The Duchess was in a rich berry color for the Christmas morning church service at Sandringham.
Kate and William were among many royal family members walking to church.
They joined HM, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and others for the Christmas Day service at the church of St. Mary Magdalene.
It was a brisk morning for the short walk. Below you see Autumn Philips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
The Tindalls, Zara and Mike.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Despite the chilly temps, crowds gathered early for a chance to see the royals.
The two Duchesses.
The Queen as she exits the church this morning.
She looked lovely in “a dove grey dress, jacket and hat accentuated with a fuschia ribbon,” as described by The Telegraph.
Prince Philip did not attend services; his health is fine, according to the Palace, and he will participate in all of the day’s other activities. The Duchess of Cornwall was not at the service as she recovers from a heavy cold.
Below, Kate and Meghan curtsy as Harry and William bow their heads as the Queen leaves.
After the service, the royals spent time greeting those who had been waiting in the cold to see them.
Kate’s vibrant color stood out on a dreary day.
Now for what Kate wore this morning, beginning with what we believe is a Catherine Walker coat.
It is almost identical to the green coat first worn at the St Patrick’s Day Irish Guards shamrock ceremony in 2017; then seen again the same day as the Duke and Duchess arrived in Paris; worn a third time publicly on Remembrance Sunday, at the special service commemorating the Centenary of the signing of the armistice that effectively ended WWII.
The double-breasted style looks like it may be made of wool crepe; it has a fitted bodice that flares into a full skirt, slanted pockets (although not as slanted as those on the green coat, I don’t believe), and velvet trim at the collar, cuffs, pocket flaps and on the buttons.
The Duchess’s hat looks like a new Jane Taylor piece, the milliner’s Halo Band (£830, $1050). Here is more info from the brand: “Introducing the Halo Band, a different take on the on-trend headband. This elegant Jane Taylor London two-tone halo band in peach bloom felt with a bow detail at the back is set to be a design classic.”
The description also notes “This wide band shape is synonymous with the 1930s, perfect for those who wish to add a timeless and classic style to their A/W outfit.” Thank you to Her Name is Pekka and innominate_93 on Twitter for pointing out the style on the Jane Taylor site.
Kate’s gloves look like they could be a Cornelia James design, possibly the Beatrice style. UPDATE JAN 3: It’s possible we have an ID on Kate’s gloves. They look very much like the Bow Detail Glove by M and Co.
M&Co is a privately owned business that started in Glasgow more than fifty years ago; the retailer now has more than 300 stores nationwide. Our thanks for the tip go to a wonderful WKW friend who prefers remaining anonymous.
The Duchess carried her Mulberry Bayswater wallet clutch.
We saw the Gianvito Rossi pumps.
Kate wore her Asprey Oak Leaf Earrings.
She also brought back an oak leaf brooch that remains in our UFO files. The pin was first seen at the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon in 2012, and again on Christmas Day three years ago.
It features the oak leaves as well as four “acorns” crafted of gold and a pearl. The Middleton family crest features acorns. I could not get a really good closeup of the piece today; this is from the 2015 wearing.
And here is 4 minutes from photographer Terry Harris.
Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating the day!
- The Mirror’s story is here; The Express piece is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Guardian’s story is here; The Telegraph’s piece is here
- People’s article is here; Vanity Fair’s story is here
Friday 29th of March 2019
This is my favourite kate coat ever.
Wednesday 2nd of January 2019
First time poster, but I pop on several times a week!
I saw a picture today that I haven't seen before (t was in Elle).
Did you see the picture of the Duchess from the diplomatic reception? I don't think I've seen it before!
Thursday 3rd of January 2019
Hi, and thanks so much for posting! We did have quite a few photos from inside the reception, are you thinking of one in particular in the Elle story that I should look for? ?
Monday 31st of December 2018
This is the first headband-style hat that I've really liked--though of course it isn't really worn as a headband. I'm not sure I understand the chocolate color for the back bow--would it not work to have it the same dark red as the rest of the hat?--but overall I really like it and like the way her hair is styled as well. Those thick, shiny curls are my daily hair goals!
Tuesday 1st of January 2019
I agree, I haven't been a fan of the headbands up to this point but I was really surprised to discover this was one. It looked like a regular hat from the front, and even from the side it sits like a hat that has just lost its top. But as someone who wears earmuffs all winter rather than hats, I really cannot complain! Plus I'm just so glad none of those ridiculous Cossack hats made an appearance!
Saturday 29th of December 2018
Kate’s coat is a beautiful color and impeccably tailored. Very appropriate. But lately, all her clothes are looking the same.
Saturday 29th of December 2018
IN 40 years when Kate is in her 70s, these photos will be classics. She dresses for her role impeccably. We may not always like the 'safe' coat dresses, buttoned up, pump shoes, matching hats, gloves, mono chromatic colours, but her choices will be regarded later as the Queen's style. Kate knows this. She dresses with this in mind. And does it well, I may add.
Saturday 5th of January 2019
I don't understnd why people call her coats, 'coat-dresses'; a coat goes over a dress worn underneath, as she usually wears coat - coat-dresses were one of Diana's favourties.
Sunday 30th of December 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge has identified a style of dress that suits her just as Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall both have their own personal styles that have not deviated in decades. Bottom line, women in these positions must dress elegantly without following the latest runway trend. To some people, this look may appear frumpy and not on-trend. However, to me and many others this look is classic, timeless, and elegant. The latest trendy fashions come and go, but classic, chic looks remain forever.
Sunday 30th of December 2018
I was looking through these photographs and thinking that Kate would fit into almost any era royal Christmas day photograph. So, yes, she appears to be gravitating toward a timeless type of style that will never look stylish but will never look dated as well. It's a wise although not terribly interesting tactic in a historic sense.