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Chic, sleek, repeat: Catherine, the Princess of Wales best recycled outfits of all time

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When one thinks of peak feminine fashion, one would be inclined to think of the one and only Catherine, the Princess of Wales.

The 41-year-old royal has managed to pull off look after look, and quite frankly, the world goes nuts over every single one.

But the duchess is a smart cookie when it comes to her wardrobe. With her kind of influence in fashion, there’s no denying that the stakes are always high every single time she steps out.

That’s why we can’t help but praise her choice in re-wearing some of her best outfits – because who wouldn’t want to see them twice?

Catherine is no stranger to a recycled gem, in fact, she’s renowned for recycling key items she wears to various engagements.

We couldn’t love her for it more – especially when there are sneaky small tweaks involved that take her look to the next level.

And most importantly, the royal subtly sends a message every time she does so: If the princess, who has the entire world of couture at her fingertips, can recycle her clothes, we sure as heck can re-wear our own.

Sustainability is definitely in vogue.

So, to honour our Queen of the humble re-wear, we’ve pin-pointed our favourite recycled moments from the royal herself.

Keep scrolling for fashion inspo squared.

WATCH: See Kate step out at the Portrait Gala in a heavenly Alexander McQueen gown. Gallery begins below…

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In 2022, Catherine – at the time the Duchess of Cambridge – attended the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey wearing her a cobalt blue coat dress by Catherine Walker.

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Catherine was seen recycling the stunning coat dress in 2023 for the Easter Sunday service. However, the now Princess of Wales accessorised a little differently with a approximately £825 pill box hat – $1,500 in Australian – and gold, lapis and moonstone earrings.

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Now the GOAT – the gown of our real-life dreams. Kate kicked off royal life with a bang shortly after her wedding to Prince William in 2011 when she wore this heavenly Jenny Packham gown.

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And a gown this nice can’t go to waste. She wore it again five years later in 2016 to a twilight dinner.

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In 2012, Kate’s glorious golden Alexander McQueen gown was a sight to behold as she attended a reception dinner during her royal tour of Malaysia.

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And in a glorious repeat, Catherine recycled the heavenly gown for the 2020 BAFTA Awards – a poignant move given the sustainable focus for the evening.

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In July 2011, Catherine wore this beautiful blue Roksanda dress as she touched down at LAX airport.

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But proving this dress was meant for a destiny beyond an airplane, she re-wore the frock in July 2012. Her up-do hairstyle certainly took it to the next level!

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Nautical style can be hit or miss, but Catherine well and truly nailed it in this Alexander McQueen number, which she wore during a 2011 visit to the Midlands.

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Five years on, and it still fit like a glove! Catherine was spotted re-wearing the McQueen dress as she visited Portsmouth in 2016.

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In yet another heavenly red carpet moment, Catherine wore this aqua Jenny Packham number to an Olympic Games gala in 2012.

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And it resurfaced a whopping six years later when the at-the-time Duchess opted for the style at the 2018 Tusk Awards. She hasn’t changed a bit!

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In 2012, Catherine looked chic in this Matthew Williamson mod dress.

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And in 2015, she proved it was a favourite since way back, wearing it to a teacher conference in London.

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During her tour of Australia with Prince William in 2014, Catherine made a zesty statement in this yellow Roksanda number.

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Two years on and she was still a fan – Catherine re-wore it to the Wimbledon Championships in 2016.

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This See by Chloe dress worn by Catherine during her tour of Canada in 2016 was utter heaven.

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So you can only imagine how thrilled we were to see her wear it once again at a Palace garden party in 2017.

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In 2012, Catherine attended a Buckingham Palace reception wearing this chic Christopher Kane coat dress.

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Years later, and it got the dusting off it deserved when she wore it to a Buckingham Palace garden party in 2017.

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Pink perfection! Catherine wore this Oscar de la Renta number to a health writers’ conference in 2017.

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And lo and behold, she whipped it back out again when she visited the Royal Opera House in 2019.

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She wrapped up warm in this Catherine Walker coat during a trip to Oslo in 2018 – and if you look closely you’ll just catch a glimpse of her burgeoning baby bump. She was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time.

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Versatile as ever, Catherine stepped out in the same coat as she attended church at Sandringham in early 2019.

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Queen of the skirt suit, Catherine was oozing chic in this tweed Dolce & Gabbana ensemble for a Mental Health In Education event in 2019.

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It’ll never go out of style – Catherine opted for the look once again in January 2020 as she visited the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

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Catherine’s heavenly red Catherine Walker coat turned heads at Christmas 2018 – and her matching pillbox hat was the cherry on top of the fashion-forward pie.

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So when she stepped out in the same coat for the Commonwealth Day service in March 2020, you couldn’t blame fans for coveting the regal ensemble once more.

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We can’t go past a Catherine rewear and not point out her love affair with her humble Penelope Chilvers boots. Long in stature, vegetable dyed leather, lined for perfect, cosy warmth… there’s not much not to love about a Penelope Chilvers boot.

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Honestly, there are way too many pictures of her Chilvers boots to choose from – though this particular ensemble from April 2021 was a highlight. The ever-chic Country Kate strikes again!

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While attending the Big Jubilee Lunch for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the duchess sported this eye-catching blue pleated Alessandra Rich dress with white polka dots, along with some pearl earrings.

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Just a month later, Catherine donned the same number, accessorised the same way, while making her 2022 Wimbledon debut with Prince William. And she looked just as elegant!

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