I’m a little jealous of the Duchess of Cambridge, aside from the obvious reasons (great hair, fit bod, happily married to a prince).
You see, children, I envy Catherine’s ability to recycle an outfit and make it look brand-new. Not “gently worn” or “ran a Tide Stick over this grease stain” semi-clean. No, I mean properly clean properly clean.
Such was the case today, when Catherine recycled her M Missoni coat (an outlet find at Bicester Village) to officially open the new EACH charity shop in Holt, England, near her Anmer Hall home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Underneath the coat, Catherine wore her cornflower blue Zara dress, first seen when she and William left Buckingham Palace the Day after their wedding.
Catherine first wore the blue coat for a March 2012 visit to Fortnum & Mason with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen.
She sported it again (topped off with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat) for a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham in June 2012 alongside Her Majesty and Prince William.
The third time the coat made an appearance was at the March 2014 wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett.
A fellow guest wore the same coat, making for a terribly awkward game of “Who Wore It Best?” (No one. We’re all unique, beautiful butterflies).
Today’s engagement was light-hearted and allowed for Catherine to interact with children who had showed up to get a glimpse of a real princess.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 18, 2016
After cutting the ribbon to open the shop, Catherine went inside to make a few purchases.
According to Eastern Daily Press, Her Royal Highness perused the merchandise alongside 11-year-old Rebekah Hughes, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome.
Catherine asked Hughes to point out her favorite item, which happened to be a Gant silver purse.
“We better put a reserved sticker on that,” Catherine told her, as Hughes’ mother, Annabel, and the press watched.
When Hughes asked Catherine what her favorite item in the shop was, the mother-of-two selected a £1 penguin brooch.
“She was brilliant with Rebekah and it was a really special moment,” Mrs. Hughes said.
Not one to leave empty-handed, Catherine bought Fireman Sam’s Favourite Tales book for George (she told the cashier that the little prince was a big fan), and a Tom Kitten figurine by Beatrix Potter for Charlotte; the total for the items was £10, which Catherine paid in cash.
Catherine told everyone that she’d bring William along next time, since the shop is so close to their 10-bedroom Norfolk home.