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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Keeping up with Kate's fashion

By Autumn Brewington

In the media coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagements in Wales and Scotland last week, the royal bride-to-be's outfits were a huge topic.

To dedicate a lifeboat in Wales, Kate wore a knee-length beige coat with chocolate-brown detailing on the pockets, cuffs and back. The Post's Katherine Boyle quickly wondered whether Kate had altered a Katherine Hooker coat in which she had been photographed in 2006. The Telegraph thought so too, reporting that the coat had been specially shortened. The update brought it in line with the Contrast coat in Hooker's 2010 winter collection.

Not much was seen of her dark red dress, but her coordinated chocolate boots were Aquatalia by Marvin K. People magazine was among those pointing out where copy-Kates could pick up their own pair of the "Rouge" style.

The brown velvet and ostrich feather mini-beret topping off her outfit was by Vivien Sheriff Millinery. The Wiltshire, England-based company makes all of its pieces by hand, People reported, and a member of the design team told the magazine, "She has quite a few of our pieces." Royal Wedding Watch readers who responded to our poll were overwhelmingly in favor of Kate's headwear.

Kate skipped a hat the next day when she and William returned to the University of St. Andrews, where they met as students. Her black suede tall boots were again Aquatalia by Marvin K (this time the "Rumba" style). Royal officials said her red suit -- which she accessorized with a black belt and gloves -- was from her wardrobe, declining to name the designer.

When William and Kate traveled to London later Friday, to sign a condolence book for victims of the New Zealand earthquake, she added a black coat.

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By Autumn Brewington  | February 28, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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