(USA TODAY) -- Duchess Kate just can't break her frugal recycling habit — but this time, we're OK with that.

Kate joined the rest of the royals in Normandy, France, on Friday for D-Day anniversary ceremonies, clad in things we have already seen as recently as April during her Down Under tour.

Kate's thrift can drive some fashionable types nuts. But we're thinking, and the Kate blogs are emphasizing, that she did it to take the spotlight off herself and allow more focus on the veterans she met at a tea party in Arromanches-Les-Bains and at ceremonies on Gold Beach.

Her belted coat, French blue and by Alexander McQueen, is the one she wore for a wreath-laying ceremony in Blenheim, New Zealand, on April 10.

Her fetching chapeau, perched on one side of her glossy hair, was a straw fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher, last seen a year ago when she christened a new cruise ship just weeks before giving birth to Prince George.

Kate and Prince William were among the many European royals who turned out for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, led by Queen Elizabeth II, for whom WWII was a crucial era.

They sipped tea and swapped stories with veterans, toured one of the beaches and laid wreaths, and Will gave a speech paying tribute to those who died during the landings.

Kate looked genuinely delighted to meet some of the old men who survived that day, telling them she wanted to hear their stories.