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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit steals the show at a special royal outing 10 years in the making

We haven't seen an event like this since 2012.

By Maddison Leach
The Duchess of Cambridge has joined Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on their second ever joint royal engagement as a trio.
All three senior royals braved the London chill at Trinity Buoy Wharf on Thursday to meet students taking part in programmes run by The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts.
There, Catherine, Charles and Camilla spent time chatting with the students about their artistic pursuits, from working with textiles, to sculpture and even life drawing.
But it was the Duchess of Cambridge's outfit that stole the show, sending a stylish message about circular fashion and reducing clothing waste.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined her in-laws Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for a royal outing in London. (Image: Getty)
She donned a subdued grey Catherine Walker coat dress that she has worn at least twice before for important royal outings, once even with the Queen.
We first spotted the duchess in this cosy grey number in March 2019, when she joined Her Majesty for their first ever joint engagement at King's College University in London.
Catherine then recycled the dress in January 2020, slipping it on before she headed to the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony with Prince William.
For her latest outing in the chic frock, the 40-year-old duchess accessorised with opaque black tights and pumps, as she did in 2019 with the Queen.
Catherine previously wore the Catherine Walker coat dress in 2019 and 2020. (Image: Getty)
But she also took inspiration from her 2020 ensemble, wearing her hair pinned back in a half-up style that showed off her glittering drop earrings.
While Catherine's recycled outfit was definitely a highlight from the visit, it wasn't the only thing that had royal watchers talking.
Footage from the joint event showed the duchess crouching down to chat with young students in what many fans called a delightful "mum moment".
Meanwhile, Prince Charles was spotted waving to young children through a school window and calling out cheerfully, "It's nearly lunchtime!"
WATCH: See the royals' sweet interactions with the children below. Story continues after video.
The Duchess of Cornwall also shared a sweet moment with a student from The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, who showed the royal her skills with a sewing machine.
"You're obviously very good at this. I did it so long ago but I'm very bad at it now," Camilla told the youngster, via The Mirror.
This is only the second time ever that Catherine has joined Charles and Camilla for a royal engagement as a trio, the first time being almost exactly 10 years ago.
She accompanied her parents-in-law for an outing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery back in March 2012, while Prince William was abroad with the RAF.
Catherine also wore grey for her first royal outing with Charles and Camilla in 2012. (Image: Getty)
Sharing photos from the outing on social media, the official Instagram of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: "Trinity Buoy Wharf is home to several programmes run by @theprincesfoundation, which will provide valuable skills to help prepare young people as they transition to art school, architecture school, craft colleges or directly into practice.
"It's a great example of using scholarships to reach those who would not normally have access to such opportunities – keep up the brilliant work."

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