Royal maternity style

  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is expecting her first child in late April or early May 2019. Royal watchers are always interested in what the elite are wearing, but the fashion spotlight grows white-hot ahead of a wedding or birth. Here’s a look at royal maternity fashion over the years.

    Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended a Cirque du Soleil performance in January 2019. 

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  • Earlier in January, the expectant parents visited a newly erected statue of poet Wilfred Owen in the Liverpool suburb of Birkenhead. Duchess Meghan wore a bright red coat and matching shoes.

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  • Meghan wore all black with a feathered cap to the royal Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in December 2018.

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  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore all blue to a service at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral just two months before the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015.

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  • Diana, Princess of Wales, met with Elizabeth Taylor at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in March 1982. She was six months pregnant with her first child, Prince William.

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  • At the annual Royal Variety Performance in November 2018, Meghan opted for this sequined halter top with black pants. She was four months pregnant.

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  • Zara Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne, and the eldest granddaughter of the queen. She was pregnant with her first child, Mia Grace Tindall, at the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge on October 23, 2013.

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  • Kate dressed up this simple Easter look with pearls three weeks before the birth of her youngest child, Prince Louis of Cambridge, in 2018.

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  • Kate met a dog named Henry on this visit to a Manchester primary school in 2013. The duchess wore a floral dress that spring day.

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  • Autumn Phillips is the wife of Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne. She was six months pregnant with her youngest daughter, Isla, at a Christmas Day service in 2011. She wore a plaid coat with a fur hat and boots.

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  • In March 2018, Kate sported this all-blue ensemble to the Commonwealth Day festivities.

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  • Kate was pretty in pink on Commonwealth Day in 2015. She gave birth to Princess Charlotte two months later.

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  • Meghan visited Smart Works, a UK charity that provides interview training and clothing for unemployed women, in January 2019. She had her hair pulled back to show off statement earrings.

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  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wears a peach-hued ensemble and heels for a visit to The National Theatre in London in January 2019.

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  • Kate wore this bright green ensemble to a symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine in March 2018. Her coat is fastened with a bow at the neck.

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  • Kate showed off her baby bump in this purple dress at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018.

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  • Zara Tindall and husband Mike were all smiles as they arrived at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Tindall wore a festive teal coat with a matching hat.

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  • Princess Diana wore pearls and blue silk to the premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in June 1984. She was six months pregnant with Prince Harry.

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge, in a floral lace dress, chatted with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace in February 2018.

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  • Kate talked with the Queen’s Scouts in April 2013. She wore a tweed coat with flower-shaped buttons. She was pregnant with Prince George.

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  • The duchess visited St. Thomas’ hospital in February 2018 as a part of the launch of her “Nursing Now” campaign.

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  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visited the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home in December 2018. 

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince Louis just over six weeks after this Place2Be event.

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  • Kate attended an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018. She was seven months pregnant and wore a black floral print.

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  • In March 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Family Links, a charity that works with schools to support the mental health of students and their parents.

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  • Kate spoke to members of the maternity ward staff at Bethlem Royal Hospital in January 2018. She wore a baby blue coat for the occasion.

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  • Kate wore this bold, spotted print when she visited art students at the Turner Contemporary gallery in March 2015. She was seven months pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge aptly wore a sailboat print to the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. Six months pregnant with Princess Charlotte, she tried her hand at a sailing winch simulator.

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  • Kate gave a speech at a 2013 reception celebrating the work of the Art Room, a charity that merges art classes and therapy for children. She wore a sleeveless blue dress.

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  • Kate paid a visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in March 2015. Princess Charlotte was born just over seven weeks later.

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  • Meghan wore beige on her visit to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity in London, in January 2019.

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  • In April 2013, Kate wore festive polka dots on a visit to the Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter film series. She accessorized with a magic wand.

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  • Here’s a closer look at her outfit. She was six months pregnant with Prince George.

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  • Her ensemble was brown, but the duchess made sure to add a pop of green when attending the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Aldershot, England. 

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  • In 2018, an eight-months-pregnant Kate wore all green on St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • Kate wore a golden silk gown on an official royal visit to Stockholm in January 2018.

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  • Earlier that day, the Kate wore a green mock neck dress to the ArkDes museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  • While in Sweden, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore this blue velvet dress to a reception at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm.

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  • Princess Diana was six months pregnant with Prince Harry when she was photographed in Windsor, England in this pink coat and matching hat.

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  • Prince William and Kate met with academics and therapists in Sweden to discuss the country’s approach to managing mental health challenges.

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  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was stunning in this white gown. She was escorted into a dinner by King Harald V of Norway at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

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  • Kate opted for something slightly less formal the following day, when she and Prince William went to watch ski jumpers from Norway’s national team.

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  • Just two weeks after announcing her pregnancy, Meghan was photographed holding her belly while on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

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  • While in New Zealand, Meghan was given a traditional cape to wear over her black dress.

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  • The Duchess of Sussex wore blue to greet the public at a walkabout in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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  • That same day, Prince Harry and Meghan saw some kiwi chicks at the National Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.

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  • A seven-months-pregnant Kate wore this gorgeous green gown on the BAFTA red carpet in February 2018.

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  • Kate wore a blouse, pants and beige coat when she visited wheelchair basketball players in London. She was eight months pregnant with Prince Louis.

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  • Prince William and Kate wore hard hats and yellow vests to a bridge construction site in February 2018.

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  • In January 2018, the duchess wore this bright pink coat while visiting the Positive Youth Foundation in Coventry, England. The foundation works with more than 2,500 at-risk young people each year.

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  • In April 2013, Kate wore this stylish orange coat while on a tour of a Royal Navy submarine building facility in Scotland. She was six months pregnant with Prince George.

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  • A four-months-pregnant Meghan was photographed in this black dress and matching beret at an Armistice Day service at Westminster Abbey. Each member of the royal family wore a remembrance poppy, as is the tradition.

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  • Zara Tindall wore this maroon ensemble to the Christmas Day service in 2013. Mia Grace Tindall was born just over three weeks later on January 17, 2014.

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