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Duchess steals mum Carole's style to mark career milestone

19 MARCH 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of elegance in a pretty purple dress as she gave her first public speech at The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich.

But keen-eyed onlookers noted that they had seen the outfit, by High Street label Reiss, before.


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The dress - from the company's Autumn/Winter 2008 collection - had previously been debuted by Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, at Ascot in 2010.

Kate accessorised the dress with black court shoes, and a wide black belt.

When Carole wore the same outfit, she also teamed it with black courts and a belt, but in addition chose to wear a fascinator to the equestrian event.

The Duchess' address, delivered in a steady, unfaltering voice, was a resounding success.

It was several weeks in the making, and written entirely by Kate herself.

She quickly won over the audience with a mention of her husband. "I am only sorry that William can't be here today, he would love it," she quipped, drawing laughs all round. 

 

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If you missed it, watch Kate's speech in full.

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