Thrifty Kate recycles entire outfit

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Kate Middleton once again proved her penchant for recycling outfits as she stepped out for a charity visit with her husband Prince William wearing a brown Orla Kiely coat dress named 'Birdie'.

Astute fashion fans were quick to recognise the walnut-hued, dove-printed creation – the Duchess of Cambridge first wore it at an art class during a visit to a school back in February 2012.


Visiting the charity on Tuesday; the Orla Kiely 'Birdie' dress

The item was bought in the sale for £162.50, having been reduced from £325.

Kate had even chose to accessorise the look with the same suede Aquatalia ankle boots and chocolate-brown envelope clutch bag that she wore last February. Dainty gold hoops adorned her ears.

Her hair had been styled in her signature cascading, glossy curls.


She wore the same outfit back in February 2012

The royal couple left Prince George at home as they paid a visit to crime prevention charity Only Connect.

The pair, whose last joint official engagement was in support of London Poppy Day, arrived to the excitement of crowds waiting outside the charity's head office in London.

William looked dapper in a navy suit and maroon tie as he escorted his wife into the building.

As the Duke and Duchess toured the central London office, the royal couple met with staff and young people who spoke about the ways Only Connect helps support ex-offenders and young people at risk of re-offending.

The charity, which helps 10,000 people a year, is said to have reduced re-offending by nearly half. Helping former offenders is a cause close to William's heart and his family , as his own aunt Lady Jane Fellowes — the sister of Princess Diana — is one of the trustees of Only Connect.

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