Kate Recycles Armani Coat on Day Two of Scotland Visit

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William and Kate joined Prince Charles to open the Tamar Manoukin Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. They were given a warm welcome by hundreds of locals, cadets, brownies, guides and scouts.

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Charles showed his son and daughter-in-law around Dumfries House and grounds, which is now open to the public for the first time in 250 years. This was an effort to publicize the new outdoor center. After that, the royal trio watched children tackle an obstacle course.

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The 18th century mansion was bought, along with its contents and adjoining land, by a consortium led by the Prince of Wales in June 2007.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then moved on to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria to learn about the new Astute Class of nuclear powered submarines being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems.

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They saw the production facilities at the offices of the Vanguard replacement program before meeting the crew of Artful, currently based in Barrow.

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Flashback to 2006
 

Kate recycled her red angora Armani coat. She wore the piece to William’s passing out ceremony in 2006. It looks like she strategically had the buttons moved to accommodate her growing belly.

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The Duchess teamed her outfit with her trademark black tights and black suede mid-calf Hi and Dry by Aquatalia for Russell & Bromley boots (£395).

 
Additional information about the boots:
‘Black weather resistant stretch suede
•Fabric lining
•Non-slip rubber sole
•Heel measures approximately 8cm
•Platform measures approximately 2cm
•Boot length 40cm
•Half inside zip
•Made in Italy
•371415′

Other accessories included her Strathearn tartan scarf (£150 – the pattern is Strathearn No.2 Modern) – a nod to the fact her and William are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, black wool Cornelia James gloves with side bow (£52), and bespoke green amethyst and diamond Kiki McDonough drop earrings.

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Additional pictures from today’s visit

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Kate Looks Vibrant in Red at the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Flotilla

Today, Kate took her position on the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This honors the 60th anniversary of HRH’s ascension to the throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her husband Prince William and other senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Kate arrived at Cadogan Pier this afternoon and readied herself for the journey down the Thames. There were about a thousand other boats that followed behind the Flotilla to celebrate the Queen.

Kate looked stunning in a bright red wool-crepe Alexander McQueen dress (£1,195) with a pleated skirt from the Autumn 2011 collection.

The frock has also been worn by Kim Kardashian and Tulisa who were photographed wearing a short-sleeved version of it last year. Kate’s version had full length sleeves and a longer hemline than the original.
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The Duchess of Cambridge matched her dress with a vivid red Sylvia Fletcher hat from James Lock & Co (£795) while her hair was safely held in place in a half up do.
She accessorized with her nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels (£185) and a small red clutch also by Alexander McQueen. It looked very much like the Alexander McQueen Classic Skull Clutch in Red Velvet sans the skull. Perhaps it was a bespoke version.
Kate also carried a Strathearn tartan scarf. This is believed to be a a nod to her Scottish title the Countess of Strathearn, a title she uses in Scotland.
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Finishing off her look, Kate doned a maritime-themed brooch featuring two dolphins – a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service, of which William is Commodore in Chief. She also wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.
Update 6/4/2012
Kate came prepared for the rain with a custom red umbrella by the Royal warranted umbrella maker, Fulton. The Duchess’ umbrella was custom made to match her McQueen dress. It’s the men’s Huntsman’s style and retails for £19.