This isn’t just a shopping guide – this is a window into the Duchess of Cambridge’s very soul… Buckle up and take a journey with us as we discover the origin of not just Catherine’s personal style, but maybe even the name of her first born child… and the second?!
What better place to take a shopping trip to walk in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge (or maybe we should call her the Countess of Strathearn for the purposes of this article!) than Edinburgh? Not only is this city the capital of Scotland and a fantastic place to grab some British fashion at its finest, but it’s also perhaps the place that’s shaped Catherine’s life the most. As we all know, it was at St. Andrews University that she met and fell in love with her future husband, and started her life in the public eye as the style icon we know and love today. And it’s safe to say that the upper middle class student body of St. Andrews, together with the Scottish traditions of the city, have had a large influence on Catherine’s style, even to this day. The pared back, classic country look, coupled with tartan and tweed fabrics is a familiar sight on the city’s streets!
Given Catherine’s love of high street fashion, it’s no surprise that many of her favourite brands are well represented in Edinburgh. The city’s main shopping area is neatly laid out in a series of parallel streets, making a spree an easy and enjoyable experience. The aptly named Princes Street and even more adorable George Street (now we know where that name came from!) are the two main shopping strips, but don’t forget Rose Street for a more boutique experience. (Did we just reveal the potential name of Catherine and William’s second child, should it be a girl…?!)
Princes Street hosts familiar names such as Primark, Topshop and Boots, but those wishing to purchase items from brands the Duchess favours should head to George Street, where you can find Jaegar, Whistles, Jack Wills, Jigsaw, Hobbs, LK Bennett, Mint Velvet, and French Connection. Pippa fans should note that there are branches of Anthropologie and Sweaty Betty here, both brands she has recently been photographed wearing!
If you want to take your shopping up a gear, though, you’ll need to head to Multrees Walk, situated at the east end of Princes Street, off St Andrews Square. Perhaps we’ve found the genesis of Catherine’s love affair with British brand Mulberry…
Or Links of London…
There’s even a Louis Vuitton, a Burberry and a branch of Harvey Nichols!
Find out more about the luxury brands on offer at Multrees Walk at their website here.
No matter what your budget, Edinburgh is sure to have an outlet for you – a beautiful city, and a true jewel in Scotland’s crown!
Lovely article Gemma! I love Edinburgh. Such a beautiful city.
A few small notes though – St Andrews is know as The University of St Andrews (rather than St Andrews University). It’s also quite far away from Edinburgh, not in the city itself. No doubt Catherine and friends had some enjoyable trips to Edinburgh to shop though 🙂
Wow! Looks like a gorgeous city and a fantastic place to shop! I’ll put this on my bucket travel list!
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
Great job! 🙂