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Yay, don't you just love this lady? Taking her role as a future royal seriously, Kate Middleton supported British fashion even further yesterday by stepping out for her first official public engagement in a homegrown ensemble.

Not only did she wear all-Brit labels, Kate also showed off her thrifty side by recycling a "London Contrast" herringbone coat designed by London-based Katherine Hooker. It's believed the princess-to-be has owned the coat since 2006, when she wore it to the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Although it appears she has taken the scissors to it, customising it to a mid-calf length.

Adding to her outfit, Kate wore a brown felt and pheasant feather fascinator made for her by Vivien Sheriff of Wiltshire. 'She has quite a few of our pieces and luckily she wore one of ours today,' a spokesperson for the milliner said.

A pair of brown tights, gloves, an L.K. Bennett clutch and black scarf completed her look. As did the black suede Russell & Bromley ankle boots. Despite the blustery wind, Kate succeeded in working all elements of outfit well, including the fascinator which managed to stay firmly pinned to her hair.

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