Kate Middleton and the Queen: Chelsea Flower Show day out in £12k Erdem look


Kate Middleton and the Queen, 92, attended the Chelsea Flower Show together yesterday. The Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, 37, has created a garden at the annual event. Kate looked beautiful in a floral dress with a very big price tag. From British-Canadian designer Erdem, it is the Shebah Floral Cotton-Silk Gown.

The dress had three-quarter length sleeves and had purple and yellow flower designs on it.

On her feet she wore nude heels, with a wedge heel and ankle tie.

Mother-of-three Kate also wore large pearl earrings in the shape of flowers, which cost £4,360 from Cassandra Goad.

On her wrist she wore a present from William, a Cartier Ballon Blue 33mm watch, which costs £4,950. The whole outfit cost almost £12k at £11,912.

The Queen, on the other hand, wore the lime green coat and Stewart Parvin floral silk dress she wore to Meghan’s wedding to the event.

She also added three strings of pearls, pearl earrings and a stunning brooch.

Her Majesty added white gloves and a black bag.

Meghan Markle was noticeably absent form the event, as was Prince Harry. The pair are likely looking after their new baby, Archie.

Princess Beatrice also attended the event in a black coat with a blue and green pattern and blue pumps.

Another royal attended the event, Sophie Countess of Wessex who looked stunning today with her husband.

Sophie wore a floral gown too, with a green, black and white print.

The mum-of-two enjoyed taking in the garden displays at the event.

Sophie’s hair was up in a bun, showing off some golden leaf earrings.

It was recently announced that Sophie Countess of Wessex has taken over a role from Prince Philip. 

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.


Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.


Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.


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