Over the weekend Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen of England, celebrated her 40th birthday with a series of brand new royal portraits. Shot by Paolo Roversi for the National Portrait Gallery, the series of images showed the Duchess wearing three different gowns by Alexander McQueen (who she also wore for her wedding to Price William), looking absolutely radiant as she enters the next decade of her life.
The royal has always been a woman decorated for not only her philanthropic efforts but also her penchant for style, expertly weaving monarch fashion traditions with modern modern sensibilities — and looking every inch a future monarch in the process. Not to mention her iconic bouncy blow dry, and natural but always glamorous makeup aesthetic.
So in honour of her birthday, we’re rounding up 15 of the Duchess’ most memorable beauty looks, from crown jewel-adorned up-do’s to her enviable natural waves. Keep scrolling to discover.
On her wedding day, Middleton looked every inch a future queen. Dressed in Grace Kelly-inspired McQueen and with makeup she famously did herself, the look was glamorous, sophisticated and timeless.
Middleton’s famously perfect blow-dry in all it’s glory.
A sleeker look for the Duchess, who softened her usual waves for a gala dinner in London back in 2011.
This trip to Los Angeles was Middleton’s first following her wedding to Price William. The lilac gown was by Alexander McQueen, and was recently reworn by the Duchess at the 2021 Earthshot Awards.
Middleton in forest green liner to match her skirt suit and headwear for a Christmas day outing in London.
Wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara — a favourite of Princess Diana.
A rosy cheek, natural eye and shimmering highlight for a state dinner held at Buckingham Palace back in 2018.
Dressed in Alessandra Rich, Middleton’s natural brunette has been tinted to a warmer, chestnut shade (and of course, we love it).
Middleton reportedly gets Brazilian blow-outs to tame her natural curls.
Middleton rarely wears her hair up, so this pony tail is especially noteworthy.
Last year, at the funeral of her father-in-law Price Philip. This image featured heavily in the media at the time of his passing, partly due to Kate’s striking appearance, but also as a sign of the times (the funeral only played host to 30 people due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions).
Middleton’s beauty signature has come to be known as a strong brow, and a healthy swirl of rose-coloured blush.
How incredible beautiful is this up-do and lash combination, as seen at the premiere for James Bond: No Time to Die. This is one of Middleton’s most recent red carpet appearances.
It’s not hard to see why ‘Kate Middleton blow dry’ is one of the most Googled beauty queries.
Lady in red. Interestingly, the Duchess rarely wears bold lip colours, opting for a brown smokey eye at almost every royal appearance.
With a low knotted bun and winged liner, the Duchess looks poised, elegant and glamorous.
With natural skin, glossy curls and her signature pink cheek, Middleton is the epitome of what it means to age gracefully. Here, she’s pictured at a Christmas carol event in Westminister Abbey.