By DEBORAH ARTHURS
Second wear: The Duchess of Cambridge chooses the same £1,200 Emilia Wickstead dress she wore for the Queen's Jubilee lunch two weeks ago
All eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon as she charmed guests at Diamond Jubilee garden party - and scored extra points for recycling a dress she wore two weeks ago.
Notching up another landmark in her life as a royal, crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of Kate as she mingled with poise and elegance at her first Buckingham Palace garden party.
And for the auspicious occasion, clever Kate demonstrated her thrifty side by giving a second outing to the £1,200 Emilia Wickstead dress she wore for the Royal Sovereign's lunch in honour of the Queen's Jubilee at Windsor Castle two weeks ago.
Then, eyebrows were raised after so-called 'High Street Kate', notorious for her love of affordable clothing, chose a current season designer item costing more than the average monthly salary.
Pretty in pink: Kate just tweaked her accessories, choosing her nude LK Bennett pumps over the pink satin pumps she wore last time
Perfect match: Kate paired the pink pleated dress with a pretty Jane Corbett hat trimmed with lace and pearl earrings
All smiles: Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall share a laugh at the party
But with this second appearance, Kate has silenced her critics - and proved that she is a thoroughly sensible royal who is so much more than a mere clothes horse.
She joined the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen for tea and cakes with 8,000 guests within the grounds of the royal residence as the family prepares for this weekend's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
In demand: A line of delighted guests queued up to meet the Duchess in the Palace grounds
Happy family: The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales arrive at the garden party
Pretty in pink: Kate wore a simple pleated dress as she joined Prince William for the Queen's celebratory lunch at Windsor Castle
Girl talk: The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Charlene, Princess of Monaco, who was boasting a stylish new hair cut