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Uncanny or what? Kate gets an Ascot Lego makeover

Aine Fox

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

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Kate Middleton and, inset, the Lego duchess figurine
Kate Middleton and, inset, the Lego duchess figurine
Kate and William with baby George

Those shapely curves have become straight lines, and it's Kate Middleton with her latest makeover.

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Seven of the British royal family's figurines at Legoland in England have been given a stylish makeover just in time for Royal Ascot.

Miniature Lego characters, including Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge, were unveiled with specially-designed hats at the Windsor attraction.

Describing it as her most unusual commission yet, royal hat-maker Rachel Trevor-Morgan said the process of creating the tiny headpieces was an intricate one.

"What's not to love about it really?" she said. "I mean it's just been such fun. They are all made in exactly the same way that we might be making our hats in the workroom."

Using her daughter's perfume bottle as a model, the award-winning milliner was able to shape a bright yellow straw hat for the queen, while she created a royal blue straw slice hat with two miniature quill feathers for the Duchess of Cambridge.

The duchess' mother Carole Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and Zara Tindall also feature in the line-up, sporting colourful headwear measuring just a few centimetres each.

Meanwhile, Kate indulged her passion for sailing when she joined Sir Ben Ainslie as he launched Britain's bid to win the America's Cup.

The Olympic gold medal winning sailor will skipper the team that aims to win the historic trophy.

Kate's support for the team will be a long-term commitment.

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