Kate Middleton (Elizabeth Catherine), Duchess of Cambridge Style Icon 2012
2008, it was reported that she had quit her job at Jigsaw to become a
professional photographer, intending to take private classes with photographer
Mario Testino, who had taken several well-known photographs of Diana, Princess
of Wales, and her sons. Testino later denied that Middleton was going to be
working for him.
Catherine became prominent for her fashion style and has been placed on numerous
"best dressed" lists. She was selected by The Daily Telegraph as the "Most
Promising Newcomer" in its 2006 list of style winners and losers. Tatler placed
her at number 8 on its yearly listing of the top ten style icons in 2007. She
was featured in People magazine's 2007 and 2010 best-dressed lists. Middleton
was named as one of Richard Blackwell's ten "Fabulous Fashion Independents" of
2007. In June 2008, Style.com selected Middleton as their monthly beauty icon.
In July 2008, Middleton was included in Vanity Fair's international best-dressed
list. In February 2011, she was named the Top Fashion Buzzword of the 2011
season by the Global Language Monitor.
Middleton is known for mixing couture pieces, often by British designers, with
'High Street' retail fashion. Designers worn by Middleton include Sarah Burton
at Alexander McQueen, Issa; Jenny Packham; Beulah London; Alice Temperley; Erdem;
Burberry; and Catherine Walker. High street labels worn by Middleton include
Reiss, Zara and L.K.Bennett.
2001, Middleton met Prince William while they were students at the University of
St. Andrews. The couple began dating as early as 2002, although their
relationship remained unconfirmed. On 17 October 2005, Middleton complained
through her lawyer about harassment from the media, stating that she had done
nothing significant to warrant publicity. In February 2006, it was announced
that Middleton would receive her own 24-hour security detail supplied by the
Royalty Protection branch. Many speculated that she and Prince William would
soon be engaged, since she would not otherwise be entitled to this service.
No engagement was forthcoming and Middleton was not granted an allowance to fund
this security. Media attention increased around the time of her 25th birthday in
January 2007, prompting warnings from both The Prince of Wales and Prince
William and from Middleton's lawyers, who threatened legal action. Two newspaper
groups, News International, which publishes The Times and The Sun; and the
Guardian Media Group, publishers of The Guardian, decided to refrain from
publishing paparazzi photographs of her. Middleton attended at least one event
as an official royal guest: Prince William's Passing Out Parade at the Royal
Military Academy Sandhurst on 15 December 2006.
On 17 May 2008, Middleton attended the wedding of Prince William's cousin Peter
Phillips to Autumn Kelly, which the prince did not attend. On 19 July 2008, she
was a guest at the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman. Prince
William was away on military operations in the Caribbean, serving aboard HMS
Iron Duke. In 2010, Middleton pursued an invasion of privacy claim against two
agencies and photographer Niraj Tanna, who took pictures of her over Christmas
2009. She obtained a public apology, £5,000 in damages, and legal costs.
Dated 15 December 2012