St James’ Palace has confirmed that Kate Middleton has applied to the Intellectual Property Office to trademark her royal title, the Duchess of Cambridge, with the intention of applying it to a range of goods to benefit one of her official charities.
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Last year saw the official renaming of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and subsequently steps have been put into place to protect the name. A palace official explained: “As part of the process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally.
Before adding: “We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runner, etc.”
With such a stylish reputation, there’s no doubt fashion fans would be keen to see more in the way of Kate-inspired apparel. Her influence can be seen easily in the increase in donations since she joined the royal family: the year prior to the royal couple’s announcement of their engagement, the foundation made £629,000, compared to £4.8 million in 2011.