It’s no secret that Kate Middleton is the Queen of recycled outfits. But, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a brand new, never-before-seen Erdem dress when she stepped out in London for an event at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

For the outing — just days after she returned from maternity leave following the birth of her third child, Prince Louis — Kate looked beyond gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder purple tweed dress designed by one of her favorite British brands, Erdem. She accessorized the glam evening look with purple velvet Jimmy Choo pumps, a matching clutch, and a pair of $1,220 earrings also designed by Erdem. 

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Kate on Oct. 10. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

This is the second time we’ve seen Kate and her fabulous royal fashion this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Kate and her husband, Prince William, made their first joint appearance since welcoming baby Louis at The Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London. 

But, unlike tonight’s Victoria and Albert Museum event, Kate opted to wear a recycled dress for her royal engagement on Tuesday. During the outing, the mom-of-three wore a long-sleeved lilac Emilia Wickstead frock that she previously donned on the royal family’s tour of Germany last year. 

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Kate and William on Oct. 9. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

When Kate returned to royal duties after her maternity leave ealier this month, it wasn’t just her impeccable style that made headlines. The Duchess also debuted a brand new haircut — and there’s a fascinating reason why she did so. 

“Often when having a child, so many women want to feel refreshed and empowered again. Having spent nine months carrying and feeling out the ordinary, women are often desperate to feel new again. A great way to do this is with a fresh hairstyle, including a color you’ve been waiting all pregnancy for,” celebrity hairdresser James Johnson told the Daily Mail

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