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Just because she's royalty doesn't mean she's lost her sense ... fashion or common.

Savvy shopper that she is, Duchess Kate Middleton took advantage of some end-of-season sales and hit London's Chelsea neighborhood this week in search of good deals.

Was her endeavor successful? What did she find?

The People's Princess

An onlooker says the royal, who just turned 30 earlier this month, shopped at the store Anonymous by Ross+Bute, trying on some new pieces from the spring and summer collection, including a pink cardigan and boots.

Sshe decided on a marked-down Jewel Collar V-Neck Top, a grey, form-fitting merino lightweight sweater accented with a bejeweled necklace attached along the neckline.

It was on sale for 84.50 GBP, $129 USD (from 169 GBP, $259 USD).

While checking out with her only purchase, the Duchess paused and admired a clutch bag, but decided not to buy it. Her visit to the shop lasted about 20 minutes.

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In honor of Kate Middleton's 30th birthday today, we decided to bestow some love upon the Duchess of Cambridge and her many famous namesakes here at THG.

We do cover an inordinate number of Kates, Katies, Katys and Katherines in our line of work, and we have to say, many of them are pretty fabulous.

Take a look at our Top 10 and vote for your favorite below!

Kate Middleton in Canada

10. Katherine Heigl. We used to love her on Grey's Anatomy. Since leaving that show on bad terms, she's gone on to ... what has she been in lately? Hmm.

9. Kate Upton. Victoria's Secret model / teenage Mark Sanchez girlfriend.

8. Kate Moss. Older, more famous, significantly lighter model.

7. Kate Gosselin. Groan. No introduction necessary.

6. Kate Beckinsale. Underworld Awakening badass!

  • Beckinsale
  • Katy Perry, Long Pink Hair
  • A New Emmy Winner

5. Kate Hudson. A fun-loving free-spirited star with talent to boot. What's not to love about Hudson, her famous folks, her rocker fiance, and sons Ryder and Bing.

4. Katy Perry. Fun fact - born Katheryn Hudson, the newly-single singer chose the stage name Katy Perry so as not to be confused with ... Kate Hudson!

3. Katharine McPhee. Major THG crush for a few years after her run on American Idol, now starring on the buzzed-about new show Smash on NBC!

2. Kate Winslet. One of the more talented and classy actresses around, and what can we say, we totally in the tank for the British. Which brings us to ...

1. Kate Middleton. She's royalty. In real life and here.

Who's your favorite Kate?

 

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Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, emblem of quiet classiness and global style icon, is 30 years old today!

Ever since she began dating William, and especially after last April's Royal Wedding, the down-to-earth beauty has become a fan favorite across the globe.

We're fans - how can you not be?

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton

The first commoner to marry an heir to the British throne in over a century, the charitable, demure Kate Middleton embodies everything one would hope the royal family represents, and is the perfect standard-bearer for the next generation.

No wonder she's become the subject of constant pregnancy rumors. No pressure.

In addition to popularizing high-end fashion designers (Erdem Moralioglu, Sarah Burton, Daniella Issa Halleyal, Alice Temperley), but Kate has also lived up to her billing as the People's Princess in brands such as Zara, Reiss and Topshop.

She's also introduced us to Pippa Middleton, her younger sister. Thank you, Kate!

And Happy birthday again! here's a little photo gallery in honor of the Duchess:

  • William With Kate
  • Duchess Catherine
  • Dazzling Duchess
  • Kate Middleton in Canada
  • Kate Middleton, Skinny Jeans
  • Kate in a Blue Dress
  • Kate Middleton in 2009
  • Kate Middleton Fashion Sense
  • A Royal Beauty
  • Kate Middleton, Black Hat
  • Will n' Kate
  • Kate Middleton Smiling
  • Kate Middleton Smile
  • Kate Middleton, Blue Dress
  • Kate and William in Cowboy Hats
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton Picture
  • The Royal Wedding Couple
  • Prince William, Kate Middleton Portrait

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One day before her 30th birthday, the Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William attended the premiere of War Horse in London today.

It marked first royal film premiere for Kate, who walked the carpet in a black, lace Alice Temperley gown (below). Suffice it to say, she looked fabulous.

William shielded his wife from the rain with an umbrella.

  • Kate Middleton in Alice Temperley
  • Kate and William Pic

The film's legendary director Steven Spielberg, along with War Horse's lead actor, Jeremy Irvine, were also on hand for the star-studded UK event.

The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which helps military servicemen and women transition back to their civilian lives, was the beneficiary.

In addition to the organization, fans who got a glimpse of the royal couple in person were also big winners, although these Kate Middleton pictures will do!

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Kate Middleton is not expecting. Sorry. Let the pregnancy rumors continue.

She is a charitable young woman, however as evidenced by a just-released list of groups she plans on throwing her support - financial and otherwise - behind.

The royal newlywed has spent months familiarizing herself with worthy charitable causes she will devote her life in the public eye to. The four organizations:

Kate Middleton, Long Hair

Kate Middleton has accepted the honorary positions of...

  1. Patron of Action on Addiction
  2. Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices
  3. Royal Patron of The Art Room
  4. Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London

The latter two patronages are hardly surprising, considering she was an art history student at St. Andrew's University, where she first met Prince William.

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Despite reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton's New Year's plans involved spending time at his father's sprawling Scotland, estate, they chose a more low-key locale.

A tent pitched in the back garden of the Middleton family's yard!

According to the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday, Pippa Middleton, who along with her parents is in the party-planning business, played host to the (relatively) small soiree.

  • Duchess Catherine
  • Pip Off to Work

The Middleton girls know how to dress - and party!

The stylish sister has expensive taste: The tent alone cost nearly $5,000 (or 3,000 in British pounds) to set up behind their home in Berkshire, England.

Described by an onlooker as a "canvas palace," the tent enclosed a dance floor and seating for more than 100 party-goers ready to ring in 2012.

"[Kate Middleton] looked full of the joys of the season," a party-goer said of 2011's royal bride, 29, who laughed and joked with her husband, also 29.

The celebration in her hometown with Pippa, 27, comes nearly a week after the Duchess' first Christmas as a royal in Sandringham, Norfolk.

[Photos: Fame Pictures, WENN.com]

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The UK's (and THG's) favoritest couple Prince William and Kate Middleton will be surrounded by loved ones when they ring in their first year as newlyweds.

According to reports, William and Kate, both 29, will travel to Aberdeen, Scotland, and will stay at Birkhall, a 53,000-acre estate belonging to William's dad.

"They will stay for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," a source reveals. "Prince Charles and Camilla will be flying there, too." But that's not all ...

A Prince William and Kate Middleton Pic

William and Kate's whirlwind holiday plans continue ...

Unlike her first Christmas at the Palace, Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are "expected at Birkhall for the festivities," the source believes, which is nice.

"They are staying at Teapot Cottage or another cottage on the estate, not Birkhall itself," says the insider, although the Middletons will be welcomed by the family.

No word yet on the NYE plans of Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, but we hope it involves them being together. Someone really needs to start a petition for that.

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As she strolled to and from church services Sunday, Kate Middleton's Christmas fashion turned heads as expected - but not just for her magenta hat and coat.

Adding some holiday sparkle to her already fashionable display was a pair of stunning earrings just visible underneath the Duchess' (Jane Corbett designed) hat.

They are from Kiki McDonough, and were bought from the designer's store in London, England. Retail price: $3,000. A Christmas gift from Prince William, perhaps?

  • Kate Middleton Christmas Earrings
  • Kate Middleton's Earrings

The designer, who also made jewelry for Prince William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, didn't want to comment at length but confirmed the pieces are hers - and that the stones consist of "green amethysts surrounded by diamonds on a diamond hoop."

It's not the first time Kate has worn McDonough's jewelry, either.

She has two other pairs of earrings from the store: pear shaped citrines hanging from an 18-carat gold hoops and white topaz studs surrounded by diamonds.

The 29-year-old Kate Middleton wore them both on her summer tour trip to Canada and America. All pieces are from the aptly-named "Grace collection."

She looks wonderful in them, no?

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Duchess Kate Middleton certainly looked festive on Christmas in her plum-colored coat and coordinating hat as she joined Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and Queen Elizabeth II for church services in Sandringham, Norfolk, UK.

Here's a nice shot of the royal family members ...

Royal Family on Christmas

Queen Elizabeth, 85, took a car, while the rest of the family walked. Her husband Prince Philip, 90, underwent emergency surgery Friday for a blocked coronary artery.

Saturday, members of the royal family visited Philip in the hospital. Buckingham Palace officials issued an update, saying he had "a good night" following his procedure.

The royal family spent Christmas day at the Queen's Sandringham estate. Today, Pippa Middleton will join her sister and the royal family for a pheasant shoot.

Kate, William and Pippa will then travel to the Middleton family's home in Bucklebury.

The big question: Will Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors or gossip about Pippa and Prince Harry hooking up become the UK tabloid story of the week? Stay tuned!

Kate Middleton, Prince William on Christmas

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Lucky.

That's all we can say about a report from NBC's Today Show, which discussed what Prince William is going to get Kate Middleton for Christmas, [and] said "the general consensus at this point is that the Duchess of Cambridge is getting a puppy."

Gives new meaning to ruffing it with the in-laws, are we right?!

A Prince William and Kate Middleton Pic

In August, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Beth from Battersea Dogs Home in London. Queen Elizabeth II is also an animal lover.

Kate Middleton, 29, will spend her first Christmas as a royal with William, also 29, and his entire family at Sandringham manor, the queen's retreat in Norfolk, England.

The royal newlyweds will be joined by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, of course, and a little later in the week, they'll spend time with the Middleton family at their residence.

And their newfound four-legged friend, of course. Aww.

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Kate Middleton Biography

Royally Pretty Girl A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton
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