Princess of Wales looks luminous in pleated orange dress and tan coat in a Bedfordshire nursery 

Thrifty Kate strikes again! Princess of Wales recycles £1,600 orange Gabriella Hearst top and skirt and £349 Massimo Dutti camel coat for nursery visit

The Princess of Wales showcased her love for sustainable fashion as she visited a nursery in Bedfordshire today. 

Kate Middleton, 41, opted to wear one of her favourite Massimo Dutti coats, which she was worn a number of times, to meet with local children at the Foxcubs Nursery in Luton this morning. 

She paired the £349 coat with a £1,600 red sweater and skirt combination from Gabriela Hearst and trendy winter boots for the occasion.

The mother-of-three looked typically poised during the engagement and couldn’t resist playing with some of the children staying at the nursery today. 

Kate Middleton, 41, opted to wear a £349 Massimo Dutty coat she's sported in the past, to meet with local children at the Foxcubs Nursery in Luton this morning

Kate Middleton, 41, opted to wear a £349 Massimo Dutty coat she’s sported in the past, to meet with local children at the Foxcubs Nursery in Luton this morning

For her Bedfordshire outing, the Princess wore the cosy sweater and skirt combo, which she brought together at the waist with a black leather belt. 

The royal wrapped up in knitwear by New York designer Gabriella Hearst, who has become a favourite for Kate in recent years. 

The designer is known for her green credentials, with her first runway show for autumn/winter 2017 produced to have as low as an environmental impact as possible. 

Gabriella focuses on sustainability with her designs, sourcing deadstock materials and opting for eco-friendly fabrics like linen, as well as choosing to use recycled yarns whenever she can.

The mother-of-three looked typically poised during the engagement and couldn't resist playing with some of the children staying at the nursery today

The mother-of-three looked typically poised during the engagement and couldn’t resist playing with some of the children staying at the nursery today 

She paired the coat with a £1,600 red sweater and skirt combination from Gabriela Hearst and trendy winter boots for the occasion

She paired the coat with a £1,600 red sweater and skirt combination from Gabriela Hearst and trendy winter boots for the occasion

She is also known to be a favourite of Meghan Markle’s, who regularly wore the designer while serving as a working royal.  

She wrapped up in the cashmere mix camel coat, which she added to her wardrobe in 2020 and has worn on a number of occasions since. 

She paired the look with black velvet knee high boots that elongated her leg. 

She also accessorised with a velvet black clutch that matched her choice of shoes.  

Her hazelnut locks were styled in a glossy wavy blow-dry that cascaded down her shoulder as she walked into the nursery. 

The Princess first wore the elegant orange  knit dress during a visit to Boston in December of last year

The Princess first wore the elegant orange  knit dress during a visit to Boston in December of last year 

For her day engagement, Kate sported a stripped back makeup, with just a dash of bronzer complimenting her healthy glow, and some mascara and eyeliner. 

She added a pop of pink with a glossy lip and cheek highlights.  

Amid a backdrop of growing backlash against her brother-in-law, Kate, who has a passion for early years development and set up the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, refused to be drawn from her focus this morning as she threw herself into her work. 

Kate Middleton first wore the coat from Massimo Dutti to visit Cardiff during a nationwide tour in January 2020 (pictured)

Kate has worn the elegant coat on a number of occasions in the past - including to visit paramedics in east London in 2021 (left) and

Meanwhile Kate has worn the coat on a number of occasions in the past – including to visit in 2020 (left) and paramedics in east London in 2021 (right) 

As she arrived at the nursery, Kate thanked the staff members for hosting her and commented on the chilly but bright weather. 

‘I was just saying, it’s such a beautiful day,’ she mused as she shook the hands of the staff – although she did comment on the ‘cold mornings’ the UK has been having. 

She greeted staff members at the nursery with a handshake and commented on the ‘beautiful day’, before sitting down to play and chat with the children. 

After a chat with the staff at the nursery, Kate was eager to sit down for an arts and crafts session with the children – and she even played a game of peek-a-boo with some of their bunny masks.

Kate listened closely to the stories of the members of staff running the nursery during her engagement

Who’s behind the mask? The Princess of Wales looked like she could barely contain her laughter as she held the bunny mask up to her face 

The mask slips! The adorable tot revealed her identity as she briefly pulled the mask down from her face, looking sweet with her ringlet bunches

The mask slips! The adorable tot revealed her identity as she briefly pulled the mask down from her face, looking sweet with her ringlet bunches 

The Princess was captured on camera trying not to break into laughter as she hid her face behind a bunny mask, which had been decorated by the children at the nursery. 

Kate’s professional demeanour comes after a source close to Kate told The Mirror she was ‘too busy’ with her duties to pay much heed to the allegations made by Harry in Spare and in the various TV interviews he has done to promote it.

The newspaper reported that while the Princess of Wales had been left ‘baffled’ by Prince Harry’s claims in ‘Spare’, she had ‘already moved on’ as she prepares to launch a programme for early years development for children between the ages of three and five. 

Today the Princess of Wales proved her commitment to early years studies and development on her visit to Foxcubs, which has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The nursery is run by the Early Years Alliance, and offers 70 places for local children aged between two and five years old – Kate’s main area of focus.

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