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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet well wishers during a walkabout on April 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia
The Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton strikes again.

The Duchess of Cambridge added a pop of colour to her wardrobe today as she made an official appearance in Luton as part of her duties as a mental health campaigner.

But fashionistas hoping to get their hands on her dress will be disappointed to hear it's an old one - she first wore the blue and white frock in 2014 during the royal Australia tour and is no longer on shelves. The piece, as expected, was an instant sell-out among style stalkers in Ireland and abroad.

Kate and her husband of five years visited Youthscape today to tour their facilities in a move of support for the youth charity which aids "people facing exclusion from school for their behaviour and support for those with chronically low self esteem", according to the website.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The royal couple and Prince Harry have launched an aggressive initiative in raising mental health awareness over the last 12 months, pairing with Heads Together and speaking individually on the topic.

In a rare public speech, Kate expressed her support for the UK's first Child Mental Health Awareness Week, while William said he wouldn't hesitate in seeking help for one of his children Prince George (three) or Princess Charlotte (one).

"In particular, it is a time to reflect on my responsibility to look after not just the physical health of my two children, but to treat their mental needs as just as important a priority," he said in June.

Meanwhile, Harry recently opened up about his regrets at not speaking about his mother Princess Diana's death until he was 28.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Harry was 12 and his brother William 15 when Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31 1997.

 "I really regret not ever talking about it. It's OK to suffer, as long as you talk about it," he said last month.

"It's not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet well wishers during a walkabout on April 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet well wishers during a walkabout on April 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia

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