The Duchess of Cambridge has more than a few designers she gravitates towards when picking out an ensemble, and she often doesn’t have to look any further than her own closet. Kate’s most recent recycled look also happens to be a popular choice among Europe’s royal women, three of which have worn the exact same gown in recent years.
The mother of three stepped out on Nov. 8 looking every inch the sartorially savvy royal, wearing none other than a six-year-old gown by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham. The number was a perfect choice for the glitzy Tusk Conservation Awards , boasting a flattering nipped waist paired with lace cap sleeves and sheer back in a stunning jewel tone. It’s a style that suits almost anyone, including the trio of princesses who have also worn it to stunning effect: Princess Madeleine of Sweden , Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg.
Kate went with a stunning teal hue, but it also comes in a beautiful bright red, which Alexandra wore to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s 40th jubilee in 2012. Showing off just how versatile this style is, Princess Alexandra chose to dazzle in the periwinkle version for Prince Felix of Luxembourg’s nuptials to Claire Lademacher in 2013. That same year, the Swedish royal – whose family just moved across the pond to Miami – stunned in the same colour for a gala in New York City. The delicate number is the perfect combination of modern elegance and a classic silhouette, bringing out the most beautiful attributes no matter who wears it.
The last time Kate, 37, wore this dress was in 2012 when she was attending an Olympic dinner with Team Great Britain. The duchess paired the look with a beautiful braided chignon, which showed off the gorgeous detailing on the back of her dress. Royal watchers the world over were keen to see which gown the mother of three would choose as a follow up to the uber-glamorous new Alexander McQueen design she wore to a recent state banquet honouring King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima – her first since returning from maternity leave with Prince Louis. And it’s safe to say that, as when any royal wears Jenny Packham’s lovely creation, they weren’t disappointed!