May 29, 2012

Kate Middleton recycle a dress again at Palace garden party (26 PICS)

The Duchess of Cambridge chooses the same £1,200 Emilia Wickstead dress she wore for the Queen's Jubilee lunch two weeks ago (R)

All eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon as she charmed guests at Diamond Jubilee garden party - and scored extra points for recycling a dress she wore two weeks ago.

Notching up another landmark in her life as a royal, crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of Kate as she mingled with poise and elegance at her first Buckingham Palace garden party.

And for the auspicious occasion, clever Kate demonstrated her thrifty side by giving a second outing to the £1,200 Emilia Wickstead dress she wore for the Royal Sovereign's lunch in honour of the Queen's Jubilee at Windsor Castle two weeks ago. 

Then, eyebrows were raised after so-called 'High Street Kate', notorious for her love of affordable clothing, chose a current season designer item costing more than the average monthly salary.

But with this second appearance, Kate has silenced her critics - and proved that she is a thoroughly sensible royal who is so much more than a mere clothes horse.

She joined the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen for tea and cakes with 8,000 guests within the grounds of the royal residence as the family prepares for this weekend's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Kate attended the event without her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, who instead remained at RAF Valley on Anglesey where he is a search and rescue pilot.

It was the second Palace garden party of the year and guests from all walks of life enjoyed another warm day after the unseasonably hot weather of recent days.

The band struck up the National Anthem as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh appeared at the top of the steps and a hush fell over the assembled crowd.

Then applause broke out as the couple, along with Charles, Camilla and Kate, made their way towards their waiting guests, who were invited after nominations by institutions, charities and businesses.

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