PUBLISHED: 09:51, Sat, Oct 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:55, Sat, Oct 17, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have stepped up their appearances in recent months in light of the ongoing lockdown and the Sussexes’ departure from the royal frontline. Focusing on her favourite hobby of photography, Kate launched the ‘Hold Still’ community project earlier this year, where she helped experts choose the top 100 portraits which represented the UK during the peak of the pandemic. As an amateur photographer herself and patron of the National Portrait Gallery, it was no surprise to royal watchers when she then revealed that she would be announcing the winning recipient of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition this week.
In a short clip released on the Cambridges’ Instagram, @kensingtonroyal, Kate wore a sleek, all-black suit to drum up some excitement for the awards.
Her outfit consisted of a structured blazer and black trousers designed by Alexander McQueen, which she partnered with pearl earrings.
This ensemble was a stark contrast to her usually colourful attire, and the Duchess has rarely been seen dressed completely in black — unlike her sister-in-law.
Back in 2018, Cosmopolitan pointed out: “While Kate, as per the Queen’s own favoured styles, likes to colour-block her looks in an array of hues from yellow to pink, blue to red, Meghan has a much more subdued wardrobe.”
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (Image: Instagram @kensingtonroyal/Getty)
Kate and Meghan's different styles are clear in this photograph from Christmas 2018 (Image: PA)
Black is rarely worn by members of the Royal Family because it is considered to be too sombre for a day-time event and a colour associated with mourning.
The royals can all be seen wearing black for occasions such as the annual Remembrance Day service, and very occasionally they don the dark colour for evening events.
All members of the Royal Family take one black outfit when on tour as well, just in case tragedy strikes while they are away from home.
The Queen makes sure she always wears an eye-popping colour so that she stands out from the crowd.
However, Meghan has never been afraid to wear black.
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