Thrifty Kate Middleton steals the show as she recycles 2012 dress at awards ceremony

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is quite well-known for her thrifty fashion choices despite being a royal. She managed to once again steal the show on Thursday night in a teal blue ball gown she had first worn six years ago, as per reports. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked quite the suave couple as they made their way towards the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House, London.

Kate, who looked stunning at the event, reportedly recycled the sea green floor-length lace gown by British designer Jenny Packham for the event, a dress that she had initially worn back in 2012 to a gala event at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the countdown to the London Olympic Games.

And the mother-of-three fit into the dress like a glove as she walked the red carpet, with not an ounce of extra fat leftover from her three consecutive pregnancies since she first donned the beautiful number six years ago. As for accessorizing, the Duchess stuck to the basics from her previous experience with the dress, carrying the same custom-made clutch bag she was seen with back in 2012.

The Duchess, to amp up the glamor factor of her gorgeous dress, opted for the ‘Vamp’ sandals from Jimmy Choo that she wore when she debuted the dress. And to stir things up a bit, Kate wore her hair in tumbling curls that framed her face perfectly as opposed to the elegant chignon she had originally worn last time. She completed her look with a dazzling pair of chandelier diamond earrings and a bejeweled waistband.

On the other hand, Prince William also put up quite a dapper display in an elegant looking tuxedo as he joined his wife on the red carpet. Both the Duke and Duchess also wore matching red colored remembrance poppies ahead of Armistice Day. The duo, who are parents to three kids: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, looked quite happy and relaxed on their outing, and even seemed to share a joke upon arrival.

As per reports, Prince William was made Royal Patron of Tusk in December 2005. He has always been an active supporter of the charity’s work, both in a private and public capacity, and recently, the Duke of Cambridge also visited Tusk projects in Namibia and Tanzania. It is also reported that Wiliam visited projects in Kenya on his week-long tour before returning to the UK at the beginning of October.

The annual Tusk Conservation Awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people, whose work of protecting Africa’s natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields. Last year, Prince William had made it a point to stress upon how the annual awards meant a great deal to him personally, and the way they play a huge part in preserving the continent’s wildlife.

He added: “These awards, which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognize the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s front line. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

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