The royal rumor mill is churning out some news that significant changes are coming to Kate’s wardrobe instigated directly by the Queen herself. According to a palace source, the Queen is pushing Kate to drop her High Street clothing in favor of something more couture in an effort to project more of a “sense of majesty.” To help with the transition, it was said the Queen had enlisted her own personal dresser, Angela Kelly, to help Kate select her outfits for the Duke and Duchess’ Australia and New Zealand tour, but it turns out this isn’t the case.
However, the suggestion that the palace is hoping the Duchess spend more money on her clothes comes as no surprise as Kate and William have been quickly making the transition into full time royals. Naturally, that transition would lead to a more professional wardrobe to project the importance and responsibility of the new role. Moreover, Kate is now the mother of the future King of England, so it’s imperative she dresses the part. And unfortunately, her cute, girly, mass-made skirts and repeat wearings might not be fitting the bill.
While only time will tell the kinds of changes we are to see from Kate’s clothing, I hope that the palace that keeps in mind that one of the things that makes Kate so popular is her ‘regular’ girl status. In fact, with a monarchy that has struggled in the past to relate to it’s public, I would caution extreme changes in the appearance of one of its most popular members. Kate and William have offered a fresh face to the institution by projecting a sense of normalcy. And while no one will disagree that it’s exciting to see a tiara on the Duchess, or even that gorgeous diamond necklace she sported at The Portrait Gala, everyone loves to see her in a dress that we can actually wear too. Because really we all want to be Princesses, and Kate makes that unattainable title seem like it’s in our grasp with just the right L.K. Bennett shoes and Topshop dress.
What do you think? Are you looking forward seeing Kate step up her clothing choices to more couture, or are you saddened by the thought of Kate loosing her ‘regular girl’ image?