Kate Middleton dazzles in blue Alexander McQueen coat as she attends launch of David Attenborough research ship

The Duchess of Cambridge smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the £200m polar research ship named after the famous BBC broadcaster and naturalist


                            Kate Middleton dazzles in blue Alexander McQueen coat as she attends launch of David Attenborough research ship
Kate Middleton (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton and Prince William attended the naming ceremony of the RSS Sir David Attenborough in Birkenhead on Thursday, September 26.

The Duchess of Cambridge smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the £200m polar research ship named after the famous BBC broadcaster and naturalist.

Attenborough attended the ceremony and spoke of the "greatest possible honor" that had been bestowed on him. He added that the ship's role would be to address the climate crisis. "This astonishing ship will find the science with which to deal with the problems that are facing the world today and will increasingly do so tomorrow."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019, in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

At the naming ceremony, eagled eyed royal observers noticed that Kate had reworn her favorite blue Alexander McQueen coat for the fourth time. The piece, which was originally priced at $3,875, was first worn by the stunning royal back in April 2014 during her royal tour of New Zealand.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre on Day 4 of a Royal Tour to New Zealand on April 10, 2014, in Blenheim, New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

She then wore it again two months later on June 6, 2014, as she attended the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Arromanches Les Bains, France.

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand watch D-Day veterans march past as they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014, in Arromanches Les Bains, France.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge wore the same coat yet again in February 2016 while attending the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets at St Clement Danes Church in London, England.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets at St Clement Danes Church on February 7, 2016, in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Kate wore her hair down and completed the look with dangle earrings, black heels, and a black clutch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the naming event shortly after Buckingham Palace announced Princess Beatrice is engaged and is set to have her royal wedding next year. Kate and William are expected to attend their cousin's special day, just as they did Princess Eugenie's wedding last year.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Sir David Attenborough as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019, in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

That said, the royals are already set for their next event before they embark on their own fall royal tour in mid-October.

The couple will "attend a special event at the Aga Khan Centre on 2nd October, hosted by His Highness The Aga Khan," per a tweet by Kensington Palace.

"The event falls ahead of TRH’s official visit to Pakistan, which will take place between 14th and 18th October," the palace announced.

Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry are still touring southern Africa and are scheduled to return to London on the evening of October 2.

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