Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, is a very busy lady. On top of her duties as the Duchess of Cambridge, she is also a mother to Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

But that hasn’t stopped the duchess from establishing herself as a fashion icon in England.

From Alexander McQueen to Armani, the famed royal is known for donning some of the industry’s most prominent designers.

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The 35-year-old has even inspired entire blogs dedicated to tracking down her fashionable finds.

So when Kate stepped out in a custom-made Marchesa gown to a state banquet for the King and Queen of Spain on Wednesday, she ignited a social media firestorm.


The duchess topped off her pink lace gown with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which used to be a favorite of the late Princess Diana of Wales. She also wore the diamond and pearl tiara on her wedding day.

Kate accented the gown’s neckline with an attention-grabbing ruby necklace that was loaned from Queen Elizabeth herself.

But it wasn’t her royal jewels that got people talking on social media. Many people couldn’t help but point out Kate’s plunging neckline, which some considered risqué for a state dinner:

However, the duchess mainly received praise for the daring choice.

Even though Kate usually opts for a more conservative neckline, many Twitter users gushed over her ver “princess-like” appearance:

But Kate’s jaw-dropping dress didn’t grab all of the attention. According to the Daily Mail, Queen Letizia of Spain also turned heads in her sparkling red ballgown.

Much like Kate, the 44-year-old queen is well-known for her fashion.


All of the U.K.’s most popular royals attended the state banquet, which was held at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth even made a lengthy speech about the diplomatic relations between Spain and the U.K.

In all likelihood, few probably noticed Kate’s “low-cut” ensemble. The royal family has yet to respond to any criticism about the controversial neckline.

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