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Fashion-forward Kate makes Vanity Fair's Hall of Fame

The Duchess of Cambridge has been honoured in Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed Hall of Fame.

Kate stands alongside style icons such as Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o, and also makes an appearance on the magazine's international best-dressed list for the fifth time.

This bright red Catherine Walker coatdress was deemed to be her 'notable ensemble of 2014'.
This bright red Catherine Walker coatdress was deemed to be her 'notable ensemble of 2014'. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Her entry notes the Duchess' love of Stella McCartney, Temperley London and Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Jonathan Saunders.

"A bright red Catherine Walker coatdress on a royal tour of New Zealand in April," was deemed to be Kate's "notable ensemble of 2014."

William, Kate and Harry meet families of WW1 soldiers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince Harry as they met the families of soldiers who fought in the First World War.

William and Kate meet with the families of fallen WW1 soldiers at an event near Mons, Belgium.
William and Kate meet with the families of fallen WW1 soldiers at an event near Mons, Belgium.
Someone takes a photograph of Prince Harry as he mingles at the St Symphorien event.
Someone takes a photograph of Prince Harry as he mingles at the St Symphorien event.

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William and Kate visit the graves of WW1 soldiers

New Editor Jonathan Wald tweeted from the St Symphorien military cemetery near Mons, Belgium:

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#WW1centenary memorial about to start at St Symphorien cemetery where UK & German soldiers buried next to each other http://t.co/IWziKchahH

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Kate to make first official solo trip abroad

The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official solo trip without Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official trip without her husband, Prince William.
The Duchess of Cambridge is set for her first official trip without her husband, Prince William. Credit: Asadour Guzelian/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate will travel to Malta on September 20th and 21st to represent the Queen as the island celebrates 50 years since becoming an independent state.

Kensington Palace said more details about the trip would be announced in due course.

Read: First birthday photograph of Prince George released

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Royals defend Kensington palace apartment spending

The Royal Family have defended spending a seven-figure sum refurbishing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Kensington Palace apartment.

The Cupola room at Kensington Palace Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

A royal spokesman said repairs and refurbishments - reported to cost around £4 million, though this figure was not confirmed by the royal household - included "significant amount of internal building" to "return the residence to function as a living space".

The King's Staircase at Kensington Palace in London. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

William and Kate's Kensington Palace apartment was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was the home of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. Margaret remained there after their divorce and lived there until her death in 2002.

The living space was last refurbished in 1963.

A royal spokesman said: "This is the Duke and Duchess's one and only official residence. It is here that they plan to stay for many, many years to come."

The Presence Chamber, part of the King's State appartments at Kensington Palace. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

He said William and Kate "paid privately" for all the internal furnishings, including carpets and curtains.

Read: Kate and William's home renovation to cost £4 million

Kate and William's home renovation 'to cost £4 million'

The cost of renovating the new Kensington Palace home of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is to reach £4 million pounds, according to reports.

The taxpayer will foot the bill for extensive work on the property, including installing a new roof, overhauling the electrics and carrying out significant plumbing works.

Kensington Palace renovation works are paid for by the taxpayer. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

A royal spokesman said repairs and refurbishments - reported to cost in the region of £4 million, though this figure was not confirmed by the royal household - would also see a "significant amount of internal building" to "return the residence to function as a living space".

He said William and Kate "paid privately" for all the internal furnishings, including carpets and curtains. They were also at pains to ensure that the specification is not extravagant.

'I was pleased I could tell Kate about her granny'

The Duchess of Cambridge "has her grandmother's eyes" said 90-year-old Lady Marion Body, who worked alongside Kate's granny at Bletchley Park, World War II's famous "spy school".

She told ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot about the family resemblance:

More: Duchess meets grandmother's former work-mate at Bletchley Park**

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