One quality of the Duchess of Cambridge that has endeared her to the Queen of England is her pragmatic attitude towards her clothes and willingness to repeat the same dress twice, opined a royal historian.
|Duchess Kate with Queen Elizabeth. Credit: Just Jared|
The fashion world is abuzz with how Kate Middleton prefers to reuse her old clothes even during special occasions. She has been widely photographed on many occasions wearing the same outfit more than once both for public and private engagements.
In an article to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 77-year-old Sir Roy Strong, a seasoned writer has written of the monarch’s fondness for the Duchess and approval of her wardrobe choice. The Queen herself has never been an extravagant person, who has been affectionately called by Roy as a “make-do-and-mend Queen.”
In a newspaper article he wrote for this weekend, Roy said the Queen grew up during austere war times in Britain. Naturally her budding years were influenced by growing up in the shadow of the Second World War and she had to make sacrifices along with her Britain.
Roy said: “That’s something that’s stayed with the Queen all her life, and I think that’s partly why she likes Kate, who’s not afraid to wear the same dress twice.” Due to her own upbringing, it is but natural that the Queen approves of Duchess Kate’s attitude towards wasteful spending and setting an example with her prudent choice of outfits.
The fashion repeat was highlighted when Duchess Kate attended the yacht party for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, donning a cream coat which she had worn for an event in 2006. Likewise, for her engagement photographs she had worn a white dress which she repeated on her 9-day-tour of Canada, something that has endeared the Duchess to the masses.
One of Duchess Kate’s favorite outfits is a brocade coat by Jane Throughton which she had worn to a wedding in London, on August 2009. She was latter spotted wearing the same coat two years later, at a celebration for the Duke of Edinburgh - Prince Philip’s 90th birthday on June 2011, which she paired with a Zara dress and L. K. Bennett shoes.
Duchess Catherine seen in Jane Troughton
Brocade Coat pic. 1 and a recycled one in pic. 2
And as if to prove the point, just yesterday, Duchess Kate wore the long sleeved soft baby pink pleated Emilia Wickstead dress with Jane Corbett hat to the Buckingham Palace garden party to kick start the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This is a recycled version of the £1,200 dress she had worn just eleven days back dress to a lunch at Windsor Castle for World Sovereigns.
Fashion insiders have remarked that Duchess Kate has even re-worn dresses and coats that goes back to 2006. The lady’s pragmatic tendency can be gauged by the fact that last year, she reportedly even politely refused to employ a personal dresser, stating it was a waste of money.
Kate seen in DVF "Maja" Dress Pic 1: At the British
Consul - General's residence in L.A. on July 8, 2011.
Pic. 2: At Zara Phillips' pre-wedding party. Credit: Getty
No doubt, therefore, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe has remarked: “I think that just makes her so much more human and approachable. Like, I just went into my closet and grabbed this pair of skinny jeans, little jacket and left. And I think that’s great…”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining the Queen and senior members of the Royal family on the Royal Barge for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend.
Check out the slide show: The Duchess’ outfit repeats.
Source: Daily Telegraph.co.uk / Huffington Post
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