Kate Middleton wore the ultimate power outfit to return to royal duty

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The Duchess of Cambridge has officially returned to royal duty after taking a couple months to spend the summer holidays with her husband Prince William, and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

She paid a visit to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to meet and chat the personnel who have been helping Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Her power outfit definitely signalled she was back in business, as she donned navy tailored trousers, a cream blazer and the cutest clutch bag ever.

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The Larsson jacket in neutral offers tailored simplicity with a soft finish. The double-breasted silhouette features wide peak lapels and button fastenings with front pockets for added functionality. Layover colourful casual tops for a high-impact look, or pair with shirts for a formal aesthetic.


Mini Holly, £295 at Tusting
A runaway success since its launch in 2020, and now benefitting from a new and more refined handle, the Mini Holly is a pretty and curvaceous 1950s-inspired bag. She comes in a selection of delicious colours and is a petite top-handled leather handbag with clean, curving lines and a fold-over flap secured by an elegant turn-lock fitting.

The blazer is by one of her signature high street brands, Reiss, and is still available to buy, though it has sold out in a lot of sizes (you can probably still find it in store though).

Her handbag meanwhile seems to be a new addition to her wardrobe, and is buy family-run British label Tusting. It was first launched in 2020 and is inspired by 1950s fashion.

Kate kept her jewellery to a minimum, letting her outfit do the talking. She simply accessorised with round earrings, and her engagement and wedding rings.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.