The Royal Tour: Kate Wears a Favorite Design by New Zealand-Born Emilia Wickstead, Then Switches Into Jeans

04/13/2014 at 11:44 AM ET

Kate Middleton New Zealand postPhil Noble/Getty

Look familiar? During a visit to the city of Dunedin, New Zealand Kate wore an aquamarine coat dress that looked strikingly similar to a pink frock she wore (twice!) last spring.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress — which she paired with a matching hat by milliner Jane Taylor and the fern brooch she wore when she landed in Wellington on the first day of the Royal Tour — was a sartorial tribute to her host country and to one of her favorite designers, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead. (We predicted a rewear of the pink dress, but leave it to Kate to keep us on our toes.)

Kate’s latest look marks the first time she’s worn a dress by designer with a Kiwi connection on the Royal Tour. Wickstead, whose eponymous label is London-based, also created one of Kate’s most memorable maternity dresses.

“She is making everybody want to dress up a little bit more even if you are a young girl,” the designer told PEOPLE after the debut of her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at London Fashion Week last September. “And I think that’s great and really exciting — I’m a true believer in dressing up and making an effort.”

Kate Middleton New Zealand postStephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris; Fiona Goodall/Pool/

Later in the day, Kate changed into skinny jeans and a waffle knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders to attend the Regal Rippa Rugby Day at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium (and to help coach a team of little kids – cue the awws!) And finally, she did a variation on “The Kate” (blue Zara blazer, striped shirt, skinny jeans, wedges) by swapping in a checked shirt to tour a vineyard. And she may have put pregnancy speculation to rest by sampling the vineyard’s wares. Also on the docket? A personally-embroidered life vest for a white-water rafting trip.

Which is your favorite of Kate’s recent outfits? Do you love that she’s getting her favorite dresses in multiple colors?

–Bronwyn Barnes, reporting by Monique Jessen

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Marcie on

They look smashing and dashing. He is so attractive in a suit.

Me on

What is the big deal if she wears something more than once? Personally I think it shows that she hasn’t let things go to her head and it’s not beneath her to wear something more than once if it’s comfy and looks nice on her. Don’t all of us “everyday” people do that?

JM on

I like Kate – but please ditch the skinny jeans and wedges. I think William looks great in his chinos and suit jacket.

Guest on

She looks beautiful. Love that color on her. Just stunning.


And now in super important news, The Duchess of Cambridge changes her outfit!!!!! Wow…

Bee Happy on

In the first top photo, my favorite color. Stunning dress. As always, she looks beautiful! The same goes for him, as handsome as ever! :)

A on

Love the dress but the hat is the wrong colour/shade.

denise on

I love that they are so down to earth!

Mary on

She looks great all the time, they are a striking couple.

Maurine on

Love the dress. Color and style is great. Fascinator is fabulous. I love seeing what Kate wears. She always looks smashing.

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