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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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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?

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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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In case you thought Kate Middleton got any less stylish over the past few months, you were mistaken! Not that anyone in their right mind would think that. Anyway.

The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads this weekend at London's annual military awards show designed to recognize servicemen and women throughout the UK.

The 29-year-old wife of Prince William wore a beautiful black Alexander McQueen gown as she and husband William attended "A Night of Heroes." Take a look ...

  • Kate Middleton Smiling
  • Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Yes, that is Prince Harry creeping in the background.

The gown, which appeared to be strapless and black velvet, was accessorized with sparkly earrings and a necklace that she reportedly received as royal wedding gifts.

Kate's wedding dress, of course, was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The girl definitely has her favorites ... and exquisite taste, if you ask us.

Wills, meanwhile, looked dapper in a classic black tux at the event, part of a busy week for the couple, who will spend Christmas at the palace and with her family.

All in all, they make Britain proud with each public appearance. Check out our gallery of Kate Middleton pictures for more fashion highlights from the past year!

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After a brief hiatus, the rumor mill once again is buzzing with reports that Prince William got Kate Middleton pregnant with the future heir(ess) to the throne.

The reason for the most recent speculation? A conspicuous clutch!

When Kate joined her in-laws at a concert at Royal Albert Hall benefiting the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and the Prince's Trust, all eyes were on the Duchess ... specifically her lower belly region, which was covered up! OMG!

Kate Middleton, Clutch

Like the entire cast of Grey's Anatomy holding pillows and plates of food and sitting down a lot and being shown from the neck up, Kate is OBVIOUSLY pregnant, right?

Not so fast.

Middleton cinched a $99 lace-accented Zara sheath (which is already sold out, naturally) with a wide black belt, but when Kate was holding her purse off to the side, instead of in front, her waistline looked as tiny as always.

So ... that's pretty much that.

The ever-stylish princess also wore a black Ralph Lauren jacket, black tights and heels, BTW. She's very pretty and was recently named Britain's Best Dressed.

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Kate Middleton was dubbed the "People's Princess" earlier this year when she became the first commoner to marry an heir to the British throne in centuries.

On Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) is getting ready to do the same on January 30, as she is engaged to Louis, the Prince of Monaco.

Meester was seen on the street filming in her wedding dress ... a runaway bride perhaps? Or filming a dream sequence? Impossible to say for another two months.

What you can say now is whether Gossip Girl fashion compares to the real deal! Whose wedding dress do you like better, Kate's or Blair's? Vote below!

Fashion Face-Off!

Kate Middleton, real-life royal princess, tied the knot in April. Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf is set to in January. Whose wedding dress do you like best? View Poll »

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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:

  • Gorgeous KM
  • Prince William and Duchess Catherine
  • Kate Middleton BAFTA Dress
  • Kate Middleton, Skinny Jeans
  • Dragon Boaters
  • Kate and William in Cowboy Hats
  • Kate Middleton, Figure
  • Heirs to the Throne
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton Picture
  • Kate Middleton Hair
  • Demure Duchess
  • Is Kate Too Thin?
  • Kate Middleton in 2009
  • Kate and William in Canada
  • Kate Middleton, Silver Hat
  • Kate Middleton and Prince William Photo
  • Kate and Pippa Middleton
  • The Royal Wedding Couple

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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.

  • Queen Elizabeth 2 Photo
  • Kate is Great

"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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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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