Kate Middleton's upcycled Trooping the Colour dress ensured her plans stayed top secret

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Kate Middleton's appearance at Trooping the Colour wasn't confirmed until just one day prior, and apparently the palace went to great lengths to keep her plans top secret.

A source tells Page Six that Kate kept only a few people in the loop, made "contingency plans if she felt ill on the day," and upcycled a Jenny Packham dress in order to keep things hush-hush. The Princess of Wales even "personally" called King Charles to tell him that she'd be there, leaving him "delighted," per the palace.

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Psst: Kate first wore this dress ahead of King Charles' coronation on May 5, 2023:

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However, it had been reworked slightly for her latest appearance. As well as modifying the previously black belt to feature a contrasting white stripe, a statement bow in the same monochromatic design was added to the neckline of the dress. And it seems sustainable fashion was the order of the day, with Kate wearing the same Cassandra Goad pearl earrings she wore to Prince Louis' christening in 2018. Similarly, her black Mulberry clutch has been a go-to in her wardrobe for over a decade and the Jimmy Choo white pumps she wore on her feet have been worn for nine official royal appointments previously.

With the addition of a new monochrome hat from Philip Treacy, the look feels totally refreshed and suitably chic for the occasion, let alone a return to the public eye for the first time in six months.

Meanwhile, royal expert Katie Nicholl tells Entertainment Tonight that "There was no pressure on her from anyone. She really wanted to do this. She turned a corner in her treatment... When she turned that corner, I was told that Trooping was a goal for her. She was given the sign-off by her medical team. She spoke to her father-in-law about attending and to Prince William. They were fully behind her."

Nicholl also notes that, "Charles has been a great pillar of support to Catherine when she said that she'd really like to be there at Trooping. He was 100 percent behind it. The idea that she was going to upstage him didn't even cross his mind. He just wanted his daughter-in-law by his side."

Kate was seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder with King Charles on the Buckingham Palace balcony, which The Telegraph says was fully intentional and speaks "volumes" about the pride His Majesty has in his daughter-in-law.

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As for when Kate will next be seen in public, she said in a June 14 statement that she hopes "to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet."

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