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Royal-obsessed mum-of-two reveals how she’s splurged almost £3,500 copying Kate Middleton’s wardrobe

Mirror logo Mirror 6 days ago Erin Cardiff

a couple of people that are standing in the snow: Credits: PA Real Life/PA Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA Real Life/PA Images A Kate Middleton superfan claims she has spent almost £3,500 copying more than 45 of the Duchess’ iconic outfits. 

Katie Kingston, 34, trawls the internet to track down items that her famous namesake has worn and then uploads photos of her clothes on Instagram.

The stay-at-home mum, from Edmonton, Canada, is part of an online community called ‘replikates,’ who aim to emulate Kate’s style and spend hours investigating where to buy her clothes.

To date, she’s built up an impressive wardrobe of 34 items the Duchess of Cambridge also owns, as well as 12 copy-cat versions.

Katie wearing a slightly different version of the Zimmerman dress Kate wore in Australia (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) © provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Katie wearing a slightly different version of the Zimmerman dress Kate wore in Australia (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) “I never thought I’d get into copying a celebrity’s style, but the way Kate dresses just spoke to me,” said Katie.

“I feel good when I wear Kate’s clothes, and know I’m well dressed.

“It’s great knowing a princess has worn the same thing as me.”

Katie wearing a copycat version of theblue and white dress worn by Kate to the Taj Mahal (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Katie wearing a copycat version of theblue and white dress worn by Kate to the Taj Mahal (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) Katie told of how, at first, she wasn’t particularly interested in Kate, only vaguely aware of her through seeing her in papers and magazines when she first started dating Prince William.

Then, once the pair announced their engagement in November 2010 – and the future Queen was snapped wearing her iconic blue Issa wrap dress – Katie became captivated by her style.

A few months later, she purchased her first ‘replikate’ item – a high street version of the Issa dress costing £48 ($80) from Banana Republic, far less than the £575 price tag on the original.

From there, things progressed.

“As Kate had more and more public engagements, I’d see more of her clothes photographed and try and track down what wasn’t already sold out, and what was practical to wear when looking after the kids,” she said.

Katie copied the exact outfit Late wore on a visit to New Zealand (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Katie copied the exact outfit Late wore on a visit to New Zealand (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) Initially Katie, who is mother to Bernard, five and Elodie, one, would use Google to try and identify where to buy Kate’s clothes.

But she didn’t have much luck until she stumbled upon a blog called What Kate Wore, which handily links directly to retailers.

She also joined a number of Facebook groups where fellow Kate fans swap secrets of where they can score discounts on the Duchess’ enviable designer wardrobe.

“The community is really helpful,” said Katie. “If something is sold out in one country, or doesn’t ship there, others will pitch in and see if they can get it where they are.

“I wanted a dress recently that wasn’t available in Canada, so another ‘replikate’ got it for me.’”

Kate Middleton wore a red dress with gold clutch on a visit to Wimbledon and Katie put together an exact replica (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Kate Middleton wore a red dress with gold clutch on a visit to Wimbledon and Katie put together an exact replica (Image: PA Real Life) Though she usually prefers Kate’s more casual looks, Katie says her favourite item is a navy and white Diane Von Furstenberg dress she purchased to match the one the Duchess wore while visiting Australia.

That, along with a white Zimmerman gown worn by Kate on the same tour, are the most expensive items Katie has ever bought at more than $500 (£303) a piece.

“I also love my black Zara jeans, which Kate has been photographed in a few times too,” she added.

“There’s some cobalt blue Zara trousers she wore to the Olympics which I’d love to get my hands on. I’ve searched all over for them but, as they’re quite old now, they’re hard to track down.

“I saw them years ago on eBay but didn’t buy them, for whatever reason. I really regret that now as I have loads in my wardrobe they’d go with.”

Recently Katie has also purchased a few items as seen on Kate’s sister Pippa, including a blue and white gown she wore on her honeymoon after her wedding to James Matthews earlier this year.

Her most expensive item is the Diane Von Furstenberg dress Kate wore in Australia (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Her most expensive item is the Diane Von Furstenberg dress Kate wore in Australia (Image: PA Real Life) And, while she loves Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle’s more casual style, having been a fan of the actress since she first appeared in legal drama Suits, she’s yet to buy any copycat outfits.

“I’m yet to buy anything of Meghan’s, though I really like her style. I’m sure I will as more photos come out of her out and about with public,” she said.

“I think Pippa’s style is a little more adventurous than Kate’s. She perhaps doesn’t have the same guidelines to follow as she isn’t representing the royal household in the same way.”

Sadly Katie’s adoration of Kate has put her in the firing line of cruel trolls on social media.

She’s received some negativity, with people telling her to get her own style and mocking her for looking nothing like her royal idol.

Katie, 34, trawls the internet to track down items that her famous namesake has worn (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Katie, 34, trawls the internet to track down items that her famous namesake has worn (Image: PA Real Life/PA Images) But despite this she’s vowed not to stop any time soon.

She said: “I do get a few haters, but I think it comes down to jealousy. I just wonder why they don’t have anything better to do with their life than mock someone they’ve never met.

“Women have been copying style icons for years. It started back with Jackie Onassis, but back then they just didn’t have the social media outlets to share their looks.

"They still wore the same suits and styled their hair like her, though.”

Related: The maternity style of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The maternity style of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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