Introduction

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has always had a distinctive taste when it comes to her collection of designer handbags.

Before marrying Prince William, Kate favoured smaller clutches and understated leather totes. Brands like Prada, Gucci, and even Louis Vuitton were wardrobe staples for the young royal-to-be. However, after becoming a royal family member, Kate’s handbag collection began to evolve.

Though she still carries elegant clutches for evening events, her daytime bags showcase a broader array of luxury designers. Names like Mulberry, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Anya Hindmarch now populate her handbag portfolio. While still relatively restrained, Kate’s bags after marriage reflect her new role and status. She often relies on structured satchels and ladylike top-handle bags from heritage brands.

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Throughout it all, Kate finds ways to incorporate her personal style. Her bags often include unique details, whether a custom embroidered design or a sparkling embellished clasp. As one of the most watched women in the world, Kate’s handbags are an essential accessory.

This blog will explore some of the Princess of Wales’s favourite designer bags before and after her 2011 marriage to Prince William and entrance into Britain’s royal family. Her bags neatly encapsulate Kate’s evolution from ‘commoner’ to future queen.

Before…

The Princess wore Prada.

Kate Middleton’s Prada Tan Bowler Bag Around 2007
Kate Middleton’s Prada Tan Bowler Bag around 2007.

The Princess was often spotted with this designer bag as far back as January 2007. She carried the handbag on at least 15 occasions before her marriage, frequently using the purse for hairdresser appointments, wedding errands, and birthday parties. The tan leather bowler was a streetwear staple in Kate’s pre-marriage wardrobe, pairing effortlessly with her casual ensembles.

Kate Also Loved Her Prada Medium Boston Bag
Kate also loved her Prada Medium Boston Bag.

In the summer of 2008, while out with her sister Pippa Middleton in London, Kate carried this white leather Prada bag. She later accessorized various outfits with this designer purse. In fact, she wore it over 20 times from 2007 to 2009.

The clean, structured lines and versatile colour made it an ideal daytime bag for the future Duchess. If you want to copy this style, the Prada Galleria Saffiano from SehaBags is a good option for daytime wear.

Tod’s D-Styling Bauletto Bag in Dove Grey

The future Duchess of Cambridge started carrying this classic leather pouch in a light dove grey colour in December 2009. The bag was named after Princess Diana, who frequently had a similar camel-coloured Tod’s style for her tennis matches and errands. Kate wore the understated grey Tod’s bag on shopping trips and engagements from 2011 until 2016. She was last spotted with this bag at an Anna Freud mental health conference in January 2018.

Kate’s exact model is the Tod’s D-Styling Medium Bauletto Bowler Bag crafted from fine Italian leather. It has two top handles and a detachable shoulder strap for versatility. The neutral dove grey is a fitting choice for the future royal, elegant in its simplicity.

This bag shape was initially called the D-Bag when it launched in 1997, and it was renamed in honour of its most famous fan, Princess Diana. Other celebrity fans have included Princess Caroline, Katie Holmes, Diane Kruger, Freida Pinto, Jessica Alba, and Demi Moore. Over 20 years later, the D-Styling remains one of Tod’s most iconic silhouettes for its timeless quality and impeccable Italian craftsmanship. Much like the future Duchess herself, this understated grey bag epitomizes graceful sophistication.

Graceful Sophistication.
Graceful sophistication.

A great replica-style handbag for the D-styling bag in true pre-loved format is this Loro Piana Large Bale Bag from SehaBags. Find it here.

And finally, a Louis Vuitton Monogram Denim Neo Speedy Blue.

Kate Middleton Blue Lv Bag

In March 2007, leaving her London home, Kate carried this indigo-blue denim LV bag along with various coats and luggage. The casual Monogram Denim collection was popular in the early 2000s. Kate’s Neo Speedy in blue denim jacquard canvas showed her affinity for designer wares and functional daytime bags before her marriage to Prince William.

After…

Kate’s handbag collection before marriage reflected diverse styles – from boho-chic Hobos to classic satchels. She favoured practical leather day bags for casual wear and elegant clutches by Anya Hindmarch and Jimmy Choo for evenings out.

However, after joining the royal family, Kate adopted a more refined, consistent style – likely adhering to palace protocols. Her handbag collection shifted focus to a core rotation of classic British brands like Mulberry, Launer, and Aspinal of London. Overall, her tastes grew increasingly traditional and refined.

On April 29, 2011, the world watched as Kate Middleton married her prince in a lavish royal wedding at Westminster Abbey. As she stepped out of her carriage to waves of adoring fans, the new Duchess of Cambridge was carrying a small, satin clutch. Little did the world know, this otherwise unassuming accessory marked a new era for Kate – the “after” era.

Gone were the days of casual crossbody bags and relaxed totes. Kate’s handbag game was about to get a serious upgrade. Her new role as a senior royal demanded an ever-expanding collection of ornate, elegant, and jaw-droppingly expensive arm candy.

Over the years since the royal wedding was watched around the world, Kate’s handbag stash has blossomed like a well-tended English garden. Rare exotic skins, custom embellishments, the finest Italian leather – nothing is off limits for the glamorous new Princess of Wales. While her outfits attract immense attention, avid fashionistas know that Kate’s handbags are the real showstoppers.

So, as we explore some of Kate’s most stunning designer bags since her marriage, get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor. Dazzling jewels, exquisite craftsmanship, and price tags in the five digits lie ahead. We always knew Kate had an elegant taste, but who could have predicted the awe-inspiring handbag collection she would amass as royalty? The “after” era of Kate’s handbag style is genuinely fit for a princess.

Kate still loves Prada.

When Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, all eyes were on the royal guests’ fashion choices. The Duchess of Cambridge did not disappoint in an eye-catching pink Alexander McQueen dress and dramatic Philip Treacy hat.

Kate At Eugenie’s Wedding
Kate at Eugenie’s wedding.

But the most exciting accessory was her freshly debuted blush pink satin Prada “Rosa” clutch. This rare post-wedding appearance of a Prada accessory demonstrates Kate has not abandoned her preference for the iconic Italian brand since becoming royalty.

Though she mainly relies on British labels now, a glamorous Prada minaudiere still holds appeal when coordinating with formal royal occasion outfits. It was the perfect finishing touch to complement her ensemble at Princess Eugenie’s big day.

The Satin Prada ‘Rosa’ Clutch
The Satin Prada ‘Rosa’ clutch.

Mulberry

Since joining the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge has displayed a penchant for Mulberry handbags, frequently carrying their vintage-inspired satchels and crossbodies to engagements.

One enduring favourite is her pristine white grain leather Small Amberley Bag, featuring Mulberry’s signature Rider’s Lock based on equestrian hardware.

The Satin Prada ‘Rosa’ Clutch
This white Mulberry is genuinely versatile.

First debuting this graceful top-handle flap bag in July 2021, Kate has styled it with over ten looks spanning day and evening events. Most recently, she expertly paired it with a Balmain mint blazer and pleated midi skirt at 2023’s Wimbledon Championships.

The creamy white Mulberry complements both casual ensembles and dressier occasion wear. Its timeless quality and subtle equine details nod to Kate’s love for horses and the countryside. The Small Amberley remains a staple in her royal wardrobe.

Chanel

The Duchess of Cambridge’s love for French fashion powerhouse Chanel has endured even after joining the ranks of royalty.

While attending the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, Kate was spotted carrying Chanel’s iconic quilted black lambskin Mini Flap bag – a graceful shoulder bag with the brand’s signature matelassé stitching, interlocking CC turn-lock closure, and a delicate chain-link strap.

Kate Middleton At The 2023 Rugby World Cup
Kate Middleton at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Likely a nod to the host nation’s fashion legacy, the £3,960 Chanel accessory complemented Kate’s outfit flawlessly.

She also owns Chanel’s Burgundy Boy Flap bag featuring an enamelled top handle, which made appearances in Paris and Boston to elevate her pantsuits. Indeed, Kate has a penchant for using statement Chanel bags to pull her looks together and pay homage to the locales she visits.

Her affinity for the French luxury label remains steadfast – she continues curating a selection of classic flap bags and crossbody minaudières to punctuate casual and formal evening wear with a timelessly glamorous air. You can check a similar bag from SehaBags – pre-owned Chanel Classic Black Handbag.

The Chanel Burgandy Boy Flap Bag – One Of Kate’s Favorites.
The Chanel Burgandy Boy Flap Bag – one of Kate’s favorites.

Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair

When it comes to handbags, Kate has to find that perfect balance between practical royal duty and fashionable self-expression.

One fabulous versatile fave is her Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair bag. She first rocked this sleek black croc number in 2020, and it’s got British flair written all over it. The regal gold touches and luxe leather scream timeless class, while the handy shoulder strap means hands-free fun.

Signature Aspinal details like the intricate clasp and grosgrain-lined interior nod to old-world artisanship and the brand’s London roots. Indeed, Kate clearly favours their dedication to fine English craftsmanship.

Both classic and contemporary, the Midi Mayfair has become a staple for everything from engagements to date nights with a change of strap or outfit. Its versatility and stately aesthetic cement its place as a reliable go-to, befitting the future Queen Consort’s elegant sense of British style.

The Versatility Of Kate’s Midi Mayfair Bags
The versatility of Kate’s Midi Mayfair Bags.

Demellier London- the Nano Montreal.

In contrast to more traditional royal staples, the Duchess modernizes her looks with of-the-moment accessories like Demellier London’s nano-sized Nano Montreal shoulder bag.

First seen on Kate in 2021, this smooth, deep toffee leather mini bag taps into contemporary trends with its petite, envelope-shaped silhouette. However, she gives it her signature touch by styling it as a top handle, evoking a vintage feel. Timeless accents like the removable shoulder strap and subtle gold Demellier plaque keep it structured yet versatile.

Though dainty in size, the smartly organized interior fits daily essentials with no frills. The rich, neutral hue transcends seasons effortlessly. Blending modern and classic influences, this little bag demonstrates Kate’s eye for how to work contemporary catwalk pieces into her polished royal rotation. Demellier’s focus on sustainably crafted leather goods further aligns with her values.

The Nano Montreal mini bag checks all the boxes for an au courant finishing touch that still flatters her timeless femininity.

Dainty But Practical – The Nano Montreal
Dainty but practical – the Nano Montreal.

Dress like Kate – what to keep in mind.

Kate’s designer bags are often the core elements of her outfits. By studying some of her favourites, anyone can emulate her royal style.

Kate often carries smaller structured bags like the DeMellier London Mini Venice for daytime engagements. These mini baguette bags feature clean lines and gold hardware. They perfectly complement Kate’s tailored day dresses when she needs to keep her hands free to greet fans.

You might not need to greet fans, but a hands-free option in handbags is always a good idea. Celine Classique Triomphe Bag, found on SehaBags, also gives you these versatile carrying options.

For a sharper, more sophisticated look, Kate carries striking top-handle bags from Mulberry, one of her enduring favourite designers. The brand’s Amberley Satchel or medium Lily Bag carry her essentials without weighing her down on busy visits. With diamond quilting and their signature postman’s lock, these English-made bags display impeccable attention to detail.

No royal wardrobe is complete without a ladylike clutch or two, which Kate uses to lend soft colour and delicate texture to her ensembles. Her pastel pink Marcie clutch from Chloe has become an iconic accessory, making numerous appearances over the years. She also loves Jimmy Choo’s black Romy clutch for a sparkling finish. We say Louis Vuitton is always a good choice in clutches! Find a sustainable, pre-loved version here.

Evening events call for maximum glamour, and Kate turns to bags from luxury powerhouses like Alexander McQueen and Anya Hindmarch. Whether sparkling minaudieres or bejewelled satin pouches, these miniature bags make dramatic style statements among Kate’s flowing gowns and glittering tiaras.

While most of us can’t afford the four-figure price tags of Kate’s designer bags, there are ways to emulate her look. Focus on finding investment pieces with classic shapes and quality construction that will withstand years of use. Well-made leather or suede bags in muted tones will pair nicely with everything and develop a beautiful patina.

Most importantly, study how Kate thoughtfully selects bags to complement her outfits. Then, seek similar silhouettes that enhance your style rather than compete with it.

With the right bag as her companion, anyone can feel like royalty. At SehaBags, we’ve got something for everyone. Why not look at our collection?

Conclusion

While Kate’s royal wardrobe may now include more tiaras than totes, her handbags still reveal much about her evolution from commoner to future queen. The logos have grown discreet, the leathers more luxurious, but practicality and polish remain hallmarks of Kate’s style.

Her bags, once the domain of high street favourites, now rely on the craftsmanship of British ateliers and Italian leatherworks. Yet amidst the growing grandeur, flashes of the old Kate still sneak through – a shared grin with William at a favoured clutch’s encore, her steadying palm against a cherished tote headed for another outing.

Though her bags now bow before kings and presidents, they still faithfully serve the brave bride who once carried her future in those nervous yet hopeful hands. For while Kate’s loads have lightened, her most important cargo will always be the quiet confidence earned on that long walk down the aisle to her prince.

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