Kate Middleton returns to Vanity Fair fashion list

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This magazine cover image shows Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the cover of the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair. British royalty has made its mark atop Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, with Kate Middleton and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, both making this year's slate. The September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on August 2 and nationally and on the iPad on August 7.  (AP Photo/Vanity Fair)
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This magazine cover image shows Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the cover of the September …

NEW YORK (AP) — British royalty has made its mark atop Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, with Kate Middleton and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, both making this year's stylish slate.

The Duchess of Cambridge's decision to decline the services of a dresser and mix high-end couturiers like Alexander McQueen with her own browsing the racks of Topshop, earned her a spot on the 73-year-old list.

It is Middleton's third time on the list and she appears on one of the magazine's two September covers — the other is actress Jessica Chastain, who is named to the list for the first time and appears on the cover of the issue mailed to subscribers. Prince Harry also makes his debut this year.

The list also includes plenty of athletes during this Olympic year. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes his debut appearance, as does New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Jay-Z was named to the list for the first time, along with fellow musician Alicia Keys. Actress Diane Kruger and Richard E. Grant made their second appearances. Actor Colin Firth and his wife, Livia, made it to the Best-Dressed Couples category.

Vanity Fair inherited the list, considered one of the most influential in the fashion world, from the late fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert in 2004.