Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Is a Secret Outlet-Mall Aficionado

08/14/2014 at 11:43 AM ET

Even royalty can’t resist the call of a good bargain! The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted shopping the designer outlets at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire on Sunday.

Kate Middleton goes shoppingScott Barbour/Getty

With her impending trip to Malta coming up (and all the wardrobe changes that will entail), Kate made sure to hit up some of her favorite brands at the mall, such as Temperley London, Jimmy Choo and Reiss — all marked down up to 80 percent.

And in addition to stopping by all her go-to shops, Kate also made a few surprise stops. Fellow shoppers took to Twitter to share their excitement at having seen Kate in Ralph Lauren, and PEOPLE can confirm that she spent some time browsing celeb-fave Valentino.

The Italian label, known for its glamorous evening wear and formal daywear could perhaps be on the fashion hit list for Kate’s trip next month on behalf of the Queen. It will be Kate’s first overseas trip without Prince William, and as the Queen’s representative, she will be keen to impress.

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Kate was said to be her usual happy, polite and gracious self while browsing the racks, apparently on her own (no personal shopper in sight!). “Chuffed to bits I met Kate Middleton today, had a little chat and she was lovely,” reported onlooker Leah Byrne on Twitter.

But of course, little George was never far from the new mom’s mind — she reportedly picked up some designer pajamas for the toddler in addition to some bathmats for their home.

Are you excited to see what Kate wears to Malta?

–Monique Jessen

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Tracy on

It’s nice to see People address her once in a while by her title.

Stephanie on

FINALLY She is addressed by her accurate title by People Magazine.. (Kate is not appropriate), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, IS..

Dogman69 on

T and S, Kate – Kate – Kate. Fine with me.

Alia on

“Kate” makes her seem more normal.

Janice on

It must be nice to live off the taxpayers and be able to life lavishly.

carecara on


Sacre on

I just can’t stop laughing at the thought of a Valentino outlet store.

Guest on

It is refreshing to see she doesn’t seem to feel entitled and spend boatloads of money on clothes all the time. Her chosen career demands that she always looks good, but she doesn’t seem to be making a show of wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned money

Tink on

She doesn’t live off the taxpayer so why don’t you get your facts straight before you make ignorant comments. And there’s no Valentino shop, just certain piece in a shop, if you’re lucky.

chris on

To all of you indicating she is wasting tax payer money ….Gee her husband inherited how many millions from his mother..? I think you are just jealous because you are not her ! GET REAL

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