Duchess Kate sparkles in another recycled dress at gala

Duchess Kate and Prince William dressed up for an elegant gala, where they showed firm support for the charity EACH, aiding children with life-threatening conditions.

Left: Duchess on June 22, 2016. Right:  Duchess attending the 10th Annual ARK Gala Dinner on June 9, 2011. Stephen Pond | Getty Images Samir Hussein | Getty Images

This week Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William attended an exclusive charity gala dinner in the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, home to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley just in case you ever meet them!).

Duchess Kate matched the beautiful surroundings by turning up in a shimmering pale blush Jenny Packham full-length gown that—true to her wardrobe-recycling reputation—she also wore five years ago, when she attended one of her first royal engagements for the charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK).

Kate Middleton wearing Jenny Packham gown

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a gala dinner in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ nook appeal at Houghton Hall on June 22, 2016, England. Stephen Pond | Getty Images

But on this occasion the Duchess wore her hair up in an elegant chignon and added even more sparkle to the ensemble with a pair of chandelier style earrings loaned to her by her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a dazzling diamond bracelet. The Duchess paired her dress with a pair of nude heels from her brand favorite, LK Bennett (another repeat wear), and finished the outfit off with a matching Prada clutch. Prince William, ever the dashing escort, was dressed in a tux with matching bow-tie.

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The sophisticated evening included a champagne reception and a five-course meal, prepared by five Michelin star chefs. Hearing about the meal, Kate jokingly alluded to the fact that she might not be the best chef in the world by saying, “William has to put up with my cooking most of the time.” To which the prince quipped, “it’s the reason I’m so skinny.”

But what was really impressive about the evening was not the glitz and wit, or the fact that Kate managed to fit into the same form-fitting gown after two children—which always seems like an amazing feat to any mother—but the cause itself. The purpose of the event was to raise £100,000 for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), of which Kate is royal patron. It is a charity that offers palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions, with “a holistic and family-centered approach ensuring that children, young people and their families’ needs are met, whether physical, emotional, social or spiritual.”

Kate Middleton wearing Jenny Packham gown

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the grounds of Houghton Hall. Stephen Pond | Getty Images

As a mother of two young children herself, the Duchess could only imagine the pain and anguish families go through during this sort of life-changing experience. With her support, as well as that of many others, including popular children’s author Anthony Horowitz who is the ambassador of EACH, young children and their families can get the essential help they need during these painful times.

Cerith Gardiner
Cerith Gardiner
Cerith Gardiner was born in London and has been living in Paris for 14 years. She spends her time working as an English consultant, acting as taxi driver to her four children, and wondering if she'll ever be as stylish as the French.

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