The model princess: Why the royal fiancée is fast becoming Britain's style ambassador

15 MARCH 2011

Kate Middleton's visit to Belfast early March was more evidence that there is an emerging style icon in our midst.

Sporting a Burberry lightweight wool trench coat with a flared hem, Prince William's fiancée looked more on-trend than ever.

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And Kate's style of feminine, classic dressing seems to be influencing women's sartorial selections worldwide, confirmed by the effects of her wardrobe choices.

Luxe label Burberry has already reaped the benefits of Kate's seal of approval, as the trench coat subsequently sold out in 24 hours.

A purse-friendly George at Asda version – at £22, a snippet of the original's £650 price tag – saw sales soar by 300 per cent.

The blue Issa wrap-dress that she wore for her engagement announcement also sold out in minutes and versions have since emerged in several high-street stores.

But Kate has also worn pieces by Topshop and French Connection, showing that high-street is also fit for a princess.

 

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And the white ruffle dress she wore by high-street brand Reiss for official engagement photos was in such high demand that the store have reintroduced the design.

With natural beauty and a desirable figure, Kate is fast becoming an extremely valuable powerhouse to the fashion industry.

UK Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman revealed to HELLO! magazine her sartorial hopes for the future princess.

"I think we are in the fortunate position of having a delightful new member of the royal family who can be a great representative for our country in many ways, including how she dresses."

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