SINCE MARRYING THEIR PRINCES THESE ROYALS HAVE GONE THROUGH COMPLETE STYLE OVERHAULS
SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX
Before she became a royal, Sophie’s style was known as somewhat frumpy and old-fashioned. Yet now, at 55, the wife of Prince Edward is more stylish than ever. These days you can see her in sleek designer fashions that showcase both her personality and a sense of demureness. She often chooses clothes that emphasise her nipped-in waist, or full-length dresses that enhance her height.
She was a down-toearth, regular Aussie girl, but a fateful night out in Sydney changed Mary Donaldson’s life forever. During the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Mary met and subsequently fell head over heels in love with a charming prince. Before she met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Mary had a career in advertising and marketing in Australia. Since marrying the heir to the Danish throne, she has become beloved around the globe and is regularly named as one of the world’s most stylish royals.
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Kate Middleton was one of the most famous royal girlfriends of all time. But a lot has changed since she first met her prince back in her university days – particularly when it comes to fashion. In her youth the now duchess was fond of high-street brands, but since joining the royal family as wife of Prince William, she has updated her wardrobe with pieces by designers including Jenny Packham, Alexander Mcqueen (left) and Erdem.
The former model and reality TV star toned down her style dramatically when she joined the Swedish royal family, marrying Prince Carl Philip in 2015. From attending red carpet events in sexy outfits and modelling bikinis and underwear, Sofia switched to formal knee-length dresses with classic cuts. The princess still retains her own style, however, with figure-hugging outfits that showcase her enviable physique. “It happened 10 years ago and I moved on with my life,” she has said of her past. “But no regrets. All experiences build a person, although I wouldn’t do it now … I can say I have lived life 100 per cent.”