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Kate Middleton’s sartorial journey through India and Bhutan

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is known for her elegant and classy sense of style. On the royal couple's visit to India, we're keeping a very close watch on what and who she's wearing.

During the seven-day royal visit to India and Bhutan in April 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge's choice was keenly followed by the national and international media. Despite a lot of expectations, Kate Middleton did not showcase as many Indian designers, as the fashion enthusiasts had hopes, though designers Anita Dongre and Naeem Khan did make an appearance. What Kate did do, with her selection of designers, is introduce Indians to many British designers who don't have much presence in the Indian subcontinent. Acting as a sartorial ambassador, the Duchess did her job well, and looked fab while doing it. Here's a look-back at her sartorial journey through the two Asian countries.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on April 16, spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal. The hyped up visit to the 17th century monument of love began at 3.35 pm. The couple posed on the same bench where Prince William's mother Princess Diana sat during her iconic visit to the Indian monument 24 years ago. (Photo: PTI)

The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a pretty white and blue summery dress by Indian designer Naeem Khan from the his resort 2015 collection. She finished out her look with her favourite Fern heels by LK Bennett. (Photo: Reuters)

The Duchess of Cambridge is known to pay homage to the host country's culture through her wardrobe, and this India-Bhutan tour is no different. On Day 6 of the tour, Kate opted for a poppy-printed, elegant silk chiffon gown from Beulah for the UK Bhutan Reception at the Taj Tashi Hotel. The burnt orange confection looked gorgeous on Kate, and the poppy print was a fitting tribute to Bhutan, since it is their national flower. (Source: Kensington Palace/Twitter)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off Day 6 of the royal tour with an early morning trek to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known Paro Taktsang and commonly referred to as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery’. The much-discussed boots — Long Tassel Boots by Penelope Chilvers — finally made an appearance today in Kate's sporty attire for the trek, teamed with a white Jaeger linen blouse, a leather shooting waistcoat from the Really Wild Clothing, her RayBan wayfarer glasses and Kiki McDonough Citrine earrings. (Source: AP)

The Duchess' choice of gown for last night's dinner with the king and queen of Bhutan was truly inspired. Kate wore a Tory Burch floral mesh gown in a classic column shape, with a gorgeous coral Pashmina wrap that some think might be from John Lewis, and new Gianvito Rossi sandals to complete the look. (Source: Kensington Palace/Twitter)

Now, THIS is how you do a modern twist on a traditional dress. 'Kate Middleton of the Himalayas' is slaying it with her choice of attires in Bhutan. Here, the Duchess is wearing a Bhutanese half-Kira wraparound skirt made from fabric woven by Kelzang Wangmo, a lady in Thimphu, Bhutan, and belted cape jacket by French label Paul & Joe. In this picture, the royal couple can be seen with their Bhutanese counterparts. (Source: PTI)

The Duchess paired the traditional dress with a pair of Kiki McDonough lavender amethyst drops, as she walked with the Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema. (Source: AP)

The Duchess' went for a new look for her arrival in Bhutan, by bringing back the yellow Emilia Wickstead dress (that was last seen during a trip to Edinburgh around four years back), but this time with a matching belt to cinch the waist — a much better look, in our opinion. This she paired with her trusted LK Bennett Accessories and new earrings. (Source: Kensington Palace/Twitter)

Just before heading out to Bhutan for the second leg of this royal tour, the Duchess wore her ‘Chrissy’ dress by Tory Burch, as she is about to board the morning’s flight.(Source: PTI)

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After an exciting safari through the Kaziranga National Park, Kate Middleton changed into a Top Shop dress for the second part of her day. The pink dress is in keeping with the Duchess' preference for casual and flowy day ensembles during the India trip, thus far. (Source: AP)

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Kate teamed the dress with a pair of wedges from Pied-A-Terre; and the Accessorize danglers seem to have made a comeback. (Source: AP)

On Day 4 of the royal couple's India tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton headed out for an early morning safari at the Kaziranga National Park, in Assam. The duo looked relaxed and seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. (Source: PTI)

For the occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a cream RM Williams blouse and brown Zara biker stretch trousers, along with the ever essential sunglasses. (Source: PTI)

Kate teamed up her safari outfit with Kiki McDonough Citrine pear drop earrings, and her popular Sebago Bala shoes. Extremely comfy, and prudent! (Source: PTI)

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Sitting around a campfire in Assam, the royal couple really seem to be enjoying themselves. Kate looked every bit relaxed in a breezy Anna Sui crinkled silk chiffon maxi dress, while Prince William chilled out in a white shirt and grey trousers. (Source: AP)

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Kate's Anna Sui dress is from the American designer's fall 2015 collection; it's print an homage to mid-century Scandinavian design. The dress is in keeping with the Duchess' choice of attires for this tour, which is very unlike her usual style. (Source: AP)

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The second engagement for the royal couple was a meeting with PM Narendra Modi, and needless to say the Duchess of Cambridge looked beautiful as always. Kate broke the blue and red theme that seems to have dominated her India wardrobe thus far with a jade green lace creation by Alice Temperley. Prince William stuck to his blue suit with a formal dotted tie — very reminiscent of his look when the couple had arrived two days back. (Source: KensingtonPlace/Twitter)

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Kate Middleton paired the stunning Temperely Desdemona Lace Dress with her LK Bennett Natalie clutch, and the same Fern heels as the first time around. (Source: AP)

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The Duchess' choice of this elegant yet modern dress has been applauded by many. The cotton ensemble features a high mock neck, fitted waist and a fluted midi hem.

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Day 3 of the royal India tour started with a visit to the Salam Balak Trust in the Capital, where the royal couple interacted with the children and even spent some time drawing. For the meet, the Duchess of Cambridge donned yet another red from her closet, this time from designer Emily Andrews. (Source: UKinIndia/Twitter)

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Kate looked comepletely down to earth in the full-length red patterned dress, with an integral black belt. She accessorised the look with nude flats, and what seem to be the same Accessorize earrings as Sunday afternoon. (Source: KensingtonPalace/Twitter)

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The Duchess of Cambridge was a vision of beauty in a stunning Alice Temperley pastel pink, beaded gown at the Queen's Birthday Party in New Delhi. Prince William opted for the traditional red-tie look for the evening do on Day 2 of the couple's India visit. (PTI Photo)

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The pieces have exquisite detailing with "embroidery motifs of Indian Chintz". (AP Photo)

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The Duchess' wardrobe during the royal couple's India tour has included designers such as Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and even our very own Anita Dongre. (Source: AP)

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Day 2 of the royal visit to India starts off with an interaction with young entrepreneurs. Dressed professionally, Prince William was back to his favourite blue suit, while Duchess Catherine preferred an understated Emilia Wickstead Wool Crepe Dress (that apparently can be yours for just $1,000). This, she paired with a Mulberry England Baywaters clutch. This noon silhouette is one that the Duchess seems to often favour — a fitted bodice with a full, sweeping skirt. (Source: British Royals and AektaM/Twitter)

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After two reds in a row, the Duchess of Cambridge turned to what seems to be a much favoured colour — blue — for the Bollywood-themed charity gala. Prince William looked every bit the royal in jet black dinner jacket and bow tie. The event was held at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where the royal couple are staying in Mumbai. (Source: AP)

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Kate was the picture of elegance in a royal blue, floor-length gown from her favourite designer Jenny Packham. The gown had gorgeous embellishments that were crafted in India, along with a cape with a similar silver beading as well. (Source: AP)

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The 34-year-old brunette had her hair up in a chignon bun, but she herself was every bit at ease as she interacted with the creme de la creme of Mumbai's starry populace. (Source: AP)

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Kate paired her gown with a matching pair of danglers, supposedly from Indian design house Amrapali (with a reported price tag of £2,500), and a matching clutch. Here she's seen sharing a light moment with actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit Nene. (Source: AP)

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As part of their Day 1 itinerary, the royal couple visited the Oval Maidan in Mumbai. For the event, the Duchess of Cambridge changed out of her red, paisley-print dress and into a breezy printed georgette tunic dress by designer Anita Dongre. Prince William opted for a casual look as well with an open-necked shirt and blue trousers, which might have just been the same ones he arrived in. (Source: AP)

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At the charity event, Kate looked every bit a tourist willing to absorb as much of India as possible, and was very comfortable in the floral, Jaipur-inspired tunic dress called the Gulrukh Tunic Dress, which she teamed up with some pretty Accessorize dangling earrings (with a reported price tag of £8), and a pair of comfy wedges. (Source: AP)

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The royal couple met a host of dignitaries at the Oval Maidan, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who looked dapper in a blue shirt. (Source: AP)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived, and the much-awaited first photos are out. The Duchess looks stunning in a classic Alexander McQueen outfit, while William looks every bit the dashing prince in his characteristic dark blue suit, which he teamed with a dotted tie. (Source: PTI)

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Kate’s red, paisley-themed attire, with a shirt split in the front and a black underskirt has a distinct touch of Asia in it. Over the seven-day visit, the Duchess is expected to showcase a number of Indian designers through her choice of outfits. (Source: PTI)

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Kate paired the classic dress with a pair of Fern pumps and the same Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings she'd worn with the Saloni blue dress in London, just days before her visit. Click on for a look at some of the best styles by the Duchess of Cambridge. (Source: AP)

Politics, society and economics aside, the British monarchy has always been a point of interest and fascination when it comes to style and fashion. The current Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is known for her simple-yet-classy look. Here's a look at her most talked-about outfits ever.

Days ahead of the royal couple's visit to India and Bhutan, the Duchess welcomed guests from both countries at her London home. She donned a sheer blue polka-dotted floor-length dress by Saloni Lodha, an Indian-origin designer she has favoured previously as well. The dress had a deep V at the back, showing some skin, that many thought was a bit daring for the royal. (Source: AP)

Possibly the most famous look after the birth of princess Charlotte, Duchess Kate mesmerised the world with her gorgeous red ensemble while welcoming China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace for a State Banquet. Fans were not surprised to see Kate looking stunning in red, given that it is the colour of China's flag, and symbolises good fortune and joy. (Source: AP)

Kate Middleton impresses in white for a solo appearance. Known for her impeccable sense of style, Kate Middleton was chic in a white shift dress with navy blue trim by Jaeger and matching pumps. (Source: Reuters)

Labeled as the most stylish Duchess ever, Kate Middleton was effortlessly chic in a pleat-detailed cornflower blue coat by Alexander McQueen with navy-blue pump heels and a matching clutch. (Source: Reuters)

For their arrival in Australia, Kate changed into a yellow-and-white blocked Ryedale dress from the Roksanda Ilincic spring 2014 collection. She accessorized it with nude L.K. Bennett pumps for the occasion. (Source: Reuters)

Kate Middleton dressed up for Easter Sunday services in Australia in a pale lilac-hued Alexander McQueen skirt suit and matching hat by Jane Taylor. The royal accessorised the look with L.K. Bennett Harper suede pumps and an Alexander McQueen clutch. (Source: AP)

British Royals – Prince William and Kate Middleton – along with Hollywood A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Victoria Beckham upped the glamour quotient at London's Centre Court on July 6 for the Wimbledon Men's final. The royal fashionista was chic in a blue green check wrap dress. She let her straight hair fall lightly on her shoulder and accesorised her look with a beige box clutch. (Source: AP)

The Duchess of Cambridge attended The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the James Bond 007 film "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26 in London. The royal was an epitome of old Hollywood glamour in Jenny Packham. (Source: Reuters)

Kate Middleton stuns in a pale blue-buttoned coat by Seraphine. The Duchess picked it up for a chilly winter morning. Isn't it perfect? (Source: AP)

Kate Middleton was again seen in an outfit by her favourite designer Alexander McQueen. Kate looked elegant in a peach dress that she teamed with nude pumps and a box clutch. (Source: AP)

Reportedly wearing a new dress for a surprise prison visit to Send Prison in Surrey, Kate's demure yet classy white tweed outfit was from a London-based brand called The Fold. The dress has a fitted silhouette, v-neckline, pencil skirt and peplum details at the waist. Her Jimmy Choo shoes in a coordinated grey lent the grace that the duchess in known for. (Source: katemiddletonstyle.org)

An outing to London elementary school saw the Duchess in a chic navy blue loose fitting dress by Madderson London with a navy, white and pink embroidered tweed-patterned trim. Black tights and pumps once again finished off her look, leaving her stylish, yet comfortable. (Source: AP)

The Duchess cut a pretty picture in the late morning sun with a spray of flowers in her hand. She matched the blue coat with navy blue pumps and a matching clutch. (Source: Kate Middleton)

Kate Middleton looked lovely in a pastel pink Alexander McQueen coat with pearl button details and Jane Taylor hat during her appearance at Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in 2015. (Source: AP)

The Duchess made yet another style statement in a red belted dress that's said to have become quite a hit with the ladies. (Source: AP)

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a midnight blue Jenny Packham dress at a dinner for London's National Portrait Gallery. But more than the dress what dazzled onlookers is the diamond necklace borrowed from the queen. It's a Cartier diamond known as the 'Nizam of Hyderabad', given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh. (Source: AP)

Braving a pouring rain and strong wind, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William each held their own black umbrella as they walked from their motorcade to the National Sep 11 Memorial and Museum. Kate looked beautiful in this gorgeous fuchsia Mulberry coat. (Source: AP)

Sporting the oft-worn colour of blue, William and Kate visited the city of Dundee in Scotland on October 23 — the couple's first official visit to Dundee. Kate cut a fine figure in a blue wool coat and matching kilt by Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane. Monique Jessen from People magazine tweeted about the coat, saying it was a “slim fitted dogtooth wool tailored coat with belt”, and the kilt was a “mini dogtooth wool kilt with belt”. Both pieces were reportedly made bespoke for Kate. The outfit was teamed with Aquatalia’s Rhumba boots in black suede and a Stuart Weitzman Muse bag in black suede. (Source: AP)

On November 17, William and Kate visited the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, London, to sign the book of condolence and pay tribute to the Paris attack victims. For the solemn occasion, Kate wore black with a small white polka dot pattern suit, from an unidentified designer. This is apparently the third time she's worn this suit. (Source: Youtube)

The Duchess of Cambridge joined prominent figures of the British Royal Family at the National Service of Remembrance in Whitehall, London on November 8. Wearing black as a mark of respect, the Duchess is said to have worn a bespoke piece by Alexander McQueen. She teamed the coat with a pair of Baroque Pearl Drops by Annoushka on Kiki McDonough hoops. (Source: BBC)

On October 21, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a “Creative Collaborations” event at Lancaster House, London, joining the Chinese President and his wife. The duchess looked beautiful in a purple lace dress, paired with coordinating shoes and clutch bag. The dress from Dolce & Gabbana, called the Lace Guipure Dress is a knee-length fitted outfit, featuring a high neckline. Style-spotters have made an educated guess about her shoes, saying it may be a Gianvito Rossi. Her clutch was the familiar Bayswater clutch in conker suede. (Source: AP)

Effortlessly stylish in the belted number, it’s hard to believe that Kate Middleton was six months pregnant when this photo was taken. (Source: AP)

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton who is five months pregnant, went de-glam as she stepped out in a black hooded jacket, skinny jeans and boots on December 16 in east London as she paid a visit to the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony. (Source: AP)

Kate Middleton chose a mod black Goat “Washington” swing coat with contrasting beige tabs on the cuffs when she met with Chirlane McCray, wife of New York mayor Bill de Blasio. The royal finished out the look with Cornelia James Imogen merino wool gloves with side bow, suede Muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley and towering Episode “Angel” pumps all in black. (Source: AP)

During the royal couple's first official visit to the U.S., Kate picked a coat by British maternity label Seraphine.She was five-months pregnant with their second child. (Source: AP)

Kate Middleton cut an elegant figure in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen cream coat with a matching hat, pearl drop earrings and nude coloured pumps. (Source: AP)

The Royal style icon looked fabulous in a pre-fall 2013 wool crepe Allie coat by Erdem. She finished out her look with nude pumps and clutch. (Source: AP/Reuters)

Kate Middleton looked regal in a golden Alexander McQueen lace dress for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London on June 10. The party was held to celebrate Prince Philip’s 93rd birthday. (Photo: AP)

Kate Middleton showed off her tiny baby bump for the first time during her first pregnancy in a grey MaxMara dress while on a visit to a drug de-addiction centre. (Photo: Reuters)

For the christening of Prince George, Kate Middleton chose a dress by Alexander McQueen and a Jane Taylor hat. She looked royal as ever. (Source: AP)

Kate Middleton was glowing in her loosely-fitted peach Jenny Packham dress and coat with a sleek belt just above the baby bump. She matched her dress with a long blazer jacket. Kate, who was accompanied by her husband Prince William,accessorised the dress with a matching pillbox hat, which she had worn last year for the Jubilee celebrations at St Paul's. (Source: AP)