Thrifty Kate recycles another look for Remembrance Day

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The Duchess of Cambridge was effortlessly chic at this year's Remembrance Day service in an outfit she wore in 2018. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge was effortlessly chic at this year's Remembrance Day service in an outfit she wore in 2018. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton was the picture of sombre elegance at the Remembrance Day memorial service on Sunday 14 November.

And if her outfit looked familiar it's because the 39-year-old future queen recycled her 2018 look – an Alexander McQueen military-style coat – which she teamed this year with a wide-brimmed Tiffany hat and black leather gloves. 

She also added diamond and pearl drop earrings and a £20 (about R400) Royal British Legion crystal poppy brooch alongside a trio of larger poppies, the internationally recognised symbol for Remembrance Day, which honours those who have died in the line of duty for their country.

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Kate was flanked by her mother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (left) and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The ceremony saw a dazzling military display led by Prince Charles (front), Princess Anne (back right) and Prince William (centre) in the streets of London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The mother-of-three took her place between the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex on the Foreign Office balcony at Whitehall in London.

Noticeably absence was Queen Elizabeth (95), who was advised by her doctors to stay at home after spraining her back.

A statement by Buckingham Palace yesterday read: "The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided with great regret that she will not be able to attend today's Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.

She has only missed six Cenotaph ceremonies in her long reign, the last one being in 1999.

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Future kings Prince Charles and his eldest son, Prince William, wore full military uniform. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath at the Cenotaph. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Prince Charles, who celebrated his 73rd birthday on the same day, and Prince William, laid the wreaths in Her Majesty's absence.

Last year's Remembrance Sunday service was scaled back due to the pandemic and took place without members of the public present.

KATE'S REMEMBRANCE DAY OUTFITS OVER THE YEARS

While she's stuck to the trademark black since making her Remembrance Day debut in 2011, Kate has sported a more military look in the past three years. And while she favoured her hair loose in her earlier years, she's also switched to a more austere up-do in recent years.

As is her style, the mom-of-three has also recycled plenty of times. She wore the same jacket in 2011, 2012 and in 2016 and the same black hat in 2012 and 2017. Her jewellery for the most part she's kept subtle, opting for stud-style earrings but in 2014 adding a necklace

Lets take a look.

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In 2011 on her debut appearance Kate wore a black wool coat by American designer Diane von Furstenberg and kept her hair long. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She wore the same coat again in 2012, paired with pearl-drop earrings loaned to her by the queen and a Philip Treacy hat. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2013 she wore a gorgeous black coat by Temperley London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She opted for one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen in 2014. Her hat was a repeat of the one she wore in 2011 by British milliner Jane Corbett. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She donned a patchwork Alexander McQueen velvet coat in 2015. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She recycled her Diane Von Furstenberg coat in 2016. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2017 she opted for Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana, which featured a collarless style and two rows of gold-tone buttons.(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2018 she chose an unusual Alexander McQueen coat which featured a white collar. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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She chose a very military-looking double-breasted Alexander McQueen coat again in 2019. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Last year Kate wore a high-necked Alexander McQueen coat with shoulder detailing and a Philip Treacy hat. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)


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