For today’s Christmas church services Kate brought back two coats we have seen before, including her very popular Black Watch tartan.
William and Kate were among many royals worshiping today at St. Mary Magdalene. Prince Harry, just back from a South Pole trek, is still sporting the beard grown while he was away. (The Prince took part in a daunting trip that was a fundraising effort for Walking with the Wounded.)
St. Mary Magdalene is on the grounds of Sandringham, the royal estate, where four generations are celebrating the holidays this year.
More from the BBC:
Among the thousands of people waiting in the winter sunshine there was one question; will Prince George be here?
They were – perhaps unsurprisingly – disappointed. But there was applause for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who – in a break with royal tradition – walked hand in hand to church.
Among the crowds was a young boy who comes to Sandringham every year. His persistence was rewarded – several members of the family spoke to him, including the Queen. “She said good gracious are you here again!” he told me.
We saw the Duchess in a new hat by Gina Foster, described by the milliner as being a hard shell beret with a large bow.
The coat was first seen in November of 2012 when Kate wore it for a visit to her old prep school.
The garment is from the McQ by Alexander McQueen diffusion line, modeled after the label’s Black Watch coat. There are two essential distinctions between the two pieces: Kate’s print is much smaller in scale, and her coat doesn’t have lapels.
Prince George was not at church this morning. ITV reports that he seemed to enjoy the wrapping paper more than his gifts:
Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, met Kate and asked about the baby.
She said: “She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents.”
For the morning’s earlier service the Duchess was in another coat we have seen previously.
This is the UFO coat initially noted when worn in March of this year for the wedding of close friends in Switzerland.
The dimensions seem to match (roughly 6.5 feet by 2.5 feet) and the colors look the same from what we can see. Perhaps more importantly, the fringed ends look the same. The piece is 95% wool and 5% cashmere, it sold for £135 (approximately $220 at today’s exchange rates) and is a fall/winter 2013 item.
In both instances today Kate wore her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba boots.
Kate also wore the diamond and green amethyst (more properly known as prasiolite or quartz) earrings sold by Kiki McDonough for both church services.
Many will recall that Kate’s different ensembles from Christmas Day 2011. Below left she is seen in the ‘Angel’ Fit & Flare coat by Reiss, on the right Kate wears an aubergine coat made by an ‘independent dressmaker’.
Last year William and Kate did not go to Sandringham, opting instead to attend Christmas services with the Middletons. The Duchess wore her Hobbs ‘Celeste’ coat.
In her Christmas message this year the Queen spoke about Prince George, more from a Telegraph story:
The Queen spoke about her great-grandson Prince George in her Christmas message to the nation, reflecting that the birth of a baby allows people to think about the future with renewed “happiness and hope”.
“After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph. It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations.”
Her words were accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of the baby prince sitting for his first official photograph under the direction of celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell.
To see the Telegraph‘s video in its entirety click here.
Also today, an update on plans for Kate and William’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Following is what we know officially, as released by Kensington Palace:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited by the New Zealand and Australian governments. Further details on the exact dates and itinerary will be issued in due course.’
As Richard Palmer reports in the Express, this will not be a short trip:
The royal couple will spend between a week and 10 days on official engagements in both countries, beginning in New Zealand. But with rest days and travel, the entire trip will take the best part of a month.
Much discussion has centered on whether or not the couple will take Prince George with them, back to Richard Palmer’s story: .
William and Kate, both 31, have said they intend to take George but will wait to make a final decision nearer the time, depending on his health and what they think is best for him. Aides, however, think it highly unlikely that they will leave their child at home, unlike previous generations of royals who were often absent for months.
George is unlikely to accompany them on most of their public duties but aides anticipate that there will be occasions in both countries when George will appear before the cameras.
They will make a final decision on whether to take him nearer the time but a senior aide said: “It is anticipated and planned for that he will go.”
The young Prince will be just about the same age William was when taken along for his parents’ tour of New Zealand and Australia.
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honour at Royal Randwick’s $18 million festival of racing when they visit Australia in April. The young royal family are expected to arrive in NSW three days before race day on April 19th, where monarchists will be keen to set eyes on Prince George for the first time.
And there will be no question which horse William and Kate will be backing on the day with the Queen’s Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House set to race in the Stakes.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes are part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival; in 2014 they will be held on April 19th.
All of the sale items may be found here.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I have deleted the erroneous information saying the coat could still be purchased by special order from Net-a-Porter; it’s no longer available. Thanks to Jordan Fallon for sharing that information on the Facebook page.