38 memorable outfits Meghan Markle has worn as a duchess that show why she’s a global fashion icon

It’s been a whirlwind 10 months for Meghan Markle since she married Prince Harry in May 2018.

The activist and proud feminist has had to learn royal rules and precedents that govern everything from how she sits to what she wears to how affectionate she can be in public — and she’s handled it all like a professional, even when things haven’t gone according to plan.

Along the way, Markle has also become a global fashion icon, known for her elegant yet modern style. In September last year, People magazine even named her the best-dressed star of 2018.

Below, take a look at the most memorable looks the Duchess of Sussex has worn so far.

Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony dress featured one of her go-to silhouettes.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on May 19, 2018. 
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The duchess looked radiant in a minimalist Givenchy gown during her wedding ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The elegant dress, which Markle helped design, featured three-quarter-length sleeves, a sculpted waist, and a bateau neckline.

Since then, boatneck dresses have become a staple in Markle’s closet.

But the duchess’ affinity for the wide neckline also suggests that her royal wardrobe has retained elements of her personal style. Long before she became a member of the British royal family, Markle wore boat necks on the red carpet at Hollywood events.

Her wedding reception dress showed she’s willing to take risks.

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The modern look was a hint of what would follow. 
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On the night of her wedding to Harry, Markle wore a halter-neck Stella McCartney dress to an intimate reception at Frogmore House.

The duchess, who has previously described her personal style as “classic and simple” with a modern twist, styled her hair in her signature casual bun.

The flirty look showed off Markle’s fun side, and she’s since continued to push the envelope of royal fashion with bold choices.

At her first royal engagement as the Duchess of Sussex, Markle rocked a blush-pink ensemble.

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She also made headlines for appearing to wear tights. 
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Three days after her wedding, Markle attended a celebration for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in a midi dress with sheer long sleeves. She paired the blush-pink number, made by British brand Goat, with a wide-brimmed hat and light beige heels.

The duchess also appeared to be wearing tights at the happy occasion, which surprised some royal fans. Markle had previously gone bare-legged at appearances with Harry — most notably when the couple announced their engagement in November 2017.

Many believed the former actress donned the tights in accordance with royal protocol. Royal expert Victoria Arbiter previously told INSIDER that Queen Elizabeth II has set a strict precedent about wearing stockings in public.

“You never see a royal without their nude stockings,” Arbiter said. “I would say that’s really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the queen requires.”

She donned another blush outfit at Trooping The Colour.

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Markle’s royal wardrobe includes many pale, neutral colors. 
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The duchess made a splash at the annual Trooping the Colour celebration in June 2018 when she wore a pale pink off-the-shoulder dress. Some online commenters thought the dress’ wide neckline was “inappropriate,” but many royal fans pointed out that Kate Middleton has worn similar off-the-shoulder designs in the past.

Markle paired her elegant dress with a flat fascinator in a matching shade of blush. She also switched things up by wearing her hair in glamorous, loose curls instead of her usual casual bun.

The duchess chose a modest silhouette for her first joint engagement with the queen.

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The two looked friendly and happy sitting next to each other. 
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Markle donned an off-white belted Givenchy dress during a royal visit to Cheshire, England, with the queen in June 2018.

Some online thought the duchess wore the dress, which featured a prominent cape overlay, in response to the criticism she had received days before about her off-the-shoulder Trooping the Colour outfit.

She looked elegant in another luxury brand at the Queen’s Young Leaders awards ceremony.

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Markle sat next to Harry and the queen at the event. 
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At an event honoring the Queen’s Young Leaders in late June 2018, the duchess stunned in a classy Prada number that combined some of her favorite designs into one outfit. The double-breasted top featured a boat neck and a belt around the waist, and the entire ensemble was blush pink.

Markle completed the look with a black clutch and closed-toe black heels.

Markle took a page from the queen’s stylebook at an event in early July 2018.

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Harry and Markle held hands at the occasion. 
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At the “Your Commonwealth” Youth Challenge reception, Markle looked radiant in a bright yellow Brandon Maxwell dress and simple beige heels. As INSIDER’s Daniel Boan noted, the colorful number was reminiscent of the queen’s vibrant wardrobe.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also made headlines when they were photographed holding hands at the reception — something Prince William and Kate Middleton rarely do.

She wore another monochromatic dress to Prince Louis’ christening.

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The duchess wore head-to-toe green. 
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Alongside other members of the British royal family, Markle attended Prince Louis’ christening in early July 2018 wearing a belted olive-green midi dress. She accessorized the look with a fascinator, clutch, and heels in matching shades of green.

One day later, Markle looked regal in another belted dress with a boatneck.

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The dress looked like a shorter version of her wedding ceremony dress. 
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In July 2018, the duchess attended celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the UK’s Royal Air Force in a navy blue, long-sleeve Dior midi dress. While Markle matched her fascinator and her clutch to the rich, deep shade of her dress, she chose a light beige color for her heels.

During a trip to Ireland in July 2018, the duchess channeled Hollywood glam.

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She looked like she was walking the red carpet. 
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During Harry and Markle’s first official visit outside the UK as a married couple, the two attended an evening reception at the residence of Robin Barnett, the British ambassador to Ireland, in Dublin.

For the occasion, the duchess wore her hair in loose curls and ditched her structured, traditional royal ensembles for a flowing navy blue dress.

She also pushed the envelope of royal fashion by wearing a pantsuit.

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Harry and Markle held hands again during a visit to Croke Park in Dublin. 
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On the second day of the couple’s visit to Ireland, the duchess stepped out in yet another design by Givenchy. But this time, Markle opted for a crisp black pantsuit instead of a boatneck dress.

Markle rocked a familiar color in a business-casual silhouette in mid-July 2018.

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It’s clear she has a signature royal style. 
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The duchess attended the opening of “Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition” at London’s Southbank Center in a belted, blush-pink trench coat dress with a matching clutch and heels.

While she may be a fan of high-end designs, she also has some affordable pieces in her closet.

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The duchess at the Sentebale Polo Cup in late July 2018. 
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At the Sentebale Polo Cup, Markle wore a navy denim-style midi dress by Carolina Herrera that retails for $2,190.

The duchess accessorized the belted dress with a pair of light beige pumps and a trendy rattan clutch from J. Crew that usually retails for $88.

During her first official visit to Sussex, the duchess added an edgy touch to her elegant ensemble.

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Harry and Markle at the University of Chichester’s Tech Park in October 2018. 
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She paired a forest-green silk blouse with an emerald green leather skirt from Hugo Boss and beige suede heels. Markle styled her hair into her signature casual bun.

She wore a modest look to Princess Eugenie’s wedding in early October 2018.

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She wore a navy blue Givenchy coat, heels, and fascinator. 
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While the public did not know it at the time, the duchess’ outfit was one of the first looks at her maternity style.

According to the BBC, Markle and Harry told Queen Elizabeth II and “other senior royals” that the duchess is pregnant during Eugenie’s wedding.

Three days after the wedding, Kensington Palace revealed that the couple is expecting their first child in spring 2019 in an official announcement on Twitter.

 

During a visit to Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Markle looked stylish yet comfortable in a flowy maxi dress.

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She and Harry looked stylish yet comfortable on October 19, 2018. 
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The duchess paired a striped $1,420 dress by Martin Grant with $120 wedge espadrilles by Castañer, a type of shoe the queen reportedly doesn’t like.

She later took off the wedges and walked barefoot through the sand with her husband and members of OneWave, a nonprofit surf community focused on raising awareness about mental health issues.

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