Kate recycles SIX-YEAR-OLD Jenny Packham dress for Tusk awards


Thrifty Kate strikes again! Duchess of Cambridge recycles SIX-YEAR-OLD Jenny Packham dress as she joins Prince William at the Tusk Conservation Awards in central London

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London 
  • Kate, 36, recycled a teal Jenny Packham dress that she had originally worn back in 2012
  • Prince William became Royal Patron of Tusk in 2005 with the charity supporting conservation of Africa
  • Tonight celebrates the achievements of extraordinary people toward’s the charity’s goal
  • The royal couple will meet the award nominees before William presents three awards  

She is known for recycling pieces from her wardrobe past and tonight the Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a teal blue ball gown she had first worn six years ago.

Kate, 36, looked stunning as she joined Prince William at the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House, London on Thursday night.

The mother-of-three recycled a sea green floor length lace gown by British designer Jenny Packham for the event this evening which she had initially worn back in 2012 to a gala event at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the countdown to the London Olympic Games.

Despite the fact that she has since given birth to three children the elegant ballgown still fitted like a glove as she stepped onto the red carpet today. 

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Kate, 36, looked stunning as she joined Prince William at the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House, London on Thursday night

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Since she returned from her maternity leave we’ve witnessed the Duchess of Cambridge take on a new and confident wardrobe. And so far it has included an Erdem dress, a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress for Princess Eugenie’s wedding and recycled Emilia Wickstead and Jenny Packham dresses.

And for tonight’s event at the Tusk Conservation Awards, Kate was proving was there is still room for her old style as she showcase this Jenny Packham dress. Feel like it looks familiar? Well, she first wore it back in 2012 and just like then it still makes a statement six years later. From the teal color of the pleated dress to the lace detailing and belted waist it has established itself as a timeless dress.

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And Kate stuck to what she knows when it came to her accessories too, carrying the same custom-made clutch bag she was seen with back in 2012.

Kate also opted for the same £450 ‘Vamp’ sandals from Jimmy Choo that she wore when she debuted the dress.

She mixed up her look slightly by swapping the elegant chignon she had originally opted to have for tumbling curls framing her face perfectly. 

Kate wore a pair of dazzling pair of chandelier diamond earrings and a further element of sparkle was added in the form of her bejeweled waistband


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And she appeared to have had a small accident, spotted wearing a circular plaster on her middle finger. 

Prince William, meanwhile, put on a dapper display in a tux as he joined his wife on the red carpet, both of whom wore a remembrance poppy ahead of armistice day. 

The couple, who are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, looked happy and relaxed sharing a joke together upon their arrival this evening.  

The mother-of-three recycled a sea green floor length lace gown by British designer Jenny Packham for the event this evening which she had initially worn six years ago

Kate first wore the teal gown in 2012 to a gala event at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the countdown to the London Olympic Games. Pictured: Kate at the gala six years ago


The mother-of-three took a departure from her original look, swapping her formal chignon hairstyle for loose waves for this evening’s event 

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    Kate even opted for the same accessories when it came to her ensemble carrying the same clutch bag she was seen with back in 2012

    The Duke of Cambridge became Royal Patron of Tusk in December 2005. The Duke has actively supported the charity’s work both privately and publicly on many occasions and recently visited Tusk projects in Namibia and Tanzania.

    For almost thirty years, Tusk has pioneered successful conservation action in Africa by protecting wildlife, empowering communities and advancing the frontline in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. 

    The annual Tusk Conservation Awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people, whose work protecting Africa’s natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields.

    The couple appeared to be in a playful mood as they shared a joke together upon their arrival at this evening’s event 

    The Duchess appeared to have had a small accident wearing a small circular plaster on her middle finger 

    The Duchess of Cambridge spent time talking chief executive of Tusk, Charles Mayhew, before entering the event tonight

    The tiny gems in the delicate lace across her back and shoulders shimmered as she made her way in to the banqueting hall


    Kate wore a pair of dazzling pair of chandelier diamond earrings and a further element of sparkle was added in the form of her bejeweled waistband 

    Kate opted for the same £450 ‘Vamp’ sandals from Jimmy Choo that she wore the first time she stepped out in this dress 

    The Duchess showcased her dramatic eye makeup as she turned to speak to William on their way to meet the award nominees

    Upon arrival at Banqueting House, Their Royal Highnesses will attend a reception to meet the award nominees, Tusk supporters and sponsors. The Duke will present three awards before delivering a short speech. 

    The event attracted a whole host of high profile guests including the Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood alongside his wife Sally who were among the first arrivals.  

    The musician is the charity’s longest-standing supporter and first ever Patron since 1991 according the the patron’s page on the charity website.

    Also in attendance was news reader Kate Silverton and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

    Following behind was singer Katherine Jenkins who stunned in a black halterneck dress and bright red lipstick arriving on the arm of her husband Andrew Levitas. 

    The event attracted a whole host of high profile guests including the Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood alongside his wife Sally who were among the first arrivals

    Singer Katherine Jenkins stunned in a black halterneck dress and bright red lipstick arriving on the arm of her husband Andrew Levitas

    Also in attendance was news reader Kate Silverton and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Aljaz Skorjanec

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