Kate's tour toque: The palace responds to reports that it's real fur

By Gemma Strong

Reports that Duchess Katewore real fur during day one of the royal tour of Sweden and Norway have caused a bit of an uproar, and Kensington Palace has been quick to respond. While at an outdoor ice-skating venue in Stockholm on Tuesday (Jan. 30), the pregnant 36-year-old was pictured wearing a pom pom hat alongside husband Prince William. Fashion followers were quick to report that the hat was the Rain Fur Pompom Wool Beanie by Eugenia Kim, which retails at Shopstyle.ca for $340. And while the pom pom on that particular design is made from 100% arctic fox fur, the palace has stressed that Kate's version for the royal engagement is made from faux fur.

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Duchess Kate was pictured wearing a pompom wool beanie in Sweden on Tuesday

Royal reporter Richard Palmer wrote on Twitter: "In spite of the Twitter outcry, Kensington Palace says the Duchess was not wearing fur on her bobble hat earlier. I believe the gloves are fake fur too and the coat shearling." He later added: "Kensington Palace has double checked and is adamant the hat is faux. It won't confirm the make. Is this #fakefurnews?

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Kensington Palace has confirmed that the pompom was made from faux fur

It's thought that Kate was wearing a near-identical design, also by Eugenia Kim – the Rain Faux-Fur-Trimmed Chunky-Knit Wool Beanie, which retails for £103 on Net-A-Porter, and which has now sold out. The description reads: "Shot through with silver, Eugenia Kim's black 'Rain' beanie is spun from wool and topped with a dark-gray faux fur pompom. Because the yarn and overall shape is chunky, this piece works best when your hair is styled with a bit of texture or volume."

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