchley Park, where her grandmother was a codebreaker, on June 18, 2014 in Bletchley, England. Anwar Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Out of the BlueCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge watches as Queen Elizabeth II leads the Knights of the Garter to the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony from the Galilee Porch on June 16, 2014 in Windsor, England. WPA Pool—Getty Images
Walking and TalkingPrince George of Cambridge walks holding his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's hand as they watch Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry play in the Jerudong Trophy charity polo match at Cirencester Park Polo Club on June 15, 2014 in Cirencester, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Mad HatterPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge applaud during a remembrance ceremony in Arromanches, France, on June 6, 2014. Remy de la Mauviniere—AP
Lady in RedBritain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, meets pupils and community members during a visit to the Strathearn Community Campus at Crieff in Scotland on May 29, 2014. Andrew Milligan—Reuters
Seeing Green From left: The Duke and Duchess visit the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra April 24, 2014. Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Royal Reception From left: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a reception at Government House in Canberra on April 24, 2014. Arthur Edwards—The Sun/AP
Pretty in Pink The Duchess of Cambridge meets well wishers outside The Northern Sound System in Adelaide, Australia, on April 23, 2014. Arthur Edwards—The Sun/AP
Kate and HobbsFrom right: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of Uluru in the Northern Territory, Australia, April 22, 2014. William West—EPA
Tailored TaupePrince William and Catherine arrive at Ayers Rock Airport, Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia, April 22, 2014. Dean Lewins—EPA
Fascinating WomanCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St. Andrew's Cathedral for Easter Sunday Service on April 20, 2014 in Sydney. Michael Dunlea—Barcroft Media/Landov
Straighten Up and Fly RightFlanked by Chief of Air Force, Air Marshall Geoff Brown (left), and Commanding Officer of Number 1 Squadron , Wing Commander Stephen Chappell (right), Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, makes her way into the cockpit of a RAAF Super Hornet of 1 Squadron at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley on April 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. William West—Getty Images
Lovely in LaceFrom left: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William feed a Quokka during a visit to Taronga zoo Sydney on April 18, 2014. Anthony Devlin—PA Photos/Landov
Riding a Wave in LaceCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets with young surf lifesavers during a surf lifesaving event on Manly Beach on April 18, 2014 in Sydney. Eddie Mulholland—Getty Images
Perfect PrintPrince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit Echo Point, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, Australia, April 17, 2014. Tim Rooke—Rex/REX USA
Sunshine in SydneyFrom left: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Prince George arrive from New Zealand at Sydney airport on April 16, 2014. William West—AFP/Getty Images
Focus on the PuppiesFrom left: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hold police dog puppies at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 16, 2014. Reuters
Batter Up!Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays cricket in Latimer Square Gardens on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ian Jones—Pool/Getty Images
Same Dress, Different ColorCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Cathedral Church at St Paul on April 13, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Gorgeous in GreenBritain's Prince William opens an umbrella for himself and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a walkabout in Cambridge, New Zealand, April 12, 2014. Eddie Mulholland—Pool/Reuters
Team Kate TriumphsCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Westpark Marina on a Sealegs amphibious marine craft at the Whenuapai RNZAF base on April 11, 2014 in Auckland. Phil Walter—Getty Images
The Fern of New ZealandCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose together at the unveiling a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, painted by New Zealand artist Nick Cuthell at a state reception at Government House on April 10, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Under My UmbrellaCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge watches Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sit in a plane as they attend a WW1 commemorative and Flying Day at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre on April 10, 2014 in Blenheim, New Zealand. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Oh, BabyCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they attend Plunkett's Parent's Group on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand, during their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. Marty Melville—Pool/Getty Images
Precious CargoCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Military Terminal on an RNZAF 757 from Sydney on April 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Jackson—Getty Images
Double Fringe TakeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Green With EnvyCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks on March 17, 2014 in Aldershot, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Something Borrowed (From the Queen)Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives at the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Gala 2014 in central London February 11, 2014. Olivia Harris—Reuters
Heavy Metal NecklaceCatherine, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Royal Premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London December 5, 2013. Suzanne Plunkett—Reuters
Blue BloodCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School on February 14, 2014 in Ealing, England. Karwai Tang—WireImage
Little Black (Lace) DressCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the annual SportsAid dinner at Victoria Embankment Gardens on November 28, 2013 in London, England. Mark Cuthbert—UK Press via Getty Images
Solemn StyleCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 10, 2013 in London, England. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Red-Letter DayBritain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, prepares to meet staff and volunteers from the Royal British Legions London Poppy Day Appeal at Kensington Palace in central London on November 7, 2013. Carl Court—AFP/Getty Images
Baby Scene StealerCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George Of Cambridge after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace on October 23, 2013 in London. John Stillwell—WPA Pool/Getty Images
A Star In StripesCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending a Sportaid Athlete Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on October 18, 2013 in London, England. Ian Gavan—Getty Images
Dazzling in Silver SequinsBritain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to attend the Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society in London, September 12, 2013. Peter Nicholls—Pool/Reuters
Lacy Bundle of JoyCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose for a photograph with their son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge in the garden of the Middleton family home in August 2013 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Michael Middleton—Kensington Palace via Getty Images
Polka Dot TrailblazerCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge starts The Ring O'Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon on August 30, 2013 in Holyhead, Wales. Mark Cuthbert—UK Press via Getty Images
New ArrivalCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Pretty in Pastel PinkCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London. Chris Jackson—Getty Images
Blushing for the QueenCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 in London. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Fresh as a DaisyBritain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London May 22, 2013. John Stillwell—AFP/Getty Images
Princess PeachCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Naomi House hospice in Sutton Scotney, Winchester on April 29, 2013. Naomi House provides support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. David Parker—AFP/Getty Images
Mint-Green Mulberry Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013. Olivia Harris—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Baby Bump In BlueCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as Patron of The Art Room, attends an evening reception to celebrate the work of the charity at the National Portrait Gallery on April 24, 2013 in London, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Mad HatterCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Baker Street Underground Station to celebrate the Underground's 150th Birthday on March 20, 2013 in London. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Peach and ChocolateCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Day 4 of The Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2013 in London. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
All Wrapped UpCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as Patron of Action on Addiction, arrives for a visit to Hope House, a residential treatment centre, on February 19, 2013 in London. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Kate on KateCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen after viewing artist Paul Emsley's new portrait of herself during a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery on January 11, 2013 in London, England. John Stillwell—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Hockey in HeelsCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a day of activities and festivities to mark the occasion of St Andrew's Day at St Andrew's School on November 30, 2012 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. Arthur Edwards—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Groovy in GreenCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the official opening of The Natural History Museums's Treasures Gallery at Natural History Museum on November 27, 2012 in London. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Pop of ColorCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Reception and Dinner in aid of the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Appeal at Middle Temple Hall on November 8, 2012 in London. Eddie —WPA Pool/Getty Images
Army GreenCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the official launch of The Football Association's National Football Centre at St George's Park on October 9, 2012 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. Christopher Jackson—The FA via Getty Images
Lemon YellowCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Nauti Primary School during the Royal couple's Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 18, 2012 in Funafuti, Tuvalu. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Dancing With the PrincessCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepares to dance with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule for an entertainment programme on September 18, 2012 in Tuvalu. Arthur Edwards—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Garlanded, Your GraceCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Honiara International Airport on day 6 of the royal couple's Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 16, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Rugged Beauty Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive in Danum Valley Research Center in Danum Valley, some 70 kilometers west of Lahad Datu, on the island of Borneo on September 15, 2012. Vincent Thian—AFP/Getty Images
Lovely in LaceCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a tea party at the British High Commission on day 4 of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East on September 14, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Danny Lawson—Pool/Getty Images
Rhapsody in Baby BluePrince William's wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge adjusts her scarf outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2012, on the second leg of a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. STR—AFP/Getty Images
White and GoldPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend an official dinner hosted by Malaysia's Head of State Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Samir Hussein—WireImage
The White McQueenCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge tours the Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus during the Diamond Jubilee tour at Seletar Aerospace Park on September 12, 2012 in Singapore. Danny Lawson—Pool/Getty Images
Tickled PinkCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Singapore Botanical Gardens on day 1 of their Diamond Jubilee tour on September 11, 2012 in Singapore. Samir Hussein—WireImage
Team PlayerCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Copper Box after watching Great Britain play Lithuania in Goalball at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 30, 2012 in London. Stefan Rousseau—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Roksanda Repeat The Duchess chose a grey shift by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic for an event at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on July 31, 2012. She first wore the number in 2011 on an official visit to Los Angeles. Uppa/Zuma Press
Royal Blue On July 19, 2012, the Duchess wore an $800 electric blue Stella McCartney dress to the National Portrait Gallery in London. Middleton was at the museum to unveil "The Road to 2012: Aiming High," a portrait exhibition of athletes competing in the 2012 Games. McCartney designed the Olympic uniforms for the 2012 U.K. team. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Hats Off The Duchess paired a white Alexander McQueen ensemble and Jane Corbett fascinator with her favorite nude L.K. Bennett heels for the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 18, 2012. Paul Hackett—AFP/Getty Images
Blue Note On June 16, 2012, Middleton wore a baby blue Erdem dress and matching Jane Corbett hat for the Trooping the Color ceremony in London. The annual event marks the official celebration of the Queen's birthday. Leon Neal—AFP/Getty Images
Sailing Sharp On June 3, 2012, the Duchess sailed down London's Thames River for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Pageant clad in a bold, tailored Alexander McQueen dress and adorned with a floral hat by Sylvia Fletcher for John Lock and Company. The dress and her clutch, also by McQueen, are customized for the Duchess on this occasion. David Crump—AFP/Getty Images
Familiar Frock On May 29, 2012, In honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the Duchess attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in a familiar Emilia Wickstead frock, topped off with Jane Corbett hat. Anthony Devlin—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Pretty in Pink On May 18, 2012, the Duchess wore a pretty and pink Emilia Wickstead fitted frock at the Lunch For Sovereign Monarchs event at Windsor Castle. Arthur Edward—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Team Teal On May 11, 2012, the Duchess attended a gala event marking the countdown to the London Olympic Games in a gorgeous gown designed by the British Jenny Packham. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Dinner Guest On May 8, 2012, the Duchess attended an event hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridges in London wearing a white gown by Roland Mouret and Jimmy Choo heels. Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Historical View The Duchess wore an Amanda Wakeley shift, accessorized with an Alexander McQueen belt, to a reception at the Imperial War Museum in London on April 26, 2012. Paul Grover—Rex USA
Royal Blue Middleton chose a Rebecca Taylor suit for a April 26, 2012 appearance at London's Goldsmiths Hall. BEImages
British Designs On April 25, 2012, Middleton wore a gray dress by British designer Matthew Williamson for the U.K. premiere of African Cats at London's British Film Institute. Paul Grover—Rex USA
Speaking Solo Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge gave her first solo official remarks as a royal at the opening of the Treehouse Children's Hospice on March 19, 2012, in Ipswich, England. She wore a blue Reiss frock—the same dress that her mother, Carole Middleton, wore to the Ascot horse races in 2010. Ian Gavan—Getty Images
O'Middleton The Duchess celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2012 in a dark green Emilia Wickstead dress. She took part in a parade and presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards at Aldershot Barracks as part of her official events. Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Going Grey After her stop on the hockey field, the Duchess switched into a grey Orla Kiely shift to visit Prince Charles' Foundation for Children and the Arts at Dulwich Gallery in South London. Miguel Medina—AFP/Getty Images
Hockey Hit An official Olympics ambassador, Kate Middleton visited the Olympic park and met members of Great Britain's hockey teams in London on March 15, 2012. She wore a grey sweater and coral jeans—which saw a boost in sales immediately after her appearance in them—on the field. Chris Jackson—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Team Kates Dressed in a navy Emilio Pucci blazer and bright coral jeans, the Duchess met Great Britain's women's hockey team captain Kate Walsh at Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012. Chris Jackson—AFP/Getty Images
Touring in Teal On March 8, 2012, the Duchess accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to Leicester to kick off her Diamond Jubilee tour in the United Kingdom. Designed by LK Bennett, Middleton's jacket and dress reportedly sold out shortly after her appearance in them. The Duchess completed her look with a black fascinator and Epsiode pumps. Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Three's a Crowd In their first public appearance together without their husbands, Middleton, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth II visited Fortnum & Mason store in London on March 1, 2012 as part of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. All three women wore blue, with Middleton choosing a cornflower Missoni coat. Ben Pruchnie—FilmMagic/Getty Images
Flying SoloOn Feb. 8, 2012, the Duchess wore a belted gray dress and black pumps to attend a Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. With Prince William away on military duty, the appearance marked Middleton's first solo official engagement as a royal. Jorge Herrera—WireImage/Getty Images
A Royal Christmas The Duchess celebrated her first Christmas as a royal family member in an aubergine coat and hat by British designer Jane Corbett. Mark Cuthbert—UK Press via Getty Images
Matching Mates On Dec. 24, 2011, the Duchess visited Castle Rising near Sandringham, Norfolk with Prince Harry. Both royals wore Wellington boots to watch Prince William play in a soccer match. Paul Marsh—NTI/Landov
Classic Americana Middleton visited Centrepoint, a homeless youth center in London, on Dec. 21, 2011 wearing a knit dress from Ralph Lauren's Blue Label line. On Jan. 5, 2012, the Duchess announced she would support various charities that work with youth, including East Anglia's Children's Hospices and The Art Room. Mark Cuthbert—UK Press via Getty Images
Her Favorite Designer The Duchess attended the Sun Military Awards on Dec. 20, 2011 in a strapless, black velvet Alexander McQueen gown. She has stepped out several times in designs by the label, most famously choosing Sarah Burton to create her elaborate wedding gown. Arthur Edwards—AFP/Getty Images
Remembrance Day Middleton mingles at a reception for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St. James's Palace in London on Nov. 10, 2011. Lefteris Pitarkis—WPA Pool/Getty Images
The Princess and the Duchess Middleton arrives at a UNICEF emergency-supply center alongside Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen on Nov. 2, 2011. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Going Solo in Silver Middleton hosted her first official solo engagement on Oct. 26, 2011, after Prince Charles had to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay condolences to the royal family following the death of the Crown Prince. She chose a silver Amanda Wakeley gown to fete In Kind Direct, a charity founded by Prince Charles in 1996. Clarence House/Getty Images
Royal Red The Duchess attended a gala for the Child Bereavement Charity in London on Oct. 13, 2011, wearing a crimson Beulah London gown. The dress wraps at the waist, which has become a hallmark of Middleton's most-talked-about outfits, including the blue Issa dress she wore to announce her engagement. Getty Images
A Predictable Princess Middleton stepped out on Sept. 29, 2011, in a cream Amanda Wakeley dress to visit the Royal Marsden hospital, where she and Prince William will open a children's cancer unit. Her choice of a basic shift in a neutral color was unsurprising and to be expected for a young royal who has been in princess boot camp. Brendon Thorne—Getty Images
Sailor Chic The Duchess visited a neighborhood affected by the London riots on Aug. 19, 2011. David Jones—AFP/Getty Images
Guest Outfit The Duchess attended the wedding of Zara Phillips, Princess Anne's daughter, to Mike Tindall in a floral embroidered outfit on July 30, 2011. Though the dress was low-key, she accessorized the ensemble with a large hat adorned with flowers. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
A Brit Beauty to Watch The Duchess wore a lilac Alexander McQueen gown to a British Academy of Film and Television Arts event in Los Angeles on July 10, 2011. Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, delivered remarks at the ceremony, which honored rising British actors. The couple were in California as part of their first North American tour. Mark Large—Reuters/Landov
Princess in Profile Middleton picked a knit top and white skirt for a reception in Santa Barbara, Calif., on July 10, 2011. The ceremony marked the launch of Tusk Trust's U.S. Patron's Circle. Prince William is a royal patron of the trust, which supports development projects across Africa. Chris Jackson—Getty Images
Scoring on the Field The Duchess chose a stunning Jenny Packham shift to wear at the Foundation Polo Challenge in Santa Barbara, Calif., on July 9, 2011. Prince William scored four goals during the match, helping his team, Royal Salute, win the tournament. Chris Jackson—Getty Images
It's a Wrap For a visit to the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles, Middleton wore a green Diane von Furstenberg frock. The Belgian-American designer is famous for creating the iconic wrap dress. Chris Pizzello—AP
Lady in Red On the final day of the Canadian leg of her North American tour, Middleton chose a red suit set, adorned with a maple-leaf brooch. The silver accessory and red outfit were a tribute to Canada's flag. Samir Hussein—SIPA USA
Cowgirl Kate In Calgary, Canada, the Duchess attended a government reception at the BMO Centre on July 7, 2011. She looked all-American in her cowboy hat, boots and bold belt buckle. Todd Korol—AFP/Getty Images
Sunny Side Up The Duchess arrived in Calgary on July 7, 2011, in a bright yellow dress. The color was a surprising choice for Middleton, who typically sticks to navy and neutrals. Todd Korol—Reuters
Kate Middleton can wear them, but can you imagine the current Queen in jeans? Lionel Hahn—ABACAUSA
Matching Couple The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore matching red sweatshirts during a visit to Blachford Lake on July 5, 2011. Arthur Edwards—ABACAUSA
Another Casual Turn Middleton wore a button-down shirt, skinny jeans and flats to board a seaplane for Blachford Lake on July 5, 2011. Samir Hussein—SIPA USA
Made by Malene On July 5, 2011, the Duchess chose a beige Malene Birger shift while touring Yellowknife, Canada. Julian Parker—UK Press via Getty Images
Athletic Chic On July 4, 2011, the Duchess visited a beach on Prince Edward Island, Canada, as part of her first overseas tour as a royal. In a departure from her usual style, she went casual in a black track suit and pants. Douliery-Hahn—ABACAUSA
In the Trenches The Duchess wore a navy blue trench coat, accessorized with a red scarf, on July 4, 2011, in Charlottetown, Canada. Her appearance in a beige Burberry trench coat in 2010 led the jacket to sell out in stores immediately. Arthur Edwards—Getty Images
McQueen for a Queen Middleton wore a white dress by Alexander McQueen for an arrival ceremony in Charlottetown on July 4, 2011. The label, now designed by Sarah Burton, has emerged as one of the future Queen's favorite designers. Robert F. Bukaty—AP
Beautiful in Blue The Duchess visited youth in Quebec on July 3, 2011, in a blue Erdem lace dress. Julian Parker—UK Press via Getty Images
Hello, Quebec! Middleton greeted supporters during a visit to Fort Levis in Quebec City on July 3, 2011. She wore a sleeveless Joseph shift for the occasion. Sean Kilpatrick—AP
Diana-Inspired On July 2, 2011, the Duchess visited Ottawa in a gray Catherine Walker dress. The designer was one of Princess Diana's favorites. Olivier Douliery—ABACAUSA
Royal Purple The Duchess attended a Canada Day celebration on July 1, 2011, in a purple Issa dress. She famously wore a navy blue Issa dress, which had a similar silhouette, to announce her engagement to Prince William on Nov. 16, 2010, inspiring countless copycat numbers. Samir Hussein—SIPA USA
Reiss Repeat The Duchess celebrated Canada Day on July 1, 2011, in the same white Reiss dress that she wore in her engagement photo. She accessorized with a red maple-leaf fascinator and maple-leaf brooch. Splash News/Corbis
Lovely in Lace The Duchess arrived in Ottawa on June 30, 2011, in another navy blue dress, but pinned part of her hair back for a new look. Phil Noble—Reuters
Heading to Heathrow On June 30, 2011, the Duchess departed London in a navy blue ensemble that included a Roland Mouret shift, Smythe blazer and Mulberry bag. The trip marked her first international travel as a royal. Steve Parsons—WPA Pool/Getty Images
Tennis Style The Duchess wore a sleeveless, tiered white dress to attend the match between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon on June 27, 2011. Anthony Devlin—ABACAUSA
Fulfilling Her Duty On a visit to Victoria Barracks in Windsor, England, on June 25, 2011, Middleton suited up in a navy ensemble that matched Prince William's in color and silhouette. Carl Court—AFP/Getty Images
Princess in Profile In Windsor, Middleton watched the Garter Service in a gray suit and fascinator. June 13, 2011. Kirsty Wigglesworth—AFP/Getty Images
McQueen, Round 3 The Duchess of Cambridge stands on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in another white design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen after a ceremony for the Queen's birthday on June 11, 2011. Nearly two months earlier, she stood in the same location in her Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Easy Elegance Middleton chose a black-and-white shift for a friend's wedding in Lambourn, England, on June 11, 2011. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Princess in Pink In her most regal fashion moment to date, Middleton wore a sparkly Jenny Packham gown to the ARK Gala dinner at Kensington Palace on June 9, 2011. Samir Hussein—SIPA USA
Racy Attire The Duchess wore a Reiss dress under a Joseph jacket to a Derby festival in Epsom, England, on June 4, 2011. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Fashion Royalty The Duchess of Cambridge met Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace in a short-sleeved beige Reiss shift and black pumps on May 24, 2011. The dress, made by the same designer of her engagement-portrait frock, sold out in the U.S. and crashed the retailer's website. Toby Melville—AFP/Getty Images
No Ordinary Saturday Stroll The morning after her wedding, on April 30, 2011, Middleton opted for a $90 blue Zara dress, which she wore belted under a black blazer and wedge pumps. Photographers snapped this image as the couple left Buckingham Palace to board a helicopter. John Stillwell—AP
Alexander McQueen, Round 2 For her evening wedding reception, Middleton chose a Sarah Burton–designed gown with a sweetheart neckline similar to that of her Westminster Abbey dress but without the lace overlay. She accessorized the ensemble, which looked to be the shell of her wedding gown, with a diamond waistband and a matching white cardigan. April 29, 2011 John Stillwell—AP
The Ultimate Fashion Statement The newly minted Duchess of Cambridge wowed the public and couture experts alike with a stunning gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at her wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011. Paul Rogers—WPA Pool/Getty Images
All Suited Up Middleton, in a navy blue suit, met athletes on a visit to Witton Country Park in Darwen, England, in her final appearance before her wedding to Prince William. April 11, 2011 Danny Martindale—FilmMagic
Burberry in Belfast On a trip to Northern Ireland on March 8, 2011, Middleton wore a trench coat by Burberry, a British design house. The jacket, like many of Middleton's clothing pieces, sold out online within a day of her appearance in it. Cathal McNaughton—Reuters
The Lady in Red Middleton wore red on Feb. 25, 2011 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of her and Prince William's alma mater, St. Andrew's University, where they met. Toby Melville—Reuters
High Fashion The future royal opted for another trench, this time in black, to meet New Zealand's high commissioner, Derek Leask, on Feb. 25, 2011. David Parker—Reuters
Middleton's Official Style In her first official royal duty after the announcement of her engagement to Prince William, Middleton wore a coat with a classic silhouette, accessorized by a feather headpiece. Feb. 24, 2011 Dylan Martinez—Reuters
Fashion in Black and White For her first public outing post-engagement — a visit to the Thursford Collection in Norfolk — Middleton steered clear of any potential controversy in a simple black and white dress worn under a black blazer. Dec. 18, 2010 Paul Hackett—Reuters
The Dress That Launched a Thousand Knockoffs Designed by Issa, Middleton's now famous blue engagement dress spawned several hard-to-get knockoffs, one of which cost a mere $25. Nov. 16, 2010 Suzanne Plunkett—Reuters
Blue Beauty, Take Two A month before she would wear that other famous blue dress, Middleton picked a sapphire shift to wear to a friend's wedding in Cheltenham, England, on Oct. 23, 2010. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Color Kate Crazy Middleton loosened her style up with a neon-colored ensemble for the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco in London on Sept. 17, 2008. Danny Martindale—Getty Images
Hanging with Harry The future royal picked a polka-dot pattern for the Order of the Garter Service at St. George's Chapel on June 16, 2008. Harry Page—Reuters
Slope Style She may be a future princess, but Middleton's no priss. On holiday in Switzerland, she hit the slopes in a puffy ski jacket and pants. March 19, 2008 Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Where the Wild Things Are Middleton attended an after-party for the dance show "AFRIKA! AFRIKA!" in an animal-print frock. Jan. 17, 2008 Dave M. Benett—Getty Images
Casual Kate Before her high-fashion transformation, Middleton kept it casual. She and Prince William had reportedly broken up at this point. May 17, 2007 Mel Bouzad—FilmMagic
Lovely in Lace Middleton chose a light pink shift with lace overlay for a book-launch party in London on May 14, 2007. Dave M. Benett—Getty Images
Princess of Prep At the Badminton Horse Trials on May 4, 2007, Middleton wore a button-down shirt with a navy sweater and brown boots. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Dressing Down Middleton picked an informal blue blazer and flowy skirt for the final day of horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival on March 16, 2007. Toby Melville—Reuters
Working-Girl Wardrobe Photographers snapped Middleton in a patterned dress and black blazer as she returned home from work in London on Jan. 9, 2007. She had worked as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw, a clothing chain, but will not be able to do any work apart from charity after getting married. Chris Uncle—FilmMagic
Regal in Red Middleton attended Prince William's graduation ceremony from the Royal Military Academy on Dec. 15, 2006, in a red and black ensemble. Tim Ockenden—Reuters
Wimbledon Wear She wore a floral flock to a party thrown by Sir Richard Branson to celebrate the tennis tournament on June 22, 2006. Dave M. Benett—Getty Images
Showing Some Skin Middleton wore a sleeveless polka-dot dress to cheer on Prince William at the Chakravarty Cup charity polo match on June 17, 2006. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Floral Fashion A baby pink blazer and colorful dress gave Middleton girly flair. June 14, 2006 Dave M. Benett—Getty Images
Hallmark Hat At the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on May 6, 2006, Middleton showed her trademark style: fitted trench coat and extravagant headpiece. Her attendance solidified her status as official royal girlfriend and further fueled engagement rumors. Toby Melville—Reuters
Russian Influence Middleton kept warm in a fur hat at the Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006. Tim Graham—Getty Images
Western Beauty For the Festival of British Evening at Gatcombe Park, in Stroud, England, Middleton chose comfortable jeans, riding boots and a brown hat. Aug. 6, 2005 Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Graduation Day Middleton, 23 in this photograph, in her University of St. Andrews graduation-ceremony attire. June 23, 2005 Anwar Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images
Girl Next Door Before her graduation from the University of St. Andrews, Middleton kept it super-casual in a tank top and jeans. June 23, 2005 Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
Black and White and Fashionable All Over In classic Kate fashion, Middleton attended a friend's wedding in a blazer and fitted skirt. June 4, 2005 Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images
The "She's Hot!" Dress Middleton in the now famous sheer dress that first caused Prince William to think of her as more than a friend. The brown number, which Middleton wore at a charity fashion show in college on March 26, 2002, sold at a London auction for $125,890 in March 2011. Walter Neilson—Alpha/Landov
Kiddie Kate Style Fashionable from the beginning, Middleton sported colors and stripes as a 3-year-old on a family holiday in England's Lake District in 1985. The Middleton Family—WireImage/Getty Images
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