The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children celebrated Christmas with the Middleton family this year in Bucklebury.
The royal family of four were seen arriving at St Marks Church in Englefield, Berkshire for a traditional Christmas Day service. The Cambridge clan exhibited perfect Christmas day style in their coordinating outfits; Prince William's maroon tie was a nod to the colours of Kate and Charlotte's outfits while the navy accents of Prince George's outfit matched his Dad and sister's looks.
Kate looked lovely in her chestnut brown Hobbs ‘Celeste’ coat while she carried Princess Charlotte.
The ‘Celeste’ wool crepe coat features a leather studded belt and cuffs and was first worn by Kate on Valentine's Day 2012. Coincidently, the Duchess of Cambridge also wore the coat the last time she spent Christmas in Bucklebury in 2012.
This time she added a suitably wintry element with a burgundy faux-fur stole. The piece is the ASOS Faux Fur Mini Slot Through Collar - described as being “Super soft-touch faux-fur. Satin-style lining. Stretch band to secure in place. Machine wash.” Originally priced at £15.00, the collar has unfortunately sold out.
Under the coat Kate appeared to be wearing a black turtle neck dress.
It may be her Oasis turtle neck dress which Kate previously teamed with the coat in 2012 for a visit to Liverpool.
Another possibility is her Séraphine 'Vanessa' Black Turtleneck Maternity Dress.
The Duchess accessorized with her cranberry suede Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch bag and burgundy Tod's fringed leather pumps which she debuted during the recent Canadian royal tour.
She finished her Christmas ensemble with a pair of diamond stud and pearl drop earrings, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Cambridge's gathered with extended Royal family members today for the Queen's annual pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
The lunch was a private family affair but photographers managed to get some snaps of the guests as they entered the gates of the Palace including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cambridge along with her royal tots, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were spotted en route to the Palace with Prince William behind the wheel and Prince Harry riding shotgun.
Since Kate's first attendance in 2011, she had always favored a festive red outfit for this traditional yuletide luncheon.
But today she forwent this sartorial tradition and opted to wear purple instead! Kate also wore a black scarf.
One of my readers suggested Kate may have worn her purple Issa London ruched dress. It's impossible to discern based on the limited photos we have, and I would be surprised given Issa's current ownership (i.e. why Kate stopped wearing it) but we'll wait and see!
From the photo below, I think the Duchess may have accessorised with her Mappin & Webb 'Empress' earrings.
I will update the post if better photos surface.
The royal trio got into the Christmas spirit this morning for their mental health initiative Heads Together in Kensington this morning.
Kate, William and Harry joined volunteers and counsellors at youth support service The Mix for an end-of-year bash celebrating the work of volunteers.
For her final public engagement of the year, Kate looked festive in a new red and green floral dress by French fashion designer, Vanessa Seward. This is a brand first for the Duchess and it tops off an experimental trend for Kate. During the year, she premiered many new labels such as Preen, See by Chloé, Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade and Self-Portriat (just to name a few!).
Today, she wore the Vanessa Seward 'Cai' floral-print dress (Was $1,245 - Now $623) from the designer's Winter 2016 collection. Crafted in Italian jacquard silk strewn with a bright poppy print, this elegant dress features a flowing draped design, midi length, and small enamel-coated buttons.
The dress comes with a matching self-belt but Kate removed it and cinched her waist with her black Alexander McQueen suede belt (shown below in glossed leather).
She also accessorised with her black Mulberry 'Bayswater' suede clutch and Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' suede pumps.
Kate finished the look with her Catherine Zoriada Gold Fern Hoop Earrings.
Tomorrow, the British Royals will attend The Queen's annual pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. We should see arrival/car photos!
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The Duchess of Cambridge joined a special Cub Scout Pack meeting this evening with the Kings Lynn District to mark the 100th anniversary of Cubs. Cub scout packs are for boys and girls aged between seven and ten.
Kate dressed down tonight for an evening with 24 Cubs near her Norfolk home. She debuted a cosy knit top from Iris and Ink, a brand exclusive to the online retailer The Outnet.
Kate wore the light grey Iris and Ink 'Grace' cashmere turtleneck sweater (US$210). The turtleneck knit top is made from mid-weight cashmere and features a ribbed trim and split cuffs.
She teamed the sweater with her Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers in Khaki - first seen in Haida Gwaii during the recent tour of Canada.
On her feet she wore the Really Wild Spanish Boots in Chocolate Suede (£315). Handmade in Spain in chocolate suede, these boots feature a tassel and distinctive scallops on the sides.
You may recall the Duchess was first snapped wearing the boots in January 2013 during a shopping trip in West London. She was also pictured modeling a similar style for Really Wild Clothing 2004 in front of Blenheim Palace.
Tonight, Kate aptly accessorised with a Cubs100 Official Adult Scarf (£2.50). The eye-catching scarf features Cubs100 winners badge on the apex and Cubs100 logo.
She finished the look with her beloved Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop Earrings.
During the evening, the Duchess took part in games and activities themed around ‘looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally.’
The Cubs were set up on the 16th December 1916, and to celebrate 100 years The Pack and The Duchess decorated special 'cub' cakes.
Kate enrolled as a Brownie in the 1st St Andrew's pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire, at the age of eight and tonight she renewed her Cub Promise along with the youngsters.
Kate's next scheduled engagement is on 19th December when she will join William and Harry for The Mix UK's volunteer Christmas party in London.
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This evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended their third Diplomatic Reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The annual white-tie soirée is one of the most formal events on the royal calendar. Over 1,000 people from around 130 countries, including members of the British government, past Prime Ministers and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York attend the gathering.
It is a private function and the public usually only gets a glimpse as guests arrive at the palace.
However, the Press Association released a rare photo of the Royal Family at the reception. It is the first time the royal family have posed for a photo at an event normally shrouded in secrecy. But now, in the Queen’s 90th birthday year, officials have decided to release an image of the family group as they prepared to welcome the guests into the palace.
The princes wore their Order of the Garter breeches & insignia. Her Majesty donned her George VI sapphires, Duchess Camilla wore the Boucheron tiara, and Duchess Kate was back in the Queen Mary Lover's Knot tiara. You may recall Kate debuted the tiara at last year's Diplomatic Reception.
The iconic tiara was gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales upon her marriage to Prince Charles. Princess Diana wore it on many occasions and the piece came to be associated with the image of the popular princess.
The Queen Mary Lover's Knot Tiara dates back to 1913. It was commissioned by Queen Mary (the present Queen’s grandmother) and modelled after the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara worn by her grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge. The tiara features large natural pearls hang down from 19 diamond lover’s knots (hence the name).
Kate opted for a bespoke red Jenny Packham gown, the same one worn to her first state banquet back in 2015.
In addition to the tiara, Kate also loaned Her Majesty's diamond orbital teardrop earrings, and a diamond bracelet that was a wedding gift to HM from Prince Philip. It is set with diamonds from a tiara once belonging to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. The Duchess has worn both pieces on previous occasions.
Kate also carried a tonal red beaded clutch believed to be a bespoke piece from Jenney Packham.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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