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Kate Middleton Wears Quirky Dress to Royal Reception

Erin Carlson
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We're used to seeing Kate Middleton in ladylike dresses, conservative coats and tasteful shoes. Given her new title, the label-loving Duchess of Cambridge can't really push the envelope any further when it comes to fashion -- lest she offend The Queen! But there is room for quiet rebellion. For instance: Middleton dutifully mingled with guests at a palace reception on Monday, held by Queen Elizabeth herself, wearing -- gasp -- a green dress with subliminal peace signs. Groovy. Cheeky. Daring.

The pleated shirtdress, from Mulberry, costs $2,200 and boasts a "silk jacquard-weaved Peace and Love motif."

Next event, we predict Middleton will incorporate more hidden symbols in her stuffy attire: stars, hearts, maybe even skulls. And a hand-me-down fallopian tube hat to finish the look.

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