03:34 PM EDT 05/19/2013
Originally posted 05/19/2013 01:00PM
There are many upsides to being a lookalike for the Duchess of Cambridge: fame, travel, TV appearances and, of course, the opportunity to collect that wardrobe.
But for single mother Heidi Agan, 33, that all pales compared to the extra time it gives her with children Blake, 11, and Abigail, 4.
"When I was a waitress it felt as though I never saw my children," Agan tells PEOPLE. "Now I have a lot more freedom. I am able to pick and choose when I work – and I don't miss school plays."
"To me that is the best thing about doing this," she says. "It's priceless."
Originally posted 05/16/2013 05:25PM
Is Kate officially in nesting mode?
If her recent trip to the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour is any indication, the answer is yes.
The seven-months-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, 31, was spotted shopping at the ultra-posh interior design center on Tuesday, where she checked out at least one fabric swatch, and took time to refuel at the public café, right alongside other shoppers.
"She just sat in the atrium like everyone else," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She was very polite and really nice – just totally normal. I didn't know it was her at first. I just thought, 'You look a lot like Kate Middleton.' Then it kind of dawned on me."
"She had a cappuccino and a banana muffin," adds the source. "It's not every day you see the future Queen of England sitting down in a café eating a muffin!"
Originally posted 05/10/2013 01:00PM
As any parents-to-be can attest, prepping for baby is work that's never done. And, in the latest royal look-a-like installment, faux Kate is no exception!
Photographer Alison Jackson – who previously shot the "royal baby shower" and the newlyweds' "first Christmas" – has thought of everything this time, from the Duchess getting her bump measured by Camilla to helping The Queen paint the nursery. HRH really can rock some coveralls!
The latest spoof series, released by Ladbrokes to launch its royal baby odds in the U.K., also includes Kate's sister Pippa helping choose baby names while Kate noshes on pickles and ice cream.
While it's not the real thing, since Kate (due in July) and Prince William are laying low while Prince Harry's U.S. visit is underway, the pics at least satisfy royal watchers' cravings as well!
– Kristin Boehm
Originally posted 05/08/2013 08:45AM
Nothing like getting a helping hand – and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more than one.
But the couple have hired one of Queen Elizabeth's long-standing housekeepers for their new home, Apartment 1a in Kensington Palace, which they plan to occupy early this fall.
She is Antonella Fresolone, 42, who is said to be unmarried, Italian, and already on the job – helping at the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage where William and Kate are living until their larger family home is ready.
Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:40AM
The gifts will come pouring in soon enough. But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's unborn child has already received one very special present indeed – a lullaby specially written for the baby by a respected British composer and recorded by a New Zealand soprano.
Paul Mealor, who wrote music for Prince William and Kate's royal wedding, has penned a tune called "Sleep On" as a gift to the baby, due in July. It will appear on Hayley Westenra's upcoming lullaby album Hushabye, set for release in the U.K. on June 17.
"After writing music for the royal wedding, it seemed natural to provide the musical accompaniment for the next stage of the royal couple's journey together," Mealor, 37, told the British press.
Originally posted 05/04/2013 09:45AM
As the royal couple celebrates two years of wedded bliss and count down to baby, take a peek into Duchess Catherine's top pretty and polished looks:
What Kate shares with pregnant women everywhere: "She is having to face the challenge of accommodating her new body shape," says her friend, fashion expert Nikki Pennie. Unlike the average expectant mother, however, Kate occasionally takes cues from her grandmother-in-law the Queen, whose wardrobe is largely bespoke. For a visit to a children's hospice on her second wedding anniversary, Kate wore a coral Tara Jarmon coat over a nude-colored frock, made to measure by a dressmaker whose identity the Palace is keeping under wraps.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 11:35AM
Ah, babies. They bring everyone together – even the royal family!
Well, sort of. In the latest scenario imagined by photographer Alison Jackson, who specializes in spoof photos of the royal family, everyone from Pippa Middleton to Camilla to The Queen gather together to fête Duchess Catherine. The faux mom-to-be unwraps onesies that say "Born to Rule" while her royal family – and one of the Queen's beloved corgis! – look on.
Jackson previously arranged a shoot with Catherine and Prince William's lookalikes for a Christmas-themed photo shoot.
And we're not quite sure, but that we're hoping that might actually be Camilla!
– Cara Lynn Shultz
Originally posted 05/01/2013 08:20AM
All hail the Duchess of Cambridge: a newlywed and loving, devoted wife, a mother-to-be of the newest future king or queen and a gracious, charming public figure who, two years ago, became an instant style icon – from the moment she stepped out in a royal blue silk-jersey-wrap Issa dress on the day her engagement to Prince William was announced.
Kate continues to captivate the world with her easy grace and impeccable style, which show no signs of slowing down as she evolves into maternity wear.
From her hairstyles to her hemlines, mixing high fashion and High Street, Kate continues to school the world in the art of dressing for two with style, grace and her own sense of fun – even as her much-anticipated bump presents its joyful fashion challenges.
Originally posted 04/29/2013 04:00PM
The Duchess of Cambridge may be the best thing to happen to Britain's retail economy yet.
Just days after she wore this pretty, $80 polka-dot number from Topshop's maternity line, the dress has completely sold out online (though it can still be found in stores).
And it's no wonder – the dress (which Kate paired with a Ralph Lauren blazer and her signature black suede pumps) had PEOPLE StyleWatch Facebook commenters using one word, "classy," to describe her royal maternity style.
Originally posted 04/29/2013 12:40PM
Best wishes are in order for the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William as they celebrate their second wedding anniversary.
It seems like only yesterday when the world watched their fairy tale wedding after William proposed in November 2010. Take a look back the most special milestone moments in the couple's life as man and wife so far!
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