Duchess Kate recycles stunning Alexander McQueen dress as she and Prince William award Earthshot Prize

Staff writerThe West Australian
VideoThe Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a recycled dress while walking the green carpet for the first ever Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in London

Duchess Kate has dazzled as her and Prince William awarded the inaugural Earthshot Prize, recycling the gown she wore for one of her first ever royal engagements.

Kate and William awarded the prize for the $1 million environmental competition last night at a star-studded ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London.

And in keeping with the environmental theme, the royal couple wore outfits they’d worn before.

The Duchess oozed Hollywood glamour with her famous hair in long curls and wearing a lilac Alexander McQueen gown.

Kate and William pose on the green carpet.
Camera IconKate and William pose on the green carpet. Credit: Scott Garfitt/AP

The ethereal floor-length gown, with an embellished belt, she first wore to a BAFTA event in Los Angeles, just a few months after she married William in 2011.

William also re-wore an existing outfit, donning a velvet suit jacket he wore to a charity dinner in 2019.

Stars including Ed Sheeran, Emma Watson and Dame Emma Thompson were among the celebrity guests, who were all asked to not take flights to attend and were asked to consider the environment with their choice of outfit.

Kate first wore the gown with a different belt at a BAFTA event in 2011.
Camera IconKate first wore the gown with a different belt at a BAFTA event in 2011. Credit: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

The Republic of Costa Rica, the city of Milan, Italy and Takachar in India were among the prize winners for their green initiatives, which included cutting waste, hydrogen technology and paying locals to revive the rainforest.

Prince William encouraged people to “keep demanding change, and don't give up hope” during his speech at the ceremony.

Ed Sheeran was among the celebrity guests.
Camera IconEd Sheeran was among the celebrity guests. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

“I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight. For too long, we haven't done enough to protect the planet for your future - but Earthshot is for you,” he said.

“In the next 10 years we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet. Please keep learning, keep demanding change, and don't give up hope. We will rise to these challenges.”

The Earthshot Prizes were created by Prince William to reward people for trying to protect the planet. The future king also confirmed that the next event will take place in the US.

Meanwhile, Dame Thompson also added her concerns over the impact of climate change.

“We're in the middle of the disaster. We're right in it, we're in the forest fires, we're in the tsunamis, we're in everything right now, it's not about the future, it's happening now,” she told SkyNews.

“And that's where I like to read as much as I can so I know what's going on and what will happen and then just be as active as possible.”

TV legend Sir David Attenborough and soccer star Mo Salah were also among those who attended the event.

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