The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge commenced their Christmas Day celebrations with communion at St. Mary Magadelene's Church in Sandringham. They joined Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family for the traditional walk to the church.
The Middleton family were also in attendance as they are spending Christmas with William and Kate at their current residence, Anmer Hall.
After the service, William and Kate chatted to well-wishers waiting outside the church.
The Duchess rugged up and covered her 5-month baby bump with a brown tweed coat we've not seen previously.
The coat has been identified as the Moloh 'Turpin' coat. The piece is from their 2013 autumn/winter collection, so sadly it's not available to buy anymore. Below is a brief description of the coat as featured in February 2013 Belgravia Residents’ Journal.
This piece is Kate's second coat from the quintessentially British brand. During her first pregnancy with Prince George, Kate debuted the Moloh 'Workers' coat
Under Kate's coat, we got a glimpse of her Hobbs Animal Print shirtdress; the dress was first seen when the Duke and Duchess visited Wales in November. The dress has been reduced to £75.
Kate colour coordinated the long tweed coat with brown and gold toned accessories.
She wore her brown Lock & Co Betty 'Boop’ hat (£245).
Brown Cornelia James 'Imogen' pure wool gloves (£70).
Gold Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings (£140).
Kate paired thick brown opaque tights with her chocolate brown Emmy 'Valerie' suede heels (£400).
The Duchess completed her look with a new scarf from Really Wild. It is their 'Silk Scarf in Autumn Partridge' (£125). The scarf has been designed in-house and inspired by Game birds in warm, Autumnal colours.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted en route to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 17th Dec, heading to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas luncheon. The couple joined other members of the royal family including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice.
The Duchess looked festive in her red Katherine Hooker 'Ascot' shift dress, which she debuted last month at the EACH fundraising drive. Her outfit was very similar to the one she wore to last year's Christmas luncheon.
Kate wore her in a half-updo, revealing a pair of statement chandelier earrings. The costume earrings date back to 2007 and they have also been spotted on Pippa.
Kate also wore her Mappin & Webb 'Fortune' necklace.
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Tonight, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a meeting of the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony, in Bow, London, in support of The Scout Association's "Better Prepared" campaign. The Duchess is an official volunteer with the organization, while Queen Elizabeth is patron of UK Scouting.
Kate helped the young Scouts work on their Disability Awareness Activity Badge. Many of the activities were designed to educate the children on the challenges encountered by people living with disabilities. Activities included decorating a cupcake while blindfolded, trying to cut a chocolate bar while wearing boxing gloves, and trying to eat a piece of chocolate using chopsticks.
Kate opted for a casual ensemble for tonight's engagement, wearing the i.SCOUT Ladies Zip Print Hoodie in black (£28.00).
She paired the hoodie with black skinny jeans (most likely the Topshop Moto Leigh maternity jeans) and Russell & Bromley 'Charge It' boots (£275.00).
Tonight, we saw the return of her KIKI 'Grace' White Topaz and Diamond Stud Earrings (£795.00) and Mappin & Webb Fortune White Gold Drop Necklace (£3,950).
The Express has exclusive photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending a friend's wedding this past weekend.
The ceremony was held at Chelsea Old Church - situated on the same road where Kate previously lived at the former Middleton family home in west London.
The dress code for the wedding was obviously black tie with Prince William dressed in a tuxedo and Kate in her Diane von Furstenberg 'Zarita' black lace gown. The Duchess premiered the floor-length dress at the Royal Variety Performance last month.
The Duchess who is five-months pregnant with their second child wrapped up with her Really Wild claret red cashmere mix wrap scarf.
The Duchess accessorised her long-sleeved lace dress with the recently identified Magid black beaded vintage clutch.
On her feet were black suede pumps. She debuted these last year at the Mandela film premiere and they were originally thought to be this pair by Prada. However, Prada denied it was this style and hence they remain unidentified.
In other news, Clarence House has announced that we will see Kate tomorrow when she attends a Beaver Scout meeting in Bow, London. Kate will meet volunteers, leaders and help with activities before awarding badges to the Beavers.
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For the final event of their whirlwind visit to the Big Apple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a glitzy gala dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). The black tie function was a fundraiser for the university they attended, St Andrews in Scotland.
The Duchess repeated her Jenny Packham ink blue silk tulle gown.
She first wore it in October 2013 for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala and in February 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery.
Kate again styled the gown with her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Platform Pumps (US$695).
However, tonight she premiered some serious bling. She wore an exquisite jewelry set consisting of emerald and diamond earrings and a matching bracelet. The chandelier style earrings feature three strands of white and yellow diamonds secured to a large emerald surrounded by diamonds. The bracelet matches the motif of the earrings. The jewels are reportedly a private gift.
William and Kate leaving the MET.
The Duchess was absolutely flawless on their final night in the Big Apple. It was the perfect ending to a successful visit. Farewell New York!
This afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a GREAT reception at NeueHouse. The reception was to honour successful Brits who work in the creative industries and live in New York.
Catherine with British actor, Patrick Stewart.
The Duchess wore another black ensemble, her third during this 3-day tour. She wore the Seraphine 'Vanessa' maternity dress (US$99). The A-line dress is rendered in a luxurious Ponte Roma fabric with a mockneck and full length sleeves. It featuring a curved empire line that defines the waist.
Kate jazzed up the simple silhouette of this black turtleneck frock with her dazzling £49,000 Cartier Trinity necklace, previously worn in 2012.
She wore the same accessories as this morning's visit to the September 11 Memorial.
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This morning, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visited Ground Zero and paid their respects at the September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Kate laid white roses at one of the two reflecting pools, the state flower of New York.
The bouquet included a handwritten note from the royal couple.
Kate and William where then given a tour the museum including the In Memoriam room, where photographs of nearly all of the victims line the walls. Joe Daniels, the museums’s chief executive and president, said of the couple: “Just looking at the faces – of the old, the young, every race, every color – [William and Kate] were struck by the breadth and the scale of the loss we suffered that day.”
Following the sober tour of the September 11 Memorial, Prince William and Kate made a visit to a youth development program, The Door and watched a performance from CityKids Foundation, which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
For this morning's engagements, Kate wore Mulberry’s Double Breasted Coat in cerise, which provided a lovely contrast to the bleak New York weather. The wool crepe coat features a double-breasted front with 6 horn buttons and flap front pockets. It retails for £1,500.
Kate recycled her accessories, wearing her Episode 'Angle' black suede pumps, Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch and Cornelia James Imogen gloves.
The Duchess completed the look with her Kiki Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£1,300).
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The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge had a busy evening on their second night in New York. They first attended a reception for their charity, United for Wildlife, before heading to a NBA game at the Barclay Center to launch the partnership between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife, and the NBA.
The conservation reception was held at British Consul General’s residence on behalf of the Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife, where Prince William, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton all spoke about fighting the illegal wildlife trade.
This evening, Kate wore a new tweed coat from American fashion brand Tory Burch. The 'Bettina' tweed coat ($595) is a cotton-blend jacket woven with bouclé, slubbed and metallic yarns. It has slit pockets and a hidden snap button placket. It is finished with a belted collar.
The following stores still have the Tory Burch 'Bettina' coat in stock; Tory Burch UK, Farfetch, and Lane Crawford.
Her accessories included the Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch (£495) in bespoke black suede leather and Stuart Weitzman 'Power' black suede pumps (US$335).
Kate paired the coat with black skinny jeans, most likely Topshop Maternity Moto Leigh jeans (£38). Kate has been spotted wearing the Topshop maternity Moto Leigh Jeans following her pregnancy with Prince George.
The style she wore tonight does not have the rolled cuff, but the new season Moto Leigh jeans shows them with an unrolled leg opening.
The Duchess added some bling to her ensemble with a pair of statement earrings, wearing the Patric Mavros Croc Hornback Dangle Earrings (£180). Kate has worn earrings from this jeweler before who is an avid supporter of wildlife conservation, and hence a good fit for tonight's theme.
At the NBA game, the Duchess unbuttoned her coat to reveal a black high-neck sweater.
I'll leave you with some photos of Kate and William at tonight's NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets.
09/12/2014 - UPDATE
Following today's meeting between Kate and J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons at the GREAT reception, it was reported that Kate wore J. Crew denim to last night's Conservation reception and NBA game. Royal correspondent Rebecca English received confirmation from Ms. Lyons, quoting: “I was told she wore J. Crew jeans last night to the game. I was so excited. You couldn’t tell, but that’s okay. At least I know that fact.”
This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem on the first official engagement of her three-day trip to New York. The Center provides education and mental health services to 3,300 New York City children and families each year. Upon arrival, Her Royal Highness was greeted by the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray.
Once inside, Kate attended a briefing with the directors of the center, wrapped Christmas presents with volunteers, and attended an art class with the children.
Kate wore a new coat from British designer Goat Fashion.
The mod style 'Washington' coat (£680) is made from heavy-weight black wool crepe. It has a classic swing coat shape and contrast nude tabs on the cuffs and back and decorative contrast enamel buttons.
The Duchess accessorized with her Mulberry 'Bayswater' black suede clutch and wore her trusty Episode 'Angel' black suede pumps.
She kept her jewellery subtle, wearing her Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki Diamond Hoop earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
The Duchess finished the look with her Cornelia James merino jersey wool gloves with the side bow.
Tonight, Kate will join her husband, Prince William at a NBA basketball match in Brooklyn, where they will watch local team the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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