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We’re starting to think Kate Middleton is incapable of taking a bad photo. (And with the number of royal events she attends, that’s saying a lot.) Here, five tips we learned from stalking observing the Duchess of Cambridge for always taking the perfect pic.

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She Keeps It Natural

Whether she’s attending a royal outing or kicking it with her kids, Middleton’s makeup is as minimal as it gets. She provides just enough coverage without looking cakey, creating a photogenic glow no highlighter can replicate.

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She Never Makes Eye Contact

It’s no coincidence that Middleton rarely looks directly at the cameras. It seems the duchess purposely avoids eye contact with photographers, so her snaps appear totally candid and natural. Cue the fake laugh.

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She Squares Her Shoulders to the Camera

Ever notice how Middleton’s shoulders are almost always directed toward the camera? The trick not only emphasizes her pristine posture, but it also creates an illusion, making her legs look long and lean.

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She Swears by the Duchess Slant

While sitting, Middleton often demonstrates her signature pose: the duchess slant. (You know, when she sits with her knees and ankles clasped together and tilted to one side, creating a flattering leg slant.) *Uncrosses legs*

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She Always Has Something in Her Hands

Trying to find a picture of Middleton with empty hands is almost as hard as breaking into Kensington Palace. (Trust us, we’ve tried.) You see, the duchess is always holding a purse, bag or—in recent years—a child.

Why? Well, if you’ve ever wondered “why are my hands so awkward?” while looking at a photo, then you know. 

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