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Kate Middleton paid how much for a baby stroller?

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The British press reports that Kate Middleton might have paid as much as $1800 for a baby stroller.

The British press reports that Kate Middleton might have paid as much as $1800 for a baby stroller.

Kate Middleton’s pregnancy will undoubtedly go down as the most closely watched in history. The Duchess of Cambridge can’t eat a single morsel without the British media and the American celebrity rags turning it into international news.

And this week Middleton took a huge “newsworthy” step toward motherhood: She bought a stroller. While reports have trickled out about her other baby purchases, such as a wicker Moses basket, this is much bigger “news” because a mom’s stroller choice makes a statement.

Kate, now six months’ pregnant, is said to have told a group of Army wives at a recent drinks reception in Aldershot that she has bought a Bugaboo in light blue — which some have taken as a clue to her unborn baby’s gender,” according to the British Daily Mail

And what kind of statement does a Bugaboo make? Well, Kate certainly didn’t pick an affordable, practical option. The Bugaboo is known as one of the most expensive, flashy rides (think of it as the Lamborghini of the stroller world), running from about $700 to $1800 for a pram. While the high-priced wheels have a reputation for being well-made and sleek in style, the stroller is bulky, making it too big for the trunk in a small car and difficult to maneuver through a bus aisle (something Middleton doesn’t need to worry about). What’s more, many complain that the Bugaboos are difficult to fold down and open up.

Bugaboo first made it big when Cynthia Nixon rolled out the company’s Frog on Sex in the City. Many balked at the $700 price tag, but more women clamored to get their hands on the slinky stroller. Bugaboo quickly achieved a status not unlike a pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Jon Stewart, Kate Hudson and Amy Poehler are all A-list celebs who’ve been spotted pushing a pimped-out Bugaboo.

But celebs aren’t the only ones forking over the money to join the Bugaboo brigade. When the Dutch company unveiled its Donkey at a red-carpet event in New York in 2011, the $1500 stroller sold out before it even hit stories. “Mimicking the clamor for the Porsche Cayenne, thousands of excited parents have ordered the convertible stroller and been placed on wait lists,” the New York Daily News reported. “Even with the high price tag, it’s selling faster than Tickle Me Elmo.”

And now that Middleton has bought a Bugaboo, the luxury baby company’s sales are expected to sky-rocket yet again. “The Duchess is the ultimate endorsement. An hour after wearing a polka-dot dress from Topshop to the Harry Potter film studios in Hertfordshire on Friday, the £20 frock had sold out online,” the Daily Mail reports.

 Since Kate Middleton is proving herself to have a taste for luxury, here are a few other high-end (outrageously priced) baby products for her to consider.

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