The Kate Middleton Effect Strikes Again: This Time it's Handbags

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Kate visited Naomi House Children's Hospice this April, carrying an LK Bennett clutch.
When the Duchess visited the sets of Harry Potter, she brought along this pretty black bag.
Kate also carried the LK Bennett clutch while attending the National Review of Queen's Scouts.
Kate paired this vibrant jacket with a simple black clutch while in Scotland.
A black clutch is great, because it can go with almost anything -- including this plaid coat for another day on the Scotland tour!
The Duchess headed out in the rain in March, carrying a pretty brown bag that looks like the Emmy ‘Natasha’.
Kate wore this Hobbs coat to visit the fishing village of Grimsby, wearing suede black pumps and a matching clutch.
The Duchess chose a slightly larger (though definitely slimmer) bag for a wedding of friends in Switzerland.
On her first official visit to Cambridge, Kate carried the Emmy ‘Natasha’ handbag.
Kate carried this vibrant Alexander McQueen clutch to a gala dinner, while wearing a lace Temperly London dress.
Clearly one of Kate's favorite bags, she wore this black sueded clutch to an event in October, 2012.
Kate wore this Jonathan Saunders dress while arriving in the Soloman Islands.  Many believe the pretty cream and gold clutch is by Jimmy Choo.
One of Kate's favorite bags, she carried the LK Bennett Natalie Natural Clutch while visiting a Mosque in Malaysia.
Kate carried this Wilbur and Gussie gold "Charlie" clutch while wearing this Alexander McQueen gown in Malaysia.
The LK Bennett Natalie Natural Clutch made another appearance, while Kate attended a luncheon with the Prime Minister of Kuala Lumpur.
The clink of glasses that set a million people buzzing! Kate notably sipped water instead of wine while holding this pretty purple clutch, dressed in Erdem.
Kate carried this Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ bag in Singapore, while wearing a white McQueen suit.
Potentially a Jimmy Choo bag, Kate paired this small choice with a Jenny Packham dress in Singapore.
Kate wore a gorgeous Prabal Gurung dress with a thin Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud clutch.
Kate was dressed in Navy from head to toe for the 2012 Olympics, carrying a dark blue bag that matched perfectly.
Kate wore a lovely dove-grey dress by Roksanda Ilincic, carrying a sparkly thin bag.
Kate carried this fun leopard print bag while attending the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
It looks like Kate carried the LK Bennett Natalie clutch for the Order of the Garter Service in 2012, paired with a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress.
Kate carried this Jaeger London "The Kate" quilted clutch to visit Nottingham last June.
Kate carried this Prada bag at the Carriage Procession and balcony appearance for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Kate paired this gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress with a bag by the same designer.
The LK Bennett Natalie Clutch was Kate's choice while attending Queen Elizabeth's garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Kate turned heads in this incredible Jenny Packham dress, carrying a matching satin bag.
Kate attended a reception in London and brought along this pretty Anya Hindmarch Marano Clutch.
Kate carried a simple black bag with her customized Matthew Williamson dress at the London premiere of "African Cats."
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Since catching the eye of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton has been on the entire world's fashion radar. The "Kate Middleton Effect" is a term that has been coined because when the Duchess of Cambridge wears something, it's pretty much guaranteed it will fly off the shelves.

It started with nude pumps, pantyhose, wrap dresses and of course sapphires (thanks to the gorgeous ring from William's mother, Diana). Every designer she supports has seen a drastic increase in sales, and many women believe that if Kate wears it, it's the item to own.

Well the Duchess's influence is striking once again: and this time it is reducing the size of handbags. Kate rarely carries a bag that she wouldn't be able to hold with one hand, and is clearly a supporter of a gorgeous clutch. As a result, designers such as Lulu Guinness are reducing the size of handbags in their next collections.

"Personally I am making my clutch bags smaller next season, so they're more delicate and ladylike, and that's to do with her, I think," Guinness told the Telegraph. She joked that though this makes bags more impractical, design doesn't always succumb to practicality. She added, "[Kate's] very elegant, but she's also got people carrying the things she needs, and a big car waiting for her."

It's true, the Duchess might not need to carry around as many things as the rest of us (we don't know about you, but as much as we love pretty clutches, we also can't live without our big hold-my-entire-life tote bags!) but she sure will have women across the world trying to cram everything into their new tiny bags.

Click through the gallery to see Kate Middleton's gorgeous clutch collection!

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