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19 summer dresses we bet Kate Middleton has packed for her holidays

The Duchess may have recycled some of these dresses..

Leanne Bayley

Hands up if you want the Duchess of Cambridge's summer holiday wardrobe! Kate is currently enjoying a staycation at the Isles of Scilly with her husband Prince William and their three children, Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis

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It may not be the exotic holidays the royals have enjoyed in the past, but the UK's sunny weather means Kate has likely packed the same pretty summer frocks she would have done for a trip abroad. As well as embellished kaftans, beach dresses and a different coloured swimsuit every day, the Duchess will no doubt leave the prim and proper evening dresses at home in favour of sleeveless styles and lighter fabrics.

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Because Kate’s the Queen of Recycling, here are some of the dresses she might have packed on her summer vacay…

Her on-trend puff-sleeve dress

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Puff-sleeves are really popular right now, so we wouldn't be surprised if Kate has packed the stunning pastel floral frock she wore in June 2020. For the visit to The Nook children's hospice in Norfolk, the Duchess paired the Faithfull The Brand dress with one of her favourite pairs of espadrilles - thought to be her Russell & Bromley 'Coco-nut' wedges. That's one whole holiday outfit sorted!

Her classic shirt dress

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The humble shirt dress is loved by several members of the royal family, but we particularly love the white version Kate wore in July. The £995 Suzannah dress falls to the knee with a pretty blue dot print, perfect for keeping cool in the heat.

Her boho dress

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When Kate joined in with the ladies of the Vaiki Falekaupule in a traditional welcome dance with Prince William in Tuvalu in 2012, we swooned over her Alice by Temperley ‘Beatrice’ dress. We hope she packed this beautiful dress.

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Her silk Prada dress (that's a work of art) 

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Kate will have left the brolly at home, but she might well have packed this beautiful Prada silk dress. The dress was covered in poppies and really makes a statement.

Her red va-va voom dress

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To show off her bronzed new look, Kate will be reaching for something that shows off a bit more skin. We love this shoulder-baring Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the Queen’s birthday party - the perfect summer frock for a holiday.

Her perfect glam dress

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And we hope she didn't forget these shoes! Kate's Prada scalloped sandals will work perfectly with many of her summer dresses for the evening. This Marcus Lupfer dress is less structured and gives her more of a laid-back vibe - perfect for hols!

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Her yellow dress of dreams

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Kate loves yellow, and yellow loves her. But you only need to pack one dreamy yellow dress on holiday and this is ideal. Her Jenny Packham number could be the go-to frock for any site-seeing trips the family embark on. Throw on a fair of glam flats and she’s good to go.

Her posh-night-out holiday frock

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We all know that on every holiday there’s usually the big special night out. We imagine when you’re a royal, you get more, but we’re just going to pretend that’s not the case. When Kate wore a bespoke dress by Gosia Bacynska, we fell in love. With its black and white colour palette and ladylike design, this is the ideal dress for a romantic dinner with her Prince.

Her favourite Wimbledon dress

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Kate wore this Jenny Packham dress when she attended Wimbledon with the Duchess of Sussex in July 2018. It’s a lovely cool dress for a balmy evening on holiday and it really shows off Kate's feminine summery style.

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Her sexy shoulder-baring dress

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When the Duchess wore Barbara Casasola’s cream off the shoulder dress, the world gasped with delight. The dress looked perfectly on her and would look amazing for sunset cocktails with the family.

Her 'it got the fashion seal of approval' dress

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When Kate stepped out in this red and white dress in Canada, it caught the attention of fashion editors everywhere - and they loved it. Also, it was an Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 dress and was not readily available. She got major style points with this dress so let's hope it made its way in to the case.

Her Zimmerman number 

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We all know Zimmerman do great summer dresses, and luckily for Kate she already owns one. Back when she attended the Sydney Royal Easter Show in Australia, she stepped out in a gorgeous Zimmerman lace dress with elbow-length sleeves.

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Her you-can-wear-it-with-flats-or-heels dress

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Remember when the Duchess wore a Mulberry dress during the Diamond Jubilee Tour? We hope she searched for that in the archives and packed it for her hols. You can wear this little flirty dress with a pair of flat sandals or a pair of heels - winning!

Her favourite Zara daytime dress

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Kate loves Zara and she’ll have definitely done a little splurge pre-holiday. This one should definitely be added to the suitcase - minutes after she wore it, it sold out everywhere. That’s the Kate Effect for you.

Her millennial pink dress covered in roses

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Is this not the best dress ever? BEAUTIFUL. The Duchess owns this Kate Spade dress and it might be the girliest piece of clothing she owns.

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Her divine maxi dress

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This is so divine and should definitely make an appearance on her family holiday. Scrap the blow-dry and just leave your hair lovely and relaxed.

Her 'you wouldn't wear it at home' dress

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We would never see Kate wearing a strapless dress on a royal engagement but on holiday, the rule book flies out of the window. When she visited the Solomon Islands, Kate attended a traditional island feast and wore a traditional Solomon dress for the occasion which was presented to her on arrival. It looked gorgeous on her, and one that could be worn on any other summer holiday.

Her easy-to-throw-on dress

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Back in 2011, Kate wore a beautiful Jenny Packham dress to watch her husband in The Foundation Polo Challenge and looked absolutely beautiful. The dress would be a great addition to her holiday wardrobe.

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Her bright evening gown

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Bright colours are royal no-nos when the Queen is around but Kate can go wild on holiday with the colourful options. This would look sensational with gold accessories and a glowy makeup. Don't you just wish Kate had an Instagram where you could see all of her #ootd photos?!