Kate Middleton’s sweet nod to Prince Philip

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Kate’s sweet nod to Prince Philip: Princess of Wales recycled an elegant black coat she wore for her engagement a week after the Duke’s funeral for her first appearance since the Queen’s service

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Kate Middleton gave a subtle wink to the late Duke of Edinburgh as she attended her first public appearance since the Queen’s funeral yesterday.

The Prince and Princess of Wales met those who had helped organize the late Queen’s Committal Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Guildhall on Thursday.

It was their first public appearance since the late monarch’s funeral on Monday – and Kate, 40, wore the same £2,150 Dolce & Gabbana coat she donned for her first engagement after Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

The collarless long coat in black was paired with a simple pair of pearl earrings, bringing a touch of class without being ostentatious during the family’s mourning period.

The outfit was almost identical to last April when the royals paid a visit to Royal Air Force Air Cadets in East London – less than a week after Prince Philip’s funeral.

Kate Middleton gave a subtle wink to the late Duke of Edinburgh as she attended her first public engagement since the Queen's funeral yesterday.

Kate Middleton gave a subtle wink to the late Duke of Edinburgh as she attended her first public engagement since the Queen’s funeral yesterday.

Her outfit was almost identical to last April, when the royals paid a visit to Royal Air Force Air Cadets in East London, days after Prince Philip's funeral (pictured)

Her outfit was almost identical to last April, when the royals paid a visit to Royal Air Force Air Cadets in East London, days after Prince Philip's funeral (pictured)

Her outfit was almost identical to last April, when the royals paid a visit to Royal Air Force Air Cadets in East London, days after Prince Philip’s funeral (pictured)

The only difference was the addition of dark tights yesterday – and a clutch last year.

It comes after Prince William told volunteers and operations staff who helped organize the Queen’s Committal Service that moments of grief still “catch on” [him] from’.

Prince William and Kate arrived at Windsor Guildhall yesterday to express their appreciation to those who took part in the service at St George’s Chapel – which followed Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

William said he was “suffocated” when he saw Paddington Bear pay tribute to his grandmother, but had found solace in the public outpouring of support for the royal family.

Pictured: Kate in April 2021

Pictured: Kate in April 2021

In the photo: Kate in Windsor yesterday

In the photo: Kate in Windsor yesterday

The Princess of Wales in her £2,150 Dolce & Gabbana coat yesterday (right) and in April 2021 (left)

He said: “It’s the things you don’t expect that hit you,” he said, adding that he was “choked” by the Paddington tribute.

He continued: ‘It’s always very reassuring that so many people care about them. It makes it a lot better.

“There are certain moments that grab you. You’re prepared for anything, except that certain moments overwhelm you.’

They also thanked the group for supporting the large crowds who had gathered in Windsor to commemorate the Queen and watch the procession of her coffin on the long walk to the castle before the service.

Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William attended Windsor Guildhall yesterday, three days after Her Majesty The Queen's funeral

Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William attended Windsor Guildhall yesterday, three days after Her Majesty The Queen's funeral

Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William attended Windsor Guildhall yesterday, three days after Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral

The Princess of Wales remained elegant and composed throughout her encounters with staff and volunteers

The Princess of Wales remained elegant and composed throughout her encounters with staff and volunteers

The Princess of Wales remained elegant and composed throughout her encounters with staff and volunteers

The Prince and Princess of Wales met the staff, also dressed in black, to pay their respects to Her Majesty during the mourning period

The Prince and Princess of Wales met the staff, also dressed in black, to pay their respects to Her Majesty during the mourning period

The Prince and Princess of Wales met the staff, also dressed in black, to pay their respects to Her Majesty during the mourning period

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) met with volunteers and operational staff yesterday to thank them for their work on the Queen's service at Windsor Castle

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) met with volunteers and operational staff yesterday to thank them for their work on the Queen's service at Windsor Castle

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) met with volunteers and operational staff yesterday to thank them for their work on the Queen’s service at Windsor Castle

William and Kate, dressed all in black as they observe the royal mourning period that lasts until Monday, were greeted outside the hall by a small crowd on their arrival.

The royal family would not make any official commitments during their mourning period, having been under the gaze of the world for more than a week performing ceremonial duties following the Queen’s death.

Still, royal duties resumed for William on Wednesday, with the father of three giving his first speech since his grandmother died with a pre-recorded speech before the Earthshot Prize summit in New York.

The Prince was supposed to attend, but canceled his trip after the Queen’s death.

Buckingham Palace says a small number of engagements will be taken during royal mourning to thank those involved in the awarding of HM Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and associated ceremonial events, and to recognize the service to King and Country of those deployed abroad.

The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they observe the royal mourning period that lasts until Monday

The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they observe the royal mourning period that lasts until Monday

The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they observe the royal mourning period that lasts until Monday

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