PHOTOS: Vogue Japan Lands A Royal Cover Star!

Although Anna Wintour would probably sell every last piece of Prada in her wardrobe for a chance to get Kate Middleton on the cover of Vogue, landing a royal is not an easy feat. But Vogue Japan did just that this month, and the results are just as elegant as you might expect.

H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco is a former Olympian who pops up at fashion weeks, dares to wear jumpsuits, and sports a particularly chic blonde bob, so she is a natural choice for the edition’s Health & Beauty supplement. She is also a known Akris devotee, and the label’s creative director Albert Kriemler played stylist for the stunning yet subdued shoot.

Naturally, the Princess covers the issue in an Akris design, a white keyhole turtleneck styled only with a ring and a slicked-back ‘do, although in the six pages that follow she hikes (ok, poses on) a mountain in a gold gown and strolls through trees in sophisticated, minimal monochrome.

See the shoot below, and for more of the royal’s most stylish moments, check out the awesome race car dress she wore to the Monaco Grand Prix and the Chanel pantsuit (yes, pantsuit) she wore to marry Prince Albert:

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