Kate Middleton recycled a scarlet 1940s custom made Catherine Walker coat dress for this year’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, looked a picture of elegance in the ensemble, which she teamed with a red felt cocktail hat by Sally Ann Provan, as she joined her husband Prince William and other royals at the event.
Kate swept her brunette locks into a side bun and completed her outfit with matching red Gianvito Rossi suede heels and a clutch purse.
The mother-of-three last wore the double-breasted coat dress by the French-born fashion designer, which has a burgundy velvet collar and sleeves, on Christmas Day at Sandringham in 2018.
It it looked equally as chic on its second run, with the mid-length design and graceful fit-and-flare silhouette flattering Kate’s slender frame.
Prince William looked his usual dapper self in a blue suit with a white shirt, and colour-matched his wife with a dark red tie with white polka dots.
The duchess opted for her usual style of glamorous make-up, with brown smokey eye shadow, defined brows and a nude lip.
Kate accessorised with a pair of statement silver drop earrings and kept the rest of her jewellery to a minimum, sporting her iconic blue sapphire engagement ring.
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In keeping with tradition, the Royal Family joined the Queen for her highly-anticipated Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
And we were thrilled to see the Duchess of Cambridge rewearing the Catherine Walker coat she wore on Christmas Day at Sandringham in 2018.
The mid-length design was just as alluring this time round, thanks to its double-breasted front, graceful fit-and-flare silhouette and velvet trim. Plus, the rich berry hue stood out from the sea of dark colours that surrounded Kate.
Sadly this coat can’t be purchased online, but don’t fret, this look can be easily emulated using our edit below. You can even pick up the Duchess’ hat by Sally-Ann Provan while you’re there!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived shortly before Kate, Prince William, the Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family.
Prince Harry and Meghan are joining the monarch, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridges as they carry out their last public royal duty before they walk away from the monarchy.
Other arrivals included Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, Geri Halliwell and her 13-year-old daughter Bluebell, singers Alexandra Burke and Craig David, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez.
Also there were Home Secretary Priti Patel, Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg and US Ambassador Woody Johnson, who gave another guest an elbow bump in the wake of the coronavirus.
Unlike last year, Kate and William and Harry and Meghan were conducted to their seats, rather than waiting for the Queen’s arrival and walking through the church in London with the monarch as they did last year.
A source said the amendments were made yesterday, despite the Order of Service already having been signed off and printed. Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not commented on why the switch has been made.
Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not commented on why the switch was made.
Once seated inside the abbey, Kate and William chatted to each other while Harry and Meghan engaged with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The procession included Charles and Camilla, clergy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Commonwealth Secretary General, among others, according to the Order of Service.
The Sussexes this year arrived after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who were the first senior royals to walk in and were also escorted to their seats. The move signifies their impending exit from The Firm – dubbed Megxit.
From March 31, the monarch’s grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America.
Today’s televised ceremony will see approximately 2,000 people in attendance, including ambassadors, dignitaries from Commonwealth state members and 800 school pupils.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations – the 54 countries which were previously part of the British Empire.