In the making of a queen! According to royal analyst Bethan Holt, Duchess Kate’s style has been significantly inspired by Queen Elizabeth II.
“Many of the things we see the Duchess of Cambridge doing now are things she learnt from the queen,” the author of Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style told Us Weekly exclusively recently.
According to Holt, the duchess, 40, employs colour and “various symbols to transmit signals” in the same way that the monarch, 96, has done for decades with her clothing.
The author told Us that “a lot of Kate’s love of skirts originated from the queen,” noting that Her Majesty is “renowned” for not being “fond on ladies wearing pants so much.”
While Kate, who is married to Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William, has often avoided wearing skirts or dresses, she has “taken a lot of suggestions from the queen,” according to Holt.
“The current generation [of royals] are extremely cognizant of the queen’s history,” the author of Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style noted, noting that Kate’s clothing is “influenced” by the queen.
Despite the fact Queen Elizabeth, who has been on the British throne for 70 years, does not constantly wear designer garments, Holt believes she has established herself as a “example of someone who has built a look that is wholly her own.”
Because she “doesn’t look like anybody else,” the royal matriarch may be identified “from a mile away,” according to the expert. “She follows her own path. She adheres to her guns.”
According to Holt, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who is married to Prince Harry, learned how to repurpose outfits from their grandmother-in-law.
“She’s probably worn tens of thousands of clothes.” “I can’t even put a number on it because the quantity of ensembles is absolutely astounding,” Elizabeth’s fashion news director told the Telegraph. “At the same time, there is a lot of repetition when you look back at all those photographs from the 1970s and 1980s.”
While royal fans are “overjoyed” when the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Sussex, both 40, “wear the same pair of jeans twice,” Holt added that “it’s something Elizabeth has been doing for a really long time.”
Kate has a history of honouring her husband’s grandmother with her clothing, in addition to taking cues from the queen’s vibrant appearances and precisely matched accessories.
The Hold Still author, for example, wore the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth on her bodice during the Cambridge couple’s Caribbean visit last month, which bears a portrait of the monarch. For the occasion, Kate stole the queen’s earrings and bracelet.
Pick Drew Holt’s new book, The Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style, on shelves today for additional style surprises about Queen Elizabeth II.