William and Kate joined the Middletons yesterday for Christmas services at St. Mark’s Church. Below we see Kate, Carole and Pippa outside the church.
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Yesterday’s Christmas observance included Communion and carols. Many will recall that Kate and William elected to spend part/all of the holiday with Kate’s family at their home in Berkshire, instead of joining the Queen and other Royals at Sandringham. The Middleton gathering was expected to be lower key and more relaxing than the annual Sandringham festivities.
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Kate opted for pieces some will remember seeing previously, including her Celeste coat by Hobb’s.
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The coat is wool crepe accessorized with studded leather fastening straps at the cuffs and matching belt.
Hobbs 'Celeste' Coat
Previously we saw Kate wearing the piece when she visited Liverpool in February of this year.
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Yesterday the Duchess accessorized with patterned black hose.
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We also saw Kate’s trusty Aquatalia Ankle Boots, known as the ‘Ruby Dry’ at Rusell & Bromley in the UK, called the ‘Regal’ at Aquatalia, and the ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom & Bergdorf in the USA. Aquatalia no longer offers the espresso brown suede (they do have black and red suede), Nordstrom has the brown suede in a few sizes, as well as the black and espresso brown leather in almost all sizes. This particular shoe runs $398.
Aquatalia 'Royal' Ankle Bootie
Kate also wore a bright red scarf, we believe it is the same worn during the 2011 North American Tour (left), many thought it was a Hugo Boss piece.
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The closest thing we have found in the company’s current line of scarves is a deeper red, essentially a maroon version.
Kate carried the red Gucci logo bag seen most recently at the rugby match in Wales on November 24th (our post is here), an older Monogram Canvas Horsebit Shoulder Bag/Clutch. It is from the companyâ€™s 1921 Collection, it’s clear she has owned the bag for many years.
The company no longer offers this piece in its logo canvas, a contemporary version in leather is available from Gucci for $1580.
Kate also sported the Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings first seen on Christmas Day 2011 (shown below) when she wore them during the traditional walk home from church at Sandringham.
Kate still looks a little peaked, hopefully she can continue to rest and enjoy time with her family.
One other item of a royal nature, a wedding date has been announced for Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and British-born banker Christopher O’Neill.
Swedish Royal Court
The couple will wed June 8 at the church inside the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Below, the couple at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Christmas lunch, held in New York December 4.
Catarina Ã…strÃ¶m / Swedish Royal Court
EDITOR’S NOTE: Apologies for the tardy nature of the post, I have been out of town every day since Christmas Eve, trying to play catchup when I have time in the office. Additionally I wanted to be sure I was comfortable using these photos. It turns out some UK publications are publishing them (the SkyNews story here) and others are not (the Daily Mail story here). As this was a public church service and the photographs were taken from an area actually cleared for the media by law enforcement, I have elected to publish them.