How to dress like a Princess?

How about A Stylish Stocking Filler?


Royal author Claudia Joseph will be bringing news from Kensington Palace in a regular blog starting in the New Year. She has just published her third book, How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secrets of Kate’s Wardrobe. A former pupil at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, she trained as a fashion journalist at the London College of Fashion before becoming a news reporter. She has worked at Tatler, The Times and the Mail on Sunday, is a TV commentator and the author of the first book on the Duchess of Cambridge: The Making of a Princess. She has also written William and Kate’s Britain.


“If you ask anyone in London, who is the most famous Kensington Mum, their answer would surely be the Duchess of Cambridge. Not only is she one of the most stylish women in Britain but she is soon to be a mother-of-three.


Coincidentally Kate and William celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary this year – the same year as the Kensington Mums blog. Perhaps founder Dina Maktabi had a crystal ball?


They now have two children – George, four, and Charlotte, two – who have charmed the British public with their quaint behaviour and traditional manners. Baby number three is on the way.


But despite having severe morning sickness, Kate has looked a picture of elegance since news of her pregnancy emerged in September. In a surprise twist, Kensington Palace announced the news during the week that my third book was published. Thank you Kate!


Personally, I think that How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secrets of Kate’s Wardrobe is a great stocking filler both for all you Kensington Mums and your little darlings who are interested in the Royals. (I would say that, wouldn’t I?)


Not only is it packed with tips on how to Kate’s fashion and beauty regime, but it is filled with photographs and beautiful drawings by Hong Kong fashion illustrator Tanya Bennett aka Pirate.


I think my favourite piece in Kate’s wardrobe is the silver Jenny Packham dress on the left-hand side of the cover of my book. She wore it on her first appearance after giving birth to Prince George at the 2013 Tusk Conservation Awards. Doesn’t she look amazing?


You have no idea how much thought goes into her appearance. Although she has a very small team, she has managed to appeal to fashionistas by mixing High Street and luxurious designs, champion new labels AND remain diplomatic at all times, making a passing nod to the country she is visiting by wearing local designers.  She also has a £600,000 jewellery collection, in which she dazzles.


But she asks her designers to sign a confidentiality agreement, which is more draconian than that of The Queen. While many of Her Majesty’s designers – including those with a Royal Warrant – were gracious enough to talk to me, some of Kate’s favourites were terrified of upsetting her. So, you will have to buy my book, if you want to find out more!”


How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secrets of Kate’s Wardrobe is available at and all leading book sellers.