Thrifty Kate turns a royal fashion recycler

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. (GETTY/GALLO)

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge has injected new life into the monarchy and is now following an older royal tradition – recycling favourite garments.

At a church service to mark the 90th birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh over the weekend, Kate wore the same periwinkle blue Jacquard coat dress that she donned in 2009 for the wedding of her husband’s close friend, Nicholas van Cutsem, reports Daily Mail.

She paired it with her High-street favourite LK Bennett heels that she has sported several times recently – which are identical to pairs owned by her sister Pippa and mother Carole Middleton.

She was also seen wearing at the wedding of close friend Sam Waley-Cohen, the same black and white silk cocktail dress that she wore on a night out in London with Pippa in 2007. This was during her brief split from William.

Daily comments: "By dusting down her old outfits for high-profile occasions, the Duchess echoes the policy of the Queen and the Princess Royal, who both take great delight in getting the most out of their wardrobes."

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