Kate Middleton’s Favourite Designer Bags
Kate Middleton’s favourite bags might just surprise you. Unlike the late Queen Elizabeth, the Princess Of Wales switches up the style of her bag quite a bit from clutches, tote bags, and top handle bags. Kate also has an array of designer names in her collection from renowned luxury fashion houses such as Alexander Mcqueen to London-based designers such as Aspinal Of London.
Although you may never see Kate Middleton wearing a Fuschia gemstone bag with bells, the Princess does share her flavourful personality through her bags by engaging with modern trends and well-known brands.
Price: $795 / £595
Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to visit the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Program, at the University of Copenhagen, on February 22, 2022.
The Duchess has been seen sporting her London Midi Mayfair in black croc leather from Aspinal numerous times. The top handle bag from Aspinal of London is timeless and is perfect for a day or night look. The bag comes with a leather strap that you can clip to the top to turn the bag into a crossbody. Aspinal’s logo sits proudly at the front of the bag on the signature shield lock in gold.
Inside you will find a luxurious grosgrain lining in red with a central zipped compartment and an open pocket to either side. The colours of the bag work beautifully together; the black leather, red interior and gold details. Overall, the look of the bag sits somewhere between vintage-inspired and contemporary chic.
Price: $395 / £295
Catherine, Princess of Wales visits ‘The Street’ community hub during an official visit to Scarborough on November 3, 2022 in Scarborough, England.
The Nano Montreal from Demellier London is owned by Kate Middleton in the colour deep toffee smooth, a colour that transcends seasons. The bag is one of the Duchess’s more modern on-trend pieces from her collection. Small bags have become increasingly popular in the last few years and this design is timeless. The bag itself can be worn crossbody or over the shoulder with its detachable matching leather strap or carried simply by its handle – like Kate Middleton wears it.
Whilst small, the bag can actually fit the essentials like a regular-sized phone, keys, cards, etc. The envelope flap is adorned with Demellier London signature golden detailed embellishment. The interior is made from cotton fabric and inside the bag is one compartment with a small zip pocket for those small keys of yours.
Price: $2095 / £1200
Duchess of Cambridge meets junior players ahead of the Women’s Final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championship.
The Sicily Shoulder Bag from Dolce and Gabbana is a welcomed maverick amongst Kate’s bag collection. Shying away from her using style of structured silhouettes and dark colour palettes. The Duchess owns the Sicily bag in a muted pink pictured above. The Sicily comes with a detachable strap meaning it can be worn crossbody or over the shoulder as well as held by its top handle. The bag has a very traditional and simple flap and clasp which is adorned with a Dolce and Gabbana logo plaque. Understated and highly practical, the bag can fit all your essentials and more. It’s perfect for everyday use and is easily transported with multiple ways to be worn.
Price: £1708 / $1950
Duchess of Cambridge visit Newham ambulance station in East London on March 18, 2021.
Seen in the colour Marrakech the Mini Roma Suede Crossbody Bag from Métier London is another example of how Kate Middleton doesn’t always play it safe. The bag has an accordion silhouette and is made of supple Italian suede. The bag does come with a detachable strap but Kate opted to use the bag without. The most surprising element of the bag is the thick gold chain strap that falls to the front of the bag. In terms of traditional designs for a member of the royal family, the Mini Roma pushes boundaries. The bag feels very youthful and would look great with both casual and smart looks.
Price: $395 / £275
Duchess of Cambridge attends the Beating of the Retreat at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on May 27, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Just like Meghan Markle the Duchess of Cambridge is evidently also a fan of the Strathberry brand. Kate has been seen wearing the Multrees Chain Wallet in embossed croc navy. The deep blue and gold contrast beautifully and the Strathberry signature bar once again becomes the focus of the bag. Included with the bag is an elegant gold chain detachable strap however the bag also can be used as a clutch.
The two different ways to wear the bag make it a perfect day-to-night transitional piece to have in your collection. The Multrees Chain Wallet is highly functional for your essentials, inside the bag you will find eight card slots and a zipped pocket with a leather pull to keep your belongings safe.
Price: $1035 / £850
Princess of Wales visit Boston City Hall to start the countdown to The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on November 30, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kate Middleton owns Mulberry‘s Small Amberley Satchel in the colour green. The colour is believed to be a favourite of the Duchess as she is seen in deep green outfits and accessories often. The colour is a rich and luxurious green, complimented by gold detailing and Mulberry’s embossed logo.
The bag is actually one of the few strap bags worn by Kate. Inspired by British countryside pursuits and equestrian styling it’s fitting that Kate, who was both raised in the countryside and a horse rider, would be drawn to it. The shape of the bag feels soft and casual compared to more structured silhouettes found in the Duchess’s bag collection. Mulberry’s iconic Postman’s Lock on the front modernises the bag. Whether you’re based in the countryside or the city, the Small Amberley Satchel is a perfect go-to for every day.
Price: $775 / £675
Duchess of Cambridge arrives to officially open the new Anna Freud Centre Of Excellence on May 1, 2019 in London, England.
Another stunning design from Mulberry is the Amberly Clutch, worn by Kate in the colour dark blush. The clutch does come with a gold chain strap so that it can be worn crossbody or over the shoulder. The Amberly Clutch is the ultimate date night bag it’s both elegant and chic. And the simplicity of the design means it will remain a timeless style. On the front is the iconic Postman’s Lock in gold, and above is the Mulberry logo embossed in gold. The bag’s small size has been optimised with one main compartment, a zipped pocket and credit card slots. Created with soft grain leather externally and a Suede and Nappa lining the bag both looks and feels luxurious.
Kate Middleton Alexander McQueen
Although Alexander McQueen is known for its edgy designs you might be surprised to know that Kate Middleton actually has a long-standing relationship with the brand. The Princess of Wales chose Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s current creative director to design her wedding dress. Since that special collaboration back in 2011 we have seen the princess wear custom McQueen fashion designs and a handful of Alexander McQueen bags.
As a worldwide global phenomenon, it’s unsurprising that the bags worn by the Princess have since sold out however you can, fortunately, find the designs on pre-loved websites such as eBay and Vestiaire Collective.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom.
The Wicca Satchel is one of Alexander McQueens more subtle designs. Following a simple structure and overall design, we can see why the Duchess owns the bag in both the colour black and white. The satchel is able to be worn crossbody with its detachable strap or carried by its top handle. The suede-lined interior is made up of one open compartment, a small zip pocket and a singular leather card slot.
The bag fits all your essentials and a little more. The Wicca Satchel is completely sold out on the Alexander McQueen website and other third-party sellers. However, you will still find the bag sold on preloved sites but even now the bag is still hard to come by thanks to the popularity it gained when it was released in 2018.
Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Royal Film Performance of “Top Gun: Maverick” at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England.
Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid, attends the SportsBall, the charity’s annual gala dinner at Victoria Embankment Gardens on November 28, 2013 in London, England.
The clutch from Alexander McQueen has been worn by Kate Middleton on multiple occasions. The clutches are customised for the Duchess as you can imagine it may not be deemed appropriate for a member of the royal family to wear a clutch adorned with a skull or beetle. Often the clasps are replaced with jewels or a simple closure, however, the rest of the clutch’s design is kept true to the original.
The Beetle Box Clutch is an important bag in Kate’s collection as it has been worn and recycled over the course of 10 years. The Duchess was seen wearing the Alexander McQueen Bow Clutch in 2013 and a black suede version of the clutch in 2022!
The rounded shape of the clutch is very practical and flattering to hold, it also means you can fit your essentials inside. The clutch is an occasion bag and would make the perfect wedding guest bag.
Known around the world and adored by many, the Duchess has an incredible influence on many, so it’s unsurprising that the bags she is seen with quickly sell out. This is where buying pre-loved can be really helpful. When it comes to shopping for pre-owned bags, we always recommend only shopping at resellers where you can benefit from their authentication services, such as:
We strongly recommend that when you purchase any pre-loved designer piece, you should always get it authenticated by a reputable authentication service for peace of mind and protection. You can find authentication services here.
For more royal inspiration, discover the favourite bags of the late Queen Elizabeth in this blog here.