Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, never fails to impress us with her style and elegance. She is also known to recycle her wardrobe quite frequently. We take a look at various occasions on which Kate has displayed her sense of thrift.
(L-R) During her visit to Hamburg, Germany in July 2017; at the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at London County Hall in London, England in Oct. 2018.
(L-R) At Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding on May 19, 2018; at the Last Post ceremony marking the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017; at 2016 Trooping the Colour
; and at the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015.
(Pictured R) In a single-breasted, deep-forest green coat with fur trimmed collar and cuffs from Catherine Walker and a headpiece by Gina Foster during St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Hounslow, U.K., on March 17, 2018. She wore the same coat during her visit to Sweden in January 2018 (C) and the headpiece was worn by her (L) back in 2014 during St. Patrick’s celebration in England.
(L-R) In a coat and floral-printed dress, both from Seraphine, while visiting the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at Kings College in London, England, on Jan. 24, 2018; at the Kensington Aldridge Academy in London on Jan. 19, 2015.
(L-R) In a pink Mulberry coat during her visit to Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England, on Jan. 16, 2018; at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London, England, on March 27, 2015.
(L-R) In a floral-printed Seraphine dress while visiting the Reach Academy with Place2Be in London, Engalnd, on Jan. 10, 2018; at Cape Hill Children’s Centre in Smethwick, England, on Feb. 18, 2015.
(L-R) In a burgundy coat by Seraphine in New York City, New York, U.S., on Dec. 7, 2014; at the Magic Mums community Christmas party in London on Dec. 12, 2017.
(L-R) In a black coat with white trimmings by British label Goat during her visit to Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull Manufacturing Plant in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 22, 2017; at Northside Center for Child Development in New York City on Dec. 8, 2014.
(L-R) In a lace gown by Diane Von Furstenberg at a charity gala at Kensington Palace in London on Nov. 7, 2017; at the Royal Variety Performance in London on Nov. 13, 2014.
(L-R) With Princess Charlotte while departing after their royal tour of Canada on Oct. 1, 2016, in Victoria, Canada; during the Easter Day Service at St George’s Chapel on April 16, 2017, in Windsor, England.
(L-R) During a visit to Middle Temple on Oct. 8, 2012, in London; at the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team on Feb. 22, 2017, in Caerphilly, England.
(L-R) At the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on Feb. 25, 2011; at the 2015 Cricket World Cup event in Christchurch, New Zealand, on April 14, 2014; at Mitchell Brook Primary School as part of the Heads Together campaign in London on Feb. 6, 2017.
(L-R) At the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley in Brisbane, Australia on April 19, 2014; during a visit to Luton, England, on Aug. 24, 2016.
(L-R) At the 20th Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland; with Prince George, attending The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England.
(L-R) At the Sydney Opera House on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia; at the Wimbledon women’s semi-finals on July 7, 2016 in London.
(L-R) At the christening of Prince George in London on Oct. 23, 2013; at a garden party in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016.
(L-R) In Canberra, Australia, on April 24, 2014; at the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 23, 2016.
(L-R) At the ANZAC Day commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial on April 25, 2014 in Canberra, Australia; on May 4, 2016, as she opens The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace in London; at the official unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial in central London on March 9, 2017.
(L-R) In Adelaide, Australia, on April 23, 2014; at the National Portrait Gallery in London on May 4, 2016.
(L-R) At the U.K.’s Creative Industries Reception in London on July 30, 2012; at Anna Freud’s Centre Luncheon in London on May 4, 2016.
(L-R) At the Diamond Jubilee Tour in Singapore on Sept. 12, 2012; in Bhutan on April 16, 2016.
(L-) At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK Tour in Nottingham, England, on June 13, 2012; in Holt, England, on March 18, 2016.
(L-R) At the UNICEF Supply Division Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Nov. 2, 2011; at Kensington Palace in London on Nov. 7, 2013; at RAF Valley in Anglesey, England, on Feb. 18, 2016.
(L-R) In Blenheim, New Zealand, on April 10, 2014; at the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Arromanches-les-Bains, France, on June 6, 2014; at the RAF Air Cadets 75th Anniversary in London on Feb. 7, 2016.
(L-R) At the Jubilee Pageant in London on June 3, 2012; at the Buckingham Palace, London, on Feb. 17, 2014; at the Anna Freud Centre, London, on Dec. 15, 2015.
(L-R) At the “African Cats” film premiere in London on April 25, 2012; at the Place2Be Headteacher Conference in London on Nov. 18, 2015.
(L-R) At the Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts event in London on March 15, 2012; at the Chance UK charity event in London on Oct. 27, 2015.
(L-R) With Prince George attending the Plunkett’s Parent’s Group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 9, 2014; in an event on World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, 2015, in Harrow, England.
(L-R) At Northolt High School in London on Feb. 14, 2014; at the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by Paul Cummins in London on Aug. 5, 2014.
(L-R) At Avanti Drome in Hamilton, New Zealand, on April 12, 2014; at the Tour de France in Yorkshire, England, on July 5, 2014.
(L-R) In Sydney, Australia, on April 18, 2014; at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 2, 2014.
(L-R) During a visit to the Summerfield Community Centre, Birmingham, England on Aug. 19 2011; during an official visit to Bletchley Park, England, on June 18, 2014.
(L-R) At Bacon’s College in London on July 26, 2012; in Uluru, Australia, on April 22, 2014.
(L-R) At the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race in London on April 26, 2012; in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 16, 2014.
(L-R) During a visit to the Team GB accommodation flats in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park in Stratford, England, on July 31, 2012; attending a SportsAid Athlete Workshop on Oct. 18, 2013, in London; at the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base at Whenuapai near Auckland on April 11, 2014.
(L-R) At a gala dinner for Action on Addiction in London on Oct. 24, 2013; at The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting to Inspire fundraiser in London on Feb. 11, 2014.
(L-R) At St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, U.K., on Nov. 30, 2012; at a Christmas Day service in Norfolk on Dec. 25, 2013.
(L-R) At the “War Horse” film premiere in London on Jan. 8, 2012; at the 600th anniversary of St Andrews University in London on Nov. 8, 2012; at the screening of “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive” in London on Dec. 11, 2013.
(L-R) At a private dinner in Claridges in London on May 8 2012; with Prince William at the royal film premier of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in central London on Dec. 5, 2013.
(L-R) At the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford, England, on Feb. 21, 2012; at the Only Connect head office in London on Nov. 19, 2013.
(L-R) At the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes in Lacock, England, on May 6, 2006; at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in Edinburgh, England, on July 30, 2011; at the 2012 London Paralympic Games on Aug. 29, 2012.
(L-R) In the province of Prince Edward Island during a visit to Canada on July 4, 2011; at the men’s quarter-final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on July 4, 2012.
(L-R) With Prince William during a reception before Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2012; at the Buckingham Palace garden party on May 29, 2012 in London.
(L-R) With Prince William at a private reception held at the British Consul-General’s residence on July 8, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.; at Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s pre-wedding party on the Royal Yacht Britannia on July 29, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Go, girl! Duchess Kate is set to make her podcast debut on Saturday, February 15.
Kensington Palace announced via Instagram on Friday, February 14, that the Duchess of Cambridge will join author Giovanna Fletcher’s “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast, where she will discuss motherhood and her interest in the early years of childhood. Kate, 38, will also speak about her “5 Big Questions” survey, which she launched last month as a way to further comprehend childhood development.
“On the special episode of ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’, released on Saturday, 15th February at 1600 GMT The Duchess and Giovanna discuss the importance of the early years, their shared experiences as mothers to three children, and The Duchess’s ‘5 Big Questions on the Under fives’ survey,” the caption of Kensington Palace’s post read, advising people to “visit the link in our bio to complete the survey and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.”
© Courtesy of Kensington Palace/Instagram
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Giovanna Fletcher.
During her podcast appearance, Kate opened up about being a mother to Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 20 months, who she shares with her husband, Prince William. In doing so, she revealed that her experiences with her grandmother have inspired the way she’s raised her own children.
“I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us — playing with us, doing arts and crafts, and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us,” she says in the upcoming episode, per
Town & Country. “And I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”
Fletcher, 35, expressed her excitement for Kate joining her on the special episode. “So… this happened. HAPPY MUM, HAPPY BABY with The Duchess of Cambridge will be available tomorrow from 4 p.m.,” the British author wrote on Instagram, captioning a promotional photo of the episode that featured the duo. “The Duchess talks about her work and passion for the Early Years, as well as her personal experiences of motherhood.”
Related Slideshow: Things to know about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Provided by Photo Services)
The Duchess was born as Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Reading, England, on Jan. 9, 1982, to Michael (L) and Carole Middleton (R). While her father was an airline officer, her mother was an airline stewardess.
For a few years in the mid-1980s, she lived in Amman, Jordan, while her father worked for British Airways.
During her school days, the royal excelled at sports, drama and music. Tennis, hockey and netball are some of the sports that she enjoyed.
She was in a co-educational boarding school – Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, the same school as Princess Eugenie of York (L).
She first met Prince William in 2001 while both were students in residence at St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St. Andrews.
She graduated in 2005 with a Master of Arts from the University of St. Andrews.
She is almost six months older than her husband Prince William, who was born in June 1982.
The duchess, who’s five feet and nine inches tall (175.25 centimeters), wears shoes in sizes between 5.5 and 6 depending on the brand.
Before marrying into the royal family, she worked as a part-time buyer for less than a year for the clothing company Jigsaw Junior in London.
The royal couple’s first official event together after getting engaged was the launch of the new RNLI lifeboat “Hereford Endeavour” at Trearddur Bay, Wales, on Feb. 24, 2011.
On her wedding day on April 29, 2011, she wore Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara. Named Halo Scroll Tiara, it was made by Cartier in 1936, and was gifted to the then Princess Elizabeth by her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, on her 18th birthday in 1944.
She holds three royal titles — Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn when she’s in Scotland, and Lady Carrickfergus when she’s in Northern Ireland.
Catherine is a patron of several charities, most of which focus on children’s welfare, including The Royal Foundation, Action on Addiction, The Art Room, SportsAid, Place2Be, and The 1851 Trust.
The Duchess loves photography. In 2009, she worked with photographer Annie Leibovitz’s muse, Count Nikolai von Bismarck. She also regularly takes portraits of her children, which are released on their birthdays and other special occasions.
In 2015, she passed Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, becoming a certified diver.
Known for her high standard of royal fashion, she reportedly wore more than 25 outfits during her tour of Canada and Los Angeles in July 2011.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian launched a limited-edition shoe, named “The Duchess,” which she had designed especially for the Duchess’ 30th birthday in 2012. Kardashian said: “I’ve created a special shoe just for Kate.”
After becoming a part of the royal family, the Duchess gave her first public speech in March 2012, during a visit to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices facility in Ipswich, England. Ever since, she has delivered speeches around the world.
Her first official portrait was unveiled by artist Paul Emsley at the National Portrait Gallery in London in January 2013.
The royal enjoys cooking and tries recipes from “Great British Bake Off” star Mary Berry (R). During an event in March 2013, she told Berry: “I’m a big fan of your cook books and your cakes.”
She has twice been selected as one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, in 2012 and 2013.
She is a huge “Downton Abbey” (2010-15) fan and even visited the set of the hugely popular British drama in 2015.
(Pictured) Greets Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael during an official visit to the set of “Downton Abbey” at Ealing Studios in London on March 12, 2015.
For the first time in her life, she consented to a magazine shoot in June 2016, appearing in a 10-page spread for Vogue’s centenary issue.
(Pictured) A visitor looks at two portraits of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, taken in the Norfolk Countryside by British photographer Josh Olins, at the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London on May 1, 2016.
Fletcher continued, “It was a total joy to sit and chat! I can’t wait for you to hear this episode of the podcast!”
Stars Who Care
Since joining the British royal family, early childhood development has become one of Kate’s most prominent causes. She previously opened up about her commitment to the issue in May 2019.
“In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life,” she said in a statement via Kensington Palace’s Instagram. “I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”
The “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast is available wherever podcasts are streamed.