Kate Debuts a New (But Old) Rebecca Taylor Suit at Ronald McDonald Evelina London House

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Generally I like to start posts on the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagements with a rundown of the charity itself, but I just can’t do that today. We have to start with the fashion because I am most perplexed. I don’t understand: If you own one thing, why would you buy an almost identical, but slightly altered version of it? Choose one! It’s bizarre!

Anyway, today Kate carried out at an engagement marking the opening of a new facility supporting the families of children undergoing medical treatment at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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Which is all well and good, except that she wore a blue tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor that looked exactly like…yet another blue tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor that she has worn on multiple occasions previously.

A side-by-side, if you will:

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The initial version was first debuted in 2012 and recycled in 2014 when she was in New Zealand with the Duke and Prince George:

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And to add yet another wrinkle, both suits actually remind me of her blue Missoni coat, which she has also worn several times. It’s just too much blue tweed! (That was a ridiculous sentence to write.)

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Instead of a pencil skirt and jacket, today’s ensemble actually featured a jacket over a dress. Specifically, the “sparkle tweed” dress that is still available at Saks in white if you are so inclined.

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Separate and apart from this issue, I actually really like today’s outfit. I love the detailing on the dress’s skirt and I much prefer the jacket’s collar to the rounded floral decals on the other. This is a solid win. When it’s not February, I would love to see Kate wear the dress again sans the jacket, which I think is striking enough to stand on its own.

But blue tweed suits aren’t white button-downs or black pants; you can, in fact, have too many. Much like you only need one green coat:

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Or one black lace dress:

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Or one red coat:

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I digress. Overall, Kate looked lovely and the engagement was a success. We even got a George anecdote, who Kate shared was currently at preschool making pancakes with his classmates and that he’s a big fan of thunderstorms.

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And a bold half-updo:

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One mother with whom Kate spoke told the Daily Mail that, “I got a bit emotional talking to Kate. She stopped talking and let me compose myself. You could see the sympathy in her eyes, she was so warm and down-to-earth.”

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The article also noted that:

There are currently 14 Houses across the UK, helping support over 7,000 families a year and keeping them together at a stressful time so that they can concentrate on the wellbeing of their child. On arrival The Duchess heard more about Ronald McDonald House Charities, and what the new House will mean to the families and children being treated at Evelina London. She was then taken on a tour of the House, meeting families who are currently benefitting from its new facilities and services.

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As of right now, the next time we’ll see Kate is next Thursday on March 9th when she joins other members of the Royal Family to unveil a new memorial for civilians and members of the British armed forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial will be located in Victoria Embankment Gardens in London.

It’s unlikely another engagement will be added to her schedule between now and then, but possible one might crop up the following week before she and William undertake their two-day mini tour of Paris on March 17-18.

See all of Kate’s looks from her engagements and appearances this year here.

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