The internet went wild for Kate Middleton’s ” showstopper ” dress worn to the premiere of No Time To Die.
Made of sheer tulle, the ethereal design by Jenny Packham had a plunging neckline and cape detailing.
Named “The Elizabeth”, it glittered gold with embroidered sequins, beads, and crystals.
Kate is famous for re-wearing outfits, but it’s not as if this bejewelled gown, costing over £3,000, can be worn to nip to Sainsbury’s in the morning.
What happens to Kate’s dresses after they are worn? Here are some of the most common scenarios.
They Are Borrowed
Sometimes, Kate’s clothes are simply given back. According to Vogue, royals cannot accept free clothes or gifted outfits.
But they can borrow clothes, and Kate’s stylist, Natasha Archer, will often request loans of designer items, which will later be returned.
They Are Re-Worn
Kate repeated outfits have been well-charted, from her tartan Alexander McQueen coat to her red belted Luisa Spagnoli suit.
Kate has recycled other Jenny Packham dresses in the past, like the turquoise gown that she first wore in 2012 to an Olympic event, and then again in 2018 for a banquet, as well as a dark blue belted dress, worn twice to different events in 2014.
Royals’ clothing does not come out of the public purse.
Instead, they receive a stipend from Prince Charles, which comes from his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall.
According to his annual review, £4,452,000 has been spent this year on the activities of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.
In addition, Kate has long been a champion of the high street and has been previously spotted shopping in Zara, Gap, Jigsaw, and Other Stories.
They Are Sold at Auction
Middleton’s dresses have made headlines in the past for the prices they fetch at auction.
It turns out that previous ownership by the Duchess of Cambridge really hikes those prices up.
In 2011, a sheer lace dress worn by Kate in a fashion show while at university in St Andrews sold for £78,000 – more than six times its original price.
They Are Displayed at Buckingham Palace
Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which is rumoured to have cost £250,000, is now on display at Buckingham Palace.
The dress takes centre-stage in the Ballroom at the Palace, alongside the Cartier tiara lent to the Duchess by the Queen, her wedding shoes (also Alexander McQueen), the diamond earrings which were commissioned by the Middleton family as a gift and a replica of the bridal bouquet.
In the State Dining Room, the Duke and Duchess’s wedding cake is also on display.