By MAYSA RAWI
Future Queen of the King's Road: Kate with shopping bags, right, walks with Cath Kidston behind her. As if she needed reminding, it is marking her big day with a Royal Wedding window display
With the sun on her back and the wind in her hair, Kate Middleton had a spring in her step on the King's Road in London today.
And why shouldn't she? The happiest day of her life is just nine days away, when she will finally marry the man of her dreams in front of adoring billions around the globe.
Looking as stylish as ever and rather slender (she wouldn't be the first to diet with wedding dress in mind), Kate appeared as a free as a bird and unencumbered by the trappings of a Queen in waiting.
Astonishingly, she appeared to only have two protection officers in sight - and one was so casually dressed he would have gone unnoticed but for the coat he was wearing on the hottest day of the year.
Miss Middleton will walk up the aisle at Westminster Abbey next Friday to marry heir to the throne Prince William.
Chelsea girl: The bride-to-be, wearing a £480 Issa dress, purchased items from Whistles, an upmarket High Street chain
She wore a £480 Issa short-sleeved black wrap dress and tan court kitten heels - which she was spotted wearing four years ago - accessorised with her 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
The ring's precious stones make it worth £250,000, but the Queen-to be's version, which used to belong to Diana, is valued at £32million.
The glossy brunette popped into Whistles where she no doubt added more pieces to her wedding and honeymoon wardrobe.
Princess-in-waiting: Kate's eye-catching engagement ring set off her simple, yet stylish, outfit perfectly
The fashion chain refused to comment on Kate's purchases but the upmarket High Street store typically prices a dress between £100 and £300.
Yesterday, the princess-in-waiting, who is renowned for her love of High Street fashion, was spotted shopping in Warehouse, a mid-market chain.
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