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Kate Middleton upcycled her decade-old Alexander McQueen dress with a 2018 Jenny Packham belt

Sustainability with style! Kate Middleton proved her eco credentials by upcycling her decade-old £4,290 Alexander McQueen dress with a 2018 Jenny Packham belt for Earthshot Awards

  • Kate Middleton gave a stylish upgrade to a dress that she first wore in 2011
  • Duchess of Cambridge, 39, stunned in a £4,290 Alexander McQueen dress
  • In a clever move to give the decade old dress a modern twist, the royal updated the belt switching it for a trendy number from Jenny Packham’s 2018 collection
  • William also sported an upcycled look, wearing the same bottle green velvet jacket at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary two years ago


Kate Middleton gave a stylish upgrade to a dress that she first wore in 2011 at last night’s Earthshot prize green carpet.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39,  stunned in a £4,290 powder purple dress as she graced the carpet at Alexandra Palace in London.

But in a clever move to give the decade old dress a modern twist, the royal updated the belt switching it for a trendy number from Jenny Packham’s 2018 collection. 

The original dress, a custom Alexander McQueen number, featured a sparkling silver waistband that sat below the Duchess’s hip.

The new belt is slimmer and bronze instead of silver with a geometric hexagon pattern.

The new belt is slimmer and bronze instead of silver with a geometric hexagon pattern.

Kate Middleton gave a stylish upgrade to a dress that she first wore in 2011 at last night’s Earthshot prize green carpet. The original dress (left) a custom Alexander McQueen number, featured a sparkling silver waistband that sat below the Duchess’s hip. The new belt (right) is slimmer and bronze instead of silver with a geometric hexagon pattern.

It’s also not the belt Kate wore on top of her 2011 wedding dress.

The royal’s second dress – designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen – was a satin number with an eye-catching diamante belt also by McQueen.

Upcycling is a common way for the fashion set to stay green while keeping looks fresh and exciting, according to stylist Rochelle White.

The celebrity stylist told FEMAIL: ‘Upcycling in fashion is a big thing at the moment but Kate has been known to do this for a while. 

‘With this look, I feel that she has glammed up the look with the belt. 

Kate's 2011 belt is shown

In a clever move to give the decade old dress a modern twist, the royal updated the belt switching it for a trendy number from Jenny Packham's 2018 collection

In a clever move to give the decade old dress a modern twist, the royal updated the belt switching it for a trendy number from Jenny Packham’s 2018 collection. 2011 belt is shown left, 2021 belt is shown right

‘The belt it self is eye catching and adds a bit more sophistication to the dress and look for the event she is attending. It’s by adding a small and simple detail like that, that can transfer an outfit. 

‘Belts around dresses are making a comeback but in a more trendy way. They were a big thing in the early 2000, but with the rise of skinnier belts, they are becoming popular.

‘I also think with winter around the corner and more people wearing jumper dresses, blanket cardigans and even coats etc belts will be seen more often.    

The mother-of-three first wore the dress to a Bafta reception in Los Angeles while she and Prince William were touring America as newly-weds.  

The pale lilac colourway and delicate pleating perfectly complemented delicate frame. Known for her effortless style and poised looks, the royal wore her hair in her signature bouncy blow-dry with a light curl while opting for a glamourous make-up look.

The pale lilac colourway and delicate pleating perfectly complemented delicate frame. Known for her effortless style and poised looks, the royal wore her hair in her signature bouncy blow-dry with a light curl while opting for a glamourous make-up look.

The mother-of-three first wore the dress to a Bafta reception in Los Angeles while she and Prince William were touring America as newly-weds.

The mother-of-three first wore the dress to a Bafta reception in Los Angeles while she and Prince William were touring America as newly-weds.

The pale lilac colourway and delicate pleating perfectly complemented delicate frame. Known for her effortless style and poised looks, the royal wore her hair in her signature bouncy blow-dry with a light curl while opting for a glamourous make-up look. 

Kate has a close afflation with Alexander McQueen having worn the British fashion house’s designs on notable occasions, most famously to her wedding in 2011. 

Her Royal Highness first donned the dress at a BAFTA black-tie event at the Belasco Theater, one of the first events of this kind she experienced after tying the knot with William in April 2011. 

Prince William also sported an upcycled look.  Ditching his usual black tuxedo for a trendy polo neck and green velvet jacket, William, who created the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation, looked like the picture of 007.

Prince William also sported an upcycled look. Ditching his usual black tuxedo for a trendy polo neck and green velvet jacket, William, who created the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation, looked like the picture of 007.  William wore the same bottle green jacket at Centrepoint's 50th Anniversary two years ago (pictured with Rita Ora at the event)

Prince William also sported an upcycled look. Ditching his usual black tuxedo for a trendy polo neck and green velvet jacket, William, who created the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation, looked like the picture of 007.  William wore the same bottle green jacket at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary two years ago (pictured with Rita Ora at the event)

The outfit had echoes of Daniel Craig’s pink velvet tuxedo that he wore to the No Time to Die premiere in London earlier this month.

No stars flew to London for the ceremony and guests were asked by organisers to ‘consider the environment when choosing their outfit’.

Most guests followed William and Kate by re-using an outfit they had previously worn.

William wore the same bottle green jacket at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary two years ago.

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