Kate Middleton voted world’s most fashionable royal as she’s dubbed ‘style icon’

The Duchess of Cambridge has been voted the most stylish royal in the world.

Kate Middleton is the only royal in the list of biggest style icons in a survey of 14,000 adults from countries across Europe.

But she was beaten to the top spot by Victoria Beckham.

The singer-turned-designer was selected by 28 per cent of respondents – pushing Kate in a narrow second place at 24 per cent.

Others to make the top 10 included pop star Ellie Goulding, the iconic Jane Birkin and American style queen Olivia Palermo.

Meanwhile, Italians have been named the most stylish dressers in Europe, with Britain falling behind France and Spain to place fourth.

The Mediterranean country, home to many world-famous designers and fashion houses including Prada, Versace and more, took the top spot in the international poll of 14,000 adults from across Europe.

France, home to luxury labels including Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Balmain, came in a close second.

Spain took third place with the UK and Sweden placing fourth and fifth respectively.

The research was commissioned by fashion and luxury goods trends site FARFETCH.

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Its interactive tool shows sales of the classic Aviator watch soared by 400 per cent in the UK this year – more than any other country worldwide.

Britons also bought more pre-owned clothing than they did last year, as did many other countries across Europe.

It also emerged 51 per cent of all adults polled, via OnePoll, will take fashion inspiration from other countries, with Italy, France and the UK most likely to inspire people.

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A further 56 per cent enjoy learning about fashio

n and style, with 52 per cent keen to broaden their horizons and learn more about international couture and design.

A spokesperson for FARFETCH said: “Fashion has always been a great way to truly express and explore your individuality, and now with so many different styles to choose from, it’s never been easier for people to really put their own spin on things.”

Europeans’ top 10 style icons:

  1. Victoria Beckham

  2. Kate Middleton

  3. Chiara Ferragni

  4. Olivia Palermo

  5. Ellie Goulding

  6. Alexa Chung

  7. Jane Birkin

  8. Anna Cleveland

  9. Lizzy Hadfield

  10. Bonnie Strange

The most stylish European countries:

  1. Italy

  2. France

  3. Spain

  4. UK

  5. Sweden

  6. Denmark

  7. Portugal

  8. Germany

  9. Norway

  10. Finland

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