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Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, Commissions Ralph &Amp; Russo Dress For Australia Tour

14/08/2014 16:42 | Updated 20 May 2015

It's believed that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has at least 30 outfits prepared for her upcoming three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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And one of those, at least, has been commissioned from high-end couture Aussie design team Ralph & Russo.

According to US Magazine, Duchess Kate has picked a frock from the design house to showcase some Aussie talent during her whirlwind royal tour with Prince William and Prince George.

And, a source told Grazia: "Kate visited Ralph & Russo's boutique last month and said she was looking for inspiration for the tour."

She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown."

The price tag is slightly higher than her high street favourites like Zara and Gap, where she was recently spotted stocking up on holiday bits for Prince George. Grazia reports that the cost of a Ralph & Russo gown kicks off at £50,000, pointing out that is more than the £35,000 spent on her ensembles for the whole of 2012: "Kate's entire wardrobe for 2012 cost less than one of Ralph & Russo's gowns! She's really upping the ante and opting for higher-end designers than she would normally choose."

The design duo behind the creations are engaged couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. The pair are a celeb favourite, dressing the likes of Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. So Kate's in good company at least.

Other big names in her royal tour wardrobe are expected to include Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, Alice Temperley and Jenny Packham. We literally cannot wait to see what she pulls out of her suitcase.

Get the full rundown on the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, kicking off on 7 April, here.

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