Kate Middleton is not above taking fashion advice, especially when it comes from Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Royal Highness has allegedly informed her 31-year-old daughter-in-law that she should be making a decidedly regal impression when she undertakes her royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in April.
And, apparently, that means less flirty skirts and more jewels and a wardrobe of couture day dresses that hit over the knee.
So it looks like Kate won't need to worry about packing anything from Zara or Russell and Bromley – or any of her other favourite high street brands for that matter.
The Queen has even lent her personal dresser Angela Kelly to help with Kate's royal makeover, and help her pick out the right pieces for her tour.
But this doesn't mean Kate won't be wearing anything of her choosing. The Duchess has reportedly already spoken with her number one British designers – namely Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley – about bespoke dresses and outfits for her trip. And she'll need a lot of them – Kate is expected to make up to four outfit changes a day during her three-and-a-half week trip. That's a helluva lot of couture.
Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday reports that statement jewels from the Queen's personal collection are being selected for Kate to wear on her impending trip. These include diamond and ruby brooches, as well as possibly the Cartier halo tiara Kate wore on her wedding day.
Kate will make her first trip Down Under alongside Prince William and their son, Prince George. Kate's currently working on her base tan in Mustique, where she is holidaying with baby George and the Middleton family.
We can't imagine there's much need for couture on the beach, but we can't wait to see what influence the Queen has had over Kate's royal wardrobe.
If only we had a granny that demanded we wear more couture...
By Olivia Marks