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Kate Middleton indulges her need for tweed in a chic and stylish Chanel suit

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TheDuchess of Cambridgeis a big fan of tweed (or boucl as its often referred)  and has worn everything from coats to dresses and suits in her favourite fabric.

Today the 37-year-old mum of three showcased a chic new bespoke Chanel tweed suit for The Royal Foundations Mental Health in Education conference in London.

Kate teamed the suit with a pair of 335 Tods courts and a 495 Mulberry black suede clutch.

Keeping her jewellery minimal she wore a pair of 18 karat yellow gold classic cushion-cut morganite and diamond drop earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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Its a look that Kate loves and clearly feeling confident she was all smiles as she made her way to meet delegates from across the mental health and education sectors.

So why is tweed so synonomous with style?

Tweed became one of Coco Chanels signature fabrics in the 1920s when the designer started blending tweeds out of wool, silk and cotton to create a lighter weight and more elegant  version of the fabric.

Coco Chaneldidnt invent tweed, far from it.

The fabric, then referred to as twill, originated in Scotland and was used for outerwear.

Coco was inspired by her beau, the Duke of Westminsters, tweed sportswear and she started experimenting with it.

The result was Cocos now iconic Chanel jacket which fitted more like a cardigan.

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In the 50s and 60s the jacket was reintroduced in pastel colours and soon became a favourite of style icon Jackie O.

Kates love of the fabric started as far back as 2012 when she wore a blue coat by Italian label M by Missoni for afternoon tea with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall at Fortnum & Mason.

For the opening of the V&A photography centre in October 2018 she wore a belted tweed Erdem dress with a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

In January of last year a pregnant Kate attended a Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church wearing a Moloh brown tweed Turpin coat that she had worn previously as far back as 2014.

The Duchess also wore a Gucci tweed dress for a visit to the V&A in June 2017. The short grey dress feature red trimmed pockets and pretty pearl buttons.

Fittingly Kate wore a Chanel two piece on a 2 day visit to Paris in 2017 where she was photographed wearing a chic red and blue dotted coat dress.

It was cinched at the waist with a belt and teamed with a quilted maroon Chanel bag.

Kate also owns a blue Rebecca Taylor tweed suit that she wore for a visit to a London Childrens Hospital in February 2017.

Other memorable stylish tweed outfits include a Tom Ford indigo twill jacquard wing coat that she wore to bid farewell to their Australian tour in 2014 and an Emilia Wickstead coat she wore to commemorate ANZAC day at the Australian War Memorial in 2014.

Kate also wore a grey tweed Jesire dress in 2014 for a solo visit to view the Lucian Freud portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Her Chanel two piece today is the epitome of understated elegance cementing her status as a style icon.

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