One of the Princess of Wales’ most stylish events of the year, Wimbledon season, is almost here.
Princess Catherine, a fashion icon known for her fit-and-flare dresses, vibrant courtside ensembles, and exquisitely tailored summer suits, frequently attends matches at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa.
Among a fleet of Wimbledon whites, Princess Catherine’s daring fashion choices have long reigned supreme, and one recently discovered collection of images demonstrates that the wife of Prince William has always been a fashionable It-girl.
Consider the year 2006, which was five years before the Prince and Princess of Wales got married. At the pre-Wimbledon party for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour hosted by Sir Richard Branson at The Roof Gardens, a 24-year-old Catherine Middleton was seen dancing.
For the glamorous event, Princess Catherine wore a flippy floral miniskirt, topping off her breezy look with a plunging linen jacket fastened with black buttons.
While twirling on the dance floor with one of Prince William’s closest friends, the royal rocked pointed-toe kitten heels and her chocolate brown hair was styled in bouncy curls.
Guy Pelly, a businessman and former nightclub owner who later served as Prince Louis’ godfather, was Catherine’s dance partner.
Who is Guy Pelly?
In the inner circle of Prince William and Princess Catherine, Guy is one of the closest friends. Prince William and Prince Harry were childhood friends of Guy, who not only assisted in planning William’s bachelor party but also invited William and Harry to serve as ushers at his own wedding to Elizabeth Wilson in 2014.
Guy and the Prince of Wales have been close friends since they first encountered one another in 2001 while on a fox hunt. Since then, they have shared in each other’s major life events.
Known as a “party animal” in the past, Guy was frequently photographed having a good time with the Princes at the London hotspots he opened and ran, Mahiki, Whisky Mist, and Tonteria.
The London aristocrat has always been fiercely devoted to the Princes and hardly ever speaks about them in public. Her mother, Lady Carolyn Herbert, was close friends with the late Princess Diana.