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Paper Monitor

12:49 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor can't help but notice the prolific use of pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge this week.

First there was a fashion frenzy over the dress she wore to the War Horse film premiere, then there was a buzz about her 30th birthday - despite the fact she decided to keep it low key - and now, proving the papers love a princess, it is the gifts the royals receive.

However, despite the Daily Mail declaring Kate is the Duchess of diamonds, according to the Daily Telegraph, the answer of what to get the person who has everything is, it seems, a hat.

It says the royal couple received no fewer than 20 different types of headgear - varying from feathery fascinators to a collection of baseball caps - on their first official overseas trip together in 2011.

Cue a pretty photo of William and Kate in cowboy hats in Calgary.

Talking of photogenic people, the papers are also awash with pictures of another lady of a similar age, 29-year-old Amanda Sheppard, who tied the knot with 66-year-old music star Bryan Ferry last week.

Commenting on the 37-year age gap, Mr Ferry told the Daily Express he was "fortunate" to have a younger bride as "you never really meet people your own age who aren't married".

Finally, snaps of one other duo are splashed across the papers today.

The Daily Mail celebrates Dynasty divas Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham, who have been reunited as the faces of a chocolate bar in a TV advert.

With the TV industry regularly criticised for being ageist towards women, and the ladies now being 78 and 64 respectively, Paper Monitor thinks that's no mean feat.

Hats off to them.

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