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Duchess Meghan recycles dress from first-ever event with Prince Harry for New Zealand reception

…and we love it

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Fiona Ward
Acting Fashion and Beauty Editor
October 30, 2018
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The Duchess of Sussex stepped out for a formal reception with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday evening, wearing a stunning navy blue midi dress by Antonio Berardi. And, eagle-eyed fashion-watchers might feel a little déjà vu when they see her latest outfit – because we've seen her in it before! The Duchess actually first wore the gorgeous double-breasted dress to the Audi Polo Challenge in May 2017, at her first event with Prince Harry – where she watched him compete in the charity match. Aw.

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Meghan stunned in the beautiful Antonio Berardi Navy Double Breasted Dress

Tuesday's event, held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, saw Meghan and Harry meet young people who are making a contribution to the wellbeing of their communities in New Zealand. The Duchess' chosen outfit features tuxedo button detailing, like many of her favourite frocks, and a high-low hem that prettily moved as she climbed the steps of the venue.

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Meghan may have chosen an outfit in her usual style, but did surprise with her beauty look – which was a lot bolder than her go-to fluttery eye makeup and nude lipstick. The new royal chose a fuchsia colour to stain her lips, despite her makeup artist Daniel Martin recently saying that he didn't think we'd see Meghan in a bright lipstick again – since she simply isn't comfortable with it.

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She first wore the dress at the 2017 Audi Polo Challenge

"The one time she did a red lip, she just didn’t feel comfortable in it. She likes to talk and she’s not a fussy person, so she doesn’t want to have to worry about anything," he told People.

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Meghan also accessorised Tuesday night's look with a nude pair of her favourite Aquazzura Deneuve heels, her Dior 'Bee' navy leather pouch (altered to have the bee detail removed) and a pair of delicate gold earrings. She wore her hair long and loose, just as she did when she first wore the dress. Too. Cute. 

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