Duchess Kate recycles Catherine Walker coat she wore in Canada for Beating Retreat

By Zach Harper

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance on Thursday (June 6) evening as she stepped out for the Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade in London. Kate was her usual stunning self at the event, and she pulled out a much-loved look from her 2016 Canadian tour with Prince William: her dazzling cream Catherine Walker coat!

Taking the salute at the Beating Retreat was a first for Kate! Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

You might remember the look from the final day of the trip across the pond three years ago. Then, Kate wore it along with the Queen’s Canadian snowflake brooch, which Her Majesty had graciously leant her for the tour.

On Thursday, Kate opted for the Irish Guards shamrock brooch, which we last saw on St. Patrick’s Day. She wore her hair up in a chignon, wore a pair of blush heels and carried a matching clutch.

Kate wore the look while she, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte left Canada in 2016. Photo: © Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images

This was Kate’s debut at the event, and she also was responsible for taking the salute on Thursday. The Beating Retreat is held over two evenings prior to Trooping the Colour, and a senior member of the Royal Family must handle the salute each year. Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Philip have all done the honours in the past. The event also features fireworks, horsemanship, military drills and more.

Kate has had a busy week so far. On Monday evening, she joined US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump for a special state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Kate and William, the Queen, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla and a host of other royal guests dined in the Trumps’s honour while the first couple were visiting across the pond.

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Kate wore a breathtaking ruffled Alexander McQueen dress for the event, which she accessorized with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara and the Queen Mother’s diamond and sapphire fringe earrings.

We can’t wait to see what Kate wears on Saturday for Trooping the Colour!

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