Duchess of Cambridge tops fashion mag's best-dressed list

She has only recently joined the royal family but already the Duchess of Cambridge is the queen of British fashion, according to UK style magazine Harper's Bazaar.

The 29-year-old who married Prince William in April in front of a global audience estimated at some two billion people, has topped the 2011 British best-dressed list, published in the latest edition of the glossy yesterday.

"Catherine's incredible style evolution has gripped us all," Bazaar UK editor Lucy Yeomans said on the publication's website.

"She gave us the year's - if not the century's - most thrilling fashion moment at the royal wedding, and is shaping up as an amazing ambassador for British designers and the high street."

A panel of judges including Yeomans, designer Antonio Berardi, milliner Philip Treacy and designer Roksanda Ilincic decided unanimously that Catherine should be crowned the 2011 winner.

The slim brunette took out the 2011 title ahead of singer Florence Welch, actress Andrea Riseborough and model Kate Moss, with designer Stella McCartney and actress Keira Knightley also named in the top 10.

Despite being labelled a fashion follower - rather than a leader - by design industry experts in New York earlier this year, the royal is an advocate of British fashion and receives high praise in the UK for her style.

Harper's Bazaar UK's best-dressed list

1. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
2. Singer Florence Welch
3. Actress Andrea Riseborough
4. Model Kate Moss
5. Actress Tilda Swinton
6. Actress Keira Knightley
7. Fashion designer Stella McCartney
8. Fashion designer Phoebe Philo
9. Model and TV presenter Alexa Chung
10. Livia Firth, creative director of Eco Age


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