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Kate Middleton's racy lace dress makes royal history

See-through dress that may have put the sizzle in the royal romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William up for auction

LONDON // A see-through dress that some believe played a key role in bringing Kate Middleton and Prince William together will be auctioned off in London next month.

Ms Middleton wore the transparent dress over black lingerie at a 2002 charity fashion show at the University of St. Andrews when the two students were just friends.

Their romance started shortly afterward, and some journalists maintain it was the eye-catching outfit that made the friendship sizzle.

The piece of royal history is expected to sell for more than 8,000 pounds (Dh47,00) at Kerry Taylor Auctions on March 17. It was designed by Charlotte Todd, who did not pursue a career in fashion and now works at an aquarium.

"If it is true that my design helped change the Prince's interest in Kate from platonic to romantic as has been reported, then I am pleased to have played a part - however minor," said Todd. "I never would have imagined as I sat knitting this piece that one day it would be so important."

The knitted lace dress was at first intended to be worn as a skirt, but Ms Middleton wore it as a short dress instead. Todd initially said she would not sell the famous dress but later changed her mind.

The auction will also include two gowns worn by William's mother, the late Princess Diana.