Kate Middleton’s style has always been the subject of envy, and the Duchess of Cambridge especially glows during the royal family’s traditional visit to Sandringham Church every year on Christmas. With the exception of 2012, Middleton has gone to the church service every year with her husband Prince William until COVID-19 prevented the royal family from gathering together in both 2020 and 2021. Until we’re all able to get together safely without fears of the deadly virus, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with a bit of nostalgia.
Kate Middleton’s First Christmas At Sandringham
Kate Middleton’s first Christmas with the British royal family following her 2011 wedding to Prince William was an understated affair. Middleton looked slim and cozy in her long, mulberry colored coat and slightly brighter toned hat. With her jeweled-tone clutch in hand, Middleton appeared to be the very spirit of the holidays.
Middleton’s First Christmas As A New Mom
In early December 2012, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that they were expecting their first child. Due to her hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition she suffered from throughout all of her pregnancies that causes severe nausea in the early months of pregnancy, Middleton was unable to attend the royal family’s yearly gathering at Sandringham. Instead, she and William attended church with her family in a far more casual setting.
After welcoming Prince George on July 22, 2013, Middleton made her triumphant return to the royal family’s traditional church service. Dressed in a smart pair of calf-length black boots and a blue and green plaid coat, Middleton looked every inch a duchess. Her charming green hat was thee perfect accessory to tie the look together.
Looking Cozy With Husband Prince William
Middleton toned down the colors in 2014. She wore a brown tweed coat festooned with golden buttons and a complimentary patterned scarf could be seen peeking above her collar. Once again, Middleton decided to wear a hat with the ensemble, which brought a classy air to the outfit. At the time, Middleton was several months pregnant with her second child, Princess Charlotte, whom she welcomed on May 2, 2015.
Gorgeous In Green
We think we’ve figured out Middleton’s favorite seasonal color, and we can’t deny we’re green with envy over this look. Her hair is fashioned into a stylish updo and mostly hidden beneath a delicately designed hat. All that green really brings out her eyes. Middleton looks absolutely amazing after having her second child, with both Prince George and Princess Charlotte not making their first trip to the Sandringham church service until the following year.
A Growing Young Family
2016 was a family event, with both Princess Charlotte and Prince George both making their adorable debut. Middleton is stunning in a fur trimmed, brown coat. We also spotted a familiar clutch in her hand, which may be the same clutch she brought on her first trip to the royal event. The younger royals are absolutely adorable as they take in everything happening around them. This event also contains one of our favorite photos of Prince George to date.
The young prince looks darling as he enjoys a candy cane sweet and clutches his father’s hand. That cute look on his face has likely gotten him out of trouble more times than we can count. We certainly wouldn’t be able to tell that sweet little face no.
Middleton Bends The Knee
In 2017, there was an addition to the royal family: Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle. Both Middleton and her new sister-in-law drop a curtsey for their royal matriarch Queen Elizabeth as their husbands make a respectful bow for their grandmother. While Markle went with a muted khaki colored coat and chestnut colored hat, Middleton dazzled in a seasonally appropriate red and green plaid coat and a giant, fuzzy black hat.
The Fab Four’s Final Sandringham Christmas
In 2018 following Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, the reception to the younger royals was at a record height. Dubbed the “Fab Four,” Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Harry and Markle, were experiencing a surge in popularity.
In the photos from that year’s Christmas church service, Middleton shines in red while her husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law went with black. This led to Middleton sticking out, in all the best ways, with her festive ensemble.
With Prince Harry and Markle deciding to leave behind their working royal status and moving across the pond in late 2019, this was the final time the fab four attended the Sandringham service together.
Christmas With Middleton’s Mini Me
Though the family had to do without the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2019, the royal still kept a stiff upper lip and seemed to enjoy the morning out, especially with little ones like Princess Charlotte making an appearance. Middleton and her daughter could be mirror images of each other if it weren’t for the age difference and different coat colors. With their lovely chestnut hair shining in the morning light, mother and daughter have never favored each other more.
The Sandringham church services were cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 over fears of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, but looking back through previous years of the royal tradition gives us just that much more light and joy this year. Hopefully we’ll all be able to gather together again soon.
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