The royal family knows exactly how to dress for any occasion. They always look put together in their perfectly tailored pieces and basically create trends every time they step out the door. However, when it comes to their red carpet appearances, their style somehow gets kicked up another notch.
From Meghan Markle looking like true royalty (page 6) to Kate Middleton’s red carpet outfit that sparked controversy (page 7), here’s a look back at some of the royal family’s major red carpet moments.
1. Princess Diana
In February 1997, the late Princess Diana looked stunning on the red carpet. She was attending the premiere for the film In Love and War, and she undoubtedly had all eyes on her. In a navy blue dress paired with a clutch in the same hue, she looked perfect for the event.
Plus, the movie was screened in aid of the British Red Cross, making the event right up her alley.
Next: This royal couple is constantly delivering looks.
2. Kate Middleton and Prince William
Over the years, Kate Middleton has perfected her red carpet style. She looked like a true celebrity while attending the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards. The BAFTAs are the British version of the Oscars, according to People. So you better believe stars such as Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Amy Adams were in attendance, too.
Middleton’s black floral dress was designed by Alexander McQueen, and it was styled gorgeously with her chignon hairstyle and chandelier-style earrings. Prince William was looking perfect for the event, as well, in a perfectly tailored tuxedo.
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3. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Why yes, that is Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, chatting it up with actor Daniel Craig on the red carpet. Their meeting wasn’t coincidental, however. The royals were actually attending the 2012 premiere for Skyfall at Royal Albert Hall, in which Craig stars playing James Bond.
Bowles looked gorgeous in a velvet blue gown, while Charles was looking quite dapper in his suit. Craig wasn’t looking so bad himself, either.
Next: This royal couple attended a James Bond premiere, too.
4. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
10 years before Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles attended the Skyfall premiere, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip walked the red carpet at another James Bond event. In 2002, the royal couple arrived at the Die Another Day premiere at Royal Albert Hall in London.
The event called for an official statement issued by the press secretary to the queen. Part of the statement read, “Her Majesty has been Patron of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund for 50 years, and receipts from ticket sales for the performance will benefit the CTBF.”
Next: These brothers had fun while looking dapper on the red carpet.
5. Prince Harry and Prince William
It’s not every day that you see some royals hanging out with a Star Wars character. While attending the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, Prince Harry and Prince William took a pit stop on the red carpet to take a look at BB-8.
The princes actually had cameos as stormtroopers in the film, so they were particularly special guests at the event. By this point, they’ve definitely gotten their red carpet style down, looking dapper as ever in their tuxes.
Next: She fits in with the royal family already.
6. Meghan Markle
The new Duchess of Sussex was already looking like royalty back in 2014. Meghan Markle stunned in this gorgeous mermaid gown while walking the red carpet.
On top of appearing to fit right in with the royal family, she’s been contributing to causes she cares about for years. This look is from the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit, so she was looking good while making a difference.
Next: This look caused a bit of controversy.
7. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Middleton brought her high fashion back to the BAFTAs in 2018. She stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown while pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis, and even paired the look with brightly colored jewels and a perfect smokey eye.
As stunning as Middleton looked, however, her choice of green sparked some controversy. Most guests wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment, leaving some disappointment.
However, as Australian news website news.com.au noted, “British royals avoid making overtly political statements or gestures.” It could explain why the Duchess of Cambridge opted not to participate in the movement.
Next: She can basically wear any color.
8. Meghan Markle
Markle has definitely proven to be able to rock a variety of colors, and this look is no exception. We’re loving this burgundy dress with floral detail, along with the trendy high neckline.
She wore this outfit to ELLE’s 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner in 2016. Her look was finished off perfectly with strappy black heels, a metallic clutch, and lip color to match her ensemble.
Next: All three of these royals looked amazing.
9. Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
The royal family was at it again while attending yet another James Bond film. Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton were all the center of attention on the red carpet for the 2015 premiere of Spectre.
Middleton looked like she was channeling Grace Kelly in her pale blue dress with a sheer top. Elle called her look “the epitome of old Hollywood glamour in Jenny Packham” — and we couldn’t agree more.
Next: They definitely had a good night.
10. Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are hardly recognizable in this snap in 2004. The royal sisters, along with their mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, walked the red carpet for the UK film premiere of The Aviator.
We’re loving the princesses’ fun and colorful styles for the event. Plus, they got to meet the movie’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, so it was definitely a night to remember for these royals.
Next: The newest royal stunned yet again.
11. Meghan Markle
Once again, Markle looked nothing short of fabulous while attending an event. This time, it was as a VIP attendee at the Novak Djokovic Foundation New York Gala in 2013.
The evening includes a charity event and dinner, and it is hosted by tennis player Novak Djokovic. Markle was dresses perfectly for the black tie event, wearing a black crochet cut-out dress, bejeweled drop earrings, and gold heels.
Next: They definitely set the tone for royal red carpet fashion.
12. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
We can certainly see where the rest of the royal family gets their style and grace from. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth looked more like a movie star when arriving at the London premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, attended the premiere as the guests of honor. According to the BBC, star of the film Liam Neeson said to the press, “I’m told the Queen doesn’t see many movies.” He added, “But they’re coming tonight and that’s pretty special.”
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