In order to make her first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth even more special, Kate Middleton decided to recycle one of her favorite hats for her visit to the King’s College’s Strand campus in London on Tuesday, March 19. For the event, Kate wore the same black fascinator by Lock & Co that she wore with the queen back in March 2012.
Seven years ago, the royals traveled to Leicester with Prince Philip during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee tour and, if you remember correctly, Kate, 37, had on that exact same fascinator at that event. Kate’s past visit to Leicester was a big moment for her because it was the first time she hung out with Queen Elizabeth, 92, in public without her husband, Prince William, by her side.
Earlier this week, Kate looked really stunning when she stepped out with the queen in a grey Catherine Walker coat dress with a black clutch and heels. It seems like she may have planned her entire outfit around her black headpiece because Kate’s coat complimented her fascinator perfectly. Queen Elizabeth, on the other hand, opted for a Stewart Parvin pink cashmere coat with black gloves and her favorite handbag.
At the college campus, Kate and the monarch got to see a panoramic view of London from a rooftop terrace and learn how sensors made from textiles can be useful for the human body. On their way out, the school’s staff presented the two ladies with matching bouquets to commemorate their first solo engagement together. And, once they got back to their car, Kate and the queen adorably wrapped their legs in a cozy blue blanket that they shared.
A bunch of royal fans stood outside in the 55-degree weather to take photos of the two royals getting cozy in their car. So cute!