Kate Middleton Keeps Rewearing Fashion From This Dramatic Royal Year

Kate Middleton has worn three outfits over the past two months that have not been seen since 2017—a year packed with royal highs and lows.

Kate, who married Prince William in 2011 and became the Duchess of Cambridge, has become well known for her sense of royal style and has wardrobes filled with stunning pieces which are stored carefully after each use.

The duchess, like her husband William, is known for her eco-minded nature with fashion being one of the main ways she is able to publicly illustrate this.

Whereas in the 1980s and 1990s Princess Diana dealt with her bursting wardrobes, filled with pieces she would wear once or twice only, by giving dresses and items of clothing away, Kate has developed her own method of simply wearing and re-wearing pieces sometimes decades apart.

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Over the past two months Kate Middleton has been re-wearing numerous outfits last seen in 2017, a royal year packed with highs and lows. Photographed (L) April 17, 2022. (C) April 25, 2022. (R) May 10, 2022. Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty Images/ Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

This practice is not unheard of in royal circles. Princess Anne—the queen's only daughter—has been known to use pieces in her wardrobes more than thirty years after first wearing them, out of thrift and an aversion to waste.

Kate though, seems more deliberate in her motivation.

In 2022 the wardrobe demands placed on Kate have been increased, not only owing to the week-long tour of the Caribbean that the royal undertook in March, but the fact that the Queen's Platinum Jubilee has meant an increase in public appearances and duties.

In perhaps what is a public display of environmental concern and economy, Kate has, for important royal occasions over the past two months, been re-wearing pieces from her wardrobe with the strange link that the last time they were all worn publicly was the year 2017.

For the royal Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle in April, Kate wore a pale blue coat dress by the designer Emilia Wickstead. This 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 2017 on a visit to Luxembourg. Photographed (L) April 17, 2022. And (R) May 11, 2017. Antony Jones/GC Images/Samir Hussein/WireImage

For the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in May, Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen coat dress which was last worn on a visit to Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017.

Kate Middleton White Alexander McQueen 2017/2022
Kate Middleton wore a white Alexander McQueen coat dress to the Anzac Day service in 2022 which she last wore in Belgium in 2017. Photographed (L) April 25, 2022. And (R) July 30, 2017. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images

Most recently the duchess wore a Michael Kors blue coat dress on a visit to Manchester to officially open a memorial garden to the victims of the 2017 bombing attack on an Ariana Grande concert.

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

Kate Middleton Blue Michael Kors 2017/2022
Kate Middleton wore a blue Michael Kors coat dress to the opening of the Glade of Light memorial garden in Manchester, 2022 which she last wore at the dedication of the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial in 2017. Photographed (L) May 10, 2022. And (R) March 9, 2017. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

2017: A Year of Royal Highs and Lows

The year 2017 was a particularly busy one for Kate and an important one in terms of wider royal history.

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

Alongside this programme, wider royal milestones such as Prince Philip's retiring 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 the Manchester Arena bombing marked periods 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 the death of Princess Diana in a tragic 1997 Paris car crash. The event was marked with a series of television interviews undertaken by the princes.

The anniversary was lightened somewhat 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 garden would play a central role in one of the key royal events of 2017—the announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Kate is known to have a keen awareness of the importance placed on the clothing worn by members of the royal family and has, throughout the past eleven years, demonstrated through dress special tributes and messages to honor the events she is attending.

Whether the duchess' 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 weeks away, her wardrobe is being as closely analyzed as ever.

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