Meet the former Vogue editor behind the Duchess of Cambridge's new wardrobe

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly enlisted the help of a new personal stylist [Photo: Getty]

Since returning to royal duties post-maternity leave, the Duchess of Cambridge has noticeably left her sartorial comfort zone in a series of surprisingly bold ensembles.

It all kick-started on December 5, 2018 when the mother-of-three became a desk-side talking point – all thanks to a pair of wide-leg Jigsaw trousers.

The royal surprised fashion followers when she arrived in Cyprus wearing wide-leg Jigsaw trousers [Photo: Getty]

Although a seemingly un-newsworthy garment at first glance, the sartorial move flagged the beginning of a new fashion era for the 37-year-old.

Having rarely been photographed in trousers before, the airport attire sparked rumours that she sought inspiration from sister-in-law Meghan‘s closet.

But in actual fact, there’s a someone behind her shift in headline-worthy style tactics.

Who is the Duchess of Cambridge’s new stylist?

According to multiple reports, the royal has hired former British Vogue editor and personal stylist Virginia Chadwyck-Healey.

Known as ‘Ginnie’, the 36-year-old runs her own consultancy, VCH Style, and regularly contributes to The Telegraph.

She is the daughter of the 3rd Lord Strathalmond and lives with her husband Oliver Chadwyck-Healey and their two daughters, four-year-old Nancy and two-year-old Maggie, in Berkshire.

How does the Duchess of Cambridge know Virginia Chadwyck-Healey?

The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly met Chadwyck-Healey while studying at the University of Edinburgh where they soon became close friends.

In 2011, she bagged an invitation to the royal wedding and wore a colour-block Emilia Wickstead ensemble which wouldn’t look out of place in the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe.

“Ginnie is Catherine’s secret weapon,” a royal source revealed. “She has made a big difference to the Duchess’s wardrobe for public engagements and has helped give her a whole new sense of confidence.”

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Why has the Duchess of Cambridge hired a new personal stylist?

The ‘Kate Effect’ is largely credited to the Duchess of Cambridge’s former PA and personal stylist, Natasha Archer.

Natasha Archer is currently taking a break from royal duties after welcoming her first child [Photo: Getty]

But with news that she has just welcomed her first child with husband Chris Jackson, the royal has hired a major fashion name to fill her place until Archer returns to Kensington Palace.

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How has the Duchess of Cambridge’s style changed?

Aside from her newfound penchant for slick tailored trousers, the Duchess of Cambridge has given some of her most photographed ensembles a trend-led makeover in recent months.

For instance, on March 12, 2019 the royal attended a National Portrait Gallery event in the same Alexander McQueen gown she first wore to the 2017 BAFTAs.

The Duchess of Cambridge famously wore a cold-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress to the 2017 BAFAs [Photo: Getty]

But instead of simply recycling the cold-shoulder garment, the designer dress was reworked to feature dainty cap sleeves.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a reworked version of the dress to an event at the National Portrait Gallery [Photo: Getty]

In a similar strategic move, she dug out the now-famous pair of Jigsaw trousers – first worn in Cyprus in December 2018 – for a trip to the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre last month.

The royal wore a Gucci pussy-bow blouse with wide-leg Jigsaw trousers on a recent engagement [Photo: Getty]

In a further bid to showcase her high fashion know-how, the Duchess finished the ensemble with a £790 Gucci pussy-bow blouse in on-trend lilac.

The royal also recycled an Emilia Wickstead dress she previously wore in Germany in 2017 for the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London last October. [Photo: Getty]

But it comes as no surprise to see Chadwyck-Healey reinterpreting some of the royal’s past engagement ensembles.

The royal carted a miniature Manu Atelier bag on a trip to Blackpool on March 6, 2019 [Photo: Getty]

According to her website, the personal stylist’s mission is to help “sort through and ‘curate’ new ways of wearing pieces you never knew worked well together and ‘create’ space for new pieces”.

The royal wore a pair of block heels with a Catherine Walker coat dress on March 19, 2019 [Photo: Getty]

This also means upgrading the royal’s accessories collection, as the Duchess has been spotted out and about carting the likes of a miniature Manu Atelier handbag and block heels – a far cry from her usual stiletto.