London - Duchess Catherine has been named one of four Time magazine Person of the Year 2011 runners-up.
The royal beauty, who married Prince William earlier this year, won recognition for her "flawless skin and abundant locks" and for being a "bigger box office than the rest of her in-laws combined", drawing comparisons to William's late mother, Princess Diana.
According to the magazine
: "If she becomes as popular as [Princess] Diana, her choices may help the monarchy thrive or bring it to its knees.
"Whatever she decides - however she goes about the business of being royal - Britain's second most famous princess is already being watched and emulated across the world. We have entered the era of the copy-Kate."Fashionable
Catherine also won praise for her fashion sense.
The publication added: "Ladylike and gracious, Catherine is rarely less than demure, often in accessible fashions.
"A surge in orders for a knee-length dress from UK fashion chain Reiss that she wore to a meeting with the Obamas during their May state visit to London crashed Reiss' website. She has sparked a revival in tan pantyhose.
"She used to wear short skirts and V-necks, but as a royal fiancée her hemlines inched lower and her necklines higher. In the full bloom of youth, she appears in day wear that wouldn't look out of place on a maiden aunt in the 1940s. She doesn't do sexy. She doesn't do edgy. The duchess never, in the parlance of upper-crust Brits, frightens the horses."
Other runners-up include US Special Ops Commander Admiral William McRaven, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, and US House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. "The Protester"
earned the top spot in the annual event.