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11:55 UK time, Friday, 25 February 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

In case you missed it, yesterday marked Kate Middleton's first official public engagement with Prince William as the young couple launched a new lifeboat.

In the papers, it's all about what Kate was wearing.

The Daily Mail zeroes in on two items in the Middleton wardrobe. Firstly, the rather natty fascinator [a piece of "fun-size" headwear pinned at a jaunty angle onto the side of the head] with its pheasant feathers and little Royal Welch Fusilier insignia.

But it really goes to town on Kate's £700 Shetland herringbone coat which it notes approvingly has been in her wardrobe for five years. Five years! Wow, this a thrifty royal in the making.

Kate decided after first wearing the coat in 2006 that it was a little long and she had it shortened, causing the Mail to salivate: "Its new cut revealed glimpses of a thigh-skimming red-brown dress."

Conducting a quick straw poll of the office it is established that most would not throw away a £700 coat after less than five years, so Kate's position may well just be normal, rather than meriting the Mail's line: "Austerity campaigners would approve."

The Times trundles on in the same vein, praising her for "more than a dash of thrift". One assumes the normal state of affairs in the papers' eyes is for the well-to-do to make a massive bonfire of all their clothes at the end of every week.

Keeping them for five years is on a par with washing out jamjars and getting six cups of tea out of each bag.

The paper has also cottoned on to the age of the "snug-fitting camel coat with chocolate trims", but puts the price at £725.

Times correspondent Carolyn Asome has some time for hair analysis.

"Miss Middleton's swooshy brown mane has been swept into a ponytail but that didn't stop strong winds blowing it about her face."

Damn those strong winds. Ms Asome's prescription is a "chignon" or "Erdem updo".

Paper Monitor will bear that in mind.

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