On 21 July 2014, it was announced that the Duchess would be making her first solo trip, visiting the island of Malta on 20–21 September 2014, when the island was celebrating its 50th independence anniversary. Her trip was cancelled, with the Duke taking her place, after the announcement of her second pregnancy in early September. In April 2016, the Duchess and her husband undertook a tour to India and Bhutan.
Middleton became prominent for her fashion style and has been placed on numerous “best dressed” lists. She was selected by The Daily Telegraph as the “Most Promising Newcomer” in its 2006 list of style winners and losers. Tatler placed her at number 8 on its yearly listing of the top ten style icons in 2007. She was featured in People magazine’s 2007 and 2010 best-dressed lists. Middleton was named as one of Richard Blackwell’s ten “Fabulous Fashion Independents” of 2007.
In June 2008, Style.com selected Middleton as their monthly beauty icon. In July 2008, Middleton was included in Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list. In February 2011, she was named the Top Fashion Buzzword of the 2011 season by the Global Language Monitor. In January 2012, she was voted ‘Headwear Person of the Year.’Middleton was number one on Vanity Fair’s annual best dressed lists in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; she also appeared as the cover star in 2012. In June 2016, she took part in her first magazine shoot for Vogue’s centenary issue appearing on the cover of the magazine. While Catherine wears many new designers, she has also worn dresses by Catherine Walker, who designed many of Diana’s favourite evening gowns and day suits.
Upon her marriage in 2011, Catherine Middleton became known as “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge”. A fuller version of her title and style is “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus”. In Scotland, she is also styled as “Her Royal Highness The Countess of Strathearn”.