The Duchess of Cambridge rarely does anything but sparkle and her night out at the Royal Variety performance this week was no different.

But while her green sequinned floor-length gown was spectacular there’s one thing it wasn’t... brand new. Because like many celebrities she’s making environmentally-friendly decisions when it comes to their red carpet wardrobes.

Last month Prince William asked guests at his Earthshot Prize ceremony to “consider the environment” when planning their outfit for the glitzy event - but the one person he didn’t need to convince was wife Kate. She has been re-wearing her favourite looks since she joined the royal family a decade ago.

While us commoners wouldn’t even consider only wearing a £2,000 dress once, it’s more unusual for the royals, who have designers queuing up to make them stunning outfits and no concerns over the price tag.

But Kate seems to have upped her game when it comes to rewearing recently, with a number of deja vu moments in the last few months, including her Remembrance Sunday coat.

And it’s not just her eye-wateringly expensive gowns that Kate rewears, she’s also donned several of her high street bargains multiple times.

Like most mums-to-be, Kate also kept many of the maternity clothes she bought when expecting Prince George, reusing them when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

But nothing beats the pair of trusty boots she’s been wearing regularly for 17 years - both for royal events and while out and about with her family.

We take a look back at some of Kate’s best fashion recycling moments...

When Kate took the Queen’s place centre stage at this year’s Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph, she opted against buying a new black outfit for the emotional day.

Instead, she wore the same Alexander McQueen military-inspired jacket she wore for the event in 2021.

She teamed it with a pair of Princess Diana’s pearl earrings.

Kate dug even further back into her wardrobe for the Earthshot Prize in London last month - and her gown was almost a decade old.

While Prince re-wore his statement green velvet blazer, Kate stunned in a beautiful Alexander McQueen lilac gown she wore as a newlywed to a BAFTA event in LA in 2011.

It was also another outing for her Kiki McDonough earrings, which she previously wore to her sister Pippa’s wedding in 2017.

While we all know Kate loves a designer, she’s also a big fan of the high street and is often seen in some of our favourite, more affordable brands.

She wore her statement pink Marks & Spencer suit three times last year, for two public engagements and a video message to promote her 5 Big Questions early years project.

When it comes to comfy footwear, Kate definitely has a favourite pair of shoes - her trusty £475 Penelope Chilvers boots.

Kate Middleton proves she's Queen of recycling - Hollywood glam and banana dress

She was first photographed wearing the long tassel, rubber-soled, fully leather-lined riding boots in the grounds of Blenheim Palace back in 2004.

When Kate stepped out in her bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress during their trip to the Sydney Opera House as part of their Australian Royal Tour in 2014, Prince William told her she “looked like a banana”.

But that clearly didn’t put her off the £950 dress, as she wore it again for Wimbledon in 2016.

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Kate wore this stunning animal print dress by Hobbs during two of her pregnancies.

On the first occasion, she dressed it up, teaming it with a black fascinator. However, on its second outing, she had her hair tied back into a more casual ponytail.

The £169 dress sold out within minutes and the brand said it was an “honour” to see her in one of their products.

Kate has worn her teal Emilia Wickstead dress three times, which suggests it’s another of her favourites.

Taking block colour inspiration from the Queen, the statement piece is always a hit with fashion lovers.

She first wore it during her Royal Tour of New Zealand in 2014, before digging it out again the following year for a visit to the Action on Addiction Centre.

A few years later it was back again for her trip to the BBC to view the organisation’s work to tackle cyberbullying.

Kate has also recycled outfits for big royal occasions, and her cream Alexander McQueen coat dress has now had three outings to high-profile events.

She bought the piece for her daughter Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, and re-wore it for Trooping the Colour the following year and for a trip to Belgium in 2017.

Many fans thought she also wore the dress to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ’s wedding in 2018, however, it was actually a different outfit - but very similar.

Most recently, Kate recycled a stunning, glitzy green dress for the Royal Variety Performance.

The Jenny Packham number is covered in sequins, making it the perfect choice for the red carpet.

She first wore the dress just before the pandemic, during her Royal Tour of Pakistan with husband Wills.

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