The Very Best Royal Style Moments of 2014

Royal families have been around for a long time, but it felt like this year was more stylish than most. I kicked off 2014 knowing that Kate Middleton could be counted on to provide chic outfits, but I’m happy to report that I’m ending the year with a lot of new friends (like Queen Letizia and Princess Ameerah).

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It was a big year for Letizia, who started off as a princess and is ending as an official queen. For the coronation ceremony, she picked this embellished white coat dress that wasn’t over-the-top but still had the sort of glamour you need to appear queenly.

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With her tour of Australia and New Zealand, Kate might’ve had her biggest fashion tour to date. It was chock-full of fantastic dresses, but the moment that really stuck out for me was when we saw how she could do beach-casual, picking this pretty white eyelet Zimmermann dress and wedges.

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This was also the year I realized I have a major style crush on Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (and I’m not alone: she was named to Vanity Fair‘s best-dressed list). She grabbed my attention during a majorly stylish week traveling, but it was this smoky jade dress that I loved most. If a similar silhouette ever passes my radar, I’m buying it. Immediately.

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We were all fascinated by the throwback feeling of this photo that showed Japanese princesses Yoko, Takamado, Tsuguko, and Noriko waiting near a plane with proper hats and white gloves in hand.

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The most recent photos of Prince George are only the latest to prove that he’s pretty darn adorable. And while he’s got a fab wardrobe, the best thing I saw him in all year was his adorable George sweater (that, no surprise, caused a run on personalized baby sweaters).

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If classic royal glamour is your thing, this one’s for you: Swedish royals Princesses Madeleine and Victoria attended a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in gorgeous gowns complete with sashes and badges. Both were divine, but I loved the striking simplicity of Victoria’s red pick.

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It was the littlest thing from this snap of Queens Letizia and Mathilde that left a big impression on me. Similar to Japan’s princesses, the ladies are both pulling a Grace Kelly move, wearing one glove and carrying the other beside their clutch. So ladylike.

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