The princess-to-be steps out in another attention-grabbing accessory

By Liz Corcoran
Updated February 24, 2011 02:00 PM
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Leave it to Kate Middleton to make her accessories as talked about as she is.

The hat-loving future princess wore another distinctive topper to her Anglesey appearance on Thursday, and this one was made especially for her.

The velvet and feather beret was designed by Vivien Sheriff Millinery, a small company based in rural Wiltshire which makes all of their hats by hand. And the design team was just as delighted to see the piece atop Kate’s head as anyone.

“We saw it on the Internet and we were extremely happy,” says Maddie O’Mahony, part of the milliner’s design team. “She has quite a few of our pieces and luckily she wore one of ours today.”

The small beret is made of chocolate brown velvet and trimmed with feathers (mostly pheasant) that match the rich brown of Kate’s outfit. It also features a cameo and badges from a military uniform maker – including, fittingly, a Welsh badge.

Despite the blustery weather, O’Mahony thinks Kate pulled off the piece beautifully.

“It’s a shame that it was a bit windswept, but she does look really, really beautiful,” says O’Mahony. “She’s a really good dresser. She looks lovely!”

For much more on William and Kate’s wedding, including the bride’s likely royal title and her pre-wedding princess training, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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