Since announcing her engagement to Prince William way back in November 2010, the Duchess of Cambridge has become one of the world’s most idolised women.
Traditionally speaking, she’s everything a female member of the royal family should be…beautiful, intelligent and elegant. And to top things off, she’s got two adorable children.
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But the Duchess’ picture-perfect look doesn’t come naturally. Well, not totally naturally anyway. Sorry to break it to you, but Kate doesn’t wake up with a blow dry that flawless. And she definitely hasn’t honed her diplomatic dress sense from girl-next-door to international style icon on her lonesome.
The 34-year-old’s look has been shaped by two women who rarely ever get mentioned – but deserve one massive round of applause.
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First up is Natasha Archer; Kate’s PA-turned-stylist. The 29-year-old first caught the world’s eye when she was seen as one of the only people, aside from the royal family, entering the maternity ward after Prince George’s birth in 2013.
She was spotted walking into the Lindo Wing carrying George’s car seat and is thought to be responsible for picking out the infamous polka dot Jenny Packham frock the Duchess emerged in.
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Since then, the blonde, who reportedly studied Hispanic Studies at King’s College London, has helped Kate turn her style around.
As well as dressing the royal for numerous events on British soil, she was by Kate’s side during the royal tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2014 and has been spotted disembarking from various planes with the Duke and Duchess during their current tour of India and Bhutan – usually looking a tad laden-down and exhausted.
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Thanks to Natasha’s guidance, Kate has been applauded for her spot-on style numerous times over the past few years. The mum-of-two has wowed in everything from Topshop to Alexander McQueen, awarding her the title of one of the most stylish “celebrities” globally.
Numerous designer brands, including the likes of Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana, have clamored to dress the royal and that’s all a mark of how influential she is, most probably thanks to Natasha’s careful steering.
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“Initially Kate was a reluctant fashion icon, but now she enjoys it. Tash [as Natasha’s affectionately known within Team Kate] helps source some of the clothes. She shops a lot for Kate online, and calls in hundreds of dresses for Kate to try on,” a source close told Royal Watch.
“She has persuaded Kate to take some more risks. The hemlines are shorter and Kate’s really pushing the boat out in the fashion stakes.”
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That’s certainly true on the current royal tour. Kate’s been wearing an array of colourful, patterned frocks that complement the styles women wear in India – such as a printed georgette dress by Mumbai-born designer Anita Dongre.
A mint green Temperley London lace dress has been another huge win and we hazard a guess there are a lot more sartorially-savvy looks still to come.
It’s not just Kate’s outfits that the world raves about: The Duchess’ ‘do get a lot of attention, too. And that’s all thanks to the other influential woman in Kate’s life – hairdresser Amanda Cook, 52.
Being in charge of the Duchess of Cambridge’s hair can’t be an easy job (the pressure to tease every strand into place must be INTENSE), but if anyone’s up for the job it’s Amanda.
She makes sure Kate’s mane looks magnificent at every occasion, from post-birth appearances to galas with some of the world’s most prestigious figures.
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According to accounts, she’s been cutting Harry and Wills’ hair since they were babies, so it makes sense that she styles Kate’s hair as well. She probably gave George his first trim. She was one of the first people to visit him at the hospital following his birth, after all.
Amanda, known within the royal circle as “Mandy”, is hailed as a blow-dry pro. It’s thought that Kate still gets her colour done at Richard Ward’s salon in Chelsea, but Amanda is all over the hairdryer and tongs.