The most stylish royal moments of 2023, featuring Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

From the Princess of Wales’ parade of power suits to the Duchess of Sussex’s internet-breaking J.Crew cardigan, see the 10 best of the year below.

Kate’s updated BAFTAs ensemble

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. 10

While the Princess of Wales opted to re-wear her Alexander McQueen gown from the 2019 BAFTA Awards for this year’s event, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing the style.

For the look’s second outing, Kate swapped out the original floral appliqués at the shoulder for a flowing length of white chiffon, accessorized with black velvet opera gloves and $28 Zara earrings and opted for long, loose locks in lieu of an updo.

Kate and Charlotte’s matching moment

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England. 10
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Throughout King Charles’ coronation in May, the princess stuck to a patriotic color palette of red, white and blue. And at the ceremony itself, she traded her tiara for a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen headpiece, while daughter Princess Charlotte donned a matching mini version.

The silver leaves nodded not just to Charles’ love of nature and the outdoors, but also to the notions of rebirth, renewal and a new era for the monarchy.

Kate’s scarlet set

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Eugenie, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince George of Wales during the Coronation Concert on May 07, 2023 in Windsor, England. 10
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Middleton kicked off her 2023 pantsuit streak with this striking scarlet Alexander McQueen style for King Charles’ coronation concert, which she paired with mother-of-pearl jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels.

“Catherine is now starting to establish herself in her new role as Princess of Wales. Her trouser suits could be seen as a visual cue of her professional approach to her new position in the family,” royal historian Jessica Storoschuk previously told Page Six Style of Kate’s shift from skirts to suits.

Meghan’s golden glamour

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex attend the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power at Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 16, 2023 in New York City. 10
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The gilded Johanna Ortiz dress the Duchess of Sussex selected for the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Award ceremony in May was a far cry from the muted neutrals she wore during her first few years as a working royal.

Markle looked positively radiant in the midi-length design, and her all-gold accessories — including Tom Ford padlock stilettos, a shimmering Carolina Herrera clutch and embellished J.Crew hoop earrings — upped the glam factor even further.

Kate’s polished pleats

Catherine, Princess of Wales leaving the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery on June 20, 2023 in London, England. 10
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At the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery in June, Middleton looked magnificent in a Self-Portrait dress featuring a tweed jacket and pleated midi skirt that lent the look of sophisticated separates.

A slim black Chanel clutch and cutout Aquazzura heels added elements of contrast to the otherwise all-white ensemble, as did the princess’ bouncy brunette curls.

Meghan’s sleek stripes

Meghan Markle's birthday date night with Prince Harry! Harry and Meghan leave celebrity hotspot restaurant Tre Lune, in Montecito, C 10
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The Duchess of Sussex picked a black-and-white Posse dress ($239) for an early birthday dinner with Prince Harry in Montecito in August, sparking a run on the striped style.

Paired with a wood-beaded Cult Gaia clutch ($428), sculptural gold Tabayer earrings ($3,900) and minimalist Emme Parsons sandals ($450), the strapless midi embodied Markle’s current California-cool aesthetic.

Meghan’s covetable cardigan

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Wheelchair Basketball preliminary match between Ukraine and Australia during day four of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 13, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany. 10
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While in Germany for September’s Invictus Games, the duchess stepped out in a series of high-low looks. Our favorite of the bunch? This pairing of pleated Staud shorts and a two-tone J.Crew sweater blazer ($158), which she accessorized with cap-toed Chanel slingbacks and a Givenchy belt.

J.Crew’s website promptly crashed due to demand for the cardigan, which sold out instantly (but is now back in stock!).

Kate’s purple pantsuit

Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives at the Shaping Us National Symposium at the Design Museum on November 15, 2023 in London, England. 10
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The princess picked an Emilia Wickstead jacket-and-pant combo in vibrant violet – a color closely associated with royalty – for the Shaping Us National Symposium in November.

She stuck to the jewel-toned palette with her sapphire jewelry and blue suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.

Meghan’s monochromatic style

David Oyelowo,  Misan Harriman, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak during The After LA Tastemaker | Netflix at a Private Residence on November 15, 2023 in Montecito, California. 10
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Also in November, Markle attended a screening of Misan Harriman’s short film “The After” wearing a cocoa-colored Valentino pantsuit paired with a matching Reiss turtleneck.

Finished with black pumps, subtle gold jewelry and a sleek low ponytail, the look was both timeless and on trend.

Kate’s winter whites

ales attends The "Together At Christmas" Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on December 08, 2023 in London, England. 10
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Last — but certainly not least — Princess Kate was gorgeous and glowing in head-to-toe ivory at her Together at Christmas concert at London’s Westminster Abbey in December.

Her snowy separates included a tailored Chris Kerr coat, a Kiltane sweater and high-waisted Holland Cooper trousers, and her Strathberry bag ($555) and mother-of-pearl Van Cleef & Arpels earrings continued the all-vanilla-everything effect.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England.Getty Images
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England.WireImage
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Eugenie, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince George of Wales during the Coronation Concert on May 07, 2023 in Windsor, England.Leon Neal/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex attend the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power at Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 16, 2023 in New York City.Getty Images Ms. Foundation for Women
Catherine, Princess of Wales leaving the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery on June 20, 2023 in London, England.GC Images
Meghan Markle's birthday date night with Prince Harry! Harry and Meghan leave celebrity hotspot restaurant Tre Lune, in Montecito, CLightworkers
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Wheelchair Basketball preliminary match between Ukraine and Australia during day four of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 13, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany.Samir Hussein/WireImage
Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives at the Shaping Us National Symposium at the Design Museum on November 15, 2023 in London, England.Getty Images
David Oyelowo,  Misan Harriman, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak during The After LA Tastemaker | Netflix at a Private Residence on November 15, 2023 in Montecito, California.Getty Images for Netflix
ales attends The "Together At Christmas" Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on December 08, 2023 in London, England.Samir Hussein/WireImage

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