From welcoming Princess Charlotte into the world to attending her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace, it has been a whirlwind year for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Whatever the occasion, Kate stunned with her fashion choices and – most importantly – wasn’t afraid of having a good laugh along the way. Here are some of the Duchess’s 2015 highlights.

January

Kate was left “moved” after meeting foster carers at the Fostering Network in Islington, north London.

The Duchess of Cambridge is presented with flowers from local nursery children as she leaves The Fostering Network in Islington, north London, after attending an event to celebrate the work of foster carers in providing support to vulnerable young people
The Duchess of Cambridge is presented with flowers from local nursery children as she leaves the event (John Alevroyiannis/Daily Mirror/PA)

And later that month, when six months pregnant, the Duchess told teenagers she could feel her baby kicking.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Kensington Leisure Centre
Kate visits Kensington Leisure Centre, where she toured the facilities (Yui Mok/PA)

February

Kate showed off her artistic skills by helping to paint a mural while visiting the new Ben Ainslie Racing sailing centre.

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of the 1851 Trust, during a visit to Portsmouth to see the progress of building work on the new home of Ben Ainslie Racing as part of a British America's Cup entry at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Portsmouth (Christopher Pledger/Daily Telegraph/PA)

And despite wearing a gorgeous, patterned Seraphine dress and blue coat, she got stuck in during a pottery class.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks with Lindsey Gidman as she decorates a mug during a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to see production of a mug the company has launched in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices
The Duchess of Cambridge talks as she decorates a mug during a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent (Oli Scarff/PA)

March

Her baby bump was covered by a gorgeous pale pink Alexander McQueen coat at the Commonwealth Observance ceremony…

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey, London
The Duchess chatted with the Prince of Wales at the service in Westminster Abbey (John Stillwell/PA)

And by this stand-out dalmatian Hobbs coat as she visited an art exhibition.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent, following a visit
The Duchess leaves the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

She enjoyed a tour of the set of Downton Abbey, and met with cast and crew.

The Duchess of Cambridge poses with cast, crew and producers of Downton Abbey during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in west London
Kate poses with cast, crew and producers of Downton Abbey (Chris Jackson/PA)

And was joined by William and the rest of the Royal Family at St Paul’s Cathedral to honour the sacrifices of Britain’s armed forces in Afghanistan.

The Duchess of Cambridge watches a flypast following a commemoration service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan at St Paul's Cathedral
The Duchess watches a flypast following the commemoration service (Gareth Fuller/PA)

At an annual St Patrick’s Day parade, a heavily-pregnant Kate told one mother she was struggling to get back up when she bent down.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets veterans and cadets during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire
She met veterans and cadets during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (Steve Parsons/PA)

But she still looked radiant in a fuchsia pink Mulberry coat as she visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre – her last public engagement before giving birth.

The Duchess of Cambridge as she departs the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London following her visit
The Duchess is handed a bouquet at the centre in south London (David Parker/Daily Mail/PA)

May

Kate welcomed Princess Charlotte into the world – and looked flawless despite giving birth just hours before.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London
The Duke and Duchess show off newborn Princess Charlotte to the world as they leave hospital (Anthony Devlin/PA)

June

Prince George stole the show at Kate’s first official engagement – just six weeks after she had given birth.

Trooping the Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London
Prince George was the centre of attention on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour (Tim Ireland/AP/PA)

And he managed to do it again at this charity polo match.

For Princess Charlotte’s christening later that month, Kate wore a stylish ivory Alexander McQueen outfit teamed with a Jane Taylor hat.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk
Kate, William, George and Charlotte leave the church in Sandringham, Norfolk (Mary Turner/The Times/PA)

July

The royal couple watched Andy Murray storm to the Wimbledon semi-finals on Centre Court.

Kate and William in the Royal Box at Wimbledon
Kate and William in the Royal Box (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

But Kate dressed down for the America’s Cup World Series – and entertained a young guest when high winds meant the day’s sailing was cancelled.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets staff and guests at BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, as part of a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth
Kate speaks to a young attendee at the event in Portsmouth (Steve Parsons/PA)

September

Kate smiled as she was presented with gifts made by inmates during her first visit to a prison.

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is handed a gift by Isha Walker, who is on the RAPT programme, during a visit to Her Majesty's Prison Send near Woking
The Duchess was visiting Her Majesty’s Prison Send near Woking (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/PA)

And proudly supported Wales with William by her side as the team defeated England in the Rugby World Cup.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge before a rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium
William, vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, and Kate cheer on Wales – much to Harry’s disgust (Mike Egerton/PA)

October

Attending her first state banquet with Chinese president Xi Jinping, the Duchess stunned in a red Jenny Packham dress and Lotus Flower tiara.

Chinese president Xi Jinping with the Duchess of Cambridge at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London
Kate toasts with Mr Xi at the event at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

And though her aim was a little off, she gave it her all (while wearing heels) in a welly wanging contest against William and Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in welly wanging with children and representatives from charities and Aardman Animations, during a meeting of the Charities Forum at Bafta on Piccadilly in London
The impromptu contest took place as the trio attended a meeting of their Charities Forum (Tim Ireland/PA)

The Duchess dressed to thrill at the royal world premiere of Spectre in an outfit by her favourite designer Jenny Packham.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the premiere of Spectre
Kate’s light blue dress had a slightly open back (Anthony Devlin/PA)

And was a special guest at a charity gala in aid of a children’s charity – wearing a striking Erdem dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala Dinner in aid of The Art Room, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
The Duchess arriving at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Chris Jackson/PA)

Looking remarkably fresh after the Bond premiere, Kate wore a chic Orla Kiely dress when she visited children enrolled on Chance UK’s early intervention programme in Islington.

Kate Middleton spoke to children from the charity's early intervention programme
Kate spoke to children from the charity’s early intervention programme (Geoff Pugh/PA)

November

The Duchess wore an elegant black lace dress at the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
Kate joined the royal family to commemorate and honour those who lost their lives in conflicts (Chris Jackson/PA)

Wearing a cobalt blue Saloni dress, Kate highlighted the role of foster carers as she attended the Fostering Excellence Awards at the British Medical Association House in London.

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Fostering Excellence Awards at BMA House in London.
The Duchess presented awards for Fostering Achievement at the tea party (Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA)

Despite the wind, Kate kept her cool as she attended the Place2Be’s Headteacher Conference at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Offices.

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she arrives for the Place2Be's Headteacher Conference, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Offices in central London.
Kate delivered a speech about child mental health at the event (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

In North Wales, the Duchess was charmed by Theo Hayward, three, outside the GISDA centre in Caernarfon.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from Theo Hayward, three, as she leaves the GISDA centre in Caernarfon, during a visit to North Wales.
Kate was visiting the company that offers an opportunity for young people to live independently (Phil Noble/PA)

Kate showed her athletic side on a visit to Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales.

The Duchess of Cambridge before abseiling down a wall during a visit to the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales
Kate held the ropes for William and asked him: “How much do you love me?” (Chris Jackson / PA)

December

Wearing one of Diana’s favourite tiaras, the Duchess dazzled as she arrived for a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, wearing one of the late Princess of Wales's favourite tiaras, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge.
She paired the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara with an ice blue Alexander McQueen dress (Yui Mok/PA)

Sporting a new long-bob, Kate closed deals with donors on the trading floor of ICAP in a sleek teal L.K. Bennett dress and matching jacket.

The Duchess of Cambridge on the phone as she attends ICAP's 23rd annual Charity Day at their offices in London.
The staff came in fancy dress for ICAP’s 23rd annual Charity Day (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

The Duchess wore a blue Emilia Wickstead dress as she visited the Centre for Action on Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster.

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Action on Addiction, leaves following her visit to the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire.
Kate is a patron for the charity (Ben Birchall/PA)

Kate got into the Christmas spirit as she joined along with activities, including drumming, at the Anna Freud Centre in London.

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas party in north London.
Looking fabulously festive, Kate wore a red Alexander McQueen frock (Chris Jackson/PA)