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On her first day as royalty, Kate nailed it. Dressed in the Alexander McQueen lace gown she managed to keep a secret until April 29th, Kate had the world at hello when she stepped onto the church steps. Any doubts as to whether she could hold her own as a model princess, were swiftly brushed aside.

Kate's Dazzling Princess Transformation

Nobody ever questioned Kate Middleton's style credentials. Even before she was married, she did for fashion what Oprah did for publishing, jumpstarting a sluggish industry with a single wardrobe decision. But while Kate's boarding school girl-next-door worked for the public, it didn't immediately translate to Buckingham Palace. Over the past year, the Duchess has had to step up her game in order to please the Queen, the people, the critics, the Prince and herself. Lucky for all, Kate was a fast learner. -- By Piper Weiss, Shine staff