Duchess Kate dissected ... from head to toe
Here's breaking news .... When the Duchess of Cambridge smiles, she shows an average of 8.6 teeth.
Okay, so maybe this little tidbit goes under the title of "too much information," but there doesn't seem to be too detail too deep when it comes to unearthing the essence of the woman simply known as Kate.
As the duchess headed for her 31st birthday Wednesday, Vogue magazine in Britian (right) decided to break down every physical aspect of Kate over the course of 100 appearances in public, dating back to just before she and Prince William announced their engagement in November 2010.
Aside from her smile, here's a few more numbers for Kate-o-philes:
► Favourite dress colour is blue, featured in 24 per cent of her outfits. Next is red (13%), white (12%) and grey (11%). Yellow is the least favourite.
► When stepping out for public engagements she has reached into her closet for the LK Bennett label 28 times out of a hundred. The more pricey Alexander McQueen comes next at 14, followed by Temperley (8), Zara and adidas (7), and Jenny Packham (6).
► On her hairstyle, she goes for the half-up, half-down look 13.6% of the time. But what about the average dimension of her curls, you ask? 25 millimetres.
► Hats and fascinators are worn at a 50-degree angle ("emphasizing her cheekbones").
► On her and William's nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Kate had 61 items of clothing, footwear and accessories. The magazine figured the cost per outfit at about $2,200.
► Average measurements of her handbags: 194 mm by 132 mm (and most commonly held with both her hands together).
► Average length of earring drop: 33 mm.
One of the more interesting observations about Kate comes from designer Roland Mouret. Although the 'Kate Effect' on fashion sales is very real, it has been somewhat exaggerated, says Mouret in Vogue's February issue.
"You don’t see hundreds of women running around looking like her," he said. "To be honest, we’re more likely to get orders on a dress that Kim Kardashian’s worn.”(right).
Part of the problem is that Kate's high-street preferences are usually reflecting styles from last year. With limited production runs, it's likely most stores are in short supply of stock by the time Kate wears a dress anyway.
Mouret also noted that when she bought a gown for a dinner last year, she requested that it be altered for a slightly looser fit.
"She doesn't want a bottom situation like Pippa had," he said.
That's the trouble with being a duchess ... you have to think of everything.
THE UNDERGROUND QUEEN
Still, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Queen, in the course of her royal duties, has occasionally descended to the London Underground, at least for photo-ops.
On the occasion of the Underground's 150th birthday this week, here's a video below from an old newsreel by British Pathe of the Queen (fur coat and all) opening a new line in the Underground in 1969. It was her second trip on the train, the first coming in 1939 when she and her sister Margaret took a ride. (click on picture)
Here's a look at the interior of an all-steel London underground train, circa 1920. The ride to work seemed a little more comfy back then. The system celebrated its 150th birthday on Tuesday. The subway network now has 11 lines running across six fare zones. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)