She may have recycled an old outfit for the wedding of Zara Phillips and MIke Tindall last weekend, but one thing that was new to Kate last Saturday was the magnificent hat she wore to the ceremony.
The sculptural headgear was made by British milliner Gina Foster, who created the one-of-a-kind piece especially for the Duchess of Cambridge.
Ms Foster revealed that the Duchess came into the boutique she runs in Kensington, west London, with the cream embroidered Day Birger et Mikkelsen brocade coat she planned to wear for the nuptials.
The Duchess said she wanted 'something in a colour to match her outfit.'
After 30 minutes in the store, the Duchess settled on the elaborate circular 'Launceston Place coulis' design from Gina Foster's Kensington W8 spring/summer collection.
Kate requested the hat be made for her in a neutral straw colour, and put her own stamp on the style with the addition of a large flower she had added to the sinamay bow on the underside of the hat's brim.
Duchess of Cambridge - recently placed on the international best-dressed list - is an admired wardrobe recycler.
But the royal was a little less thrifty when it came to the stunning hat she donned for Zara Phillips' Edinburgh nupitials.
While her dress and coat were both items Kate wore in 2006, she spent over £400 on the custom headwear to match.
She found the structured white piece at British milliner Gina Foster's Kensington boutique - just ten days before the wedding.
GIna told People: "She rang and asked to come in, then she tried a few on and we went from there.
"She wanted something in a colour to match her outfit.
"It's a slight departure from her normal hat style but it's quite good to try different shapes.
"And for a wedding it's easier to wear something a bit more extravagant than you would wear for work.
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