THINKING PINK, AGAIN: The Duchess of Cambridge notched another new experience on Tuesday, attending her first summer garden party, hosted annually by the Queen. Displaying her usual thriftiness, she recycled the blush pink Emilia Wickstead dress she first wore for a Jubilee luncheon for Commonwealth monarchs at Windsor Castle two weeks ago. Armed with a matching Jane Corbett hat and her trusty L.K. Bennett nude platforms, Kate joined Queen Elizabeth II and her in-laws, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, for afternoon tea with 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace.

Under sunny skies, Kate appeared relaxed as she talked to guests who are invited as a thank you for public service. Also present were the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. Prince William was at his home in Anglesey, Wales, on duty as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot.

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Buckingham Palace also revealed Tuesday that the young prince has been awarded one of the highest orders of chivalry, the Order of the Thistle, to mark his 30th birthday on June 21.

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