The Duchess wore a festive Emilia Wickstead skirt and Brora cardigan for today’s Christmas party at The Orangery.
Oddly, there was ‘snow’ in very isolated parts of Kensington Gardens near the Orangery. You can see it as Father Christmas arrived.
Father Christmas has arrived spreading cheer to the media 😂 🎅🏻 pic.twitter.com/74UqcxC2tU
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) December 4, 2018
There is even heavier snow in this photo of the Duke and Duchess. (The snow content is tongue in cheek.)
The Orangery is located in Kensington Gardens. The name hearkens back to an era when prosperous homes had a room dedicated to housing fragile plants during the winter, keeping things like orange and other fruit trees safe from the harsh elements. There is a restaurant and the facility can be rented for private events.
The party was done in tandem with the Royal British Legion. More about the event from Simon Perry’s People story.
At the palace party, kids enjoyed an fun mix of activities, including a photo booth, Christmas stocking, snow globe decorating, cracker making and entertainment from U.K. party planners Sharky and George. Prince William, 36, even got in the holiday spirit by joining children in making crackers.
Here you see Kate with Harry O’Grady, who is five.
More from this Hello! story:
Approximately 7,500 military personnel are currently serving overseas or away from home on exercises. A large portion of these have children who will have a parent away over the festive period.
And the Duke chatting with Harry.
Both Kate and William were very much in their element.
A video with Prince William from Richard Palmer.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) December 4, 2018
And the Duke with 5-year-old Ivan Mother.
Kate delivered remarks at the party.
From Kate’s speech:
William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today.
Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation.
As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they’ve trained for,” she said.
When William served in the Falklands or went search and rescue, I remember how it felt. But I can’t imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments.
A video of the Duchess speaking from The Telegraph’s Hannah Furness.
It’s a double Duchess kinda day. The Duchess of Cambridge delivers a speech to military families whose loved ones are fighting ISIS overseas at Christmas: “The absence of people we love is especially hard at this time of year.” pic.twitter.com/pf9Zvv5NZf
— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) December 4, 2018
There was even a “snowball fight” with faux-snow.
A quick video from Victoria Murphy as the Duke and Duchess depart.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart a Christmas party for military families outside Kensington Palace pic.twitter.com/8WZwpq45u5
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) December 4, 2018
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
Her skirt is from Emilia Wickstead’s AW ’18 collection. The designer says the 1970’s film Love Story inspired the collection, especially the plaid skirts worn by Jenny, Ali McGraw’s character. (A photo from the film is here.) The skirt was available at Farfetch earlier in the season. It is made of polyester with a touch of elastane.
Here is a closer look at the fabric.
There were several pieces in the collection featuring this pattern.
Kate’s cardigan is by Scottish brand Brora, renowned for their cashmere pieces. It is the Cropped Cardigan style($375).
The style is fitted, with ribbed trim at the collar and cuffs, with wide ribbing at the waist. Thank you to Christin for pointing out the cardigan.
We continue to look for the new boots Kate was wearing.
We saw the ‘Empress’ earrings by Mappin and Webb again.
A reminder that we hope to see photos tonight from guests arriving at the Queen’s annual diplomatic reception.
As always, we include our ‘Many Faces of Kate’ page along with all the info on what Kate wore. Mark Stewart’s talent really shines, as it does every year. But it’s especially evident in Mark’s exclusive photos of Prince George, as well as his images of Princess Charlotte. You can just see them in the twelve months view shown above.
The calendar measures roughly 11″ by 16″ when open and hanging on your wall. It is available in limited quantities here.