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Orla Kiely on Kate Middleton wearing her designs: 'We don't know in advance, so it's a case of 'Oh, holy smoke''

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Kate Middleton steps out in an Orla Kiely dress as she leaves the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford

Kate Middleton steps out in an Orla Kiely dress as she leaves the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of the creations by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of the creations by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely

Kate Middleton wearing another Orla Kiely dress on an official engagement in March 2012.

Kate Middleton wearing another Orla Kiely dress on an official engagement in March 2012.

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Kate Middleton steps out in an Orla Kiely dress as she leaves the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford

Orla Kiely has spoken about the surprise that comes with Kate Middleton wearing her designs.

Speaking on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio 1, the renowned Irish designer said: "We don't know in advance, so it is a case of 'oh, holy smoke.'"

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a grey pleated Orla Kiely dress in both 2012 and 2015, as well as a brown printed dress coat in 2012.

"It's lovely when anyone in the public eye wears something," said Orla, who received an honorary O.B.E.

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Kate Middleton wearing another Orla Kiely dress on an official engagement in March 2012.

Kate Middleton wearing another Orla Kiely dress on an official engagement in March 2012.

Kate Middleton wearing another Orla Kiely dress on an official engagement in March 2012.

"She [Kate Middleton] wears a dress beautifully.

"It's something that you don't take for granted at all, so at that time it was great. I thought she looked cool in it [the dress]."

'The Kate effect' had lead to items of clothing selling out within minutes of Kate stepping out in them, and it was no different when she wore Orla's designs.

"It's good for business, absolutely," said Orla.

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Kate wears Birdie jacquard shirt dress by Orla Kiely

Kate wears Birdie jacquard shirt dress by Orla Kiely

Kate wears Birdie jacquard shirt dress by Orla Kiely

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