Happy Birthday, Duchess: Kate Middleton’s Best Fashion Moments (Part 2)

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With the Duchess of Cambridge embarking on yet another year of royal appearances, motherhood, and being the wife of Prince William (no biggie), we’ve decided to take a look back at the year that highlighted Kate Middleton’s flawless red carpet moments. We’re not sure how much is Kate’s selection and how much is her styling team, but regardless — we like what we see!

Also make sure to check out part 1 to see the rest of Kate Middleton’s best dress moments!

12. Cinched-Waist Dress

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge views portrait

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge views portraitCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, viewing a portrait of herself done by Paul Emsley at the National Portrait Gallery in Central London, England, on January 11, 2013.

Kate looked simple and elegant in a tea-length cinched-waist dress. The Duchess was only an estimated two months pregnant in these photos, so a baby bump was not visible yet.

13. Flirty Wrap Dress

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Hope House

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Hope House

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope HouseKate Middleton visiting Hope House and leaving carrying a bouquet of pink and red roses in London, England, on February 19, 2013.

It can be hard to make gray look fun, but we think Kate did a great job styling her colorless frock here. The Duchess chose a flirty wrap dress paired with a simple set of black pumps.

14. Reddish Brown Tone Coat

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaving Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Kate Middleton in Grimsby

Kate Middleton in Grimsby

Kate Middleton in GrimsbyCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, paying a visit to the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby, United Kingdom, on March 5, 2013.

Kate Middleton did a 180 from Queen Elizabeth’s colorful style by choosing a coat in a reddish brown tone — a risk for a brunette. However, we think Kate managed to look glorious in it. In fact, we think this coat actually makes her hair look fabulous.

15. Green Coat Dress

St Patrick's Day military parade at Mons Barracks

St Patrick's Day military parade at Mons Barracks

St Patrick's Day military parade at Mons Barracks

Prince William,Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton attend St Patrick's Day military parade

St Patrick's Day military parade at Mons BarracksPrince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attending St. Patrick’s Day military parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England, on March 19, 2013.

Even the Royals wear green for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kate gamely wore a green coat dress with a black headpiece to commemorate St. Paddy’s Day with her husband, Prince William. And who can forget the moment when Kate’s heel got stuck in the pavement? There’s nothing cute about getting your heel caught in anything, but for some reason, Kate managed to be adorable despite the incident. It’s far from the worst shoe disaster we’ve seen!

16. Black Dress With Peter Pan Collar

Kate and William at The Clare Foundation

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the The Clare Foundation

Prince William and Kate visit CBUK

Kate and William at The Clare Foundation

Prince William and Kate visit CBUKThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting the headquarters of the charity Child Bereavement UK (CBUK) at Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, England, on March 18, 2013.

Kate channeled her inner Alexa Chung in a black dress with a white Peter Pan collar and slightly puffed-up sleeves. The royal couple visited one of Prince William’s chosen charities, Child Bereavement UK, to gather around eight parents who have lost their children. Prince William, together with his brother, Prince Harry, also underwent child bereavement counseling after the loss of their mother, Princess Diana, in a Paris car crash.

17. Blue Malene Birger Coat

Members of the Royal Family visit Baker Street tube station

Members of the Royal Family visit Baker Street tube station

Members of the Royal Family visit Baker Street tube stationDuchess Kate and Queen Elizabeth paying a visit to the Baker Street tube station to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in London, England, on March 20, 2013.

On a somewhat rare occasion, Kate was seen accompanying her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, paying a visit to the Baker Street subway station to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. It was quite peculiar to see the royal family inside one of the trains, especially with Kate looking every bit like a princess.

18. Girl Scout Outfit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits Campsite

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits Campsite

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits Campsite

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits Campsite

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits CampsiteThe Duchess of Cambridge at the Great Tower Scout Campsite in the Lake District of Northern England on March 22, 2013.

This is, again, not a dress moment, but we couldn’t help it: Kate Middleton roughed it up at a campsite and dressed up like a Girl Scout in a Barbour jacket, looking totally adorable. No further explanations needed.

19. Short Tartan Coat

Royals visit Scotland

Royals visit Scotland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Donald Dewar Leisure CentreThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the launch of a new coaching program at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow during a two-day visit to Scotland on April 4, 2013.

Because all members of the royal family dress up in plaid to an official palace event and manage to still epitomize class and sophistication. All of them.

20. Alice Temperley Laser-Cut Dress

Kate Middleton arriving at Sports Aid

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Sports Aid Charity BallCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arriving at the Sports Aid charity ball in London, England, on November 28, 2013.

Kate Middleton showed up at a charity ball in a black laser-cut dress by Alice Temperley, managing to make a little black dress appropriate for a royal.

21. Roland Mouret Gown

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Mandela Premiere

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Mandela PremierePrince William and Kate Middleton at the “Mandela” premiere in London, England, on December 5, 2013.

This was definitely Kate’s 2013 red carpet highlight, ironically using a dress that she had worn out in public before. The Duchess arrived at the premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in her recycled — but still gorgeous — Roland Mouret dress. She wore her hair in a classic ponytail this time, which we think is a vast improvement from her previous look.

22. Alice Temperley Gown

Natural History Museum Alive 3D

Natural History Museum Alive 3D

Natural History Museum Alive 3DThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a screening of David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D film at the Natural History Museum in London, England, on December 11, 2013.

Nothing says “princess” more than skirts you can barely walk in. Kate repeated another dress by a trusted designer, this time opting to slip into a gorgeous Alice Temperley gown on the same day that the designer gushed about the Duchess to the local media. Kate wore the dress with the same accessories, but this time sans the curls and the umbrella.

Credit: Craig Harris/WENN

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