Britain's Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) speaks to a child after opening The Treehouse, a children's hospice, in Ipswich, England, March 19, 2012. Her dress caused as much of a stir as her first public speech as the Duchess. REUTERS/David Crump/Pool
Kate Middleton, the fiancee of Britain's Prince William, wore a ladylike blue engagement dress by designer Daniella Helayel for her label Issa. The iconic dress has been immortalized with this doll by The Franklin Mint. The Franklin Mint/Richfoto/AdMedia/Newscom
Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement at St. James's Palace in London on Nov. 16, 2010. The pair will marry on April 29. Sang Tan/AP/File
In 2002, Kate Middleton modeled a dress at a St. Andrews University fashion show that purportedly changed her from mere friend to love object in classmate Prince William's eyes. The dress, designed and knitted by Charlotte Todd, sold at auction for just over $125,000 at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on March 17.
Like many a bride-to-be before her, Kate Middleton seems to be shedding weight to look good in her wedding dress. Prince William and Ms. Middleton leave City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 8. Many in the crowds who met her in Northern Ireland were concerned that she looked a bit gaunt. Niall Carson/AP
Kate Middleton looks the picture of carefree singlehood in simple wrap dress as she arrives home in London in 2007. Paul Hadfield/Splash News/Newscom/File
Wearing a graphic black-and-white shift, Kate Middleton spent the night in Boujis Nightclub until 3 a.m. in London in 2007. Once suspects that married life will put an end to that. Paul Hadfield/Splash News/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton, her hair up in a rare ponytail, arrives home after work. She seems to favor tastefully body-conscious frocks with plenty of drape. Matt Keeble/Splash News/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton leaves a 1970s-themed disco party at Mahiki Nightclub in London in 2007, looking much more tasteful than most people did in the 70s. Spirit Pictures/Wenn/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton walks on her last day working as an accessories buyer for fashion store Jigsaw in London in 2007. This is a more casual look, but still has her trademark elegance. Splash News/Newscom/File
In a rare fashion misstep, Kate Middleton leaves her home in a busy printed dress topped with a frumpy jacket in London in 2007. Wenn/Newscom/File
Showing off her greyhound-slim frame, Kate Middleton attends an engagement party in London in 2007. Splash News/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton looks radiant in a summer dress; her romance with Prince William was allegedly back on again in 2007. Will Alexander/David Lucas/Wenn/Newscom/File
Going for the bold (print, that is), Kate Middleton leaves Raffles Nightclub in London in the early hours of the morning in 2008. Splash News/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton looks perfectly pretty in a brightly colored summer dress in London in 2007. Wenn/Newscom/File
Kate Middleton turned heads — and dominated Britain's Monday morning front pages — by attending the London opening of Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse.' Her husband, Prince William, used an umbrella to keep her glossy brown hair drizzle-free.
ByGregory Katz and Sylvia Hui, Associated Press
After attending a gala film premiere in a full-length lacy evening gown, Kate Middletonstepped out of the public gaze Monday to celebrate her milestone 30th birthday in private.