Kate Middleton Keeps Re-wearing Fashion From This Dramatic Royal Year

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Kate Middleton has worn three outfits over the past two months that haven’t been seen since 2017—a year full of royal ups and downs.

Kate, who married Prince William in 2011 and became the Duchess of Cambridge, has become renowned for her sense of royal style and has a wardrobe full of stunning items that are carefully stored after use.

The Duchess, like her husband William, is known for her eco-friendly nature with fashion being one of the main ways she can portray this publicly.

Whereas in the 1980s and 1990s Princess Diana dealt with her exploding wardrobe, full of clothes she would only wear once or twice, by giving away dresses and clothing items, Kate has developed her own method of just wearing and re-wearing. clothing that is sometimes decades. separated.

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Over the past two months, Kate Middleton has re-dressed many of the outfits last seen in 2017, a royal year full of ups and downs. Photographed (left) April 17, 2022. (C) April 25, 2022. (right) May 10, 2022.
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This practice was unheard of in royal circles. Princess Anne—the queen’s only daughter—has been known to wear clothes in her closet more than thirty years after first wearing them, being frugal and disliking extravagance.

Kate though, seems more intentional in her motivations.

In 2022 the clothing demands placed on Kate have increased, not only because of the week-long tour of the Caribbean the kingdom took in March, but the fact that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee meant increased appearances and public duties.

Perhaps in a public display of environmental and economic concern, Kate, for important royal occasions over the past two months, has re-dressed pieces from her wardrobe with the odd link that the last time they were all worn in public was that year. 2017.

For the royal Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle in April, Kate wore a pale blue coat dress by designer Emilia Wickstead. It was last worn when the duchess visited Luxembourg in 2017.

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Kate Middleton wore a blue Emilia Wickstead coat dress to the annual Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle in 2022, not worn since a 2017 visit to Luxembourg. Photographed (left) April 17, 2022. And (right) May 11, 2017.
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For an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in May, Kate wore an Alexander McQueen white coat dress that was last worn on a visit to Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017.

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Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen white coat dress to an Anzac Day service in 2022 which she last wore in Belgium in 2017. Photographed (left) April 25, 2022. And (right) July 30, 2017.
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Recently the duchess wore a blue Michael Kors coat dress on a visit to Manchester to officially open a memorial garden for the victims of the 2017 bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert.

The last time the coat dress was worn was to unveil the Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial in London in 2017.

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Kate Middleton wore a blue Michael Kors coat dress for the opening of the Glade of Light memorial park in Manchester, 2022 which she last wore at the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial inauguration in 2017. Photographed (L) 10 May 2022. And (R) 9 March 2017.
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2017: Kingdom Highs and Lows

2017 was a very busy year for Kate and important in terms of the wider history of the kingdom.

For Kate, visits to Paris, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and Poland with William all took place, as well as a number of joint engagements with Prince Harry in connection with the trio’s Heads Together mental health initiative.

Alongside this program, wider royal milestones such as Prince Philip’s retirement from royal duties, the queen’s platinum wedding anniversary and a state visit to London by the King and Queen of Spain took place.

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and Manchester Arena bombing marked a period of national shock and mourning in 2017 with Kate and other members of the royal family meeting with those affected and thanking first responders.

Perhaps the most poignant event of the year for William and Harry, as well as Kate, was the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in the tragic 1997 car crash in Paris. The event was marked by a series of television interviews conducted by the princes.

The warning was somewhat alleviated by the announcement that Kate was also expecting her third child. The first engagement since the announcement was the opening of the Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace where a statue was later unveiled in 2021.

The park will play a central role in one of the main royal events of 2017—the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement.

Kate is known to have a keen sense of the importance of placing attire worn by members of the royal family and has, for the past eleven years, demonstrated through tributes and special messages of attire in honor of the events she attends.

Whether the duchess’s 2017 fashion revival has been a conscious choice or not, the events of that royal year resonate today and for Kate, with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations just a few weeks away, her outfits are being meticulously analyzed as always.

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