Kate Middleton, that girl who married a prince, has been widely credited with the return of the stocking. Despite the fact that stockings suck and they had been largely phased out of the average woman’s wardrobe unless you work in finance or some other such soul-crushing, leg-hiding, freedom-destroying profession, Middleton felt it proper to cover her gams up every time she went out.

It was a decision that reflected a personality trait which, frankly, is probably part of the reason she got the role of queen-to-be.

But that’s all changing now that Middleton has her talons (talons which we love, and whose every move we follow) securely into the royal family. Last night, she and Prince William hit up an event at Claridge’s Hotel, and the Duchess wore a Roland Mouret gown paired with Jimmy Choo shoes — and naked stems.

Naked as the day she was born.

It wasn’t quite an Angelina, and it definitely wasn’t an Anja, but I’d like to think that it’s the beginning of the end of Kate auditioning for her new role as royalty, and the launch of her making more edgy fashion choices. It’s like she can finally be all, “I’m a Duchess now, bitches!!!! Check out these legggggggs. What are you gonna do about it?!?!”

Who’s with me?

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