The Favorite Outfits Kate Middleton Wears Again and Again

As a member of the royal family, Kate Middleton’s fashion is classy, conservative, and eye-catching. But it’s also practical. Instead of buying a new outfit each and every time she goes out, Kate is an expert at recycling her favorite looks.
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If she wanted to, Kate could likely fill her closet with never-before-seen ensembles. Instead, she often re-wears her favorite pieces, usually changing something about her hair or accessories to ensure the look isn’t the same. Which outfits are her obvious favorites? Keep reading to see the outfits Kate Middleton wears the most.

Day Birger et Mikkelson Coat – May 2006

Kate first premiered this lovely gold number at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes. Bowles is the daughter of Prince William’s stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles, so Kate surely wanted to look her best.

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The Day Birger et Mikkelson coat features delicate embroidery across the entire jacket. On this occasion, Kate paired the coat with a small feather hat and a gold clutch.

Day Birger et Mikkelson Coat – May 2011

Five years later, the stunning Day Birger et Mikkelson jacket made another appearance. In May 2011, Kate wore the coat to another wedding, this time the nuptials of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

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Rather than the feather hat of 2006, however, Kate chose a stunning white hat designed by milliner Gina Foster. The swooping design contributed to the hat’s moniker of the “potato chip hat.” It featured a broad brim sitting sideways on Kate’s head with a gold flower peeking out of the left side.

Day Birger et Mikkelson Coat – August 2012

Just a few months later, Kate pulled out the Day Birger et Mikkelson coat from her closet and dusted it off for another event. This time, however, the Duchess wasn’t attending a wedding. Instead, she donned the coat for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics.

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On this occasion, Kate chose to wear her hair down without the addition of any hats. Instead, she paired the jacket with a bright gold clutch from Wilbur and Gussie and a nude pair of L.K. Bennet pumps.

Pink Mulberry Coat – December 2014

In December 2014, Kate first premiered her bright pink Mulberry coat. The jacket featured a double row of black buttons down the front that stood out against the vibrant color.

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Kate wore the jacket while visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. At the time, she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte. The coat’s silhouette quickly hid her growing baby bump. On this occasion, she paired the jacket with black gloves, a black clutch, and a ponytail.

Pink Mulberry Coat – March 2015

A short while later, Kate wore the pink Mulberry jacket again, this time to the Stephen Lawrence Centre. She ditched the black gloves and wore her hair down in flowing waves around her face. However, she again paired the look with a black clutch.

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During this outing, Kate’s baby bump was much more pronounced. You could easily see her belly protruding and pressing against the buttons of the jacket. Considering Charlotte’s birth was just two months away, her expanded figure wasn’t a surprise.

Pink Mulberry Coat – January 2018

The pink Mulberry coat is an outfit of choice for Kate while she’s pregnant. Three years after her visit to the Stephen Lawrence Centre, Kate wore the jacket again. This time, she was pregnant with Prince Louis.

 

Kate wore the vibrant coat while visiting the Coventry Cathedral in early 2018. She donned black gloves again and carried her black clutch once more, but left her hair down and flowing around her face. Her baby bump wasn’t even visible among the folds of the jacket.

M Missoni Tweed Coat – March 2012

In March 2012, Kate donned a blue M Missoni tweed coat for the first time. The long jacket was a perfect choice for the opening of a charity shop in Norfolk, England.

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On this occasion, Kate chose to accessorize the blue coat with yellow flowers pinned to her chest. The flowers stood out beautifully against the blue of the coat. She didn’t have any accessories that day besides her ring and wore her hair down in a simple style.

M Missoni Tweed Coat – March 2014

In March 2014, Kate attended the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett alongside Prince William. For the occasion, she again donned the M Missoni tweed coat. This time, however, Kate’s outfit looked utterly different.

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Rather than the simple style of March 2012, Kate chose to make the outfit wedding-worthy. She wore her hair up in half-up, half-down style, and placed a lovely black hat with a bow on her head. She also carried a black clutch and no longer sported the yellow flowers of the 2012 look.

Light Blue Roksanda Ilincic Dress – July 2011

Early in her marriage to Prince William, Kate wore this stunning Roksanda Ilincic dress on a trip to Los Angeles. The light blue color is simple and understated, but the ruffles on the top and cinched waistline give the dress a stylish look.

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On this occasion, Kate pulled her hair back from her face and carried a nude clutch. She also paired a silver watch with her wedding ring. The outfit is classy enough for a princess, but casual enough for a day of roaming around Los Angeles.

Light Blue Roksanda Ilincic Dress – July 2012

Just a year later, Kate wore the Roksanda Ilincic dress again. This time, she attended the UK’s Creative Industries Reception in the light blue number.

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Rather than the casual Los Angeles look, Kate dressed up the outfit slightly on this occasion. She paired the dress with a silver beaded clutch and wore her hair in an elegant low bun style. She finished off the look with a pair of silver earrings, creating a classy outfit perfect for any formal event.

Magenta Oscar de la Renta Skirt Suit – February 2017

Kate sported this stunning magenta number for the first time at the Guild of Health Writers Conference in February 2017. The skirt Suit features a fitted top with a row of black buttons paired with a flared skirt.

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Kate paired the vibrant outfit with a black clutch and watch. She also wore her hair down, contributing to the overall casual look of the outfit.

Magenta Oscar de la Renta Skirt Suit – January 2019

Kate wore the Oscar de la Renta skirt suit again for a visit to the Royal Opera House in January 2019. Kate used the trip to learn about the opera house’s use of textiles and chatted with the dancers about their various costume designs.

 

Again, Kate wore her hair down in pure waves for the appearance. She also paired the skirt suit with black tights and a pair of black and gold pumps. Lastly, she carried a small black bag at her side. The overall effect was a casual but classy outfit.

Magenta Oscar de la Renta Skirt Suit – November 2019

A few months after her visit to the Opera House, Kate donned the skirt yet again, this time for the opening of The Nook Children Hospice in Framingham Earl, Norfolk.

 

Kate wore her hair down and again paired the outfit with black tights. This time, however, she carried a black clutch instead of a black bag.

Green Emilia Wickstead Dress – March 2012

What better dress for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration? On the holiday, Kate wore this stunning green Emilia Wickstead dress in Aldershot, England at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks. During the event, the Duchess presented shamrocks Irish Guards present at the parade.

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To round out the St. Patty’s Day theme, Kate pinned a golden shamrock pin to her lapel. She also wore a brown Lock & Co. hat that perfectly match her brown Emmy shoes. She completed the look with a small bunch of fresh greenery pinned to her shoulder.

Green Emilia Wickstead Dress – March 2013

Just a year later, Kate decided to embrace the same St. Patrick’s Day outfit at the very same event. She again wore the green Emilia Wickstead dress to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks. However, Kate changed up the look slightly in the second year.

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She wore a green turtleneck under the dress, transforming the green number into more of a coat. She also ditched the belt she wore in 2012, likely because she was pregnant with Prince George and didn’t need anything pressing on her midsection.

Red Ami Coat – November 2011

While visiting the UNICEF center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Kate donned a gorgeous red Ami coat. Rather than wearing the belt that goes with the long jacket, Kate decided to finish off the ensemble with a chunky Bessie belt from Reis.

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Kate wore her hair down for this event, carried a black clutch, and finished off the outfit with a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots.

Red Ami Coat – November 2012

A full year later, Kate pulled the red Ami coat out of her closet once again. This time, she stuck with the matching belt, a much more subtle addition than the bright Bessie belt. She still wore her hair down but carried a gorgeous red clutch rather than the black accessory of 2011.

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Kate wore the coat while visiting the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Considering Christmas was just around the corner, the bright red jacket was a seasonally appropriate choice.

Red Ami Coat – February 2016

Kate wore the coat again in February 2016 at an event honoring the end of RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) force operations in Anglesey, Wales. This time, she created an entirely different look with the outfit.

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Kate against wore the coat with the standard belt but dressed up the look with a hat from Lock & Co. She also wore her hair up and donned silver earrings, creating a slightly more formal look. She finished off the look with a pair of black pumps that matched her hat.

Polka-Dot Topshop Dress – April 2013

Not all of Kate’s clothes are from the top designers in the world. In April 2013, she stepped out in this polka-dot dress from Topshop. She wore the stylish number for the official opening of Warner Bros. Studios. Thankfully, the outfit gave Kate enough room to move, leaving her able to duel with wands in honor of Harry Potter.

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On this occasion, Kate paired the polka-dot dress with a black blazer and black clutch. She wore her hair down, quickly succumbing to the casual environment of the day.

Polka-Dot Topshop Dress – May 2013

Kate pulled out the Topshop dress again just a month after she visited Warner Bros. Studios for the wedding of Rosie Ruck Keene and William van Cutsem. The wedding ceremony took place at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin near Oxford, England.

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While Kate still wore the black blazer and carried a black clutch, she dressed up the outfit with an extravagant hat. The black and white number sported feathers in the back, lending a more formal look to the casual dress.

Gray Michael Kors Dress – April 2014

While visiting Australia and New Zealand, Kate and William celebrated ANZAC Day, an official holiday to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who fought and died in wars. For the occasion, Kate wore a simple Michale Kors dress in gray with black buttons down the front.

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To honor the solemn occasion, Kate wore a black hat, carried a black clutch, and finished the ensemble with black shoes. A small red flower pinned to her chest added just a tiny dash of color.

Gray Michael Kors Dress – May 2016

The gray Michael Kors dress made another appearance, this time at the opening of The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. Rather than wearing a hat on this occasion, Kate left her hair down in loose curls and pinned back only the sides. She also wore a gray shirt underneath the dress, creating a more casual look.

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Kate finished off her ensemble with a simple necklace, creating a perfect casual-chic look for a day spent outdoors.

Ivory Roland Mouret Dress – May 2012

While attending a private dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridge’s, Kate donned an ivory Roland Mouret dress. The cream-colored gown fell to the floor but had a high-slit that showed off Kate’s shoes.

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While the slit was still conservative, it gave a perfect peek at the silver, open-toed Jimmy Choos Kate wore with the gown. She also accessorized with a beaded clutch that added a little sparkle to her outfit.

Ivory Roland Mouret Dress – December 2013

Kate wore the simple ivory gown again while attending the royal premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She walked the central London red carpet in the elegant dress, this time with her hair pulled back and a chunky necklace around her neck.

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Rather than silver Jimmy Choos, Kate opted for simple black pumps for the movie premiere. She also carried a black clutch, creating an entirely different ensemble than her May 2012 look.

Blue-Green Jenny Packham Dress – February 2014

Kate went for a bit of elegant glamor while visiting the National Portrait Gallery in London in February 2014. Kate attended the gallery for The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting to Inspire. For the occasion, she donned a long blue-green Jenny Packham dress.

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The floor-length dress featured light fabric and a black band at the waist. Kate left her hair down but paired a stunning diamond necklace with the gown for a more formal look.

Blue-Green Jenny Packham Dress – December 2014

Just a few months later, Kate donned the blue-green Jenny Packham dress yet again, this time for the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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For this formal occasion, Kate paired the gown with black pumps and a stylish updo. She finished off the outfit with a sparkling pair of Emerald earrings and a matching bracelet, adding a bit of glitz and glamor to the look.

Teal Jenny Packham Gown – May 2012

The blue-green dress wasn’t the only item from Jenny Packham that Kate kept on-hand in her closet. While attending “Our Greatest Team Rises,” the BOA Olympic Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Kate donned another dress from the designer.

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The teal Jenny Packham dress was another floor-length number with lace detailing around the top. To complement the bright color, Kate paired the gown with silver dangling earrings and silver platform heels.

Teal Jenny Packham Gown – November 2018

The teal dress didn’t make another appearance until November 2018, when Kate wore it to the Tusk Conversation Awards in London.

 

Kate went for a more casual look on this occasion by wearing her hair down, but she kept with her colorful theme by carrying a turquoise clutch. It matched the details of the dress exactly, turning Kate into a teal-covered goddess.

Wine Paule Ka Skirt Suit – October 2012

While meeting with law students at London’s Middle Temple, Kate wore a wine-colored skirt suit by French designer Paule Ka. The skirt flares out slightly from Kate’s small frame and features horizontal lines that add some interest to the outfit.

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On this occasion, Kate wore the skirt suit with black tights and simple black shoes. She wore a shirt underneath the jacket and kept her hair down, creating a professional, but laidback look.

Wine Paule Ka Skirt Suit – February 2017

Kate pulled out the Paule Ka skirt suit again in February 2017 while acting as a royal patron of Action for Children in Wales. Instead of a simple shirt hidden under the jacket, Kate changed up the look by wearing a black turtleneck underneath the blazer.

 

She again wore black tights, but this time paired them with comfortable boots that allowed her to be on her feet all day. Her hair remained down but was pulled back from her face, allowing her to work without distraction.

Wine Paule Ka Skirt Suit – November 2018

The Paule Ka skirt suit was an outfit of choice for Kate in professional settings. While visiting the University College London for her work for early intervention, Kate wore almost an identical look to her February 2017 ensemble.

 

The black turtleneck and tights remained on this occasion. However, Kate opted for black pumps instead of black boots. She also wore her hair up, tied back with a velvet bow to show off her gold earrings.

Pink Alexander McQueen Coat – June 2013

Just a month before Prince George was born, Kate sported another classy maternity outfit in the form of a light pink Alexander McQueen coat. The true standout element of this jacket was the pearl buttons lining the front.

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Kate paired the jacket with a light pink hat and ivory clutch. Even eight months pregnant, Kate still looked like the belle of the ball at the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony, which she watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Pink Alexander McQueen Coat – March 2015

Two years later, while she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate pulled out the pink Alexander McQueen coat once again. This time, she wore the coat to the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

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She wore another light pink hat, though the 2015 version was a stunning Jane Taylor design. She also sported a rose-colored Prada clutch and drop earrings from Kiki McDonough.

Emerald Catherine Walker Coat – March 2017

For St. Patrick’s Day 2017, Kate donned another deep green, gorgeous outfit. This time, her look was an emerald Catherine Walker coat. The coat had two rows of buttons and changed color from white to lime green halfway through the top of the coat.

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Kate paired the outfit with an emerald-colored hat from Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. and Emmy London green suede pumps. The outfit was the perfect choice for the shamrock ceremony during the annual parade in Hounslow.

Emerald Catherine Walker Coat – March 2017

The emerald Catherine Walker coat was far too beautiful to wear just once. Shortly after the St. Patty’s Day celebration, Kate wore the coat during a trip to Paris.

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However, Kate had an ulterior motive by wearing the coat twice in such a short time. She wore the coat specifically to honor Walker, who was born in France. Rather than a stylish updo and hat, Kate kept the coat simple the second time around by merely wearing her hair down.

Black Jane Taylor Headpiece – November 2018

While Kate is known for repurposing some of her favorite outfits, some of her looks are simply noteworthy because they’re so beautiful. In November 2018, Kate attended the Remembrance Sunday service wearing a velvet headpiece from Jane Taylor.

 

The headpiece was the perfect finishing touch to her emerald green ensemble. To round out the look, Kate added Cassandra Goad pearl studs to the outfit and donned her Jimmy Choo Romy 100 velvet pumps.

Black Temperley London Gown – January 2012

In 2012, Kate attended the UK premiere of War Horse in London. Prince Willaim shielded his wife from the rain, allowing her outfit to remain pristine.

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On the evening of the premiere, Kate wore a stunning black lace Temperly London gown. While the dress was gorgeous, the real star of the evening was the diamond bracelet around Kate’s wrist. The large piece of jewelry added more than a little shine to Kate’s outfit, standing out beautifully next to the black clutch held in her hand.

Black Temperley London Gown – November 2012

Just a few months after attending the movie premiere, Kate wore the Temperley London gown again. This time, the Duchess attended the University of St. Andrew’s 600th Anniversary at Middle Temple Hall in London.

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Rather than wearing the gorgeous diamond bracelet, Kate opted for a more understated look at this event. She left her neck and wrists bare but carried a bright red clutch in her hands.

Black Temperley London Gown – December 2013

Although Kate wore the Temperly London dress twice, she wasn’t done with it yet. In December 2013, she attended another movie premiere, this time for David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

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For this premiere, Kate wore the gown and the diamond bracelet again. She kept her hair simple, leaving it down and straight without any accessories.

Polka-Dot Alessandra Rich Midi Dress – November 2018

In November 2018, the royal family released an official family portrait in honor of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. In the picture, Kate wore a polka-dot Alessandra Rich midi dress. The dark blue dress featured white polka-dots, white cuffs, and white buttons down the front.

 

In the photo, Kate held her newest baby with a happy smile on her face. She didn’t bother with any jewelry and wore her hair down in pure waves.

Polka-Dot Alessandra Rich Midi Dress – May 2019

A few months after the official family portrait was released, Kate attended an event at Bletchley Park to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. During this event, Kate wore a long polka-dot dress once again.

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For this ensemble, Kate maintained her loose waves around her face. She paired the dress with light blue pumps and simple earrings to create a perfectly chic look.

Black Floral Alexander McQueen Gown – February 2017

When she arrived at the 2017 BAFTAs, Kate stepped out in a floor-length Alexander McQueen gown. The dress had a gorgeous floral pattern broken up by horizontal black ribbons stitched into the fabric.

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On this occasion, Kate wore the dress off her shoulders. To align with the formal look of the evening, the Duchess wore her hair up in a bun and put a diamond bracelet around her wrist. She carried a black clutch in her hand and sported shimmering dangly earrings to finish off the outfit.

Black Floral Alexander McQueen Gown – March 2019

In March 2019, Kate stepped out in the Alexandre McQueen gown once again. This time, she attended the National Portrait Gallery Gala in London.

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Rather than the ultra-formal look of the 2017 BAFTAs, Kate opted for a more casual look at the National Portrait Gallery. She still carried a black clutch, but she left her hair down and loosed around her face. While she didn’t wear the diamond bracelet, she did don a pair of sparkling earrings.

Blue Eponine London Dress – January 2017

In January 2017, Kate showed up to the Child Bereavement UK Centre in a bright blue dress from Eponine London. The simple dress was belted at the waist with a row of buttons up the conservative top.

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While visiting the Bereavement Centre, Kate paired the dress with blue pumps and a black clutch. She wore her hair down but pinned back the sides to keep it away from her face. To let everyone know she meant business, the Duchess also donned a silver watch.

Blue Eponine London Dress – November 2018

Kate wore much the same outfit again in 2018 when she visited Quarry View in Barnsley. She still sported the gorgeous blue dress and watched, making her instantly recognizable when she stepped outside.

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The only slight difference in this ensemble was Kate’s hair. Rather than pinning it back, Kate allowed it to fall in a straight style around her face.

White-and-Gold Alexander McQueen Gown – September 2012

Kate decided to go all-out while attending a state dinner in Malaysia. She stuck to a beautiful, formal look by wearing and white-and-gold Alexander McQueen gown. The gown featured sheer sleeves and gold embroidering across the entire dress.

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Kate pulled her hair back into a curly half-up, half-down style. She also accessorized with a gold clutch, gold bracelet, and gold earrings. To finish off the look, she donned a pair of open-toed shoes.

White-and-Gold Alexander McQueen Gown – February 2020

Considering the formal look of the gown, it comes as no surprise that Kate chose to wear it again. This time, she donned the white-and-gold number for the 73rd annual BAFTAs.

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To celebrate the British Academy Film Awards, Kate pulled her hair back into a sweeping updo. She also wore a necklace that seemed to match the pattern of her dress. She finished off the outfit with dangly earrings and sparkly gold hoops.

Dolce & Gabbana Skirt Suit – February 2019

The Dolce & Gabbana skirt suit is a favorite of the Duchess. She has worn it many times throughout the years. Just last year, Kate donned the skirt suit for a trip to a mental health hospital.

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On this occasion, Kate paired the skirt with black tights and low black heels. She left her hair down around her face and carried a black clutch in her hand.

Dolce & Gabbana Skirt Suit – January 2020

Just a year after her 2019 appearance in the skirt suit, Kate donned the outfit once again. This time she visited the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London sporting the chic look. While she again wore tights and small black heels with the skirt suit, Kate decided to change her hair.

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Rather than wearing it down, she pulled it back in a half-up, half-down style that showed off her sparkling earrings. She also left the clutch at home to keep her hands free while she wandered the hospital.