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Royal Fashion Face-Off: Kate Middleton and Princess Letizia of Spain

Royal Fashion Face-Off: Kate Middleton and Princess Letizia of Spain

June 4th, 2014
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    Between Princess Letizia of Spain, soon to be Queen, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who dresses better? Let the royal fashion face-off begin. 

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    Princess Letizia: The Princess isn't a huge fan of hats, but she did wear this statment topper to the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands last year.

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    Kate Middleton: Meanwhile the Duchess of Cambridge loves her hats, and wears incredible options from pillbox to saucer hats, everywhere from official state functions to weddings. She even has a go-to milliner, Jane Taylor, who has been designing her hats for over three years. 

    The Winner: No contest. Kate wins this round. 

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    Princess Letizia: Something about Princess Letizia's style feels incredibly modern, yet at the same time totally appropriate for her title. This gorgeous blazer paired with jeans and trendy sandals, feels just right. 

    Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
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    Kate Middleton: Kate knows that her every fashion move is followed, and she rarely lets her fashion guard down. The most casual we get to see Kate is in slacks and a school boy blazer—cute, albeit predictable. 

    The Winner: Princess Letizia has off-duty princess style mastered. 

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    Princess Letizia: It is hard not to mutter to yourself, "What a knockout!" when looking at Princess Letizia in this dress. 

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    Kate Middleton: Stately and gorgeous are words that come to mind staring at Kate in this Temperley London gown she wore to a movie premiere this year. 

    The Winner: It's a tough call, both ladies look great, but Kate gets our vote on this one. That gown is just tough to beat. 

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    Princess Letizia: This perfectly fitted pink suit worn by Princess Letizia on a recent trip to the U.S. makes us want to throw out our entire wardrobe and start fresh, it is that on point.

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    Kate Middleton: Red is a great color on the Duchesss, but part of us wishes she would loosen up her style now, and then. She wore this to attend a kickoff to the Cricket World Cup, after all. 

    The Winner: Princess Letizia wins this round, hands down. 

    Photo: Joseph Johnson/Getty Images for ICC Cricket World Cup
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    Princess Letizia: The embellishments, the perfect blush color, this is one gorgeous gown. 

    Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
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    Kate Middleton: This Roland Mouret gown that the Duchess wore to a movie premiere set a new standard for eveningwear. Simply flawless. 

    The Winner: Take another look at this Roland Mouret gown. It really doesn't get any better. Kate wins this one, no contest.

    Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images
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    Princess Letizia: What is it about royals and matching their shoes to their to their handbag? Princess Letizia manages to pull it off, time and time again.

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    Kate Middleton: We get it Kate, you like everything to match. This just feels a little too Leprechaun for our taste.

    The Winner: Princess Letizia knows how to making matching look flawless, not over-the-top. It's a fine line.

    Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images
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    Princess Letizia: For official functions during the day, Princess Letizia gravitates towards pencil skirts, stilettos, and a tucked in blouse. 

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    Kate Middleton: So many sheath dresses, so little time—seriously, we would love to ask Kate just how many sheath dresses she owns. Our guess? Quite a few, and each cuter than the last. 

    The Winner: Seriously, can we change closets with you Kate? We are obsessed with all of your day dresses. And we mean obsessed. Kate gets this one.

    Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
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    Princess Letizia: Princess Letizia has quickly become a style icon in Spain for pushing boundaries, wearing everything from animal prints to leather jackets. 

    Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
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    Kate Middleton: The impact of Kate's personal style on fashion is impossible to ignore, so powerful it's been nicknamed the "Kate Effect" because the clothes she wears oftentimes sell out globally. The Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress she wore on a recent trip to Australia (pictured above) sold out within minutes after photos of the Duchess wearing it were released. 

    The Winner: It is hard to knock Kate off her throne here. She gets this one. 


    Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
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    Princess Letizia: Seriously, if we had royal jewels at our disposal, we would wear them everywhere, and we totally appreciate that Princess Letizia sported this diamond tiara to a dinner last year.

    Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images
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    Kate Middleton: We appreciate that Kate Middleton wants to be the everywoman's royal, but we really wish she would whip out the jewels more often. This statement diamond necklace she wore to attend The Portrait Gala this year was one of the few times she seems to have borrowed from the Queen's extensive jewelry collection. 

    The Winner: Princess Letizia, if we had a diamond tiara, we would wear it to dinner too!

    And the overall winner is....

    Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
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    Overall Winner: Kate Middleton! The Duchess is holding onto her throne as the royal fashionista, but just by a hair against Princess Letezia. Something tells us when Princess Letezia becomes Queen Letezia of Spain, happening imminently, this contest will only heat up!

    Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

For quite some time, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has held on to the title of the best-dressed royal. Whether she’s cavorting about in Alexander McQueen gowns and the Queen’s jewels, Zara shift dresses, or her favorite Stuart Weitzman espadrilles, she rarely makes a misstep.

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And she has been unchallenged in her position as the royal fashionista, until now. New competition for that crown, possibly more important than an actual crown, comes in the form of the Princess Letizia of Spain, who is about to become Queen. Slim and brunette (remind you of anyone?) Letizia loves tailored pencil skirts, lace cocktail dresses, and a dramatic gown now and again.

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While Middleton’s style borders on conservative, Letizia’s has a cool-girl edge thanks to her love of animal prints and leather jackets. Both royals favor a mix of designer fashions, and fast fashion items, and are known for repeating outfits. Hey, royals are just like us!

When it comes down to it, which royal really is better dressed? We’ve pitted the two against each other in a fashion face-off to find out.

Click through the gallery and let us know if you agree with our verdict in the comments below!

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