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Kate Middleton's gorgeous Reiss dress has a very sentimental story behind it

The Duchess appeared in a new video on Thursday

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Fiona Ward
Fiona WardActing Fashion and Beauty Editor
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The Duchess of Cambridge has appeared in an important new video to announce the first findings from her early years survey, looking beautiful in a blue Reiss button-up dress.

In fact, Kate's latest frock has a very sentimental story behind it, since it's the outfit she wore to give her first-ever royal speech back in 2012.

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The royal gave her first public address at the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice service for Suffolk and Essex - and the dress was sweetly significant at the time because it had also been worn by her mother Carole Middleton at Ascot in 2010. 

WATCH: Kate wears sentimental Reiss dress for video appearance

Kate styled her original look with its statement black contrasting belt, though this time around she added a black leather accessory instead. She also wore what appears to be a new gold disc necklace, and styled her hair in her signature soft waves.

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And while the 'Trina' dress is no longer available to shop at royal-favourite Reiss, you can currently buy a black version on eBay!

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Kate wore the dress to make her first speech as a royal in 2012

In further pictures released by the palace, the Duchess appears to have recycled another piece from her early royal wardrobe - this time her white Zara blazer worn during her 2016 Canada tour, and again at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in 2017. 

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Kate's mum Carole has also worn the dress before

Kate shared a new short video on Friday morning, too, in which she wore a bargain £39.95 red cable knit jumper from Gap, as she pinned another insight from the survey to a brick wall.

While the red colourway has sold out, the piece is still available in navy blue and white stripe, and black and white. 

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The Duchess could seen wearing a red Gap jumper in one clip

The Duchess revealed from the landmark research: "98 per cent of you said that nurture is essential to lifelong outcomes. But just one in four actually recognise the specific importance of the first five years of a child's life."

A third video showed the Duchess, wearing a repeat polka dot blouse from Equipment, writing down the third key insight: "70% of parents feel judged by others and among these parents, nearly half feel this negatively impacts their mental health."

Kate first wore the £235 shirt from the French brand last year during her visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People's Health and Development Centre in Peckham. 

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Polka dot shirt, £235, Equipment


During the Duchess' keynote speech at the Royal Foundation's early years online forum on Friday, we also saw the return of her rose pink Marks & Spencer blazer, which Kate first wore as part of a two-piece set in March. 

The tailored double-breasted jacket is sadly no longer in stock at Marks & Spencer, another one of Kate's favourite high street brands, Boden, has a similar set at £58.80 for the blazer and £39 for the matching trousers in the sale. 

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Recycling a Zara blazer from 2016

On Monday, Kate revealed that more than half a million people took part in the survey, which she launched in January.

The Duchess promoted the project during a mini tour of the UK between 22 January and 21 February, making visits to Cardiff, Birmingham, Woking, London, Belfast and Aberdeen.

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