The Most Expensive Outfits Worn By Royal Children

Following the British royal family can be quite fascinating. Whether you're interested in their politics, scandals, or fashion, there's always something going on with this influential family. When it comes to their fashion, royals like Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, and Meghan Markle delight and inspire us with their classic and chic style. So, it should be no surprise that the children of the royal family are equally well-dressed. No matter the occasion, these youngsters always arrive for a photo-op in style.

While you may have noticed the adorable outfits worn by the young royals, have you ever stopped to wonder how much they cost? It seems that expensive taste starts young in this family, and many of the designer pieces worn by royal children have price tags that might shock you. Today, we're going to answer exactly that question as we show you the most expensive outfits worn by royal children. 

Princess Charlotte was dressed to impress at Pippa Middleton's wedding

If ever there's a time to drop some money on an outfit, it's for a wedding. We all want to look our best for such a celebratory occasion. And that's especially the case if you're in the wedding party. Bridesmaids and groomsmen often don't have much of a say in how much they spend on their wedding looks because they're typically picked out by the couple. But, even so, you might be shocked by the price tag on Princess Charlotte's wedding ensemble for Pippa Middleton's wedding.

The bride looked stunning in a custom lace dress by Giles Deacon when she married James Matthews on a beautiful spring day in May 2017. To go with her one-of-a-kind look, Middleton had her adorable wedding attendants dressed to impress as well. Charlotte, who was 2 at the time, wore a custom-designed gown to match the rest of the bridesmaids. The Pepa & Company look included a classic white dress with pink sash, flower crown, cardigan, and shoes. The head designer for the brand, Pepa Gonzalez, told People, "The beautiful colors Pippa had carefully chosen for her wedding were so important to us when designing those pieces. Her style is very elegant and discreet but she never goes unnoticed." The carefully curated look came to nearly $600 in total, with the dress costing $363 on its own.

Prince George's page boy ensemble cost wasn't cheap

Prince George was also in Pippa Middleton's wedding party as a page boy. His traditional wedding look was almost as expensive as his sister's. According to People, the boy's outfit for the special occasion, also designed by Pepa & Company, featured a classic style with light green page boy knickerbockers and a matching cummerbund. The color of the pants perfectly matched the buttons and collar trim of the double-breasted shirt. High socks and laced dress shoes completed the traditional look.

While the exact garments were custom-made for the event, Pepa & Company have similar dress clothes available via their online store. The pageboy pants are £105, which equates to approximately $122, with the cummerbund adding another $44. And the Peter Pan collared shirt is $116. Plus, you can't forget the boy's dress shoes at £74, or $96.50, with the grand total, according to People, coming to $378.50. Now, just imagine multiplying that by the number of page boys in the wedding party (there were quite a few), and you'll get an idea of how much money goes into a royal wedding.

Charlotte's green wool coat made a statement on Christmas day 2019

At this point, Kate Middleton's classic style is world-renowned. So, it's no surprise that she and her husband, Prince William, dress their children to impress. On Christmas day 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with their two older children and the rest of the royal family. The royals' annual walk to the church is well-documented by both spectators and the press, so both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were camera-ready.

Charlotte wore a festive green wool coat suitable for the December morning. The Amaia-designed coat was quite similar to styles the duchess has worn, though it appeared even more adorable in miniature form. It comes in several colors, including burgundy (which Charlotte has also worn), for a price of $150. Though that's not an unreasonable amount for a well-made coat, we can't help but think of how quickly Charlotte must have grown out of it since she was only 4 at the time. Along with her holiday coat, the princess wore a pair of simple gray tights and Mary Jane shoes. Though we aren't sure of the exact brand, if they were also from the same designer, they likely cost around $65.

Her mother wore a gray wool coat with a green hat, heels, and purse. Kate's accessories even matched Charlotte's coat perfectly, so the pair looked adorable walking hand-in-hand.

Charlotte shined in a Ralph Lauren sweater in the family's 2020 Christmas card photo

Because royal children are born in the spotlight, many people follow their style. Princess Charlotte was the perfect example of their trendsetting abilities in 2020 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a photo of them and their children on their annual Christmas card. They addressed the card to NHS workers, saying, "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year." The heartfelt message and adorable family photo caught the attention of royal fans.

While the whole family looks adorable in fall colors, sweaters, and boots, Charlotte stole the show in her Ralph Lauren sweater featuring a beautifully knitted house motif on the front. After seeing Charlotte in the sweater, it quickly sold out and became, unfortunately, unavailable to anyone else who wanted to copy the royal look. However, Ralph Lauren did renew the design, though in an oatmeal color with a ruffled sleeve. Originally priced at $125, it went on sale for $62.99, though this newer-version of the popular sweater also sold out.

Along with the trendsetting sweater, people also noticed Charlotte's boots. The brown Penelope Chilvers tasseled boots are a miniature version of ones Kate Middleton has frequently been spotted wearing. While the matching shoes are adorable, they're also quite pricey at $375.

The white bridesmaid dresses for Harry and Meghan's wedding were pricey and controversial

Princess Charlotte wore another expensive wedding ensemble when she was a bridesmaid in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. According to Insider, Meghan's bridesmaids also included Florence van Cutsem (Harry's goddaughter), Remi and Rylan Litt (Meghan's goddaughters), Ivy Mulroney (daughter of Meghan's friend), and Zalie Warren (Harry's goddaughter). All looked adorable in classic white dresses with puff sleeves and flower crowns. Because the dresses were custom designed for the wedding by Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's artistic director at the time, per Harper's Bazaar, it's hard to say the exact price. However, since a Givenchy ready-to-wear children's dress runs over $1,500, a custom piece like this would likely have been well above that price.

This bridesmaid ensemble not only had a hefty price tag; it was also the source of controversy. At the time, a tabloid claimed that Meghan had made Kate Middleton cry over a disagreement regarding the bridesmaid dresses. However, in Meghan's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said the tabloids had it backward — Kate had made her cry. "A few days before the wedding, she was upset about ... flower girl dresses and it made me cry and it really hurt my feelings," Meghan explained, "and I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding that it didn't make sense to not ... try to be supportive."

The pageboys' suits for Meghan and Harry's wedding carried meaning and a hefty price tag

To those of us from the U.S., it may seem strange to see how many children are included in royal wedding parties. However, according to Town & Country, royal wedding attendants are usually made up of young relatives or children of the bride and groom's friends. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry maintained this tradition at their wedding with Prince George; Harry's godson, Jasper George Galloway Dyer; and the twins of one of Meghan's close friends, Brian and John Mulroney, as pageboys.

While Princess Charlotte and the other little bridesmaids wore traditional white dresses, the page boys wore dark frockcoats. The coats were fashioned based on the Blues and Royals, an old Regiment of Prince William and Harry. According to the royal family's website, the frockcoats were "completed with figured braiding of Regimental pattern." The website also noted that "the figured braiding ha[d] been scaled down for the Pages, as otherwise it would have gone above their shoulders."

Dege & Skinner on Savile Row cut and made the special uniforms. There is no exact price for a custom piece like this. However, a typical suit from the same tailor sells for £995 or around $1,300, depending on the conversion rate. Because the suits were cut for children, this may have reduced the price. Still, the fact they were custom, along with the braided detailing, must have made them quite expensive.