Princess of Wales dresses Prince Louis in hand-me-down shirt for late Queen's birthday tribute

The 2023 portrait for the late Queen Elizabeth's birthday, inset smiling Kate Middleton
We love a thrifty queen. Photo credit: @princeandprincessofwales / Instagram, Getty Images

The Princess of Wales has been known to reuse and upcycle her enviable wardrobe on several occasions and as it transpires, her sought-after yet sustainable style is also being handed down to her young children.

Often considered a cardinal sin in the red-carpeted world of celebrity, the royal has a reputation for wearing the same outfit more than once. Earlier this year, Kate, 41, appeared at the BAFTAS rocking the same Alexander McQueen gown she wore in 2019, but slightly reworked: the point of difference being a flowing cape sleeve on her left shoulder as opposed to the original floral appliqué. 

The thrifty (future) queen also donned earrings that reportedly cost just NZ$35 from the popular fashion retailer, Zara. 

In December, the Princess of Wales also showcased her more eco-friendly approach to haute couture at the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards, donning a rented Solace London gown for £74 (NZ$150) and an emerald choker once famously worn by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

And in a recently released image paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, Kate's penchant for sustainable style was once again on full display, with her youngest son Prince Louis, five, wearing a hand-me-down shirt. 

In the portrait, which was taken in August last year, Louis is pictured in the blue-and-white pinstripe shirt formerly owned by big brother George, now nine. The photo was released on April 21 to commemorate what would have been Her Majesty's 97th birthday.

According to the Daily Mail, the shirt - from the British children's clothing brand Amaia - was first seen on George in 2017 for the Cambridges' annual Christmas card.

The Cambridge - Louis not yet born - in their 2017 Christmas card.
Prince William and Princess Kate with children George and Charlotte - Louis not yet born - in their 2017 Christmas card. Photo credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The sweet snap features the late Queen sitting on a green Chesterfield couch, surrounded by eight of her 12 great-grandchildren - Lena Tindall, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, Prince Louis, Mia Tindall, Lucas Tindall and Savannah Phillips - and two of her grandchildren, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 19, and James, Earl of Wessex, 15: the children of Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, were absent from the portrait, as well as Princess Eugenie's son August Brooksbank and Princess Beatrice's daughter Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.

According to local media, the photo was captured by the Princess of Wales last August at Balmoral, where the Queen spent her final days, and remained unseen until it was released last week in commemoration of the late monarch's birthday.