Royal Roundup: Vanity Fair Crowns Kate ‘Best Dressed’ Once Again

Kate in one of two Erdem lace dresses in Canada last month

When it comes to fashion, The Duchess of Cambridge can seemingly do no wrong. The royal fashionista has wowed us in Issa, Reiss and Jenny Packham on several occasions, as well as Catherine Walker, Erdem and Alice Temperley. Her breathtaking Sarah Burton-designed wedding gown for Alexander McQueen still has us in awe. So is it any wonder that Vanity Fair has named the fabulous Kate to their 72nd annual International Best-Dressed list?

“She’s captivated the world with her signature mix of high and low fashion,” says the magazine, who first featured Kate in 2008. Other sharp-dressed Brits to make the cut include Tilda Swinton, Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, and Formula 1 racer Jenson Button.

In other royal-related news:

• Speaking of Issa, the London fashion company became a household name last November when Kate donned their navy blue wrap dress during her and William’s engagement announcement. According to The Daily Beast, Camilla Al-Fayed, the half-sister of Princess Diana‘s late boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, now owns 51 percent of the brand. Founder Daniella Issa Helayel, who will remain Issa’s creative director, holds on to 49 percent.

TLC has dropped a little taster of their “Crazy About Pippa” TV special, which airs next Tuesday (August 9) at 9 pm ET. Will you be watching?

• Shortly after her and Prince William‘s April nuptials, we saw a domestic Kate at her local grocery store in Anglesey, North Wales, picking up a few items. And earlier this week, fresh from her and Wills’ trip to Edinburgh for cousin Zara Phillips‘ wedding, People reports that the Duchess made a stop at her closest Tesco store to restock her pantry.

The Daily Telegraph says that Kate has undergone a rigorous training program with the Special Army Services (SAS) so that she may be fully prepared for any potential kidnapping situations. Prince William, Prince Charles, The Queen, and Diana all participated in a similar training sessions, which includes tasks like “becoming more aware of anything ‘unusual’ in routine surroundings, how to react when attacked and how to build a relationship with any hostage-takers.”