And Kate's Middleton's clothing budget is...

How much does it cost to dress like a duchess? The Duchess of Cambridge is estimated to have spent £35,000 on her wardrobe in her first year as part of her royal family—with a little help from another member in the Firm.

Raising the concept of the doting father-in-law to new heights is Kate’s sartorial benefactor, Prince Charles. Charles is due to disclose his spending for the first time since last April in coming days, and royal-watchers expect spending on Kate’s wardrobe to appear as a line item on his Household budget.

The Daily Mail estimates that more than £35,000 of Charles’s expenditure may have been devoted to outfitting the Duchess. It’s an estimate based on the off-the-peg cost of the ready-to-wear and high-street items Kate wears to official events, as well as educated guesses as to the price of bespoke pieces she wears to more formal events.

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The couture-level pieces that Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and Roland Mouret—who told the Telegraph Kate is ‘a fantastic person to work with.... a woman of her time’—design for Kate can cost several thousands of pounds. The Duchess balances this lavish outlay by mixing high-street pieces in with the designer ones and re-wearing the most precious designs to multiple events.

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We do have to wonder how Kate must feel about her spending habits being laid bare to the public. After all, she can’t exactly sneak a new dress into her wardrobe and tell William it’s just ‘some old thing I’ve had for ages’ when the world is watching. Maybe it's a good thing we’re not royals after all...

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