Michelle Mone has offered to design Kate Middleton's bridal lingerie.

The boss of underwear firm Ultimo - who received an OBE from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace yesterday (25.11.10) - has created the undergarments for Kate to wear when she marries Prince William next April and is hoping she takes up her offer.

She said: "I have designed Kate's bridal lingerie for her, and I'm going to send the designs to her. I think Ultimo fits with her image."

As well as her bridal lingerie, speculation has been rife as to who will create Kate's much coveted wedding dress and Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), is hoping she will go for a British designer.

He said: "She's so beautiful, anything she wears will look stunning. We would like it to be a British designer. I understand there's a shortlist. We have several really excellent designers. I think she will go simple and elegant."

Phillipa Lepley is the frontrunner to create the gown after her odds were slashed from 25/1 to 3/1.

Although Phillipa, 41, refused to comment on the speculation, Rupert Adams, spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, said: "There has been a real weight of money behind Phillipa, which would normally suggest that she is at the very least on the shortlist to design the dress."