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Kate Middleton’s Commonwealth Day Service Looks Through the Years: Patterns and Peplum in Erdem, Bold Color in Catherine Walker and More

There are a certain public events that bring significant members of the British royal family together almost every year. Among them is the Commonwealth Day Service, which takes place annually in March.

For the last several years, Kate Middleton has been a fashion fixation at the royal ceremony. Due to her January abdominal surgery, however, the Princess of Wales is unable to attend this year’s event on Monday.

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But over the course of her nearly 10 years attending Commonwealth Day Services, Middleton has fashioned several unique looks that perfectly chart her style evolution through the years.

Ahead, see the Princess of Wales in designs courtesy of Catherine Walker, Erdem and more Commonwealth Day Service looks.

Commonwealth Day Service 2023

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the 2023 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 13, 2023 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Common Wealth Day Service in 2023 marked the royal’s first service as the Princess of Wales. For the event, Middleton wore a matching navy skirt suit set by Erdem from the brand’s pre-fall 2023 collection. The ensemble featured small white flowers embroidered over the fabric. She also wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi navy heels and carried a clutch by Emmy London. Her earrings, a set of double-drop sapphire and diamonds, previously belonged to the late Princess Diana.

Commonwealth Day Service 2022

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day Service wat Westminster Abbey on March 14, 2022 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

The 2022 Common Wealth Day Service marked the first since the COVID-19 pandemic. Middleton, who was then still the Duchess of Cambridge, fashioned a bold sapphire blue coat dress by Catherine Walker. She wore a matching pillbox hat by the same designer. Middleton’s jewelry included sapphire and diamond earrings and necklace.

Commonwealth Day Service 2020

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

The 2020 Commonwealth Day Service saw Middleton don a red Catherine Walker coat. The monochromatic ensemble featured a fascinator with rose accent, burgundy gloves and pumps and a pair of drop earrings. She previously wore the Catherine Walker ensemble for Christmas Day services in 2018.

This Commonwealth Day was rather significant, as it marked Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s last public event before they stepped back as senior members of the royal family. This was also one of the last major events for the royal family before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commonwealth Day Service 2019

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

It’s clear Catherine Walker is a favorite designer of the Princess of Wales. In 2019, Middleton wore yet another Catherine Walker ensemble in bright red. The coat dress included bold buttons lining the front. She completed her look with a matching fascinator and suede pumps by Emmy London.

Commonwealth Day Service 2018

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

2018 marked Middleton’s return to Common Wealth Day Services after she and Prince William missed the event in 2017. Pregnant with the couple’s third child, Prince Louis, Middleton fashioned a Beulah London coat in a rather subdued, dark blue tone. She completed the look with matching pumps, hat and clutch, making for a monochromatic ensemble.

Commonwealth Day Service 2016

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Observance Day Service on March 14, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Kofi Annan and Ellie Goulding will take part in the service.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

The 2016 Commonwealth Day Service saw Middleton in a gray Erdem coat. Unlike looks she would wear later, Middleton’s coat played with some pattern, featuring a darker gray lace embellishment along the body of the coat and running down the long sleeves. She wore a matching hat and suede pumps.

Commonwealth Day Service 2015

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Observance for Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Princess of Wales attends Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

Middleton’s first Commonwealth Day Service was in 2015, when she was pregnant with her second child, Princess Charlotte. Middleton accessorized her look with a Jane Taylor Millinery hat and cushion drop earrings by Kiki McDonough.

The Commonwealth Day Service of Celebration commemorates the Commonwealth of Nations. Held at Westminster Abbey in London, the occasion honors the diversity and unity of the Commonwealth as it stands today.

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends The "Together At Christmas" Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on December 08, 2023 in London, England. Spearheaded by The Princess of Wales, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the service is a moment to bring people together at Christmas time and recognise those who have gone above and beyond to help others throughout the year.

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