Who doesn’t love Kate Middleton? The Duchess of Cambridge’s Cinderella-like love story is every little girl’s dream, she has the cutest kids, and her outfits are always on point. Not only are her looks always polished without looking too matronly, she’s never afraid to wear high-end fashion houses like Alexander McQueen and match with affordable brands such as Zara. However, the Duchess isn’t the only impeccably dressed royal out there. To advance your knowledge in global affairs, sartorially speaking — and to add a few more fashion role models to your Pinterest board — here are some of our favorite fashion-forward royals.
1. Princess Charlene of Monaco
As the late Grace Kelly’s daughter-in-law, the Princess of Monaco certainly deserves a place on our list. But while the movie star-turned-royal favored voluminous evening gowns and preppy cropped pants, Princess Charlene takes a more modern approach. She has a very particular look — strong, sleek, and sometimes sexy — but her outfits are never boring. She experiments with masculine pantsuits, chic asymmetrical column dresses, and even pairs casual jeans with a cute top. It’s aspirational, but attainable — as every royal should be.
2. Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark
Every event calls for a different outfit — your athleisure threads are not suitable for black-tie events and we recommend you give that floor-length ball gown a hard pass when dressing for brunch. No matter how glamorous their lives are, royals are not exempt from the basic style commandment, and nobody exercises proper outfit protocol quite like Marie-Chantal. As the Crown Princess of Greece as well as the Princess of Denmark, she’s not afraid to make a statement at a high-profile affair. Case in point: She brought the drama with a Valentino wedding gown for her 1995 nuptials and continues to sport bejeweled and embroidered frocks. However, she looks just as sophisticated in a sweater and jeans for a low-key affair. Major fashion kudos.
3. Tatiana Casiraghi
Out of all the stylish royals on this list, Tatiana Casiraghi is definitely the most rebellious dresser. Before earning her regal credential by marrying Andrea Casiraghi in 2013, she could be categorized as a socialite/designer. In 2009, she and co-founder Dana Alikhani launched the fashion brand Muzungu Sisters, which boasts a variety of boho-chic dresses, skirts, and headpieces. Even after her nuptials, she’s been spotted sitting front row at some of the biggest fashion shows like Dior and Chanel — in zesty prints and a moody lip, no less. It doesn’t matter if she’s designing, getting swarmed by photographers, or simply fulfilling her royal duties, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see her in a matronly skirt suit.
4. Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat
Consider Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat your anti-royal royal. She knows how to take risks, have fun with fashion, and look sexy without compromising her regal status. While she does mix up her look every now and then, she favors wearing dark colors and strong shapes. For example, she once rocked an up-to-there slit dress and a eye-catching, gothic lip. So not your typical royal. Another front row favorite, the Princess of Thailand is frequently seen at runway shows for French houses like Lanvin, Dior, and Chanel.
5. Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis
It’s one thing to dress sharp, but it’s quite another to pursue a job in the dog-eat-dog fashion industry. Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis did just that. While she does have roots in German nobility, von Thurn und Taxis is also an editor-at-large for Vogue. This regal style maven dresses just like your token fashion-forward friend. She’s always on trend, knows the best established and emerging designers, and isn’t afraid to try out a new style. Between donning a leather jacket and jeans and wearing of-the-moment embroidered dresses, von Thurn und Taxis is the definition of style goals.
6. Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria
This princess’s love story is very similar to Kate Middleton’s whirlwind romance. Before marrying Prince Kunle Omilana of Nigeria, Princess Keisha was a fashion design student and model in Chicago — she even makes a couple of runway appearances today. Off the catwalk, she embraces fiery colors and intricate patterns. Plus, her hair is nothing short of amazing. Whether she invests in a sleek blow-out or sports some curls, Princess Keisha always looks amazing from head to toe.