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Kate Middleton Shops Before Wedding


Apr. 20 2011, Published 2:20 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk Staff Reporter

Planning a royal wedding could get a little overwhelming but Kate Middleton indulged in a little retail therapy before her big day.

The 29-year-old Princess-to-be went shopping in London’s trendy Kings Road neighborhood on Wednesday and bought a few things from the store Whistles, where dresses usually sell for between $160 to $330.

Wearing a blue wrap dress, a slimmed-down and toned Kate smiled as she left the store with just one bodyguard, and flashed her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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The happy couple will tie the knot in the historic Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29 in front of 1900 guests.  Kate and her future brother-in-law Harry rehearsed at the church last week along with her maid-of-honor sister Pippa Middleton.

Kate is expected to wear a dress by Sophie Cranston of the Libélula label when she weds Prince William and will have six hairdressers on hand to tend to her brunettes lock for the big day.

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Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 85 tomorrow, hosted Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, at a private lunch at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.  William’s grandfather Prince Phillip and other members of the royal household were also in attendance.


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