Kate Middleton Recycles 10-Year-Old Dress for William’s Environmental Awards Show

After months of anticipation, Prince William finally held his first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards this weekend. And while he opted to wear a green suede suit (perfectly on-theme for an environmental awards show), it was Kate Middleton who stole the show.

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped onto the red green carpet for the event at Alexandra Palace in London. For the occasion, Middleton, who was also one of the presenters, opted to reach back into her closet and pull out one of her most famous dresses that she originally sported back in 2011.

As Harper’s Bazaar points out, the duchess sported her lilac gown by Alexander McQueen, which she wore to a BAFTA black-tie event a decade ago. The 39-year-old royal topped off her look with a gold belt, Kiki McDonough morganite earrings and her signature loose waves which she styled over her left shoulder.

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Turns out, according to special guest Emma Thompson, William prefaced the awards by asking guests to come in an ensemble that they already own.

“On our little notes they said, ‘Please do not buy anything new for this.’ Can you imagine? The relief! So I got my dame suit that I wore when I went to the palace," Thompson revealed according to People.

Following the green carpet portion, the duke crowned the nation of Costa Rica who he thought contributed most to finding “inspiring and innovative solutions, from around the world, to the environmental challenges facing our planet.” The show also celebrated four other global finalists and included appearances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes.

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