Kate recycles ANOTHER outfit: Duchess steps out in Missoni coat dress just two months after she last wore itDuchess recycles coat but swaps usual nude heels for sensible navy courts
Joins the Queen and her husband to meet crowd of 35,000Royals explore city on East Midlands part of Diamond Jubilee tourWitty William jokes with crowd, many of whom arrived at 5am to join
16:54 GMT, 13 June 2012
Thrifty Kate recycled an outfit again today as she stepped out in a powder blue tweed coat dress that she wore just two months ago.
The Duchess of Cambridge freshened up the look by pairing the dress with a navy cocktail hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan and navy court shoes in place of her usual nude heels.
Kate has begun to develop a reputation for reusing her clothes, appearing in an entire outfit she had worn on previous occasions to a wedding last weekend.
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At least the shoes aren't nude: Kate's blue tweed M Missoni dress had its second outing in two months, paired with a navy cocktail hat and court shoes and a quilted black clutch
Kate's girls: The Duchess accepts a posy from eight-year-old Isabelle Weall (centre) outside Nottingham Town Hall
The dress had been around for a while even before Kate wore it to Fortnum and Mason with the Queen and Camilla in March, as it comes from the designer's 2010 collection.
High Street fan Kate has a reputation for being a bargain-hunter, and has reused outfits on several recent occasions, as few royals of her fellow royals tend to do.
The cost-conscious Duchess sourced the blue M Missoni coat dress from a favourite second-hand store near her family home in Berkshire called The Stock Exchange.
The shop describes itself as 'the premiere venue for the fashion conscious bargain hunter' and stocks 'nearly new' designer clothes by Miu Miu, Issa and Gucci.
Same dress, different occasion: Kate wore the tweed dress in March to Fortnum & Mason with dove grey stilettos, left, before recycling it with darker chunky courts for today's outing, right
Just this weekend, thrifty Kate wore an almost entirely recycled outfit to the wedding of Prince William's cousin.
She chose a 795 raw silk Katherine Hooker coat-dress, which she was seen in at last June’s Order of the Garter service.
She teamed it with a 99 Whiteley hat
with curled trim that she wore to last year’s Epsom Derby, and of
course, her ever-present 180 LK Bennett nude heels.
Adored: The Duchess smiled as she greeted the excited public and was handed posies
Kate's restrained look, completed with
sparkling earrings and a quilted black clutch bag,
echoed the Queen's turquoise and silver outfit.
Her Majesty wore a double-breasted coat and matching
hat, which Prince William was heard to compliment as he and his wife welcomed the monarch off the Royal Train at the station.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived by car and chatted with dignitaries on platform 6 ahead of the Queen's arrival, while a handful of passengers gathered on the opposite side of the tracks and waved flags.
In a rare cheeky moment, William shouted to them: 'Are you waiting for the
same train we are'
The Queen was greeted by William and Kate as she got off her train and the royal party made their way
into the main station concourse, where there were cheers from the hundreds of
well-wishers who had gathered behind barriers.
The Queen beamed as she chatted to schoolchildren and accepted bouquet after bouquet of flowers.
Kate and William – wearing a navy suit – talked to the masses
who had gathered behind the opposite barrier before the royal party
assembled to travel into the city centre.
The Queen was wearing a silk tweed
double breasted Stewart Parvin coat and shift dress with shades of
turquoise, grey and ivory. Her hat, in the same colour, was, like Kate's, by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
Two peas in a pod: Kate and the Queen sit with their hands clasped in their laps as they smile at the celebrations in Vernon Park
Music to their ears: The throng sang God Save the Queen while the cheerful group enjoyed the moment
Energetic example: Her Majesty wore flat black
shoes to meet a throng of 35,000 on the latest stage of her epic Diamond
Captive audience: Crowds gathered from 5am in the city's Market Square to catch a glimpse of the royals on the balcony of the Council House
The royals then smiled and waved from between the pillars of the imposing Council House balcony as the around 35,000 people – some of whom arrived at 5am – joined in a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen.
Posh enough Kate's frayed dress drew comment the last time she wore it for the unfinished edges and high hemline
The monarch waved a glove happily as the throng confirmed that the Jubilee spirit is still
very much in evidence following the end of the Bank Holiday
Excited onlookers cheered and waved Union flags and hundreds of thousands lined their route through the East Midlands city.
The royal party then met civic dignitaries in the Council House before attending a ballroom reception and visiting Vernon Park in Basford to mark a Fields in Trust project for the Diamond Jubilee.
Luckily the rain stayed away as the royals made their arrival for the latest Diamond Jubilee celebration.
The Duke of Edinburgh was originally scheduled to join the group on the trip but had to cancel as he continues to recover from a bladder infection.
Philip left hospital on Saturday, the day before his 91st birthday, after falling ill following the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.
The Duke spent the pageant last week on board the Spirit Of Chartwell royal barge in a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the Thames in extremely wet and cold conditions.
He is continuing his convalescence at home, Buckingham Palace said.
Kate and the Queen were presented with posies as they left the Council House.
Isabelle Weall, eight, who lost parts of her arms and legs after
contracting meningitis two years ago, said Kate was 'really chatty'.
She said: 'We were really nervous. We had to stand in a line and then she came over.
'She was really chatty. We were not expecting her to be so chatty.'
Isabelle, who met the Duchess of Gloucester when she was in hospital,
said she thought the royal may have remembered her and mentioned her to
William and Kate.
Molly McCormick, 12, gave flowers to the Queen and said afterwards: 'It
was really exciting. The Queen was very smiley and said thank you for
Ronald and Kaylet Smedley, 86 and 80, who celebrate their diamond
wedding anniversary this year, were in the crowd and told William they
had been married for 60 years.
Mrs Smedley said: 'He asked, “are you still speaking to each other”.'
Maureen Cottee, 66, from Leicester, shook Kate's hand before telling her: 'Oh, you're fantastic.'
Mrs Cottee said of the encounter: 'I said “I think you're beautiful, you look gorgeous” and she asked me what time I got here.
'I told her I arrived at around 5am and she laughed before asking “Have you got your blanket”.'
Brandon Morris, four, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was wearing a plastic crown as he waited in the crowd with his family and met William and Kate.
He said he had a 'really good time' and enjoyed meeting them.
Julie Willmott, 54, from Arnold, Nottinghamshire, arrived at 7am to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
She said: 'I said to the Queen “Congratulations on the Jubilee”.
'She was gorgeous, she had a lovely smile. She was radiant and looked very youthful.'
Margaret Handley, mayor of Broxtowe, described William as witty and charming.
She said: 'Somebody said to him “You look taller in person” and he said “I'm not wearing my high heels today”.'
The royals smiled and waved at the crowd as they got into a waiting car
outside the Council House at the end of their 50 minute visit.
As patron of the Queen Elizabeth
Fields Challenge – a project supported by The Foundation of Prince
William and Prince Harry – the Duke of Cambridge was to speak at Vernon
Blasts from the past: Kate in her nude LK Bennett Sledge heels during the Royal Tour of Canada last June, left, and at a Guildhall reception for the Diamond Jubilee, right
Tried and tested: Kate in a 99 Whiteley hat at the Epsom Derby last summer, left, and wearing it again for a wedding this weekend – and the shoes are the same too
…and the coat isn't new either: Kate in a Katherine Hooker coat-dress at last June’s Order of the Garter service, left, and at this weekend's wedding, right
The royal party was greeted by the
Robin Hood Rifles band as they arrived to cheers from the crowds at
Vernon Park in Basford, around three-and-a-half miles from the city
The Queen unveiled a plaque at the park, which has been granted Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust status.
and Kate remained at Vernon Park after the Queen left, to watch sport and meet people involved in the Queen
Elizabeth Fields Challenge.
The park is one of 1,300 recreational spaces to be given Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge status so far.
Members of the crowd could be heard shouting 'We love you'.
Special greeting: Kind Kate meets a boy wearing a regal outfit to rival her own
Sensibly shod: Kate and William, left, met Her
Majesty and the Royal Train along with a crowd of well-wishers at
Nottingham station after arriving by car
Alison Moore-Gwyn, chief executive of Fields In Trust, said the visit was exciting for the city.
Dressed in a purple and green suit with matching purple hat, the official Trust colours, Mrs Moore-Gwyn said: 'It's so exciting for everybody around here and for the city.
'It means everyone knows it will be safeguarded for the future. If they look for funds the funder will know funding will last.
'It's really thrilling to have them visit here.'
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess were given a tour of the activities and stalls on show at the park today.
Members of the public shouted for Kate as they met members of educational charity Skillforce.
The Duchess broke away from the royal group to speak to one supporter in the crowd.
Joyful occasion: The Queen smiled happily as she accepted bouquets while dressed in a brilliant turquoise and silver coat
Penny Manning, 86, had travelled with her family from Burton on Trent.
She said: 'Kate shook my hand and I showed her a letter I'd received from the Palace after sending the Queen a congratulation card.
'I'd only sent my card a week ago and I'd not expected to hear anything back.
'Kate is beautiful. It was lovely to meet her.'
Kate collected bouquets from the public while William chatted to some of the crowd.
They joined in with activities being showcased by Brockwell School, from Chesterfield, who won the earlier dash.
William fired a fake pistol to start The Diamond Jubilee Dash – an obstacle race including pupils from several local schools.
The Duke and Duchess took it in turns to throw an inflatable javelin before speaking to some of the children.
Melissa Middleton, 11, from Brockwell School, was ecstatic to have met the couple.
Grand occasion: The royals smiled and waved while 35,000 well-wishers cheered and waved flags for the elegant trio
Excitement: Well-wishers outside Nottingham Town Hall waved flags furiously at the spectacle
She said: 'Kate was beautiful and William was wonderful. I can't believe I've shaken both their hands.'
As the couple left the park, they stopped to talked to the city's official Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
Tim Pollard, who has held the role for eight years, said: 'The Duke said they had met the Sheriff of Nottingham and that it was only appropriate that they meet us.
'It's been a great day for the whole of the East Midlands. The weather had held up and it's been absolutely brilliant'
William and Kate also met members of the local Scout groups.
Matt Rooney, head of Scouts in Nottinghamshire, said he last met the Duke in 2007.
Mr Rooney said William told him he was proud of his grandmother and said she had enjoyed her trip to Nottingham.
Earlier he said Kate, who is a Scout leader in Anglesey, helped the Scouts to put up a tent.
He said: 'You could tell she wanted to do more than just stand there and watch.
'Soon she was pulling guide ropes and hammering pegs in with the mallet.'
The royal couple later left in a black BMW.
'This is an exciting day, this is a historic day for Nottingham,' said Gyles Brandreth, vice president of the Fields In Trust, of which the Queen is patron.
Shades of blue: After meeting the masses, William, Kate and the Queen headed into the Council House for a ballroom reception
The BBC One Show star added that the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been president of the charity for 64 years, was here 'in spirit'.
Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins, said: 'As the capital of the East Midlands, it’s great Nottingham’s playing host to this royal visit.
'I'm sure that local people will give the royal party a warm welcome and will be excited about getting the chance to also see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.'
The Queen left the Duke and Duchess at Vernon Park as she went on to Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Some 10,000 people joined the Queen for a Jubilee picnic at the house.
She also planted a tree in the grounds to mark the visit and was given a tour of the house.
Her visit was rounded off by a flyover by the Red Arrows as she left to travel on to Corby, Northamptonshire, where she will watch a high diving display.
She will also visit The Cube, a building which houses council offices, a library and theatre.
The Diamond Jubilee tour began on March 8 in Leicester and has taken in key areas including Manchester, Salisbury, Richmond and Liverpool.