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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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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."

Kate Middleton Hair

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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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.

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

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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The Duchess of Cambridge is also the Queen of Fashion.

Kate Middleton secured a spot in Vanity Fair’s 72nd Annual International Best-Dressed List in 2011, making the style cut for the second time in three years.

Praised by the publication for her “signature mix of high and low fashion,” Kate stole the hearts - and wardrobes - of many, showing the world that fashion does not always have to come at a steep price - even for a royal!

Kate Middleton, Big Hat

Her classic, elegant, and reproducible style garnered her the moniker “the pauper’s princess,” with her relatively affordable attire inspiring millions.

The $340 nude Reiss dress she wore when meeting the Obamas in May caused a blowout to the British retailer, selling out online and in the U.S.

From mid-level retailers to Zara to Top Shop, Kate Middleton has proven to be “the princess of our times,” says Zanna Roberts Rassi of Marie Claire:

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Kate Middleton was recently given a pair of Princess Diana's favorite earrings by Prince William, who previously gave her Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring. The earrings were said to be his late mother's favorites.

"Now that they're married, William wanted her to have some of his mother's favorite pieces that meant a lot to her," an insider tells The Daily Mail (UK).

Ever the fashionista, Kate Middleton opted to give Diana's earrings a modern twist by having the studs remodeled into drop earrings, as seen below:

Kate Middleton Earrings

Kate wore the earrings during her recent trip to the U.S.

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This weekend at Buckingham Palace, it will feel like April 29 all over again.

A new exhibit showcasing Kate Middelton's wedding dress, tiara and more opens to the public Saturday, with over 125,000 advance tickets already sold.

The exhibit will also display her shoes, jewelry, an artificial version of Kate's bouquet, and even the wedding cake, minus its top three layers, obviously.

The Duchess herself will be checking the exhibit out today alongside HRM Queen Elizabeth II, with whom she'll hang out later this summer as well.

The Royal Wedding Couple

Seeing the iconic dress in person, a USA Today reporter gushed over the details in the gown, which is "British craftsmanship at its best," such as:

"The sumptuousness of the lace flowers sewn onto the skirt and bodice, the deep vertical pleats that fall gracefully from the waistline down to the hem, the train's elaborate individual panels, deliberately engineered to hold their shape."

Whatever that means, Kate Middleton sure looked elegant.

The shoes for the big day, also by Alexander McQueen, were covered in white lace and featured heels 3-4 inches high. The exhibit ends October 3.

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Everything Kate Middleton touches turns to style gold.

After two weeks of pairing her designer dresses with sheer stockings, the fashionable Duchess of Cambridge is even making pantyhose popular again.

These aren't your '80s, egg-crate style 'hose, though. Kate's are always nude, with a hint of barely perceptible iridescence shining at the right angle.

She's also got great legs (Leggs?) ...

  • Kate Middleton, Red Dress
  • Kate Middleton in Blue

The trend has caught on in the UK, with a significant spike in nude hosiery since Kate's made them part of her dressing routine, according to the Daily Mail.

There's debate over this is really Kate Middleton's "look" or simply protocol.

An unwritten rule (there is no formal pantyhose requirement, contrary to reports) that royal ambassadors and guests dress to make the queen proud.

In short, closed-toed shoes, mid-length skirts and probably pantyhose.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model and now First Lady of France, wears them. Even Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, a de facto royal, has followed suit.

By emulating those three, you could do a lot worse fashion-wise.

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On the last day of their Canadian tour (they arrive in the U.S. today) Prince William and Kate Middleton went all out for the Calgary Stampede.

Wearing Stetsons and jeans, the royal couple were greeted by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency David Johnston, at the event.

As they watched a performance by the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, the Duke and Duchess were even seeing tapping his toes!

Kate and William in Cowboy Hats

YEE-HA: William and Kate looked great, don't y'all agree?

Margaret Southern, co-chairman of the Spruce Meadows equestrian park in Calgary, Alberta, said, "I was proud to see them wearing their hats."

"William said 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do,' and I thought that was very sweet ... They didn't have to wear the hats, but they did."

"Kate said to me, 'Doesn't William look handsome?'"

We'd have to say she was right, wouldn't you? The look suits the Duchess, too. This is easily one of our favorite Kate Middleton pics to date!

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Continuing their whirlwind tour of the great nation to our north, Prince William and spouse Kate Middleton visited the Northwest Territories Tuesday.

During their appearances there, the British royal couple looked happy and stylish as ever, with Kate trading her white dress for skinny jeans.

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Which look worked best on the Duchess? There's no wrong answer, but pick your favorite by casting a vote in THG's Fashion Face-Off below!

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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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