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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.
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Say hello to the new Jackie O. "Kate's look is incredibly chic and rather retro," says British maternity expert Rosie Pope. Take this silk Emilia Wickstead number inspired by Mad Men-era society swan C.Z. Guest. Altered only slightly, it is not a maternity dress but rather one "that we have sold quite a lot to non-pregnant people," says the designer's rep. Modern approach aside, "Kate reminds me of Jackie Onassis when she was pregnant," adds Pope. "She's happy to show some leg with that 1960s vibe, but in general she covers up."
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The royal recycler just raised the bar. For a St. Patrick's Day ceremony with the Irish Guards, Kate donned the very same forest green Emilia Wickstead coatdress she wore last year – minus one all-important accessory. "She has a figure like a model," says coat designer Katherine Hooker, who has taken Kate's measurements. "She's one of those lucky pregnant women who hasn't changed much." The result? Only the belt got bumped. "Small tweaks are being made," says U.K. fashion expert Hilary Alexander. "But she hasn't changed her fashion philosophy at all."