The evolution of a princess

Last updated 10:27 15/04/2014

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The royal remodelling of Kate Middleton is complete, according to British media.

Yesterday, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge recycled a simple red and black jacket and skirt that she wore three years ago in one of her first public engagements after marrying Prince William.

But there were subtle differences that showed her transformation from girl next door to a duchess, the Daily Mail reported

"Today Kate appears a seasoned public figure in the chic mould of Jackie Kennedy, rather than the girlish student that William first introduced the world to," it said.

She had done away with knee-high boots and ditched the black turtleneck sweater, gloves and tights in a more polished appearance "fit for a future queen".

She was also showing more and more of her personality through an array of cheeky looks, The Telegraph reported. 

Over the past week in New Zealand she has pulled a number of faces that show her "good humour and mischievous side", it said.

"Glances in the latter vein often come about from poking fun at her husband, such as when the duke attempted to climb into the snug cockpit of a biplane in Blenheim.

"Kate looked wryly towards the photographers, clearly aware of the funny photos that would follow."

The Telegraph also enjoyed her cheeky smirk and finger waggle when William bowled a head-high full toss at her in a cricket outing in Christchurch yesterday, as well as her victory salute when she won the America's Cup match racing in Auckland.

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Meanwhile, The Mirror had five things to be learned about the royal couple from yesterday's trip to Christchurch.

Among them was that Kate had played cricket at school and that she enjoyed growing her own vegetable garden at home.

It also featured the family advice given by Ngai Tuahuriri iwi leader Henare Rakiihia Tau to the royal couple.

"Do what princes and princesses do ... increase your family," The Mirror quoted him as saying.

The BBC put more focus on the sombre nature of the day and said William and Catherine were increasingly endearing themselves to the New Zealand public.

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