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Kate Middleton Brings Back Her Lilac Alexander McQueen Gown for the Earthshot Prize Awards

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Kate Middleton has gone back into her style archives for the Earthshot Prize Awards. 

The Duchess of Cambridge chose to re-wear one of her most famous looks for the ceremony, where she is set to present one of the inaugural environmental conservation prizes. She went back ten years for the lilac goddess gown by Alexander McQueen, which she wore to a BAFTA black-tie event in summer 2011.

Duchess Kate updated the elegant gown with a new gold belt with lilac embellishments. She wore her hair in loose waves over one shoulder, and kept her accessories simple with a pair of drop earrings.

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Prince William walked the awards' green carpet in a dark green velvet jacket, paired with a black turtleneck shirt and black pants.

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Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images

The Duke of Cambridge announced the inaugural Earthshot Prize last year, calling the conservation effort the "prestigious global environmental prize in history." The global prize will spend the next 10 years annually awarding five, one million-pound ($1.2 million) prizes to scientists, activists, and organizations around the world who are working on solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems. 

The prizes will be presented by Duchess Kate, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo, and Mo Salah. There will also be performances by Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, and KSI and Yemi Alade, as well as a sustainable staging powered by the energy from 60 cyclists from Coldplay. The ceremony will be livestreamed globally on Discovery's Facebook page.

Prince William has also worked on several projects supporting the initiative, including a five-part documentary series and the introduction to the book Earthshot: How to Heal Our Planet. In his foreword, he wrote that environmental change is still possible if people stay optimistic.

"I have seen people all over the world face what seem like insurmountable challenges yet come together with collective ambition, and a can-do-spirit, to find solutions to them," he wrote. "I strongly believe that change is possible, when you put your mind to it. I started thinking about what to do to change the equation to something else: urgency + optimism = action."

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