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    >>> for months kate middleton has dazzled at royal events and now the real work begins for the duchess of cambridge. she is about to devote a big portion of her life to charity as the new patron of several very grateful organizations. we have nbc's michelle koez insky at buckingham palace this morning joining us with details. good morning.

    >> reporter: hi, ann. yeah. over the last couple months we've seen princess katherine make these low-key, very personal visits to charities that touch her heart. many of them are small. for her to reach out to them unexpectedly they say you can't imagine the difference now her patronage will make in so many lives. and this is the way she will serve her country. it is evident immediately. katherine has a natural way with kindness. in particular with children.

    >> just like one of a kind.

    >> reporter: and an art history back when she met her prince kate also holds a place in her heart for art. it's all reflected in the charity she has just chosen as royal patron, the art room, giving kids with major difficulties a place to gain confidence.

    >> it's a powerful thing.

    >> reporter: and kate will be patron of the national portrait gallery wherein will likely hang her portrait one day. she will volunteer with the scouts.

    >> what an inspiration she is and that is just going to grow and grow.

    >> reporter: she also chose a children's hospice that princess diana helped open 22 years ago. kate wants an active role helping families like the clemmons who lost a child at only four days old.

    >> sweet and gentle and kind and you can really feel that when you meet her and you feel comfortable in her presence.

    >> the palace had been quite careful about keeping kate as a supporting role to prince william . but the announcement of the charities, the solar charities, show that she is going to start a royal career on her own in a way really quite early for her to do so because princess diana took many years before she stepped out on her own.

    >> reporter: and another organization katherine chose touches a far more difficult subject. addiction. here kate 's support can help more people regain their lives.

    >> for someone who is globally respected to care is quite extraordinary. i think it's just great that the royal family is stepping forward.

    >> reporter: it's tough to over state the impact this could have on the charities that might otherwise be invisible during tough times to suddenly being able to raise hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. and what great timing, too. now the princess's job is being announced just before she turns the big three zero. her birthday is monday.

    >> michelle kosinski , thanks so much.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has named charities she will officially support, including several that help young people.
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Following in the footsteps of her husband’s mother Princess Diana, whose concern for children’s issues was evidenced in the charities she chose to lend her official support, Duchess Kate has accepted honorary positions with several organizations that help young people, St. James Palace revealed.

A Brownie during her own childhood, the Duchess of Cambridge will serve as a volunteer leader with the youngest scouts — Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts — near the home she shares with her husband William in north Wales, where he is stationed with the Royal Air Force. She joins the ranks of nearly 100,000 other scout volunteers across the United Kingdom.

At the age of 8, Kate enrolled as a Brownie with the 1st St Andrew's pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire. According to the Scout Association, Kate will help with the day-to-day working of her packs as well as activities such as running games, teaching first aid, and helping out with cooking and campfires.

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In addition to the Scout Association, Kate has become a patron of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices and The Art Room, which works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. Her other charity choices: Action on Addiction, an anti-drug organization, and the National Portrait Gallery.

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Princess Diana lent her support to the Great Ormond St. Hospital for Children NHS Trust and charities that worked to help children with leukemia and disadvantaged and at-risk young people. She also crusaded against landmines, many of whose victims are children who blunder into them innocently.

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Over the coming months, Kate will make private and public visits to the charities she has chosen. Since September, she has been researching charities to support and has already made a series of private visits to a number of organizations. Her patronage choices reflect her personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity, and the support of young people in need, the palace said.

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While charity patronages are considered an important activity for members of the royal family, the charities chosen also get a real boost from the publicity. Only hours after the announcement, Kate's photo is already front and center on the websites of the charities chosen.

"The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us," said chief scout Bear Grylls in a news release.

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  1. Remembering the fallen

    The Duchess of Cambridge wears everything from fancy hats to casual jeans. See how Prince William's wife can easily go from a high society affair to shopping on the streets of London.

    Prince Harry, Duchess Kate and Prince William pause while visiting a dramatic installation of red ceramic poppies commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I at the Tower of London on Aug. 5, 2014. Kate wore a subdued blue dress and was seen wiping away a tear as she made her way through the grounds. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Paying respects

    Duchess Kate maintains a somber tone in a crisp, off-white dress and hat while walking past World War I gravestones on Aug. 4, 2014. This photo was captured as she arrived for a commemoration ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I at the St. Symphorien cemetery in Belgium. (Chris Jackson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Fashionably fit

    The Duchess of Cambridge sports a flattering blue skirt while playing the South African game Three Tins during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland on July 29, 2014. (Danny Lawson / Pa Wire / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A fashion pro

    Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland during the 20th Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2014. Kate's attire looked simultaneously casual and professional. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Pretty in pink

    Duchess Kate wears a brightly colored dress while visiting an M-PACT Plus Counselling program for families affected by addiction at Blessed Sacrament School in London on July 1, 2014. She paired the vibrant dress with a simple pair of nude pumps. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Buttoned up

    Duchess Kate wears a sophisticated Alexander McQueen outfit during an official visit to Bletchley Park on June 18, 2014 in Bletchley, England. (Danny E. Martindale / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Hats off

    Duchess Kate, clad in a light blue Christopher Kane coat, stands with the Countess of Wessex as they watch Queen Elizabeth II lead the Knights of the Garter to the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony from the Galilee Porch on June 16, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Graceful lace

    Duchess Kate recycled a lace Alexander McQueen dress for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London on June 10, 2014. (John Stillwell / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Black and white

    Duchess Kate, in a spring white style, met supporters of a bid to launch a British Team for the America's Cup, at the National Maritime Museum in London June 10, 2014. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Blue as a bird

    Prince William and Duchess Kate attend a remembrance ceremony, in Arromanches, France, on June 6, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the 70 anniversary of the D-Day landing. (Remy De La Mauviniere / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Red on red

    Duchess Kate wears a Jonathan Saunders coat while visiting the Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff, U.K., on May 29. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Down Under

    Prince William and Duchess Kate tour the Australian War Memorial on ANZAC Day on April 25, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cut it out

    Prince William and Duchess Kate, wearing a white cocktail dress by Lela Rose, stand together as they attend a reception hosted by Governor General Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at Government House in Canberra April 24, 2014. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Going green

    Prince William and Duchess Kate, in an emerald green coatdress by Catherine Walker, visit the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia on April 24, 2014. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. All hail McQueen

    Duchess Kate wears an Alexander McQueen coat while walking with The Most Reverend Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, right, following an Easter Sunday service at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney on April 20. (Pool via AP; Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Best lace forward

    Duchess Kate arrives in a yellow lace dress to observe a Bird Show at Taronga Zoo on April 20 in Sydney, Australia. (Ryan Pierse / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Prints charming

    Duchess Kate, in a floral print dress by LK Bennett, arrives at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley on April 19 in Brisbane, Australia. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Like a ray of sunshine

    Prince William and Duchess Kate, in a bright yellow dress, greet crowds outside Sydney Opera House in Sydney on April 16, 2014. (Rick Rycroft / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Royal red

    Kate, in a red skirt suit by Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli, visits Christchurch City Council Buildings on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Totally teal

    Prince William and Duchess Kate are accompanied by the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral after attending a Palm Sunday service at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Dunedin, New Zealand on April 13, 2014. (Gerard O'brien / Pool / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Dressed for the game

    Kate enjoys some sports at the Forstyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand on April 13, 2014. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Chic in black

    Kate attends an art unveiling ceremony at a state reception in Wellington, New Zealand on April 10, 2014. (Hagen Hopkins / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Beautiful in blue

    The duchess wears a coat dress by one of her favorite designers, Alexander McQueen, while at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Seymour Square near Blenheim, in New Zealand on April 10, 2014. (Reuters; Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Too cute

    Kate, in a Tory Burch dress, holds Prince George during a Plunket nurse and parents group visit in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 9, 2014. Plunket is a not-for-profit organization that provides care for children and families. (Marty Melville / Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Royal tour

    Kate and Prince George arrive at New Zealand's Wellington Military Terminal on April 7, 2014. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Wedding party

    Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate attend the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England. (Max Mumby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Green day

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents a Shamrock to Domhnall (The Irish Wolf Hound Regimental Mascot) as she attends the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks on March 17, 2014 in Aldershot, England. (Max Mumby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Lady in red

    Duchess Kate, in a red Alexander McQueen dress, meets performers during the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace on Feb. 17, 2014 in London, England. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Ready for spring

    Duchess Kate gets a start on spring in a bright blue sheath dress while attending the opening of the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School on Feb. 14, 2014 in Ealing, England. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Bold bling

    On Feb. 11, Duchess Kate stepped out wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad, a diamond necklace Queen Elizabeth II received as a wedding gift for her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. Kate wore the dazzling necklace to a fund-raising gala for the National Portrait Gallery in London. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Holiday outfit

    Duchess Kate, wearing a tartan McQ by Alexander McQueen coat dress, arrives for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham on Dec. 25, 2013 in King's Lynn, England. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Live in 3D

    Duchess Kate and Prince William attend a screening of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D on Dec. 11 in London. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Twice as nice

    Duchess Kate and Prince William attend the London premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' on December 5, 2013. The relatable royal recycled a Roland Mouret gown she wore last summer, and paired it with an affordable necklace from Zara. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. The tiara returns

    Kate, 31, is glimpsed wearing a tiara as she leaves Kensington Palace for a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace on Dec. 3, 2013. It was the royal's first time publicly wearing a tiara since the royal wedding on Apr. 29, 2011. (Splash News, AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Go ask Alice

    Duchess Kate, in an Alice Temperley dress, attends the annual SportsAid dinner at Victoria Embankment Gardens on Nov. 28, 2013 in London. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. All smiles

    Duchess Kate smiles as she leaves the Only Connect and ex-offenders projects on Nov. 19, 2013, in London. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Time of remembrance

    Kate, wearing a Temperley London coat, attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Nov. 10, 2013, in London. (Max Mumby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Royal red

    Prince William and Duchess Kate, sporting a bright red L.K. Bennett coat, prepare to meet staff and volunteers from the Royal British Legions London Poppy Day Appeal at Kensington Palace on Nov. 7, 2013. (Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. The new black

    Duchess Kate wears a Jenny Packham dress while attending a gala dinner in aid of Action on Addiction in London on Oct. 24, 2013. (Ian West / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Royal Christening

    Duchess Kate carries her son Prince George after his christening at St. James's Palace in London on Oct. 23, 2013. She wore an Alexander McQueen dress and Jane Taylor fascinator. (John Stillwell / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Sporty casual

    Duchess Kate waves as she leaves after a visit to a SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, on Oct. 18, 2013. The duchess viewed young athletes taking part in a number of sports activities. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Sparkling

    Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive to attend the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society in London on Sept. 12, 2013. (Peter Nicholls / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Back after baby

    Duchess Kate and Prince William arrive at Breakwater Country Park for the start of the Ring O' Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon on August 30, 2013. This was Kate's first public appearance since the birth of Prince George. (Paul Lewis / The Daily Mail / Pa / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. That's my baby

    With husband Prince William by her side, Duchess Kate, wearing a Jenny Packham dress, revealed her newborn son to the world on July 23, 2013, at St. Mary's hospital in London. (Rick Findler / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Making magic

    Prince Harry, Duchess Kate and Prince William raise their wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the "Harry Potter" films at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2013, in London, England. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Fishing expedition

    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby, England on March 5, 2013. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Top hat

    Kate, wearing a Lock & Company pillbox hat, attends the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson on March 2, 2013 in Arosa, Switzerland. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Flower power

    Duchess Kate leaves Hope House charity in south London on February 19, 2013. The Duchess visited Hope House, an all-female rehabilitation center which is is one of the projects run by her patronage, Action on Addiction. (Mary Turner / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. A royal pair

    Prince William and Duchess Kate leave King Edward VII hospital where Kate was being treated for acute morning sickness on Dec. 6 in London, England. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Mad for plaid

    Kate visited St. Andrew’s, the school she attended from 1986-1995, and paid homage to the academy’s signature tartan and forest green in a plaid coatdress by McQ, a brand from the late Alexander McQueen, in Berkshire, England, on Nov. 30. (Arthur Edwards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Green glory

    Kate recycled a bright green Mulberry dress for a visit to officially open the new Treasures Gallery at the Natural History Museum in central London on Nov. 27. (Dominic Lipinski / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Winter white

    Kate wore a cream-colored coat by MaxMara Studio while meeting members of the public during a visit to Manor School in Cambridge, England on Nov. 28. (Chris Jackson / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Lace it up

    Kate recycles a lace Alice Temperley gown while attending a gala dinner in aid of the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign at Middle Temple Hall on Nov. 8 in London, England. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Bell-sleeve curve

    The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she talks to Olympic and Paralympic athletes during a reception for Team GB Medallists at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games at Buckingham Palace in London on October 23. (John Stillwell / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. Posing pretty

    Duchess Kate, wearing a chic oxblood-colored suit by French brand Paule Ka, poses with Prince William at Middle Temple on Oct. 8 in London. The royal couple met recipients of the Queen Mother Scholarship, the Diana, Princess of Wales Scholarship and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarships. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Recycle star

    Duchess Kate is not above wearing the same outfit twice, especially when it's as stunning as this blue silk Erdem Moralioglu dress. On left, she wears it during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 16, 2012; on right, she returns to it for the wedding of Thierry Kelaart and Patrick Heathcoat-Amory on Sept. 29, 2012. (Getty Images, Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Dancing duchess

    Duchess Kate dances with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule on Sept. 18, 2012, in Tuvalu, during the Diamond Jubilee tour on which she and Prince William represented the queen. (Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Gift necklace

    Kate wears a necklace given to her as she visits the Solomon Islands on Sept. 17, 2012. (Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. South Pacific welcome

    Duchess Kate arrives in Marau on on day 7 of the Diamond Jubilee Tour, Sept. 17, 2012, in Marau, Guadacanal Province, Solomon Islands. (Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Island girl

    Kate poses in traditional Island clothing during a visit to the Governor General's House in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, on Sept. 16, 2012. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Garland of flowers

    Kate arrives in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, on day 6 of the royal couple's Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on Sept. 16, 2012. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Bye bye Borneo

    Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave farewell before leaving Lahad Datu airport on the island of Borneo on Sept. 15, 2012. (pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Heading East

    Kate wears a Temperley London dress as she departs with Prince William from the Kuala Lumpur airport on Sept. 14 during the royal couple's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East. (Arhtur Edwards / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Covered up

    Kate channels the late Princess Diana in a headscarf and Beulah London dress on her visit to the Assyakirin Mosque on Sept. 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  65. Hibiscus homage

    The Duchess attends an official dinner hosted by Malaysia's Head of State Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah on Sept. 13. The gold-and-white gown was designed by Alexander McQueen and has the national flower of Malaysia, the hibiscus, embroidered on it. (Mark Large / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  66. Cemetery visit

    Kate visits Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in a pale blue dress by Jenny Packham on Sept. 13. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  67. Going to a gala

    The royal couple arrives at a British Gala reception in Singapore on September 12. Kate dons a dress by Erdem, a Canadian designer the royal has worn before. (Nicolas Asfouri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  68. Simple silk

    In a silk frock by Asian brand Raoul, the royal fashionista tours Queenstown, Singapore with Prince William in Sept. 2012. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  69. Flirty and feminine in the forest

    The royal couple tours the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on Sept. 12. Kate wore a flirty skirt suit by Alexander McQueen — the second time she’s worn an outfit by the designer on the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East. (Wong Maye-E / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  70. Perfect in purple

    Duchess Kate looks radiant in the Prabal Gurung dress she wore to meet with Singapore’s President Tony Tan on Sept. 11. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  71. Medal-ready

    The Duchess wore a nautical-inspired Emilio Pucci blazer and pencil skirt to the medal ceremony for the Men’s Discus Throw at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Sept. 2012. She paired the outfit with wedges by Stuart Weitzman and a Team Great Britain paralympic scarf. (Stefan Rousseau / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  72. Ready to run

    Kate keeps it casual at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in an Adidas polo with matching red sneakers on August 30. (Stefan Rousseau / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  73. Wearing white

    The Duchess attends the women’s hockey bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in August 2012. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  74. Royal stripes

    Kate wears a striped shirt and navy blazer to the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  75. Cocktail party chic

    All-glammed up in a pale frock by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Illincic, the fashionista attends the UK Creative Industries reception in London on July 30. (Geoff Pugh / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  76. Opening outfit

    Kate poses during a reception at Buckingham Palace for the Olympics opening ceremony in London, England on July 27. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  77. Stylish school days

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Bacon's College on July 26 in London, England. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  78. Casually cool

    Duchess Kate dresses down in jeans and $500 wellies to watch her husband, Prince William play in a polo match on June 17. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  79. Color coordinated

    Kate, wearing a dress by one of her favorite designers, Erdem Moralioglu, watches the annual Trooping the Colour parade with her step mother in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on June 16. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  80. Reuse, recycle

    Kate attends the wedding of friends on June 9, wearing a Jenny Packham dress that she wore during her tour of North America in the summer of 2011. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  81. Buckingham Palace balcony

    Prince William, Kate (wearing Alexander McQueen), and Prince Harry watch a military fly-over from the Buckingham Palace balcony for the queen's Diamond Jubilee in London on June 5. (Stefan Wermuth / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  82. Jubilee river flotilla

    Prince William Kate prepare to board the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames on June 3. For the celebration, Kate wore Alexander McQueen. (David Crump / Pa Wire / Pool / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  83. Jubilee lunch

    Duchess Kate wears a crepe-wool coat dress designed by Emilia Wickstead, which clocks in at almost $1,900. She wore this to Queen Elizabeth II's Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2012, an event held to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. (Arthur Edwards / AFP- Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  84. Stunning in teal

    Prince William and Duchess Kate, wearing a teal Jenny Packham gown, attend the "Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert" at the Royal Albert Hall on May 11 in London, England. (Alastair Grant / WPA pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  85. Thigh high

    Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive for a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridges on May 8 in London, England. Giving in to the high-slit trend, Kate wore an elegant, floor-length cream Roland Mouret gown, accessorizing with strappy metallic sandals by Jimmy Choo. (Samir Hussein / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  86. Beauty in blue

    Clad in royal blue, Kate poses pretty at Goldsmith's Hall in central London on April 26, following a reception to celebrate the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  87. 'You can stand under my umbrella'

    What a gentleman: Prince William shelters Kate (wearing a custom Matthew Williamson dress) from the rain as they arrive for the British Premiere of "African Cats" in London on April 25. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  88. Digging it

    The Duchess of Cambridge, clad in a cobalt blue Reiss dress and a colorful bracelet, plants a tree after opening a children's hospice in Ipswich, England on March 19. (Andrew Winning / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  89. We're green with envy

    Dressed in theme, Kate presented shamrock flowers at a parade ground at an army base in southern England on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  90. Field day

    Kate knows how to dress up and down her coral-colored jeans. On left, she tried her hand at field hockey at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park on March 15 in London. On right, she wears the Team GB official supporter's scarf during the same visit. (WPA Pool via Getty Images, Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  91. Gray display

    Duchess Kate arrives to visit the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London on March 15, 2012. The Duchess visited the Dulwich after playing hockey with members of the British Olympic team at the Riverside Arena. (Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  92. Station sensation

    Kate arrives at Leicester Train Station as she accompanies Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the first date of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour of the U.K., March 8, 2012. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  93. The three Rs (for Royals, that is)

    From left, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Queen Elizabeth II await a plaque unveiling outside Fortnum & Mason store on March 1, 2012 in London. The trio met military personnel and staff, viewed the store's Diamond Jubilee product ranges and unveiled a plaque for the regeneration of Piccadilly. (Toby Melville / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  94. For art's sake

    In her role as Patron of The Art Room, Duchess Kate leaves after visiting The Art Room's classroom at Rose Hill Primary School on Feb. 21, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  95. Charity begins at home

    Duchess Kate visits Alder Hey Children's Hospital on Feb. 14, 2012, in Liverpool, England. She was visiting charities while husband Prince William was serving in the Falklands. (WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  96. Pretty as a picture

    Kate attends a preview of Lucian Freud paintings at the National Portrait Gallery on Feb. 8, 2012 in London, England. The royal, who has a degree in the history of art and became patron last month of the National Portrait Gallery, attended the exhibition, featuring 130 artworks spanning the length of Freud's painting career from the early 1940s until his final, unfinished work. (Yui Mok / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  97. 'War Horse' premiere

    Britain's Prince William arrives with Duchess Kate, wearing a lace gown by Alice Temperley, to the UK premiere of the film 'War Horse' in London Jan. 8, 2012. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  98. Christmas service

    Kate, wearing a colorful winter hat, arrives to attend a Christmas Service at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's Norfolk retreat in England, on Dec. 25, 2011. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  99. Helping the homeless

    Kate watches a performance at Centerpoint's Camberwell Foyer in London on Dec. 21, 2011. The national charity Centrepoint provides housing and support to improve the lives of homeless young people aged 16 to 25. (Ben Stansall / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  100. Remembering the armed forces

    (From L-R) Britain's Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave after attending "A Night of Heroes," a gala to honor members of the British armed forces in London on Dec. 19, 2011. (John Stillwell / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  101. Charity concert

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William arrive for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 6, 2011 in London, England. Kate stepped out in a tulip dress from Zara. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  102. Raising awareness

    Kate stays safe safe in a hard hat as she visits the UNICEF emergency supply center on Nov. 2, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  103. Soldiering on

    The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Machan Coffee bar in the center of Birmingham, Britain, wearing a military-style silk blouse with an embellished wool skirt from Alexander McQueen in August 2011. (David Jones / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  104. Fascinating fascinator

    Catherine and Prince William attend the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on July 30, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was largely a low-key affair, with only a hint of the glamor and excitement of Will and Kate’s show-stopping nuptials. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  105. Heading home

    Prince William and Kate prepare for their departure from Los Angeles in July 2011 following a nonstop weekend that included a few chukkas of polo, time with Hollywood’s own version of royalty and several events that raised millions for charity. (John Shearer / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  106. Red carpet glamour

    Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles on July 9, 2011. (Mark Large / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  107. Blooming dress

    The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Foundation Polo Challenge in Carpinteria, Calif., in July 2011. The event benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, a charity which supports disadvantaged children, conservation and sustainable development, veterans and military families. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  108. Green with envy

    Prince William and Kate look on during a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles on July 8, 2011. (Chris Pizzello / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  109. Royal rodeo

    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, attends a rodeo demonstration at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Calgary, Alberta. (Nathan Denette / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  110. A ray of sunshine

    Duchess Kate wears a yellow silk dress from Jenny Packham while visiting the University of Calgary hospital during her trip with Prince William to Calgary, Alberta, July 7, 2011. (Todd Korol / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  111. Dainty in denim

    The Duchess of Cambridge changes into pants before departing withPrince William on a sea plane after visiting Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on July 5, 2011. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  112. O, Canada

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a ceremony at Province House in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island as part of their Royal Tour of Canada, on July 4, 2011. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  113. Graceful in gray

    Duchess Kate arrives on board HMCS Montreal on July 2, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  114. Royal blue

    The Duchess of Cambridge attends a Freedom of the City Ceremony outside City Hall on July 3, 2011 in Quebec, Canada. (George Pimentel / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  115. Marking Canada Day

    The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, where she watched new citizens receive their citizen certificates on Canada Day, June 1, 2011. (Arthur Edwards / The Sun / Pa / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  116. Tennis smash

    Duchess Kate attends the fourth round match between Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Venus Williams of the United States at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London on June 27, 2011. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  117. They love a parade

    The royal couple attend the Irish Guards Afghanistan Operational Medals Parade at Victoria Barracks on June 25, 2011, in Windsor, England. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  118. Official travel portrait

    Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, in a navy suit by Amanda Wakeley, pose for the official tour portrait for their trip to Canada and California, in the gardens of Clarence House in London on June 3, 2011. (St James's Palace via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  119. Hats off

    Duchess Kate watches the procession pass at the Order of The Garter Service in Windsor, England, on June 13, 2011. The annual service is held in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  120. Repeat performance

    The Duchess of Cambridge leaves St. George’s Chapel, with other members of the royal family, after a service to mark Prince Philip's 90th birthday, in Windsor, west of London on June 12, 2011.

    Kate wore the same periwinkle blue Jacquard coat dress that she wore in 2009 for the wedding of her husband’s close friend, Nicholas van Cutsem. (Carl Court / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  121. Old favorite

    The Duchess of Cambridge attends the wedding of friends Sam Waley-Cohen and Annabel Ballin on June 11, 2011, wearing a dress that she was spotted in four years earlier while on the town with her sister. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  122. Family photo

    Duchess Kate, right, is surrounded by members of her husband's family, including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Harry, Lady Louise Windsor and Eloise Taylor, after the Trooping the Colour Parade on June 11, 2011 in London. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  123. Pretty in pink

    Duchess Kate went high fashion on June 9, 2011 and wore a $6,000 sparkling Jenny Packham gown to the 10th Annual Absolute Return for Kids Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace. (Arthur Edwards / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  124. Casual elegance

    Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge walk together on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on April 30, 2011, the day after their highly anticipated wedding at Westminster Abbey. Kate is known for her "every-girl" fashion choices, like this blue dress said to be from retailer Zara. (John Stillwell / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  125. Take two

    The Duchess of Cambridge changed into this strapless white satin gown and angora cardigan to attend the black tie reception at Buckingham Palace after her wedding to Prince William. This gown, along with her stunning wedding dress, was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. (John Stillwell / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  126. Here comes the bride

    Kate waves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey for her wedding to Prince William, wearing a gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. (Odd Andersen / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  127. Suit up

    Kate — in a navy blue suit by British designer Amanda Wakeley — and Prince William visit Whitton Park on April 11, 2011 in Darwen, England. With less than three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton are making one of their final public appearances. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  128. Buttoned up

    Kate arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The royal couple visited Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  129. Royal red

    Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the University of St. Andrews as part of its 600th anniversary celebrations on Feb. 25, 2011, in Glenrothes, Scotland. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  130. Fits like a glove

    Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton smile following a naming ceremony for the new Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) Atlantic 85 lifeboat "Hereford Endeavour" at Treadur Bay lifeboat station on Anglesey, North Wales, Feb. 24, 2011. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  131. Bridal white

    Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in one of two official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment at St James's Palace in London on Nov. 25, 2010. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  132. Sapphire style

    Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton pose for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James's Palace, central London. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  133. Bold blue

    Kate Middleton and Prince William attend Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Oct. 23, 2010, in Northleach near Cheltenham, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  134. Lovely lavender

    Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on Aug. 14, 2009, in London, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  135. A day at the races

    Catherine attends the Epsom Downs Racecourse on June 4, 2011 in a white chiffon dress from Reiss and a white tweed jacket, where she watched the queen's horse take third place. (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  136. Pretty in pink

    Kate Middleton, in a dress by Daniella Issa Helayel, attends the Boodles Boxing Ball, in aid of Starlight Children's Foundation, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, England, on June 7, 2008. (Davidson/O'Neill / Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  137. Hats off

    Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, laugh together as they watch the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008, in Windsor, England. (Tim Graham Picture Library / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  138. Horsing around

    Kate Middleton walks the cross country course as she attends the Badminton Horse Trials on May 4, 2007, in Badminton, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  139. Capped

    Kate Middleton attends the final day of Cheltenham Festival on March 16, 2007, in Gloucestershire, England. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  140. Lady in waiting

    Prince William stands beside Kate Middleton in the paddock enclosure on the first day of the annual Cheltenham Race Festival at Cheltenham Race course, west of England, on March 13, 2007. (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  141. Party girl

    Kate Middleton leaves London's Mahiki club on Feb. 1, 2007. (Niki Nikolova / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  142. Light as a feather

    Kate Middleton leaves St. Cyriac's Church, Lacock, Wiltshire, following the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes on May 7, 2006. (Tim Ockenden / PA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  143. Fur the fun of it

    Kate Middleton wears a Russian-style fur hat to the final day of Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006, in Cheltenham, England. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  144. Seeing red

    Kate Middleton arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, on Dec. 15, 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade, of whom 227 passed out receiving their commission and becoming officers. (Ben Gurr / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  145. White out

    Kate Middleton is seen shopping around London in September 2005. (Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  146. Fringe benefits

    Kate Middleton attends the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on Aug. 6, 2005, in Stroud, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  147. Tanked

    Kate Middleton and her father, Michael Middleton, sighted prior to her graduation ceremony at the University of St. Andrews, where she obtained a 2:1 degree in the History of Art on June 23, 2005, in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Indigo / Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  148. Grad gown

    Kate Middleton after her graduation ceremony at St Andrews University, in Scotland, in 2005. (Michael Dunlea / Daily Mail via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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