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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.

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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?

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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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Duchess Catherine is undergoing a royal education.

According to UK reports, Kate Middleton is receiving "private tutorials" with senior civic leaders to help train and prepare her for her many public duties.

"The story is broadly accurate," a Palace source confirms, although talk of private lessons helping Kate look and act more regal "is probably going to far."

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Prince William's wife has performed just one official engagement since her April 29 wedding, but her royal schedule is set to ramp up in 2012, sources report.

"The Duchess is being briefed on how the state works, as well as getting to know our national institutions better and learning more about organizations such as the arts, the media and the government," the Daily Mail says.

"Most of [Kate's training] is on the job, through engagements, and from her husband and his family," explains the Palace source, regarding the recent reports.

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The newly-married Prince William and Kate Middleton are always on the lookout for ways to help various charities, especially those involving children.

On Monday, the royal couple will open the new Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, England.

The children's unit will specialize in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. William will unveil a plaque to officially open the children's center before he and Kate Middleton, both 29, meet hospital staff, key donors and fundraisers.

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William was appointed President of The Royal Marsden Hospital in May 2007. The position was previously held by his mother, the late Princess Diana.

The facility is one of the largest comprehensive children's cancer centers in Europe, with 600 inpatients and more than 5,000 day patients every year.

Back in April, William and Kate asked their wedding guests to donate to the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund in lieu of gifts. The guests obliged.

The donations all went to benefit 26 charities personally chosen by the duo.

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This rumor runs counter to all the recent Kate Middleton weight loss gossip, but it's actually been reported that she and Prince William are expecting twins!

Not the case.

Tabloids recently claimed the 29-year-old Duchess is pregnant twice over, a palace rep tells Us Weekly that she is not currently expecting any children.

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"Suffice to say that were it true, it would be us that announces it, not a gossip magazine," the couple's rep tells the entertainment news rag. Likely true.

That doesn't mean that the day won't come, however.

"I think we'll take it one step at a time," William  said in November. "We'll sort of get over the marriage thing first. But obviously, we want a family."

Suffice to say, those will be some good-looking kids!

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Ever since Kate Middleton's wedding dress went on display, people from around the world have lined up at doors of Buckingham Palace to view a piece of history.

In six weeks, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding gown by Sarah Burton and Alexander McQueen has already been viewed by 350,000 visitors and counting.

With one month to go, that number is expected to rise past 500,000.

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Among the first to check it out: Kate's grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth.

A spokesman for the Royal Collection says, "We're thrilled that so many people have visited Buckingham Palace this summer in what looks to be a record year."

"The Royal Wedding attracted worldwide interest, so it's only natural that many people want to come to experience the State Rooms used for the reception and take a closer look at The Duchess of Cambridge's dress – which celebrates great British design."

Adult admission is $28.50, with the proceeds going to the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, benefiting charities chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In related news, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge recently donated a vehicle given to them as a wedding present by Land Rover to Mountain Rescue.

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Anne Hathaway is obsessed with Kate Middleton - her words, not ours - so it's not a surprise that she'd love to portray her if such an opportunity ever arose.

While both women are gorgeous, to say the least, Anne's attempt at a British accent in her new rom-com One Day is enough to give the UK public pause.

Their beloved princess' voice mustn't be butchered, after all.

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When faced with what surely sounded like an innocuous red-carpet question, Hathaway said she would not rule out the possibility of playing the Duchess.

“Yes, why not," she said. "She’s great. It’s such a fairy tale.”

Commenters on the Sun (UK) website were not too thrilled.

“Stay away from that role,” warns one, succinctly summing up the views of many who feel that despite Anne's talent, “You have a rubbish British accent.”

What do you think? Would Anne make a good Duchess? If not, who would you prefer to see in the role? Also, is Kate Middleton losing too much weight?

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"It's like some sort of dark fairytale. A beautiful young woman marries the heir to the throne and starts to get thinner and thinner. Until one day we look and she's not there at all." - The Belfast (UK) Daily Telegraph

It's no secret that Kate Middleton looks thinner than in years past. But the trend - real or perceived - has become a cause for alarm to many royal watchers.

Should we be worried that Kate is too thin?

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Kate Middleton this summer (left) and in 2009.

Reports that she is being held up as a role model on pro-anorexia websites - there scarily are such things - has turned the spotlight on her weight more than ever.

Observers reckon that the young woman who was once a healthy size 10-12 is now a UK size 4 - or, as it's known in the US, Size 0 - though this is not confirmed.

There is no doubt that Duchess Catherine has not "always been" as slender as she is now, but is it cause for concern? Or just tabloids looking to stir up drama?

What do you think: Is Kate Middleton too thin?

 

Kate Middleton Biography

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