Kate Middleton re-wears blouse from her 2010 engagement shoot

Stylish and sustainable! Thrifty Kate Middleton recycled £125 Whistles blouse she wore for her engagement photoshoot in 2010 for phone call with Hold Still finalists

  • Kate recycled the Whistles blouse she wore in her 2010 engagement photo
  • The £125 cream blouse was first released by the high street chain in 2008 
  • The Duchess of Cambridge wore the piece for a series of phone calls last year
  • Photos of Kate making the calls were released as part of a video today 

The Duchess of Cambridge has once again shown off her sustainable fashion credentials by re-wearing the blouse from her engagement photo shoot. 

Kate Middleton looked elegant in the Whistles blouse as she cuddled up to her then fiancé Prince William in photographs taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino at St James’s Palace, London, in November 2010. 

The £125 ‘Kate’ blouse was first released by the British high street chain in 2008 and Miss Middleton was praised at the time for choosing such a ‘sensible’ look for her engagement photographs. 

Proving she is more than happy to re-wear classic pieces, Kate, 39, recently brought the blouse back out of her wardrobe to phone finalists of her Hold Still photography competition. 

Photographs released today show the Duchess of Cambridge wearing the delicate blouse she wore for her 2010 engagement shoot. The Whistles top was originally released in 2008 

Kate Middleton looked elegant in the Whistles blouse as she cuddled up to her then fiancé Prince William in photographs taken at St James’s Palace, London, in November 2010

The ivory woven silk blouse features a frill detail at the centre front finished with an eyelash trim. It also features a granddad collar and long sleeves with a button cuff

Photographs released today show the Duchess of Cambridge wearing the delicate blouse with a simple pair of black trousers. 

The ivory woven silk blouse features a frill detail at the centre front finished with an eyelash trim. It also features a granddad collar and long sleeves with a button cuff.

The phone calls took place at Sandringham, Norfolk, last autumn but the photos and conversation recordings were only released today.  

The duchess spoke to Hold Still finalists including five-year-old Mila Sneddon, who was featured in one of the final 100 images. 

Mila, of Falkirk, was photographed kissing her father through a window as she shielded while undergoing intensive chemotherapy for leukaemia during lockdown last year. 

The photograph, titled Shielding Mila, was taken by her mother Lynda and is one of the 100 images included in the Duchess of Cambridge’s book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which is out tomorrow. 

The phone calls took place at Sandringham, Norfolk, last autumn but the photos and conversation recordings were only released today

Kate phoned Mila and Lynda last autumn and the conversation was released today on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new YouTube channel, alongside heart-warming photographs of Mila and her family.

Mila, who was four at the time, began the call by saying: ‘Good morning, Your Royal Highness,’ prompting Kate to respond: ‘Good morning. Goodness me, you’re so polite Mila.’ 

Mila excitedly told Kate that she enjoys walking her dog, knows the names of all the Cambridge children and likes the colour pink – prompting Kate to promise she will wear a pink dress if they have the opportunity to meet. 

The duchess spoke to Hold Still finalists including five-year-old Mila Sneddon, who was featured in one of the final 100 images 

Mila Sneddon, of Falkirk, was photographed kissing her father through a window as she shielded while undergoing intensive chemotherapy for leukaemia during lockdown last year

Hold Still was launched by The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery last year and invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait which they had taken during the first lockdown.

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 final portraits were selected and shown in a digital exhibition before being displayed across the UK as part of a community exhibition.

Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 brings together the final 100 Hold Still portraits, providing a unique record of our shared and individual experiences as the COVID pandemic took hold. 

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