10 years later, nature repeats itself. At least, it does in the case of Kate Middleton who just celebrated the Earthshot Prize Awards with a eco-conscious outfit choice consisting one of her most iconic dresses from her early royal days.
The Duchess stepped out with her husband Prince William (whose just-as-iconic outfit will be touched on later) to attend the royal initiative, which celebrates great minds who are working towards solutions that will help or reverse the effects of climate change.
Of course, Kate Middleton is no stranger to a recycled outfit, having made the wardrobe feat a part of her personal brand in the 10 years that she’s been a royal.
Sunday night’s recycled gown in question was a stunning lilac Alexander McQueen number, which features short sleeves, a high neckline and a glimmering belt to clinch the waist. The 39-year-old wore her hair in long elegant waves.
The last time we saw the Duchess in the stunning McQueen design was in July 2011 when she and Prince William attended a BAFTA Awards celebration in the US.
Not only was it one of her first red carpet appearances as a royal family member (she married William in April 2011), but it marked one of the first glorious times Kate had absolutely nailed the wardrobe brief. It was the beginning of a style journey, which we’ve been privy to witnessing in the decade since.
Meanwhile, we must also take a moment to appreciate Prince William’s outfit for the Earthshot prize.
With an apt colour palette, the Duke opted for a green velvet suit jacket with a black turtleneck beneath. He added matching green velvet pants.
The evening also included a slew of other A-lists guests who helped to present the prestigious prizes to five winners—Emma Watson, Ed Sheeran and Emma Thompson to name a few.
Launched by Prince William himself in 2020, the awards are also a representation of hope as it celebrates the real and actionable initiatives that are being done, or could be done in the future to protect our planet.
In a statement, William summed it up: “I strongly believe that change is possible, when you put your mind to it. I started thinking about what to do to change the equation to something else: urgency + optimism = action.”