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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
  • Kate Middleton, Hat

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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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Kate Middleton has officially stepped outside of her fashion comfort zone!

In London Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge worked the red carpet at the BOA Olympic Concert dress in a stunning emerald Jenny Packham pleated gown.

The design, which featured a low-cut neckline and a sheer, lace back, is accented with a crystal-adorned ribbon that cinched the royal's waist. Take a look:

  • Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham
  • Kate Middleton and Prince William Picture

The 30-year-old fashion icon paired the breathtaking dress with Jimmy Choo "Vamp" platform glitter sandals and a matching Jenny Packham bespoke clutch.

The more-revealing-than-normal number wasn't her only new look this week. Kate Middleton's dress earlier this week turned heads due to its slit up the leg.

Kate, who arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Prince William, wore her hair in an elaborate braided chignon that ensured the dress' sheer back was on display.

Another resounding style win, wouldn't you say? For many more of the fashionable royal's looks, follow the link for THG's gallery of Kate Middleton pics!

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Kate Middleton raised eyebrows this week when she wore a dress much more risque than her royal fan base is used to ... relatively speaking of course.

An Angelina Jolie Oscar pose leg thrust, it was not, but the Duchess showed some regal thigh when she stepped out with hubby Prince William in London.

Attending a private dinner at the Thirty Club, Kate Middleton dazzled in a cream colored Roland Mouret gown which exposed a daring amount of leg:

  • Kate Middleton, Roland Mouret Gown
  • Kate Middleton Shows Some Leg

The gorgeous dress, dubbed her raciest look since she came into the public eye, is still comparatively tame by most celebrity fashion standards.

The top was even more modest, featuring a high neck and long sleeves.

Her shoe selection - a pair of mile-high silver Jimmy Choo sandals that made her legs look endless - punctuated the look that had the whole UK buzzing.

With Kate's long, straight hair glowing and her dress hugging the curves of her slender frame ... William did well for himself. Let's just put it that way.

For many more of the fashionable royal's looks over the past few years, follow the link to peruse THG's gallery of Kate Middleton photos!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are back together and back on the red carpet. The royal couple, who are set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary Sunday, stepped out Wednesday for the London premiere of the Disney Nature film, African Cats.

Nothing could rain on their parade ... not even rain:

  • Kate, William
  • William and Kate at Movie Premiere

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a tailored gray Matthew Williamson peplum dress with a jeweled turquoise hem to the event, which benefitted one of her husband's charitable causes, the Tusk Trust charity.

The film tells the story of a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs.

It's the first event for William and Kate since he returned from military service in the Falklands. She held her own, making several appearances solo in his absence.

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Now that's St. Patrick's Day fashion done right.

Kate Middleton continued run of recent royal festivities with her husband away on military duty in the Falkland Islands as she set out to Aldershot, England, to greet and charm the Irish guards on Saturday, March 17.

Here's one of our favorite Kate Middleton photos from the event:

Kate Middleton in Green

Clad in an emerald coat dress cinched at the waist, the lovely Kate accessorized with a brown cap, matching pumps, and a bloom of shamrocks on to her lapel.

Kate Middleton also donned a clover pin that once belonged to The Queen Mother, Prince William's great-grandmother, who passed away in 2002.

After presenting soldiers with a basket of shamrocks (a tradition dating back to 1901), the 30-year-old got into the spirit with a sip of Harvey's Bristol Creme sherry.

Her outing also included adorning the Regimental mascot Clonmel (a black dog) with a shamrock on his collar. All in a day's work for the Duchess!

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds museum this spring, not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times!

Such is the popularity of the duchess and her fashion, that the waxwork attraction has decided to make four faux Kates, three of which will be unveiled April 4.

What will Kate Middleton be wearing in wax? These dresses!

  • William, Kate
  • Greeting the Public
  • Kate Middleton BAFTA Dress
  • Kate Middleton in Alice Temperley

Madame Tussauds will sculpt Kate replicas in (from left to right):

  1. A stunning, sheer Jenny Packham dress.
  2. The iconic blue Issa engagement dress in London.
  3. The lilac Alexander McQueen frock from the BAFTA gala in Los Angeles
  4. The black lace Temperley gown she wore to the premiere of War Horse.

"It is the first time that we have had a member of the royal family make their debut in multiple locations," a rep for Madame Tussauds tells People.

"All four designers have been involved in making the dresses and the Duke and Duchess have kept informed at every stage of the creation process."

Fun fact: The first royal family member to be immortalized in wax was William IV, who was monarch when Madame Tussauds first opened in London ... in 1835!

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Prince William who?

Kate Middleton, the lovely 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge, made her first solo public appearance since marrying into the royal family earlier this week.

Attending a preview of Lucian Freud paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Kate donned an affordable gray Jesire dress and four-inch heels.

Take a look at the Kate Middleton pictures below!

  • Kate Middleton, Gray Dress
  • Kate Middleton, Grey Dress

Middleton spoke with photographer Mary McCartney and Freud's daughter, Bella Freud, inside the museum, smiling as always.

The National Portrait Gallery is one of the five charities Middleton - an art history major at St. Andrews University - supports as part of her royal post.

William, meanwhile,is currently deployed 7,500 miles away in the Falkland Islands, near South America, as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.

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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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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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