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Queen of style.

IF last year was all about one big white dress, 2012 has been a showcase of Kate Middleton''s entire wardrobe. With a demanding diary of Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Olympic spectating, state dinners and charity engagements, the Duchess of Cambridge has stepped up her role as fashion queen.

Little wonder her high street, vintage and second-hand buys have been upgraded to designer pieces thanks to a reported pounds 35,000 clothing allowance from Prince Charles.

Luckily, you don''t need a royal budget to emulate her regal style. The high street is quick to leap on her every elegant fashion move with affordable options. Here''s how to copycat Kate. Get her look and then accessorise with your very own Prince Charming.

CASUAL KATE Kate proved to be a good sport during London 2012 with a string of supportive outings in her capacity as official Olympic ambassador. She looked relaxed in Team GB tracksuit tops, and white fitted polo tops were one of her favoured spectator pieces. Try Esprit''s stretch polo top, pounds 13.99.

Team with Kate''s current penchant for coloured skinny jeans, which show off her slender legs. Sales of coral jeans soared when she sported them to play hockey during a GB team training session. George at Asda has a similar pair for just pounds 14 (left).

The Duchess often smartens up a casual outfit with a fitted navy blazer. Pull on Peter Hahn''s gold button blazer, pounds 59. As for Kate''s Stuart Weitzman navy wedges, raise your game (and height) with Dune''s Ghita closed toe wedges, pounds 75.

When it comes to everyday dog walking and food shopping, Kate tends to veer towards a neutral palette. Channel her on-trend countryside style with John Lewis''s cashmere toast v-neck jumper, pounds 69.

FORMAL KATE Occasionwear is where Kate really excels. Her choice of knee-grazing hems, long sleeves and demure necklines make her a fashion icon.

Kate guaranteed she could be spotted on the Thames from a distance during the Queen''s Jubilee river pageant in eyepopping red. Fashion Union''s belted dress has the same peplum waist and skater skirt detail, pounds 22.

Kate regularly wears cobalt blue. Replicate it with BHS''s bargain blue dress, pounds 25.

She uses blush and nude shades to ooze chic for special occasions. Cinch your waist like Kate in her ladylike lace Alexander McQueen number by adding a belt to Lipsy''s Amy Childs lace pencil dress, pounds 65. The Duchess isn''t afraid to recycle outfits and her blue collarless Missoni coat is one of her repeat favourites.

Transform any dress with M&S'' Autograph sequin collarless coat, pounds 135 (available October).

GLAMOUR KATE Reminiscent of her Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress, Kate loves lace and the Temperley masterpiece she wore to the War Horse premiere echoed the same V-neckline. Get the look for a fraction of the price with Kaliko''s lace maxi dress, pounds 180 (due September).

She wowed the crowds looking like a goddess in emerald green wearing a flowing Jenny Packham gown at an Olympics gala dinner. Get the regal jewel look with Mango''s green chiffon maxi dress, pounds 89.99 (left).

She isn''t adverse to a shorter shape. Her Matthew Williamson dress dazzled at another premiere with its bejewelled collar and sleeves. Try French Connection''s Winter Gems tunic dress, pounds 165.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2012
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