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36 lessons The Duchess of Cambridge has learnt about style

The Duchess attends a Christmas day service at a church in Sandringham.  Credit: Getty Images 

As The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to celebrate her 36th birthday today, look back at the 36 style lessons which she's mastered - some of them universally useful...

1. You need to know when to let something go (no matter how much you've loved it )

A few years ago, the Duchess was often spotted in her beloved Aquaitalia ankle and knee boots but after being well-loved they soon began to look a little tired and scuffed. Sensibly, they've been done away with in favour of shinier styles. 

2. Beware of flying hemlines...

Putting small tailors' weights in the hems of one's skirts is a fashion trick that the Queen has been practicing for years. But it was a lesson that the Duchess almost learned the hard way, when her flyaway chiffon dress by Jenny Packham almost blew up in front of photographers on a windy Calgary airfield in July 2011. 

Kate in a chiffon Jenny Packham dress that caused her havoc at the airport Credit: REX 

3. Like something that isn't quite you? Tweak it

When Kate...

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