Word on the street: The queen is demanding a conservative makeover for everyone's favorite fascinator-wearing fashionista, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton.
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According to the Mail on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II has employed her own personal dresser Angela Kelly to lower the Duchess of Cambridge's hemlines, dressing her in a couture day wear and more tiaras (!!!) for an upcoming three and a half week trip to Australia. Obviously the queen felt like Kate was not making the cut, dressing like a live-action American Girl doll, and decided to step in, advising Mrs. Prince William's new consultants "to shift the Duchessís image from High Street to high end, timeless Royal elegance Ė without losing her freshness and informality," says the Mail.
Whether or not any of this is true is up for debate. No official royal sources were quoted. But designer David Emanuel, who worked with Princess Diana, was in the piece, stating: "Even a modern-day Royal needs help with dressing. Kate is going to be scrutinized from head to toe ... We take for granted how good she looks but itís a lot of work. You need to think about the national colours of the country, its flag and emblems and how to reflect that in the clothes you wear."
(No, we kid -- we're crying on the inside.)