Thirfty Kate, defiant in her favourite heels: Duchess sports same 185 shoes at wedding of William’s cousin
07:14 GMT, 11 June 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge,Kate Middleton wears her trusty patents at at a wedding in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire
She has come in for some rare sartorial criticism over her fondness for her favourite nude heels.
But it seems the fashion police will have to try a little harder if they hope to part the Duchess of Cambridge from those trusty LK Bennett court shoes.
Kate was once again sporting the 185 heels on Saturday, when she attended the wedding of Prince William’s cousin, Emily McCorquodale – Princess Diana’s niece.
The duchess was joined by her husband and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, for the ceremony in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire.
While some observers have criticised Kate’s safe choices, the 30-year-old seems happy to be building up a reputation for thrift.
She wore her faithful court shoes to two events over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, and was seen in them six times during her tour of Canada and the US last summer.
Indeed, her entire outfit for the wedding had been recycled.
She wore the floral Jenny Packham dress at a polo match in the US last year, the dove grey coat at the Order of the Garter service and the hat at last June’s Epsom Derby.
The court shoes are a such a favourite
that in the last year the Duchess has worn them to the Epsom Derby, to
Prince Philip’s 90th birthday at Windsor, to attend Zara Phillips’s
wedding and on a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing the shoes at Guildhall reception for the Diamond Jubilee(left) and later prepares to boards the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (right)
And twice during the Royal Tour of Canada last June
On last summer’s tour of Canada and the U.S. she was photographed in them no fewer than six times. On Sunday’s Jubilee River Pageant, they were given another outing on the Royal Barge.
And on Tuesday she got them out of the closet to attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral.
The high street platforms have also of late been adopted by Princesses Eugenie, who wore a similar black version at the Jubilee River Pageant.
With every outfit coming under the microscope the Duchess’ support has given a welcome boost to the British brand.
The pumps have become such a success that LK Bennett brought out a Sledge 2 patent version.