5 of Kate Middleton’s most incredible recycled fashion looks

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Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive at his first Earthshot Prize awards at Alexandra Palace in London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive at his first Earthshot Prize awards at Alexandra Palace in London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has done it for years – reworking some of her favourite outfits for official engagements – but nowhere was this more apt than at husband Prince William’s inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in London this week.

In keeping with the night’s theme, which asked guests not to buy new outfits, the 39-year-old wore a lilac gown by her favourite fashion brand, Alexander McQueen.

Royal fans might’ve recognised the stunning dress, which Kate also wore a decade earlier in Los Angeles.

The mom of three drew much praise, with most agreeing it was the perfect look for the environmental awards, which honoured five winners who each receive £1 million (R20m) from the couple’s Royal Foundation to put into action their ideas to help save the planet.

Kate is certainly the queen of royal re-wears. Here are our top 5 looks.

Grecian lavender gown

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Kate first wore the dress to a Bafta event in Los Angeles in 2011. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Kate dazzled in the exquisite gown again at the Eartshot Prize awards in London this week. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kate wowed in this Grecian-inspired lilac gown at the Earthshot Awards in London this week. But she first wore it in 2011 when she and William (39) attended a Bafta gala event in Los Angeles.

Chic white coat-dress

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Kate at Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She wore it again in 2016 for the annual Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Two years later it came out again for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kate first wowed in this chic off-white coat dress by Alexander McQueen to daughter Princess Charlotte’s christening in July 2015, before bringing it out again the following year for the annual Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace. Clearly a firm favourite she also wore it to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

Sparkly blue gown

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She first wore the glittering Jenny Packham gown during a tour of India in 2016. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The duchess donned the blue number again in March 2020 for a charity event in England. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The duchess dazzled in this glittering azure dress by Jenny Packham during the Cambridges’ tour of India in 2016. She wore it again last year while hosting a gala for the charity Place2Be in the UK.

Teal evening gown

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Kate first wore the beautiful teal dress in February 2014 for a dinner at the National Portrait Gallery in London for her charity The Art Room. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She donned the Jenny Packham evening gown again in December 2014 for her and William's final engagement in the US. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

One of her favourites – she wore it to a gala event in New York to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the University of St Andrews (where she and William met as students) in 2014, and to a dinner at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2014 for her charity The Art Room.

Slinky minidress

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Kate first wore this chic little dress in 2011 on her and William's first visit to the US. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
She wore it again in 2016 for a charity lunch in London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

She chose this elegant grey Roksanda Ilincic day dress for a reception in Los Angeles in 2011 and then brought it out again in 2016 for a lunch in London in aid of the Anna Freud Centre.

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