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Kate Middleton 'Boosts UK Economy By £1bn': Shoppers Copy Duchess Of Cambridge's Style (PICTURES)

01/10/2012 01:55 pm 13:55:26 | Updated 10 January 2012

Kate Middleton copycats are responsible for pumping more than £1billion into the British economy, it has been reported.

The newlywed, who celebrated her 30th birthday yesterday, is behind the boom which has seen the sales of certain tights, jewellery and dresses soaring.

The leggy brunette’s style has proved so popular, consumer analysts Mintel even admitted their £1bn estimate is “conservative”.

Kate’s white engagement dress – the Nanette, by Reiss, sold out after the bride-to-be wore it for her official engagement pictures alongside Prince William.

The £159 dress was reissued in the US and the UK but sold out almost immediately.

The royal blue Zara dress she wore to face the media upon her engagement also flew off the shelves, as did imitations of the engagement ring Princess Diana once wore, which Kate now sports.

A trend for L.K. Bennett Sledge Courts followed, with Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa also getting in on the game, and sales of nude tights soared after being glimpsed on the legs of all three Middletons.

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