Duchess Kate recycles gown - with $36 costume jewelry

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Royal film performance of 'Mandela: L...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend Thursday night's Royal film performance of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' at Odeon Leicester Square in London.AP, Getty Images

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By Eun Kyung Kim
The Duchess of Cambridge attended a royal film premier Thursday night rewearing a Roland Mouret gown -- and wearing a $36 Zara necklace.Today

Duchess Kate doesn’t need crown jewels to dress up her look — not when she’s got a set of sparkly baubles around her neck. Who cares if they're the real deal or not?

The Duchess of Cambridge stuck to her habit of re-wearing couture at a film premiere on Thursday night, recycling a cream-colored gown by Roland Mouret. It was the second time she has worn the long-sleeve, high-slit dress — but it was the first time she paired it with a faux crystal necklace from Zara, an accessory that doesn't take a royal budget to afford.

Unfortunately for fans of Kate's style, the $35.90 necklace is sold out on the clothing company’s website, but a Zara spokeswoman — who confirmed the duchess was sporting the affordable item — told TODAY.com the accessory may still be found in some stores. 

To the left, the first time Duchess Kate stepped out in her Roland Mouret gown, at a May 2012 dinner. At right, the dress makes a repeat performance at the UK premiere for the Nelson Mandela biopic. Today

Earlier this week, the duchess was spotted donning a diamond tiara for the white-tie Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. The crown formerly belonged to the late Queen Mother.

Arriving for the premiere.Max Mumby/Indigo / Today

On Thursday, the duchess wore her hair swept back in a sleek, low and loose ponytail that showed off her dramatic neckline and the crystal bead necklace.

She arrived with Prince William to watch the United Kingdom premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," where news broke of the iconic leader's death. "We're just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was," Prince William said as the royals left the event.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wears everything from fancy hats to casual tank tops. See how Prince William's wife can easily go from a high society affair to shopping on the streets of London.