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She receives tens of thousands of fan letters because she's a classy young woman by all accounts, and her every move inspires endless speculation because she's a Duchess, but Kate Middleton's fashion sense is also widely praised.

So much so, Harper's Bazaar just named her Britain's Best Dressed woman!

Despite being criticized by some her quite old-fashioned look, conservative wardrobe choices and love of hosiery, Kate Middleton topped the list for 2011.

Kate Middleton, Best Dressed

The Duchess of Cambridge single-handedly made the ladylike look trendy again - not bad for a girl who professes to have little or no interest in clothes.

Harper's Bazaar selected 20 women who continue to represent the best of British style - be it elegant, trend-setting, traditional or totally unpredictable.

Kate beat out the stylish likes of Florence Welch, Tilda Swinton, Keira Knightley, Stella McCartney, Alexa Chung and her own little sister Pippa Middleton.

Here are some more Kate Middleton pictures showcasing her style:

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How popular are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?

Do we even have to answer that question at this point?

Prince William and Kate Middleton have received about 60,000 letters and cards of goodwill from members of the public since their engagement nearly a year ago.

The number of messages peaked again around the time of the royal wedding in April - and the coolest thing about it is that a return address guarantees a reply.

Heirs to the Throne

"There was everything from posters made by classes of schoolchildren to cards sent by other members of the public," says a Palace aide of the letters to the royals.

A group of junior girl guides - called Rainbows - in Glasgow sent a congratulations card, and then got word that the Duke and Duchess were "immensely touched."

Workers in the couple's office in St. James's Palace are still going through all the letters and cards in a bid to answer them, which they say they do ... eventually.

"It will take quite a while for the small team to get to answer them all, but everyone gets a reply if there is a return address," says a Palace aide of the fan mail.

Sadly, it is not known if Pippa Middleton responds to date requests.

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It's official. Following a change in ascension rules, boy or girl, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the next heir to the British throne.

The leaders of the 16 governments with Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state have unanimously agreed to change the laws in their realms to allow this.

Under current laws, the immediate heir is the first-born son of the monarch. Going forward, the immediate heir will be the first-born child of the monarch.

That means if Prince William and Kate Middleton have a girl as their first child, she will be the future queen, regardless of whether one or more sons follow.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen."

Cameron personally applauded the move, adding that the UK stresses gender equality in all facets of life, making this a logical change to their traditions.

Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Charles, is next in line for the throne, followed by Will. The royal hunk will be the king of more than a dozen countries.

Those nations are Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is officially a royal now.

With less than 24-hours notice, Kate Middleton successfully carried out her first official solo engagement Wednesday by standing in for her father-in-law.

Prince Charles was supposed to attend a charity dinner in London, but had to travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to pay respects to the late Crown Prince.

So in stepped the princess. Not a bad Plan B!

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A palace aide told the BBC that Kate’s engagement went "very well."

"The Duchess of Cambridge was delighted to be able to step in for her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, to celebrate the work of In Kind Direct at the dinner."

"She was so pleased that her first solo engagement was for the Prince of Wales, who has shown her so much support over the years," he added.

The always stylish 29-year-old wife of Prince William wore a pale empire-line dress at the reception, which was attended by about 30 guests.

Way to go, Kate!

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The Duchess is a woman of her word.

Visiting London's Royal Marsden Hospital last month, Kate Middleton met with several young cancer patients, one of whom was 9-year-old Fabian Bate.

During their chat, he informed Kate that his family kept a blog, and Middleton vowed to pay it a visit and leave a message. She did, and then some.

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Prince William's wife sent out a personalized and heartwarming letter to Fabian, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, which he in turn posted online.

"Despite the enormously demanding course of treatment, I was so touched by your strength of character, and delighted to hear the news that one of your big sisters will be able to donate bone marrow to you later this year," she wrote.

"I will keep my fingers crossed that your health goes from strength to strength over the months ahead," continued Kate. "This must be a troubling time for you, your parents and your sisters, but I know I left The Royal Marsden assured by how incredibly talented, kind and clever the team at the hospital are."

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If Kate Middleton and Prince William have a daughter as their first child, she will be next in line for the throne even if a boy follows, according to new rules.

That would not be the case as of this moment.

With The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the loop, plans are afoot by Prime Minister David Cameron's government to change existing ascension policy.

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As current English royal law stands, if William and Kate's first child is a daughter but their second is a son, the boy would henceforth inherit the throne.

Cameron and other UK leaders are hoping to change this and several other ancient rules in order to bring the monarchy up to date with modern times.

He has already written the governments in the Commonwealth of countries ruled by the monarchy. The rule change will have to be ratified by all 16.

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Rumors of Kate Middleton covering Vogue magazine ran rampant last month, but the photo shoot never materialized. Was Queen Elizabeth II responsible for that?

Yes and no. The Queen never said anything, but she didn't have to.

Palace insiders say Kate Middleton knows HM would be far from pleased about the Duchess dressing up in haute couture just so Anna Wintour could cash in.

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"Kate is keenly conscious that while her new grandmother-in-law may not chide her for appearing on a Vogue cover. But she would definitely not be amused," said a source.

"Her Majesty is a genius at making people squirm with simply a look or a 'tut, tut.' "

The royal source went on to add that while Kate Middleton and Prince William are free to be interviewed or photographed by whomever they choose, they are trying to downplay the self-promotion of Kate as a fashion or style icon.

"They are flattered by the attention but tat's not what they are about and they take their royal duties far too seriously to, in one sense, trivialize them," said the insider.

Kate may be a princess under pressure, but so far, she's handled it superbly.

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Prince William and Duchess Catherine (Kate Middleton) came together to open the new Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden Hospital.

The new facility is located in Sutton, Surrey, England.

Upon their arrival, the royally cute twosome was greeted by many spectators before they met with staff, key donors and fundraisers. "There was excitement amongst the children before the royal arrival," a source says.

Prince William, Duchess Catherine

The royal pair actually arrived separately to the dedication.

Because William, 29, was "on-call Wednesday night at RAF Valley and had two call outs," he didn't get a chance to sleep before the Oak Centre opening.

"He only finished at 10 a.m. Thursday and quickly got changed before he was flown over straight from the base to Surrey," where he met Kate, also 29.

Kate, who arrived with palace staff having stayed in London, "gently patted him on the back" when she heard about his sleepless night. How sweet.

For an alleged princess in turmoil, she sure looks happy here!

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Rigorous private lessons on how to be royal.

Rumors about losing too much weight.

Scrutiny over when she'll have a baby.

Alleged kidnapping threats.

Kate Middleton has a lot on her plate these days, to be sure. But is Us' new cover featuring the Duchess trying to make her situation more alarming than it is?

Kate Middleton Under Pressure

Kate definitely has lost weight in the past year, but many brides do. And sure, people are probably waiting for her to get pregnant with a royal heir. But Kate is 29 and has been married less than six months. Is she really sweating it?

She's got plenty of time to raise a family and raise children. A girl's allowed to enjoy being married and getting acclimated to her new life for a bit.

Heck, if you believe Star magazine, she's already pregnant with twins. If her fake fertility is any indication, getting pregnant for real should be a breeze.

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is reportedly "quietly but persuasively campaigning" to get the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on its cover.

Wintour has been reportedly trying to woo Middleton via photographer Mario Testino, who shot the royal couple's engagement photos back in 2010.

"Every magazine has been trying to get Kate Middleton, and many assume it will eventually be Vogue," a source tells Page Six. "But even with [Vogue's] Mario Testino relationship, it is not clear when this will happen, if at all."

"The Palace must approve it, and they are very protective of Kate."

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Vogue would surely love it, but is this happening anytime soon?

Sources close to the Duchess say there are no plans to put the 29-year-old on the cover of Vogue - or any magazine for that matter - anytime soon.

"The Duchess is approached by high profile publications on a regular basis, however there are no plans for photo shoots or interviews," the source says.

Maybe they should try for Pippa Middleton as a consolation prize?

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