Royal

This week, check out re­cently en­gaged Kate Mid­dle­ton and other royal ladies who rule the fashion world.

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AF­TER eight years to­gether and two brief splits, one of the most-watched cou­ples in Eng­land have de­cided to tie the knot.

Last week, Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam fi­nally pro­posed to the gor­geous Kate Mid­dle­ton, and let me just say he couldn’t have cho­sen a more so­phis­ti­cated, classy and chic part­ner.

For as long as she’s been in the pub­lic eye, Kate, 28, has been ad­mired and adored by peo­ple world­wide. She’s quite the looker, with long brown hair and that clas­sic flair, with fan­tas­tic style to match.

Wil­liam has only just pro­posed, but al­ready mag­a­zines, en­ter­tain­ment web­sites and news chan­nels are abuzz with talk of who will de­sign her gown and what jew­els she’ll be wear­ing on the big day.

We don’t have to look that far back to see what’s get­ting ev­ery­one buzzing about it; since she first stepped out with Wil­liam in the early days we’ve been ooh-ing and aah-aahing at her wardrobe choices.

Just check out the deep blue Issa wrap dress she wore when the cou­ple an­nounced their en­gage­ment; the dress sold out in stores hours af­ter she wore it, con­firmed Bri­tish re­tailer Har­vey Ni­chols.

This wasn’t a first for Kate. In 2007, a Top­shop print dress she wore for her birth­day sold out within 24 hours as well. At this point it is safe to say that Kate has made it to fash-fashion icon sta­tus.

She isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, royal to do this. Let’s look at the queens, princesses and princesses-to-be that have taken the fashion world by storm.

Le­tizia, Princess of Asturias

This for­mer jour­nal­ist is the wife of Felipe, Prince of Asturias (the heir ap­par­ent to the Span­ish throne) is the em­bod­i­ment of chic ca­sual.

A loyal sup­porter of Span­ish fashion de­sign­ers and brands, she wears evening gowns by Lorenzo Caprile, and her day­time wardrobe is mainly made up of duds by Miguel Pala­cio, Adolfo Dominguez or Felipe Varela.

She wears a lot of Loewe and YSL, as well as high-street brands like Mango and Mas­simo Dutti. She also re­port­edly buys clothes for her daugh­ters at Zara Kids.

Of­ten spot­ted in long pants and a flowy top or a chic pantsuit, the princess al­ways looks su­per com­fort­able yet fash­ion­able at the same time.

Sheikha Mozah Nasser Al Missned, Qatar

Some­times re­ferred to as “Monochro­matic Mozah” for her love of one-colour en­sem­bles, the sec­ond wife of the Emir of the State of Qatar has been praised time and time again for her con­ser­va­tive and stylish dress­ing.

Mozah, the Gaultier-lov­ing mother of seven (wow!), has been on Van­ity Fair mag­a­zine’s best dressed list for suc­cess­fully mix­ing mod­esty with high fashion.

Queen Ra­nia of Jor­dan

Youth­ful looks, gor­geous thick brown hair and a pleas­ant smile to match, this 40-yearold mother of four has it all, in­clud­ing great style.

She’s al­ways in tune with the lat­est trends, and of­ten at­tends fashion events when not en­grossed in her phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours and royal com­mit­ments. (psst: she also tweets and blog)

Re­cently she at­tended the 20th an­nual Glam­our Women of the Year Awards in New York in a glit­tery Hal­ston Her­itage num­ber. On reg­u­lar days, she loves earth-toned ac­ces­sories, fo­liage-coloured dresses and chic busi­ness suits.

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