London, England (BANG) – Britain’s Princess Anne has once again proven she is the queen of recycling clothes, after she was seen sporting a three-year-old red coat.
On a recent visit to Huntingdon, England the 10th in line to the throne wore the same striking red double-breasted jacket she wore on a trip to the town three years ago.
The Princess Royal even pinned the same Scout reef knot broach to the coat as she did when visiting the town’s museum in November 2005.
Spokesperson for Huntingdon Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Sue Tusting, met the royal on both occasions. She said: “I’m surprised she wore the same outfit but it must be difficult for her to keep track. She certainly looked very smart, festive and colorful.”
Princess Anne’s penchant for re-using clothes rather than splashing out on the latest outfit caused a stir this July when she wore the same Maureen Baker yellow floral-print wrap dress and daffodil yellow hat to the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor – daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – that she donned 27 years ago for Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s marriage.
Similarly, in 2001, the royal wore a dress to a charity event which she had previously worn to the BAFTA awards in 1984.
A blue empire-line gown which was first seen on the Princess at an event in Berlin, Germany, in 1976 appeared again in 1999.
Buckingham Palace champions the Princess’s thrifty dressing, saying her clothing habits reflect those of the general public.
A Palace spokesperson said: “This shows Princess Anne’s general attitude and personal approach to wearing clothes for official occasions.”
“She believes in reusing and wearing outfits more than once, just as everybody else would.”
Princess Anne has previously spoken about her “practical” wardrobe, and is quoted as saying: “Clothes have to be practical. A good suit goes on for ever. If it is properly made and has a classic look you can go on wearing it ad infinitum.”
“The economy is bred into me. My parents believe that things are not to be wasted. That lesson does last.”