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Look back at royal fashion 10 years ago – including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

The royal ladies wore such different outfits in 2009

Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
16 January 2019
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The #10YearChallenge has been HUGE on social media this year and people have posted recent snaps of themselves alongside photos from ten years ago. The concept quickly went viral with celebrities jumping on the bandwagon too. Here at HELLO!, we thought it would be fun to extend the challenge to the royal family, as the decade comes to an end. Who has stayed fashion savvy, who has upped their style game and who is still dressing exactly the same?

A lot has happened over the past ten years for the royals: The Duchess of Cambridge has had three children, while Meghan Markle has gone from a Hollywood actress to the Duchess of Sussex; she and Prince Harry have also had their first child together.

See how the royals' dressed ten years ago in the snaps below…

The Duchess of Cambridge

Wow, what a difference ten years makes. This photo shows Kate back in her dating days with Prince William and she looks like a regular girl – this is how you and I would dress on a night out. So much has changed for the royal since this snap. We'd never see the Duchess in a skirt this short now, nor with those black tights or slightly worn boots. Her hair is worn in a loose, barely styled look – a far cry from her perfectly coiffured locks in 2019. Kate favours smaller designer handbags these days and her jewellery tastes have certainly changed. She's gone from normal girl to super stylish woman in a decade.

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The Duchess of Sussex

Oh my goodness, look at Meghan Markle! Travel ten years back and here's a totally different Meghan. The now royal looks ready for a day at the beach in this ensemble and it's in stark contrast to her 2019 outfits. We'd never see the Duchess in a short playsuit like this now, or sandals for that matter. The former Suits actress has always had a great sense of style, and that hasn't changed, just her designer tastes. Meghan's hair is noticeably different; this snap shows the US-born royal with natural un-styled locks. Now it's all groomed waves and sleek up-dos.

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Countess of Wessex

Sophie has definitely upped her style game since this picture was taken. Prince Edward's wife was heavily into the whole Sloane Ranger look back in 2009, seen here in the traditional Chelsea tweed and white shirt combo. She looks good, but the royal looks even better now, often seen out in stunning designer outfits which flatter her figure. Sophie's hair has changed too – a decade ago she favoured a more natural style, whereas now the former PR Director always sports a perfectly sleek hairstyle.

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Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice with Sarah Ferguson

Just look at those sequins! Wow, head back ten years and this family's style is super different. We'd never see Eugenie in a sparkly mini dress these days. The newly-married royal tends to opt for more elegant outfits. Beatrice's style has got a little chicer too and we rarely see her dress in metallic now, while their mother Sarah Ferguson has ditched the velvet mini dresses for a much chicer look in 2009.

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The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla's style hasn't changed hugely since 2009 – she still loves her classic cuts and tartan numbers. We've definitely noticed the royal get a little more daring with her outfits, sometimes seen in a little black dress for a night out. Prince Charles' wife has kept a similar hairstyle, perhaps a little more groomed now, and regularly wows us in sophisticated gowns.

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Queen Letizia of Spain

Virtually no difference! Queen Letizia looks just as stunning now as she did 10 years ago and just as stylish. The Spanish monarch looked amazing in this floor-length midnight blue gown back in 2009 and a decade on she is still wowing us with her elegant outfits.

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Lady Kitty Spencer

Ok, now that's a good before pic! The niece of the late Princess Diana looked totally different back in 2009. Her hair is much wilder and her style is a lot younger than in 2019. Now, model Kitty is a super sophisticated dresser, often seen out in stunning Dolce & Gabbana outfits.

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Just like Queen Letizia, Maxima has always known how to dress with style. Go back to 2009 and we find the Dutch royal looking fabulous in a chic coat dress. Maxima's 2019 outfits are similar, however the monarch now loves to step out in vibrant shades and her hairdo is certainly more preened.

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The Queen

Doesn't the Queen look radiant here? The decade-old snap shows her Majesty in a bright blue two piece and not much has changed in ten years. Her classic style remains, as does her love of bright shades.

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Zara Tindall

The Queen's granddaughter has always loved to have fun with her fashion and Zara looked fab in this navy mini dress back in 2009 with elaborate headpiece. Fast forward ten years and the royal still favours kooky styles and prints but in slightly more classic cuts.

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Queen Rania

Hmm, we're not sure about this jacket. Ten years ago, Queen Rania of Jordan was super beautiful, as she is now, but didn't dress quite as chicly. Belted brown leather isn't quite our thing but the royal's more recent looks have floored us – the new style queen!

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