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Kate Middleton promotes British fashion for first public engagement


Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty Images

Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty Images

Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty Images

Middleton recycled her favourite coat for her first public engagement with future husband Prince William in Anglesey.

Kate Middleton flew the flag for British fashion - and thrifty recycling - on her first official public appearance with her future husband today.

The soon-to-be-royal bride chose a well-tailored, military-style coat by London-based Katherine Hooker, one of her favourite designers, which she has had for several years. She was previously photographed wearing the coat at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in 2006. Then it was a longer, mid-calf length. Today, it reappeared, scissored-off to above-the-knee, having been specially shortened by Katherine Hooker at her Chelsea studio, to make the most of her client's shapely legs. Known as the "London Contrast" coat, it is made from a Shetland herringbone with a brown velvet trim.

Ms Middleton accessorised with a pheasant feather and brown felt, saucer-hat by Vivien Sheriff, brown tights, gloves and L.K. Bennett clutch bag, with black Russell & Bromley ankle-boots, and a black scarf, which the wind played havoc with, inadvertently revealing the washing instructions tag, someone had forgotten to snip off.

Style Verdict? Full marks; chic, young and flattering. And don't worry about the label on the scarf - to err is human, even when you are a style icon.

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