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Kate Middleton to launch a fashion line?

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When Kate Middleton joined the royal family, donations to Prince William and Prince Harry's charity soared. As The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry goes from strength to strength, it has now trademarked a wide range of its goods and services. "Clothing, footwear and headgear" are just some of the items that will carry the foundation's name in the future. "We have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future", a spokesman explained.

But fans hoping for versions of Kate’s chic outfits will have to make do with slightly less glamorous items of clothing. Royal aides are thinking of creating more informal clotheswear, such as T-shirts.

"We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runners, et cetera," the spokesman said. He added that the foundation did not "currently" have any plans to launch clothes. 

The foundation, which is the principal vehicle for William, Kate and Harry's extensive charity work, lists the armed forces, young people and conservation as their priorities. Its name was changed to include Kate when she married William. The charity was legally established by the Princes in September 2009 and became fully operational in 2011. Through the foundation, the three young royals have given almost £2.2 million in grants to charities supported by the foundation. 

William and Kate's wedding in 2011 provided a big boost for the foundation when more than £1m of donations were made in the form of wedding gifts to the couple. Their newlyweds' tour of the USA and Canada further increased funds when they raised around £1m at a polo match in California. Former Take That star and X Factor judge Gary Barlow raised a further £166,000 through two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

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