Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Kate in Festive Ensemble for RAF Christmas Party: "The Absence Of People You Love Must Be Especially Hard At This Time Of Year."

December is well and truly upon us. I utterly adore the festive period and the weeks leading up to Christmas. It's also one of my favourite months on the royal calendar with a host of seasonal engagements carried out by members of the royal family. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a Christmas party at The Orangery at Kensington Palace for for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus.


The couple laughed as they walked past the snow machine. Their staff got into the spirit in festive jumpers. Catherine Quinn is behind Kate in red.


It is the first of two engagements for the couple in support of deployed military personnel and their families who will be apart over the festive period. Tomorrow, they will travel to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. 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 Christmas. The Palace said: "Their Royal Highnesses wish to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact that many Serving personnel are away from their families at this time of the year."


Prince William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, which is home to Typhoon Sqns, who currently deploy to Cyprus in support of Op SHADER. RAF Marham have 31 Squadron, who are also contributing to OP SHADER. The Duchess is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Air Cadets. The Duke of Edinburgh passed on his Patronage to the Duchess in 2015, after 63 years as Air Commodore-in-Chief.


The event was supported by The Royal British Legion in recognition of the unique contribution and sacrifices Serving personnel and their families make year round, and especially when they are separated during the festive period. The support of their families and loved ones is vital not only when personnel are serving, but through transition, recovery and civilian life after service, and The Royal British Legion ensures that those family members are supported in return.


The party was planned with meticulous attention to detail.


I imagine the brief for the day was ensuring the children had a fantastic time.


Kate was in her element meeting babies and young children.


Simon Perry reports:

'Emily Staite chatted with Princess Kate as children threw around soft balls and generally dashed around. She shared two children, ages 2 and 4, with her husband, Neil, who will be stationed in Cyprus for Christmas.
“It is chaotic,” Staite said as she surveyed the party scene, “And I take my hat off to them for doing this. It is lovely, a nice thing to do. We spend a lot of time on our own so it is nice to do something different.”
She added, “People overlook how hard it is, how lonely it can be for people at home, especially when things go wrong when partners are deployed. It can be quite hard.”

A number of stalls were organised where children participated in activities including stocking decorating, cracker making, snow globe decorating and creating Christmas party kits.


There was children’s entertainment from Sharky and George, as well as a photo booth and a post box so that guests can take pictures and send messages to their loved ones in Cyprus.


Santa made the trip for the party :)


William enjoying the activities.


William revealed they decided to get Lupo due to his time away with the RAF. People reports:

'Natalie Bressani – who is mom to Luca, 14, and Anona, 11 – said William and Kate were helping “lift the spirits” of the Royal Air Force families separated from their loved ones at a Christmas party at Kensington Palace on Tuesday. And she revealed that the royal couple got their English Cocker Spaniel, Lupo, to help them at a difficult time.
“When Prince William was away in the Falkland Islands, he went for dinner with some good friends of ours in the Air Force, and he was saying how difficult it was for Kate because he was leaving for six weeks. It was when they’d just got the Spaniel to help her with the time apart,” said Bressani. “She appreciates what wives and families go through.”

During a personal speech, Kate reflected on her time as a RAF wife. "As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves to do the job they trained for,” she said. “When William served doing search and rescue, I remember how I felt, but I can’t imagine how it feel when your loved ones are away on active service during Christmas. The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year."


The Duchess added: "We are really looking forward to flying to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus tomorrow and meeting some of the mums and dads of the little ones we have met today. I am sure they will be thrilled with all your cards and gifts, so thank you for posting them today."


A video.


William and Kate enjoyed a snowball fight as they departed.


A video of the couple leaving.


If you would like to support the Royal British Legion, take a look at their Christmas gift options.They include Horse Guards Parade Christmas cards. A pack of ten is just £3.99. If considering purchasing cards at Sainsburys, a portion of the profits from their charity cards goes directly to the Legion. It can be a particularly difficult time of the year for many in the Armed Forces community, with financial pressures and coping with loneliness. To provide additional support, the Legion are operating a Live Chat tool from 8 am to 8 pm.


The Duchess was seasonally attired in a black cardigan and red tartan skirt for the party. I love this look and thought it a perfect choice for the occasion. The engagement involved getting involved in activities with children, meeting families and delivering a speech. It was both a comfortable and stylish choice.


Kate wore the Cropped Cashmere cardigan by Scottish brand Brora (with thanks to Emi). The £209 piece is described as: "The overwhelming popularity of our iconic, cropped cashmere cardigan really speaks for itself. Designed to accentuate a smaller waist, this neat knit is the perfect."


The video below tells the story of Brora Scottish cashmere.


Kate's skirt is from Emilia Wickstead's Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. The tartan check Pris Pleated Skirt is cut in an a-line silhouette from sturdy flannel that has sharp knife pleats throughout. Cinched with a belted waist, its designed in classic tartan check.


Susan from What Kate Wore noted the collection was inspired by the film Love Story. In particular, the plaid skirts worn by Ali McGraw's character. 


Kate accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.



Kate completed the look with a pair of black boots. We'll update when they are identified.


We expect to see the Duke and Duchess arriving for the annual Diplomatic Reception tonight.

110 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 13:46

    What an absolutley wonderful engagement! I hope the families has a WONDERFUL time!!

    And such a cozy look! Love it! Nice to see her blend designer with high-street as well!!

    All around wonderfully festive!!

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    1. Courtney from NC4 December 2018 at 14:48

      It does look very cosy! The outfit and the party. Kate so shines at engagements with children.

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  2. Lovely as always but it would have been nice if they brought the children along like they did at that garden party in Canada.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 14:13

      I'm not sure but I'm thinking they were/are still at school/nursery or on their way home at the time of the event.

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    2. The children have school, It will look bad on then to pull their kids from school just for a Christmas party.

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    3. I was hoping for an appearance by either George or Charlotte. Charlotte would make more sense since she is in nursery school. Or had the party a little later so that they could have attended. Love Kate's outfit. She looks very approachable and the longer skirt is great as she can bend down without worrying!

      Hope from USA

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    4. And all the children of the RAF personnel did not have school?

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 16:54

      Ofc they might have, but they are not judged on the decision by people all over the globe. From what I've heard it's incredably hard in the UK to get permission for kids to take time off from school and I don't think that in the climate of the country it would go down well with the general public. I also think the Cambridges tend to feel a bit torn and over focused on their kids if they bring them (especially since all the cameras will be aimed at every behaviour) and think they can bring more to the people at the engagement if not distracted by their children.

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    6. Plus, if kiddos are there, Kate is also on ‘mom’ duty which can be a bit distracting if you are trying to work. This is the first time for this engagement, right? Maybe if it becomes a regular thing, the kids might get involved.

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  3. Absolutely adore Kates entire look from head to toe. So very festive in both a classic and modern style. I'm laughing while enjoying all their staff following in festive Holiday sweaters. I'm sure they received a memo on dress for the activity. LOL

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    1. In the spirit of the season it would have been wonderful if William could have worn a festive sweater, like the staff, or even just a red V neck. Guess William didn't get the memo

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    2. Royal 👑 Watcher4 December 2018 at 15:41

      I agree USA Granny, those Christmas jumpers are gold! I would have liked to see William wearing one too. Just like the Christmas jumpers in Bridget Jones!!
      Kate looks so beautiful, very Christmasy!

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    3. I wish William had joined in!

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    4. I believe Will did get the memo, and the memo was to wear blue. All the gentlemen behind him appear to be wearing blue sweaters. Perhaps the request was to be wintry, or perhaps since Hanukkah just started, it was to be inclusive.

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  4. A wonderful look for the Duchess!

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  5. I love it! I want to copy it for my own Christmas parties!!! She looks so happy :)

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  6. I like this look but wish the sweater was longer or something...

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    1. If the sweater were longer the proportions of the outfit would be off. This works because the sweater is cropped to balance out the length of the skirt. Plus it shows off the waistband of the skirt.

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    2. BA, agree the sweater seems too short by an inch or two. I would constantly be tugging at it to keep it from riding up even more. I’m the opposite of Pam, I think the waistband would look better covered. That said, I really like the choice of the separates, the look is very festive, but casual.

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    3. I agree with you BA. I think if the sweater were just a couple of inches longer it would look better and the proportions would be more attractive. The skirt is beautiful and looks great with her boots.

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    4. I also wish the sweater were a couple of inches longer. As is it looks like it's awkwardly about a centimeter off from becoming an actual belly-baring crop top. To me the balancing proportion for a skirt like this is simply a close-fitting top.

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    5. Annette new Zealand4 December 2018 at 20:34

      She has a very long torso so maybe that is why it looks like it does. However it has a wide knitted rib which obviously clings to the waistline so it didn't ride up at all in any of the videos. I think it is such an improvement to see royal family members dressing informally for such events.

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  7. I really enjoy what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. Festive colors and appropriate. This engagement is a wonderful expression of appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices of these soldiers and their families. Great job, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you, Charlotte. I’ll be back later to read the full post.

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  8. She looks so festive! I like the skirt!

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  9. Sooooooooooo lovely! :)

    Elisabeth, Carcassonne, France

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  10. I am not sure about the sillouette. Something look disproportional although it's a great cashemere and a very festive skirt.

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    1. I think the outfit works because of the proportions but I get what you are saying. I just think it's because this highlights how long-waisted Kate it.

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    2. I am with you Anon, something looks off to me, maybe if the top was a bit longer, don't know.

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    3. It is off too me also. I think a smooth sweater without buttons tucked in and either crew neck or turtleneck and non slouch boots or a pump would have worked better with the skirt.

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    4. I love the idea of the turtleneck too.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden4 December 2018 at 16:56

      Maybe a turtleneck that's cropped like this and go full 50s with the full long skirt and a crop turtleneck! :)

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    6. I think it’s because we are so used to seeing her with a higher waistline, from the way she has her clothes tailored. I like the natural waistline look here. That skirt is gorgeous
      -Duch

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  11. oooh, love the skirt! Love this whole look. Kate really does look so happy lately. I mean for the past year or so, since her pregnancy with Louis.

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  12. Courtney from NC4 December 2018 at 14:40

    I love everything about this from the ensemble Kate is wearing, the lovely smile on her face, the festive music and the reason for this party! I would wear this look and this is one of my top pieces from Emilia Wickstead that Kate has ever worn. Possibly my favorite. The look is relaxed enough for the engagement and perfect for the holidays.

    I know I've posted about my husband being active duty military in here before so these types of engagements are close to my heart. Watching my daughter struggling through another holiday season without her daddy is very hard, my sons as well but for her especially it is hard. Of course them being upset is hard on me and being away from all of us is hard on my husband. This is just a long drawn out way of saying that today's party will relieve two of the three: the kids missing a parent get a fun distraction and get to forget their holiday isn't typical and the parent that stays home gets to see their children happy even if it's only for a few minutes. The engagements in Cyprus will give the third part of these families a boost and be something positive. I absolutely love these two daya of engagements and love that Will and Kate are putting in the effort to try and brighten the lives of military members and their families. The positive effect this will have on their mental health also ties in to their focus.

    I'm not sure my post makes any sense since I'm running on no sleep with a sick daughter.

    I hope we see Will and Kate tonight! I'm hoping for a better look than just the car photos but those are better than nothing!

    Oh! I've said it before but Kate appears so much more confident lately. More comfortable in her own skin and that changes her whole aura for lack of a better word. Well done Kate! You finally look like you believe you have this down, just like the members of this lovely blog community have known and wished for for a very long time.

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    1. Courtney, THANK YOU for your service to our country. The families of our service men serve equally as their partners in supporting the home front and all the sacrifices, trials and tribulations that come in daily life. I wish you peace this Holiday Season and joy in your husbands safe return and many blessings for all.

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    2. Courtney, God Bless your entire family and may He watch over your husband, who is on duty and away from home. May the peace, hope, joy and love of Christmas sustain you. Thank you to your husband, the many others in the military and their families, for such loyal service and sacrifice.

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    3. Rhonda - Wisconsin4 December 2018 at 14:58

      Courtney - my husband is retired Navy and I know exactly how you feel. We were only separated once at the holidays, but that was enough as you know. It is very tough being separated at the holidays or at any time for that matter. You are effectively as single parent and since duty stations are usually no where near home, you have no support system in place to help when you need it most. I love that Kate and William are doing this - as you said - this type of engagement is very near and dear to my heart. You hang in there and if you ever need anything, you can reach out to me!!! I've got a good ear.

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    4. Courtney,
      I hope the holidays find you well. Thank you and your husband for your service (because families sacrifice as well.)

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    5. Courtney - I echo all who have replied to your post as families of service members 'serve' just as much as the active duty person. My dad (Marine) and mom (Army), brothers (Marines) and sister (Air Force) all served ... my claim to military life was being married to a Marine where I learned very quickly to memorize my social security number!

      If you ever get a chance to come to Columbus, OH, you and your husband would probably love visiting the National Veterans Memorial and Museum which opened at the end of October. It is a memorial to the service member and has exhibits that range from the Revolutionary War through today's conflicts. Many of the exhibits include information/audio from family members too. I worked on this project through my role with the local architectural firm that was on the project team and this is a wonderful building and tribute to members of the armed services. Here is a link to the memorial/museum if you would like to see more. http://www.nationalvmm.org/

      Border Terrier lover :-)

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    6. Hope the little one is feeling better.

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    7. Oh Courtney I welled up reading your beautiful heartfelt post ! How proud you must be of your husband's duty and service. Sending you and your family much love for Christmas, and hope your daughter is feeling better in time for Christmas. Bel x

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    8. Courtney, I hope your daughter is well as soon as possible and that you have all the help you need this season while your husband is away from home serving our country. Thank you as well for your sacrifice, and for that of your children, and may you all have the happiest of Christmases under the circumstances. My father and sister served in the military; one Christmas my mother and I flew to Spain where my sister was stationed and spent Christmas with her there. What a great time we had.

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    9. Zora from Prague4 December 2018 at 21:45

      I'm sending you a sincere hug, Courtney. Thanks for sharing! Hope your daughter is better soon and you can get some sleep.

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    10. Courtney: I haven't yet read all the responses to your post but I'm sure your words touched many readers, as they did me: I felt emotional. You can look forward to the day your husband is back: that will be incredible for all of you. Sending love.

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    11. Courtney from NC5 December 2018 at 05:02

      I just wanted to thank everyone for your kind words! Honestly it doesn't feel like a sacrifice. He loves what he does and it makes him happy. We always muddle through. It isn't always pretty but we make it from start to finish. It really is the little things that make it easier. Little things like kind words from blog friends or parties thrown by Will and Kate. I really do appreciate everyone's kind words and wishes. I cannot wait to see the second half of this engagement tomorrow!

      Marci - I would love to visit Spain or any European country to see my husband if he is ever stationed in one. It would be so much fun. I have always held out a little hope that our whole family would get stationed abroad. So far no such luck!

      Border Terrier Lover - I think that not only would my husband and I love that museum but my two sons, 14 and 13 years old, would love it as well. If we are ever in that neck of the woods it will definitely be on our to do list! Thank you for the recommendation!

      Just one last note - I have made it through SOOO many deployments, not to mention the training exercises and trips, with the help of this blog. The lovely distraction of Charlotte's posts and the support from the readers has always made this a lovely haven for me when I am beyond stressed and exhausted! So from the bottom of my heart I thank all of you, new and old readers alike, I appreciate all of you!

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  13. I love plaid skirts that are that length. I had a plaid taffeta that I wore a lot around Christmas with black boots. I wish William had worn a red sweater or at least one more "Christmassy"--loved the way their staff got into the Christmas spirit. Hope they have a wonderful time and so do the children!

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  14. Well I am thrilled with this look- I have a nearly identical skirt (same exact length, red plaid, with a bow at the waist) I was already planning to wear for Christmas Eve mass with a black turtleneck. I am planning to pair black suede pumps with it, and I wish Kate had as well- I think the boots are a little too heavy with the length of the skirt.

    Looking forward to more pictures!

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  15. A wonderful engagement. I love Kate's look - so festive which is what you want for little ones. I'm thinking the length of the skirt means she can bend down easily.

    I hardly think it would matter taking some small children out of school - after all these children are out of school - but there is such a fuss about any absence these days that's it's better not too. And it keeps the party about the guests which I like to.

    But I do like the fact Charlene of Monaco often brings her little ones - even to care homes. She does it often enough that the excitement over seeing the children isn't overwhelming and her children are used to the attention - good all the way around.

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  16. Rhonda - Wisconsin4 December 2018 at 15:01

    I love everything about this look on Kate. She looks amazing, happy, radiant.... As one other poster said, I wish William would have gotten in the spirit with something a little more festive, but he's very much hands on during this engagement, so bravo for them both. Love, love, love!!!!

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  17. What a wonderful look today again? I love. It's simple but much festive on her. Her smile!!!! HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is a very beautiful amazing woman. Lovely royal couple

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  18. Wow, what a wonderful look! So casual but so elegant at the same time. I would copy it!
    And the engagement is so lovely, as Catherine and William are together!
    A total win.
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  19. I love everything about this look. Catherine looks festive and beautiful.

    Border Terrier lover :-)

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  20. I really like the skirt and I think the event is a very nice gesture to the families. I wish William had worn a corny, ugly Christmas sweater though. Lol

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  21. I don't like her choice of boots today, but the sweater and skirt are a 1000 percent wow. Flattering and so perfect for the season. They both look wonderful and having a good time.

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  22. Thank you, Courtney for the sacrifices that you, your husband and family have made serving your Country. I hope you and your family have a safe peaceful Advent Season, as I hope for all.

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  23. I'm thinking Kate got a new stylist and/or hair stylist, because she has looked so much better recently!! This outfit is a fresh change from her usual wardrobe, especially considering the separates! I think she could have worn a longer sweater and tucked it into the skirt, but she looks great and I love the boots.

    Well played by their staff members with the Christmas sweaters LOL! William, why didn't you join in? Even if he didn't wear a full-on "ugly" sweater, I think he could have at least worn red or green or something more festive than his usual blue.

    Wonderful engagement, but that goes without saying!

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  24. Absolutely adorable. This is now one of my new favourite looks from her. So festive and cosy looking. Hmmm wondering how I can “repli-kate” this for my Christmas party this year....

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  25. Silvia from Tuscany4 December 2018 at 16:12

    A lovely look for a lovely engagement! Kate's outfit is perfect for a Christmas event. I love the tartan cloth. I think they had a great time! Curious to see the full post soon!

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  26. Its a drees guys! and I love her style

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  27. There's something about the length of the skirt with the boots that makes it look.... Ukrainian to me? Maybe that's just because I'm Ukrainian. LOL.

    Overall love the look though. Very festive!

    -AZ

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  28. I love the whole outfit and would especially like to know more about the boots. It's been said before but there is something about Kate since her return. She's full of sparkle, joy and confidence.

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    1. Anon 16:20 - I think you hit the nail on the head! I’ve been thinking the same thing - she seems so much more relaxed at her engagements. Did she use any notes for her speech? I couldn’t see any on the lectern, and if she didn’t that was a HUGE step!! Bravo, Duchess Catherine!

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  29. Somebody, please hand the Duke of Cambridge a sprig of holly! :)

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    1. For sure, Lacy!

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    2. I was thinking how Diana would be happy to see William so relaxed, comfortable with kids, and going on with his adult life. I think Catherine's been so good for him. Diana would have LOVED this. Unstuffy, REAL, filled with happy children playing games and doing crafts, and all for a good cause.

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  30. The look is just beautiful to me! I love it and she looks amazing, of course. So nice to see the crew in Christmas sweaters (like elves), and wish William could have gone so far. Or at least added some ribbon around his neck. This is for children after all.

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  31. They are a great team. I love Kate’s look, so festive. What a beautiful lady.

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  32. Looking forward to seeing the Duchess’ tiara(ed) look this evening for the white-tie event!

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  33. SierrafromMontana4 December 2018 at 17:02

    Awww this was such a cute event for the both of them. My only quibble - I wish her cardigan was a smidge longer. Otherwise - I loved the entire look. I really enjoy seeing the videos of her speaking. Can't wait till you add the little Christmas string lights to your blog Charlotte - so festive!

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  34. I love this look! First of all it's appropriate but she's not "princess'ed" up, if that makes sense. This is an outfit any elementary schoolteacher might wear to a Christmas party. Very good considering how many kids were there.

    I think it's good that they left their own kids in school. I think whenever they bring George/Charlotte/Louis anywhere the focus will be on their kids, and the focus today was on the families, as it should be. Also (and this is tricky) the Cambridge kids are not old enough developmentally to really have empathy for families whose Christmases do not involve week-long retreats to cozy rustic estates.

    I think Julia (???) said that holidays are tricky for royals, because as much as they try to convey a sense that they are normal people, the fact is most normal people don't get two-to-three week holidays where they retreat to some mansion in the countryside. So this event is a great step in making the holidays less awkward for the royals.

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  35. It's a beautiful party! I think bringing George and Charlotte would not have been a good idea---this way the party is all about the guests. When George and Charlotte are old enough to give attention rather than need it, it would be wonderful for them to share.

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    1. I agree with you Allison. Kate and William gave the families the proper attention they deserved today. It was about making the day special for the families, and it looked like a wonderful event. Particularly loved that William and Kate will be hand delivering personal messages and even some photos from the families today to their loved ones tomorrow!! What a really great idea and adds such a personal touch to the event on both ends! cc

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    2. Allison, you took the words right out of my mouth. This is about the families and their children. It's lovely to see Kate picking up babies and helping out the young children.

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  36. Sandrine (France)4 December 2018 at 17:08

    What a beautiful engagement !!!
    William and Kate do a wonderful job with all those families who will be separated at Christmas... Kate was just fabulous !!! Her skirt, her boots, her sweater... everything was perfect !!! I want the same clothes !!!!!!
    A very nice party with snow, Santa ... for all these children! The sweaters of their assistants were a great idea !!!

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  37. Kate looks fabulous!! I really love this outfit.

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  38. I love to see them all the time! They look wonderful and loved the engagement. So nice for them to go, celebrate and support the families. Beautiful day! 😊❤️🎄

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  39. I always love the tartan prints on Kate. I agree that she seems to be more confident and relaxed since returning from her leave. Also I am very impressed with Catherine Quinn and what she brings in support to Kate. The whole event was uplifting and got me into the Christmas spirit. Thank you Charlotte. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  40. I just love this look, how appropriate for this time of year. The skirt is gorgeous. The Duchess looks terrific. Lovely to see them supporting an event like this. Thank you for a great blog and Merry Xmas to all.

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  41. Kate does look lovely and festive, but I am in love with this event. What a special time for the children and spouses of those military families to have together and for Kate and William to share in it with them. I thought it was beautiful and touching that the gifts gathered today will be delivered by them tomorrow. What a beautiful and thoughtful connection not only between events but more importantly between families. Made me teary eyed on that front.

    Thank you to all who serve to protect us and defend freedom. And thank you to you and for families for all of your daily sacrifices, both big and small, for all of us.

    -T

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  42. Silvia from Tuscany4 December 2018 at 18:36

    Love the entire post. I think it a nice gesture towards families that will be separated for Christmas to serve the nation. It must be very apprecieted. And I think it correct not to have brought George, Charlotte and Louis to the party. They surely would have taken attention from the guests... and now lets wait for what's coming later...

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  43. I know the Cambridges are not big on creating annual events, but I would love it if this could become one, even if it could not be a two part party everytime.
    And yes when the kids are older this would be a great event to bring them along.

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  44. Wow looks a fun event Kate looks stunning as always Great to see Kate & Will bringing to the forefront what families experience when loved ones are away Well done K & W

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  45. Are they attending the diplomatic reception this year? I don’t see any arrival pictures yet.

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  46. I love the skirt, it suits Catherine beautifully, would have loved a longer jumper, the cardigan doesn't seem to stretch to the waistband of the skirt. But enough about the outfit ! What a wonderful event ! Anytime we can honour and show thanks to our servicemen and women, and their families, is a time to celebrate. I hope this becomes a regular event. All kudos to W&C for holding the event. What a joy it must have been ! Bel

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  47. I simply adore everything-interaction with kids and toddlers,amazing decerations,sincere conservations,great speech and of course chic and festive outfit.I'm thrilled how Duchess Kate is confident and radiant.

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  48. Wonderful occasion. I remember when Prince William went overseas after you got married, because my husband went overseas 10 days after we got married. That is when we started to talk - back then the internet was not full of deception. Loved your outfit and SMILES! XOXOXOXOXO

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  49. A wonderful event for the military families. Lovely little speech from Catherine too. Lovely that they are giving these families this treat and going to deliver their cards and letters to their loved ones tomorrow.

    Catherine looked beautiful. The festive touch with the her skirt was perfect. Especially loved their team wearing their Christmas jumpers for the event too and the snowball fight on the way back. This was such a feelgood, festive event.

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  50. Wow looks like a fun event Will & Kate always give 100% and are genuinely interested in helping to raise awareness of people’s circumstances Kate looks fabulous and festive

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  51. Love the first picture of Kate with the snow in the background :-) I was surprised looking at the her choice of attire because i was not expecting a tartan skirt, but she looks lovely. It looked like a fun event and it was nice of W & K to spend time with the families of the servicemen and women!XOXO Siddhii

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  52. Zora from Prague4 December 2018 at 21:38

    What a great engagement! I really love Kate's look today and would love to have that skirt!! The video shows nicely how also William was at ease with the kids.
    Hope their trip to Cyprus goes well and brings joy to many.

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  53. Wonderful event. Love Kate's look- she is beautifully festive. And how does Kate keep that impossible figure? The focus at this event is on the RAF families, so although the idea of George and Charlotte attending is a lovely thought, I think it would take attention away from them.

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  54. What a wonderful engagement i love the outfit and i love duchess speech I think it would be nice to see prince george and princess charlotte it would. Nice though

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  55. This is one of the prettiest outfits the Duchess of Cambridge has worn. Love the look. Parthenia

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  56. She looked absolutely beautiful. They are so sweet. Thank you for sharing your post in the states.♥️♥️

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  57. Kate gave a really well written speech. She shared her own experience yet still made ensures the focus remained on the sacrifices of the military families. The speech seemed very genuine. And I also loved the outfit!

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  58. I am in love with this outfit. As other have said it looks beautiful and comfortable at the same time. It is wonderful to see Kate looking so confident and happy. I love the picture of Kate and William looking at each other while she is at the podium. They still look so much in love. Long may that remain.

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  59. This may be one of my favourite outfits ever! Princess Charlene wore an outfit similar a few years ago and the plaid just feels so festive. Thrilled to see Kate so confident after returning from maternity leave. She has hit her stride.

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  60. I like the long tartan skirt, it's a refreshingly different look for Kate. The cardigan is OK but would prefer a high-neck jumper to complete the look.

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  61. Looks like a lovely engagement. I had a laugh though, and thought I'd share it with you all. My 6 year old daughter was looking through the pictures with me, and she'd seen the post about the diplomatic reception first, with the Duchess wearing her tiara. So my daughter wanted to know why Kate didn't wear a tiara here? She was disappointed to find out princesses and duchesses don't always wear tiaras and big fancy dresses. :)

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  62. Maggie - Minneapolis5 December 2018 at 03:34

    Brave yourselves people - this is not only a positive Kate post coming from me, but an almost gushing one! :P
    I think this is one of my favorite Kate engagements ever. I LOVE her outfit, but in terms of the more important things - I LOVE the idea of this engagement and the idea of having a "sister engagement" tomorrow in Cyprus. I wonder if William will speak at tomorrow's engagement since Kate spoke today as another wife/family of someone who served, which is who the party was for, and then tmrw's engagement is for those serving which would be who William used to be. Speaking of which, I love that she spoke. I was shocked, to be honest, because she already so so rarely does esp when William is also there, but that's great, esp if William speaks tmrw in his analogous role at tomorrow's parallel engagement. I love that the engagement happened during the holidays too, which really is a difficult time including when you're missing a member of your family. All in all, great engagement! Loved it :)

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  63. Tammy from California5 December 2018 at 05:58

    These two were just made for each other. It's so cute.

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  64. Dear Charlotte, it is again very difficult to read the website on an electronic device, it cant load fully on my iphone. Could there possibly be a problem. The website of Meghan Markle loads easily as do other website on my phone.

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  65. They seem to be in great place professionally and personally. I really think it helps having such a strong team. I've already expounded how much of a positive influence I think Catherine Quinn is for Duchess Catherine. Seeing Team Cambridge with them beaming in their festive jumpers and the little snowball fight at the end makes me think they have a great relationship!

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  66. Steph from Canberra5 December 2018 at 11:32

    Love, love, love this engagement!! They look so happy and relaxed :) really great that Kate spoke - and she looks really natural and engaging during the speech. Outfit is gorgeous, I love the cardigan! I'm not quite sure how I feel about the choice of boots with this length skirt, but it's a minor quibble. Really like the idea of a double engagement too - those families must really appreciate that tget are going to meet their family members tomorrow.

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  67. This is a beautiful outfit I would love to have it in my own collection . This is a very special engagement I love the work these two do thanks Charlotte for your hard work.

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  68. This was a gorgeous day and very thoughtful for the families involved.I wonder on another note, any update on the boots HRH kate wore??

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