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Like so many of us, I expect Kate, who is reportedly due to host Christmas for the Middletons at Anmer Hall for the second time, is making last minute preparations for the big day. There are several photos of Kate's outing available at the Mail Online.
Accompanied by royal protection officers, Kate spent an hour shopping in Peter Jones, a branch of her favourite department store John Lewis.
Kate left armed with a full bag and carried what appeared to be a check tablecloth under her arm. The eagle-eyed ladies at What Would Kate Do quickly discovered the Duchess was carrying the John Lewis Gingham Check Tablecloth in mushroom. The classic wipe-clean cloth retails for £12 per metre and also comes in blue and sage.
More from the Mail Online:
'The Cambridges are preparing to spend their first Christmas as a family of four after the birth of Princess Charlotte in May.
As with last year, they will attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church with the rest of the Royal Family, but are then expected to return to their Norfolk mansion for a dinner with the Middletons rather than join the Queen at Sandringham House.'
One imagines it's an incredibly exciting time for the Cambridges with Christmas just under two weeks away. According to US Weekly Kate recently took George to nearby Fakenham Garden Centre where they picked up a battery-lit star, a roll of gold guaze and a mini tree. A staffer told the magazine: "George wanted everything he saw. Kate let him choose a couple of ornaments, including a felt penguin". Below, a peek inside the store...
The magazine also reports the Cambridges put a locally sourced 9 ft Christmas tree up at their Norfolk home.
Kate selected the Reiss Rubik Houndstooth Coat she wore for her visit to Action on Addiction's Centre for Addiction Studies on Thursday.
The coat remains available in several sizes on both the UK Reiss website and the US Reiss Site. It retails for £325 ($620). It's also available in very limited sizing at Bloomingdales. For those hoping to purchase the coat, if it's unavailable in your size I would advise you to keep a check on the Reiss site, as several sizes were restocked over the past couple of days following Kate's appearance in it. I expect it's possible this may happen again.
Two readers with an eye for style, Rachel and Anna, have been in touch sharing Repli-Kate's for the coat. The Calvin Klein Houndstooth Belted Coat is discounted from $342 to $188 at Bloomingdales; next, we have the $75 Carefully Chosen Coat from Modcloth; and finally, Rachel suggested this $38 Houndstooth Cape from Nordstrom as a "fresh way to approach the look with an on trend cape".
Kate teamed the coat with either a black turtleneck jumper - quite possible the one seen below with a skirt - or a turtleneck dress.
For footwear, she chose her Stuart Weitzman Half n Half Stretch Boots. For UK customers, the boots are available at Russell & Bromley for £395. In the US, the boots are known as the Stuart Weitzman 50-50 where they retail for $655 (Courtnee notes there are not identical to the pair available at Russell & Bromley).
The Duchess carried her trusty Tod's D-Styling Bag. The very similar Tod's D-Bow Bag retails at Farfectch for $1,600 (get 10% off your first order with the code 2015ffdec) and a selection of similar bags are available at My Theresa.
Kate completed the look with a casual updo.
Speaking of the royal tresses, we have a quick update on the hairdresser who created Kate's latest and much talked-about style.
It turns out the rumours are true and Richard Ward is not only responsible for Kate's shorter hair but also the fringe. In an exclusive interview with People! Mr Ward said:
"It's a practical style and a great option for a mom who has had long hair, who has a busy life and is short on time," the royal mom's longtime hair dresser Richard Ward, who is responsible for Kate's chic new cut, tells PEOPLE. "It's slightly more sophisticated but with all the benefits of long hair.
Ward describes the style as "sophisticated, versatile" and full of "bouncy glamour". Debuted at a Christmas charity event in London's financial district on Wednesday, "It still has the feeling of long hair," says Ward, adding that Kate's signature blowout has lost none of its allure. "It has more bouncy movement because of the long layers and shorter length."
Richard Ward's famous salon off King's Road has been a regular haunt for the Middleton family for over a decade with not only Kate but Carole and Pippa choosing the salon's stylists to look after their hair. Most royal fans will have heard of the salon at time of the royal wedding when Mr Ward and his former employee James Pryce created Kate's hairstyle for the occasion. Now, Kate reportedly gets cuts and colours done at the salon and Amanda Cook-Tucker does her hair before engagements and has accompanied her during tours.
When asked if Kate's new style will prove popular, Richard replied:
"Of course, If you look like she does, pretty much anything will suit you!"
We'll see you on Tuesday when Kate attends the Anna Freud Centre's Christmas party in London. Until then, we hope your festive preparations are going to plan and you're having a lovely weekend! :)