There was so much to unpack in this outfit which came hot on heels of Kate’s visit to Dublin’s Guinness Factory for which she debuted an emerald dress by The Vampire’s Wife which, when I saw it, I felt sure would be the best thing she wore this year. 

Then the next night she stepped out in this vintage Oscar de la Renta frock, the first time she’s worn proper vintage (I’m not counting seven-year-old Zara jackets). It was a seriously brave dress – look at that neckline! – for someone who usually prefers to stay safe and conservative, it was playful and it seemed to nod to one of Princess Diana’s most famous pink polka dot dresses, an outfit which was back in the zeitgeist after photos from filming of The Crown showed Emma Corrin in a re-creation of the look. I only hope she wears it again one day so we can see it in all its glory, rather than just from a couple of awkward angles. – BH

Princess Charlotte wearing Zara

Royal wardrobes must deliver at the worst of times, as well as the best of times. This was exemplified by the outfit worn by the Queen in April when she gave a rare address to the nation to offer comfort and reassurance as the Covid-19 death toll began to rise rapidly. 

Her green dress was not only chosen for the hope and positivity which the colour symbolises, but also for its similarity to the shade of the scrubs worn by NHS workers. Her turquoise brooch, which was passed down to Her Majesty from her grandmother Queen Mary, signalled healing and wisdom. – BH