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With the lovely, supportive Kate Middleton by his side, Prince William was knighted as a member of the Order of the Thistle in Scotland on Thursday.

He received the title from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – the highest honor she can bestow in Scotland – around his 30th birthday last month.

In a nod to her Scottish title, the Countess of Strathearn, Kate Middleton wore a soft yellow coat dress specially made for her by Emilia Wickstead.

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  • Kate Middleton, Yellow Coat Dress

Kate and William fell in love at St. Andrews University, just outside the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where the grand ceremony took place at St. Giles Cathedral.

A pipe band heralded the beginning of the festivities before the royals arrived. Kate had a few words and a smile with a church official and was then escorted in.

No reports of the Queen hating on her today, so that's good.

Prince William then joined other members of the Order of the Thistle. After several minutes, he walked to the cathedral alongside his aunt, Princess Anne.

Like the other knights, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, he wore a deep-green velvet cloak and matching hat adorned with a white ostrich feather.

This is actually William's second honorary knighthood. He was invested in the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in 2008. Congratulations to the royal!

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During Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebration in June, Kate Middleton appeared to be fully embraced as a member of the royal family ... only to receive the equivalent of a DIRECT SLAP IN THE FACE from the BITTER QUEEN herself!

Yes, Life & Style claims that one of the longest-reigning monarchs in European history is jealous of Kate Middleton. How, you ask, was Kate supposedly dissed and dismissed?

Kate Middleton Humilitated!

In an official revision to the Royal Household's Order of Precedence, Kate is required to curtsy to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, as they're both considered blood princesses.

Whereas Kate merely married into the royal family, obviously.

"It's a total humiliation for Kate," a source in Kate and William's social circle says. "It's like a demotion for her, and the queen is the one who ordered this."

When William's with her, no curtsy is necessary, but if she encounters them without her husband, she has to bow down, in public or private. Degrading.

"These queen's moves are designed to remind Kate that just because she's popular, she isn't as important as any other royal-born family member," the friend says.

The horror? What's next, calling Kate Middleton a gold digger?

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Kate Middleton, the People's Princess, is a down-to-earth girl by all accounts ... except in this taxi commercial from China that parodies her as the opposite.

In the clip, a Kate lookalike stands outside with a fax Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II, complaining, "I didn't marry royalty to schlep around in a taxi."

They do look a bit like Will and Kate, too. The Queen impostor? Not so much.

William attempts to reason with his beautiful wife, "But darling, Granny is right. The commoners want to see us tightening our belts and all that."

"Rubbish, people want to see that they can be like us if they just work hard," Kate responds. The Queen then mockingly asks, "Like you did?" Ohhh!

"Now, now, Granny," William says. "We all know that it's I who fell for Kate."

"That's right, I didn't even fancy him at first," the faux Kate Middleton says. "Don't you remember? You had to practically beg me for my phone number."

Fortunately, of course, Wills had Panda Cab on speed-dial. Within seconds, a car appears, whisking the trio away to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Brad Pitt is keeping himself busy - and embracing the English culture - while his better half Angelina Jolie is off filming Sleeping Beauty flick Maleficent.

If he’s not browsing in motorbike shops, the Hollywood star is visiting old pals in Birmingham and buying art from the UK's hippest graffiti artist Bambi.

After seeing examples of her work in Time, he snapped up canvases of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II and Amy Winehouse.

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  • Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Picture

Other celebrities, such as Adele, are said to own Bambi works as well. We always felt Kate Middleton pics were priceless. Apparently others agree!

A source told The Sun (UK) of Brad's pricey purchases:

“There is a lot of buzz about Bambi. As Brad’s here with the family for up to two years, it makes sense to fill the house with art by British artists."

“He already has a Banksy," whose work is similar to Bambi's, "which he bought for £1 million at a London auction, but had that shipped to LA.”

You know it is, right? Because sometimes you accumulate too much and have to divvy up art between all your homes. #richpeopleproblems

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Two hats worn by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton before her marriage to Britain's Prince William were recently sold at auction for fairly big bucks.

One, which she wore to a wedding in October 2010, went for the equivalent of $5,080 and the other for $5,030. Not a small amount for an accessory.

Interestingly, both of the hats were rented ... who rents hats? Apparently if you're the UK's most fashionable young woman, it's par for the course.

Kate Middleton With Prince William Photo

Given that Prince Charles reportedly picks up the tab for all work-related Kate Middleton wardrobe costs, she can afford to rent the best of the best, too.

The two hats were part of the 'Passion for Fashion' auction held by Kerry Taylor, the same auction house which sold a dress of hers for £78,000 last year.

Now that she's married to William, auction houses are unable to put any items of the Duchess' clothes up for sale unless she sanctions a charity auction.

For more of her stylish headwear, click through the Kate Middleton pics below!

  • Kate Middleton in a Blue Hat
  • Kate Middleton in Pink
  • The Duke and Duchess
  • Kate Middleton in Green
  • Kate Middleton Christmas Earrings
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Kate Middleton may be a fan of recycling her style and shopping in regular clothing stores, but she also wears her share of high-end designer dresses.

Paid for by Prince Charles, at an estimated £35,000 this year alone!

According to the Mail Online (UK), Prince William's has agreed to pay for the Duchess of Cambridge's full "work-related" wardrobe, defined as anything she wears to official engagements or while out and about with the Royal Family.

Kate Middleton Wardrobe

Kate's father-in-law has offered to take the cost of the Duchess' designer dresses out of his official household budget ... which is probably not small.

Despite that, Kate goes to great lengths to keep her clothing budget down, recycling dresses where she can, and shopping on her own in London.

She also returns all free samples sent for her, insists on paying full price for her non-work-related apparel, and still chooses her clothes herself.

"Catherine has an innate sense of style and, almost as importantly, knows what is appropriate for the occasion," one insider told the paper.

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The Duchess of Cambridge's hair is getting all sorts of attention these days ... almost as much as that non-existent Kate Middleton baby bump!

So how does the duchess always look so magnificent?

With a lot of effort, according to a new report. Dating back to her April 2011 wedding, London's Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa has been busy!

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  • Kate Middleton Hair Photo

Even as an official member of the royal family, Kate still heads to that salon, where she's been a client for nearly a decade, multiple times a week.

Her shiny, volume-filled blowouts start at $75.

But there's no royal treatment. Kate "insists on visiting the salon rather than having them come to her" and tipping generously, a source says.

"Kate's a girlie girl," adds another source, noting that Kate prefers organic vegetable-based hair dye and of course, a sleek blowout to top it off.

Which takes awhile, but that's all good. "She loves her time there and has known everyone there for years so it's relaxing for her," an insider says.

To create her curls, her stylist waits until it's "80 percent wet and then uses a good blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle and a real-bristle brush."

That way, "the serum memorizes the form and holds the curl in place while you blow dry." Good to know. Follow the link for more Kate Middleton pictures and observe!

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to start a family, but when you're royalty, these things require planning ... and generate major buzz.

Kate Middleton's womb status is the subject of more speculation than who will portray Christian and Ana in 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone's got a theory.

While last week's Kate Middleton baby bump "reveal" looks like it was a false alarm (stunning), a source now says her pregnancy is - gasp! - being talked about!

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"There's a window in place," a royal insider tells Us Weekly, adding that Kate and Prince William are hoping to conceive their first-born child anytime between the final leg of their royal tour in September 2012 and Summer 2013.

If that sounds rigid ... it is. But "they're so excited!" says the source.

This summer, the duo will be the de facto emcees for the 2012 Olympics held in London, and will be taking a royal Asia-Pacific tour in September ... but sounds like they will be having a LOT of fun after that!

Their ideal scenario, supposedly? A New Year Day's announcement, with the glowing Duchess just hitting the three-month mark in her pregnancy.

No pressure, Kate.

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Forget Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The British royal family has an even bigger reason to start popping the champagne this month ... at least according to the venerable In Touch Weekly.

The celebrity gossip magazine "exclusively" reveals a photo of Kate Middleton in a rare, unguarded moment - with what looks like a cute baby bump!

Is Prince William's beautiful bride pregnant at last?

Kate Middleton Baby Bump?

“We thought at first it might be just the way her dress fell as she walked,” says a witness who saw Kate hurrying into a local jeweler in London May 31.

“But if you looked closely," the Middleton sleuth continues, "it was a definite baby bump. It was prominent enough to cast a shadow below.”

That thing cast a shadow? Really?

Kate’s appearance may hold even more clues, says the witness: “She certainly has a glow in her cheeks ... her face is more rounded - and so is her bottom.”

Like many pregnant women concerned with chemicals in hair dye, Kate Middleton is also letting her gray roots show - a major departure for the style icon.

All of this is true, though it's equally possible that the notoriously thin Kate has merely put on a few pounds and hasn't been to the hair salon in awhile.

The Palace has remained silent on the subject, but Prince William did tell Katie Couric recently that he is “very keen to have a family,” and soon.

Aww. Congratulations, you two ... maybe.

UPDATE, 2/3/13: Now that Kate actually is pregnant, for real, the bump watch is underway in earnest! Check out the first Kate Middleton baby bump pic!

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In a rare interview, Prince William gave ABC News the clearest sign yet that he and his wife Kate Middleton are planning to try for a baby soon.

In an interview to mark his grandmother’s diamond jubilee - 60 years on the throne - the future king said starting a family is a top priority.

Discussing his military plans, Prince William, who will himself turn 30 next month (Kate Middleton turned 30 this winter), told Katie Couric:

"More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. That’s the key thing really."

"But I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are very much looking forward to having a family in the future."

When asked whether there was anything he would like to announce, the prince said coyly: "You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped."

Fortunately, Couric didn't overtly ask about the recent pregnancy rumors.

William and brother his Prince Harry opened up during an interview at Clarence House in London for The Jubilee Queen, ABC's special series on her.

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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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Kate Middleton
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