Amanda Wakeley: A royal favorite designer

Prince William, right, and his fiancee Kate Middleton are pictured during a visit to Witton County Park, in Darwen, north-west England, on April 11, 2011. Alastair Grant/Getty

Designer Amanda Wakeley at the Net-A-Porter 10th Anniversary Party on July 7, 2010, in London.
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(CBS) Along with being well-regarded in the London fashion scene, designer Amanda Wakeley is considered a British royals favorite and has seen her designs on both the late Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.

Wakeley, a self-taught designer from Chester, central England, was also among those rumored to be creating Middleton's royal wedding gown.

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Speculation first arose when Middleton stepped out wearing a midnight blue, vintage silk mikado suit by Wakeley during an official engagement last month with Prince William in Darwen, England.

She told the UK's Grazia Daily that she had "no idea" how her design ended up on Middleton, but added that she was "delighted" and thought Middleton "looked fantastic."

Wakeley, whose designs are contemporary and include a heavy dose of glamour, has dressed various celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Kate Beckinsale, and Dita Von Teese. Her creations have also been seen on Jordan's Queen Rania.

According to her website, Wakeley was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry on 16th February 2010. She is also the winner of several awards including three British Fashion Awards for Glamour.

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