Carole Middleton’s style staple for royal weddings pays sweet tribute to absent family member

Carole Middleton’s style staple has been seen at several royal weddings, including two of the most iconic ones in recent years…

Carole Middleton's style staple revealed. Seen here following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
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Carole Middleton’s style staple for royal weddings paid sweet tribute to an absent family member that was likely deeply missed. 


Kate Middleton’s dresses regularly wow the crowd though if there’s one that stands out the most for it’s iconic magnificence it surely has to be her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress! Few could forget the first sighting of this exquisite gown on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day back in 2011. There were also plenty of other beautiful outfits glimpsed that day, including the one worn by the Mother of the Bride. This outfit could be seen to have paid a special tribute to an absent family member on their big day and this seems to have become Carole Middleton’s style staple of sorts for royal weddings.  

Carole Middleton attends the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton

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Stepping out with the eyes of the world upon her, Carole’s outfit was the pastel coat dress of dreams. Featuring a powder-blue tone, long lapels and brocade-style detailing around the fastening and cuffs, Carole paired it with a pale blue dress underneath and a hat in a similar shade designed by milliner Jane Corbett. 

The coat dress itself was designed by Catherine Walker - a firm favorite of the late Princess Diana. She was regularly pictured wearing Catherine Walker designs, including a blue-green fully sequined dress she wore on a visit to Austria in 1986 and her “Elvis” dress which she wore to present an award at the British Fashion Awards. 

Carole’s choice to wear a Catherine Walker design could be seen to be a sweet nod to the late Mother of the Groom on this significant day, where her absence was likely deeply felt by Prince William. 

Carole Middleton arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

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Since the 2011 wedding it seems to have become Carole Middleton’s style staple for royal weddings as she wore another Catherine Walker design to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018. The coat dress and hat were even in a similar pastel shade, this time a fresh minty-green. 

Once again Carole wore a matching-colored dress underneath and it could be seen as another sweet tribute to Princess Diana on her youngest son’s wedding day. And though Carole wearing beautiful Catherine Walker designs - and very similar Catherine Walker ones at that - to Princess Diana’s sons’ weddings is perhaps the most meaningful, she’s also worn the designer to another royal wedding. 

In 2019, the Queen’s first cousin, once removed Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston at Windsor Castle and Carole was invited.  

Carole Middleton attends the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston

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Her outfit was in a soft beige shade this time but Carol Middleton’s style staple of was upheld. The coat dress is understood to be another Catherine Walker creation and featured similar brocade detailing on the lapels. 

It seems Carole Middleton has found her perfect designer for royal weddings and it’s heart-warming to think that the Mother of the Bride helped give a nod to the late Mother of the Groom at Prince William and Prince Harry’s weddings in particular. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.