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Kate Middleton Debuts Longer Hemline For St. Paddy's Day

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For her first public engagement this year, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a head-to-toe green ensemble to hand out shamrocks at the Irish Guards St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Of course, there's a live feed of the happenings.) The green Hobbs coat is a departure from the Emilia Wickstead look that she's worn for the past two years, a decision that may have something to do with both last year's wardrobe malfunction and the Queen's recent public disapproval regarding the number of "girlish frocks" Kate has been wearing. While the hemline is visibly longer on her coat this year, she paired it with a thin black belt because, at the end of the day, even the Queen can't cramp her style. Check out her well-covered knees after the jump.

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· Live: Kate Middleton and Prince William in St. Patrick's Day Visit to Irish Guards [Daily Mirror]
· Kate Middleton To Dress Less Girly, More Queenly [Racked]
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