The Duchess was in festive red tartan for the Queen’s Christmas luncheon today.

Another view as Kate left Kensington Palace.

As always for this occasion, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, as well as Prince Louis joined both of their parents for the festivities at Buckingham Palace.  

The two future kings arrived together, with George in the front seat alongside his father.
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While the Duchess drove Charlotte as well as Louis.
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More about the event itself from The Telegraph’s coverage (the very first paragraph references the Queen):

On Wednesday, she will hold the last Christmas event at Buckingham Palace before she heads to Sandringham up until February – a conventional “all the trimmings” lunch for her extended family, generally between 40 to 50  people.

For this cherished occasion, held in the Marble Hall, three big fir trees are dressed in ornate garlands as well as “crown as well as carriage” ornaments. Attendees are seated at round tables as well as pull crackers before being served a Sandringham-bred turkey lunch.

In 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge pulled a cracker with Prince Charles, put on the paper celebration hat discovered inside as well as checked out out a joke.

A host of other royals attended, including the Prince of Wales.
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And the Duchess of Cornwall.

Below, Princess Anne as well as hubby Sir Timothy Laurence. 

Anne’s child Zara Tindall with her hubby Mike Tindall as well as child Mia visible in the back seat. Not seen, Mia’s younger sister, Lena, as well as a lady believed to be the family’s new nanny.  

Mr. Tindall spoke about the day on a rugby podcast. A Daily Mail story offers more:

He told exactly how he sat with his uncle-in-law Prince Charles, 71, at Buckingham Palace as well as described the annual event as ‘lovely’.

‘…the household lunch, there should be about 70 of us there – there are seven tables as well as then the kiddies have their own little one in a different room,’ he said while being quizzed by fellow ex-rugby star James Haskell as well as host Alex Payne.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex as well as woman Louise. (Prince Edward arrived separately with James, Viscount Severn, the couple’s younger child.) 

Princess Eugenie as well as hubby Jack Brooksbank. 

Lady Gabriella Kingston (née Windsor) as well as her hubby Thomas Kingston. You may keep in mind the couple’s wedding event in Windsor last May.

Another view of the Duchess today as she arrived. You can see Prince Louis in the back seat.

In this picture taken as the household was headed home, you can see Charlotte in the middle of the back seat as well as just a bit of Prince George’s head.We’ll have protection of what Kate wore shortly, however first, our other news today involves the family’s Christmas card. It was shared on Twitter by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, CBE, Commandant of the Air Cadets. The Duchess is Royal Patron of the Cadets. 

A better look at the new household photo; it looks like it may have been taken during the family’s Mustique getaway this August.

If you look at the card you’ll notice practically everybody is on a vintage motorcycle. Charlotte is in the sidecar, George looks like he is standing on the fender as well as Louis is held on the seat by his dad while the Duchess stands next to the traditional bike. The everyday Mail has more:

The inclusion of the vintage motorcycle – which appears to be a Rickman Metisse – this year may well have been Prince William’s idea, as the duke is a big motorbike fan.

According to the 2005 documentary Chasing the Royals, William’s harmful hobby utilized to scare his loved ones – particularly Kate – to death. He famously rode around London on the eve of his wedding event in April 2011.

You may keep in mind last year’s card featured the household of five outdoors at their country estate, Anmer Hall. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore to today’s luncheon as well as in the Christmas card photo.  First, today’s red tartan Emilia Wickstead look. 

We have seen the Duchess in this pattern before, worn to last year’s Christmas celebration for the RAF at The Orangery at Kensington Palace. 

Kate’s skirt in the ‘Anni Tartan’ pattern was from Emilia Wickstead’s AW ’18 collection.

As we pointed out in last year’s post, the striking red motif was utilized throughout the a/w ’18 collection as well as it’s possible the Duchess is wearing the Anni Tartan Georgette Midi gown ($1325) from that line, seen below left. 

Here is a better look at the shoulders as well as collar from what the Duchess is wearing alongside the actual off-the-rack piece. You’ll note Kate’s sleeves are not sheer like those seen on the dress.   

The always-savvy Elizabeth of Kate’s Closet suggests this may be a blouse made to go with the skirt, a great possibility.  Or, it may be the gown modified per Kate’s wishes; we won’t understand up until we see the product again, no photos of today’s celebration will be released. numerous thanks to The everyday Mail’s Caroline Parr as well as Laura for their ID work today.

The Duchess accessorized with her Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl cluster Earrings (£4490, about $5900 at today’s exchange rates).  Below, we show the earrings when worn to one more event. They are 18-carat yellow gold, each featuring seven pearls set with diamonds. 

In photos showing the Duchess headed house after lunch, you can see she has removed the earrings.

Now to the family’s Christmas card look. Kate appeared to be wearing a gown by Boden, the British brand’s Aurora Midi wrap gown in heron blue ($180, on sale for $90). 

Made of 100% viscose that is described as crinkly, the piece has a bit of a boho and/or prairie gown feel. It is a wrap-style style as well as features three-quarter sleeves, gathers at the shoulders, a back yoke, self-belt that ties at the waist, a tiered skirt, as well as a length that hits mid-calf according to the product details. Below, a better look at the print reveals the texture of the material as well as the small flowers in the print. It is completely lined in polyester as well as can be machine-washed on the gentle cycle. 

Thanks for this ID go to Valerie Nijssen!

We will have full details posted soon on what the children were wearing on sibling site What Kate’s Kids Wore.


One other quick product today: the 2020 What Kate Wore Calendar is now available! We’re privileged to partner when once again with Royal professional photographer Mark Stewart (many of you understand him as Regal Eyes on Twitter). Mark’s work is just gorgeous as well as we couldn’t be happier to showcase his stunning photos in the calendar. As always, we include our ‘Many Faces of Kate’ page along with all the info on what Kate wore in Mark’s photos.  

We include essential dates for the Royal Family, as well as previous/next month thumbnails. The calendar measures approximately 11″ by 16″ when open as well as hanging on your wall. It is available in limited quantities here. We’re behind routine this year since of my little medical hiccup as well as some other circumstances, however we’re shipping orders within 18-24 hours of the orders being placed.

We’ll see you in a few days!


The everyday Mail’s main protection of the luncheon is here; The Mail’s short article on the family’s Christmas card is here; The everyday reveal story is here

a Hello! piece on the luncheon is here; Stephanie Petit’s People story is here; Harry Mount’s entire Telegraph short article with details on Christmas at Sandringham is here


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