Wednesday, 25 December 2019

George & Charlotte Make Their Sandringham Christmas Day Debut

If you're visiting 'Duchess Kate' today, checking in on the royals' annual appearance at Sandringham must be a fixture in your Christmas morning too. I've been thinking quite a bit about traditions this year; 2019 marks the ninth time I've covered the Cambridges' festive plans. This post is written following Christmas service and a bracing morning walk in the chilly air, amid a sea of unwrapping and preparations for a (always late) traditional turkey lunch with a gingerbread latte in hand. I adore Christmas and the opportunity for family to come together and switch off. I imagine your mornings have been similar, and I think it quite special, after all these years so many of you pop in here to see the royals arriving for church. It's a tradition we share.


The Royal family's traditions run like clockwork and each December one is guaranteed the Queen will travel to Sandringham to welcome family for the seasonal period. As Her Majesty arrived on Friday, Prince Philip, who spends most of his time in retirement on the Norfolk estate, travelled to London where he was treated at King Edward VII hospital for several days for a pre-existing condition. He was released yesterday morning and will be looking forward to enjoying the festivities with family.


This year there were two very adorable additions in the form of Prince George and Princess Charlotte who made their debut for the church appearance. I've spoken to people over the years who travel to Norfolk to see the royals on Christmas morning and they always speak of the warm atmosphere. George and Charlotte would have heard plenty of cheers and good wishes for the day. When the photos of four generations were released last week, I mentioned George's future role and the very beginnings of the responsibilities in his life we're seeing just glimpses of now. I was delighted he was able to share this "first" with his sister this morning. A new tradition for both of them which will now be a part of their lives after opening gifts and breakfast at Anmer Hall. In a couple of years, Louis will join his older siblings.


George and Charlotte's appearance follows the release of a very sweet photo of William with the children in Norfolk over the summer. It was taken by Kate after they went swimming. Look at little Louis getting a kiss from dad. He's grown quite a bit since then :)


The Queen arrived by car with the Duchess of Cornwall. They chose vibrant coats in red and royal purple.


Members in attendance included Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Wessexes, the Yorks, and the Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Lawrence.

The parish church of St Mary Magdalene is one of exceptional historic interest, with memorials to many members and relations of the Royal family, from Queen Victoria onward. It is considered one of the finest carrstone buildings in existence, and dates back in its present form to the 16th century.


The sumptuously decorated chancel with its carved angels frames the silver altar and reredos presented to Queen Alexandra by the American Rodman Wanamaker as a tribute to King Edward VII. He also presented her with the silver pulpit and a silver 17th century Spanish processional cross. Other notable features include a Florentine marble font, a Greek 9th century font and stained glass from the 16th century onward. Aside from Christmas celebrations, Princess Diana and Princess Eugenie were baptised there, and William and Kate chose it as the venue for Princess Charlotte's christening.


Kate and Charlotte departing after the service.


Charlotte followed her mum with a very cute curtsy :)


From there, it was time to meet well-wishers. To say there was excitement in the crowd when the children walked over with their parents would be an understatement.


Kate introduced her daughter to familiar faces who gather every year.


More from the Mail Online:

'Fans praised Charlotte's 'impeccable' manners and 'cheeky' persona as they gifted her presents including a teddy and a pink flamingo toy.  
Karen Anvil, who famously took a picture of the 'Fab Four' - the Cambridges and Sussexes two years ago - gifted Charlotte a doll this morning. 
Ms Anvil then captured a photo of the four-year-old. Ms Anvil told Sky News: 'She came over with her mum, she liked the doll. Her manners are outstanding - but she's cheeky, she wasn't at all scared.' She said Prince George's manners were also 'perfect'.'

A great shot of Kate receiving flowers.

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Meanwhile, William and George met well-wishers on the other side.

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Kate greets locals.

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The Queen smiled as she travelled back to the house.

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A terrific video with great footage of the royals chatting after the service and meeting well-wishers.


Upon return to the main house, the family will enjoy lunch at 1.15 pm. Norfolk turkey accompanied by a selection of cold meats and a variety of side dishes is served.

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At precisely 3 pm the family gathers round to watch the Queen's Christmas message.


This year, The Queen recalled D-Day and spoke of the path to reconciliation. "This year we marked another important anniversary: D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some 156,000 British, Canadian and American forces landed in northern France. It was the largest ever seabourne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather. I well remember the look of concern on my father's face. He knew the secret D-Day plans but could of course share that burden with no one. For the 75th anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formally been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them. Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight. It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps. The Queen was "struck" by the efforts of those tackling the climate emergency. She also referenced the arrival of the newest addition to the family Archie. "Two hundred years on from the birth of my great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family. Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem." Her Majesty concluded: "as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it's worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change." You'll notice the Cambridges Christmas card is featured alongside images of Charles and Camilla, a young Prince Philip and the Queen's father.


The Duchess looked festive in a bespoke version of Catherine Walker's Larissa coat (with thanks to Gabi) styled with green accessories.


The original style is a much shorter piece described as: "Luxurious, mocha mohair and faux fur lends a distinctly wintry Russian aesthetic to this beautiful tailored coatdress. The pleated faux fur skirt, nipped at the waist and sumptuous collar will keep winter at bay."


Underneath, Kate wore her Michael Kors peacock print dress.


Kate brought back her rich green Lock & Co. hat for the service.

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The Duchess debuted the piece on Christmas Day four years ago.


Kate's new block heel shoes are the Emmy London Josie style in 'greenery' (another great ID this morning by Gabi). They are described as: "An elegant pointed court shoe with a modern block heel. Thanks to the luxuriously padded insole, these gorgeous courts are so comfortable. Lined in leather with a natural nubuck sole. The rich greenery shade is a perfect autumn/winter shade."


And accessorised with Green Amethyst smooth cut stone earrings set in 18ct gold with dazzling diamonds from Kiki McDonough's Candy collection.


I leave you with the Choir of St George’s Chapel singing “Bogoroditse Devo” ("Rejoice, O virgin").



Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas. I hope it's a wonderful day for you all!

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  1. Kate looks amazing, so elegant!

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  2. Lovely pictures. I suggest that the green suede shoes and clutch are made by Emmy London. The shoes are the Josie style in the colour greenery which Kate already wore in the navy blue colour this summer.
    Merry Christmas and many thanks for this wonderful fashion blog

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  3. How wonderful!! Thank you so much, Charlotte, for bringing us this post in the middle of your Christmas Day! 😍
    I really like Kate's coat and the whole outfit! What a beautiful family on what looks like a bright sunny day!
    The photo of William with the children is so cute!
    Looking forward to additional pictures and to the Queen's Christmas message.
    Happy and Blessed Christmas to all! πŸ˜€πŸŒŸ

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    1. I adore her grey coat!

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    2. This is a wonderful Christmas tradition and I join the many who appreciate Charlotte's hard work so that we may enjoy. Zora and Kiwi Gal, I agree, LOVE the coat, the grey color is perfect. What a lovely family and such a nice present for us to wake up to!! cc

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  4. hmm i love the look of the cambridges family i love black and white photo of taken by duchess of cambridge prince william loves his three kids

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  5. Prince George is very tall! It is nice to see them. Enjoy Christmas with those you love. XOXOXOX

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  6. Wishing Charlotte and all the people on this blog a merry Christmas.

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  7. Merry Xmas! The Cambridge children are so lovely ❤️ Aren’t they blessed? Thank you for the update, Charlotte :) I enjoyed the Queen’s message, as always, after a delicious meal πŸ˜‹ HM has such a calming presence (reminiscent of her late father), whose photo took pride of place. I always look forward to her wise speeches every year. At 93, she looks more amazing than ever! As for the DoE, I only hope he will have a joyous day with his family & that his health will improve. Poor thing. That photo of William kissing Louis made my day/night ;)

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  8. Sarah Maryland USA25 December 2019 at 14:25

    Not a fan of Kate’s coat at all but Omgod the kids were so cute!

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  9. Kate's coat seems so soft, warm and luxurious. The black and white picture of the kiddies with William is absolutely adorable. The Cambridges suely make the cutest babies in the world.

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  10. Feliz Natal! Obrigada pelo seu blog.

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  11. Oh what a wonderful post Charlotte! I don't even feel the need to comment on how cute the Cambridge kids are or how special it is to see them on Christmas day sharing in the tradition of walking to church.

    I'm especially touched by your opening words on this post. I'm not Christian and we (my family) don't celebrate Christmas as such but we definitely share our love and best wishes to everyone who we know that celebrates this joyous day. The same goes here. Your blog has created a wonderful platform that unites so many of us from all over the world so I would like to send my love and prayers to everyone on this blog wherever you are in the world. May today be a special one for you all and your loved ones.

    Love Avee in SA

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  12. What a beautiful family. I love the black and white photo Kate took of Prince William with the children. Such a loving father. I love Kate’s coat. I hope to see her wear this coat in the future with a matching fur hat. She looks great wearing the fur hats. The green though is a nice touch for today. Just beautiful.

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    1. I agree Joanne, this coat is beautiful and would love to see Kate wear it again with a fur hat, it would be a great look for her!! cc

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  13. I think I would have preferred a slightly shorter and more straight cut skirt for the coat. But it looks pretty cool and the green accessories fit very well. It’s a very nice and understated way to match Charlotte. The outfits look great together but don’t look too deliberately matchy-matchy.
    It will be very interesting how George’s role is going to evolve over the years. He is still young but I think already easing him in and finding a good balance with privacy will be of utter importance. They have lots of examples in Europe with young heirs and especially heiresses. I think he looks like a very polite and serious (in the best way) boy in public but we also have gotten peeks to his more playful and relaxed sight in private. Making a clear difference between both worlds, like his parents already do (Kate especially with her appearance) might make it easier for him to navigate.
    C.

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    1. I agree. Lovely, but not my favorite. Kids are beyond adorable.

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  14. Did Charlotte curtsy? Omg I think she did it!

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    1. Omg yes you are right, she did curtsy. So adorable. She really is a princess. I can't get enough of her.

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  15. It's true, I was just thinking when I got up this morning and logged on to my computer that it's become my Christmas morning tradition to go to the blog to check out the Royals' church visit first thing before the family all get up and the day gets hectic. I visited Sandringham and the chapel in 2018 and how fun it was to take the walk myself from the house to the chapel, and to see the rooms where the tree is and the family have dinner. It was a late Sunday afternoon in April and we were almost the only tourists visiting the estate. We really got to take our time in the house and talk in depth with the guides. We walked around the grounds and felt like we had the place to ourselves. There's a large tree in the front of the house that has a huge horizontal branch extending from the trunk which my youngest daughter had fun climbing on. I imagined all the Royal kids over the years must have had fun climbing on that tree.

    I love Kate's coat. A nice change in style and color from the coats she normally wears. George looks a little worried as he makes his way down the path and seems to avoid looking directly at the people. Charlotte seems to have taken it all in stride.

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    1. Pam, your time in Sandringham sounds absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  16. Thank you Charlotte for your post! Merry Christmas tou you... I think this year there's no Peter and his family. Zara also not there. Instead from the video, I saw Lady Sarah and Lord Snowdon with their family. Hope this help. 😊

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    1. Thank you, you're definitely correct.

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    2. Wonder if they are in Canada with Autumn Kelly's family.

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  17. The children are a highlight . Charlotte so natural and assured as she begins royal duties. George looks like the late Duke of Windsor. The Queen’s scarlet ensemble is magnificent and I like Camilla’s imperial purple.
    Kate’s coat is a surprise with the neutral gray and it’s too Doctor Zhivago for my taste. The green accessories will look well with her dress.
    I sympathize with HM’s bumpy year, having had one of my own. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for the new year, to all who follow this blog and its sister site.

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  18. What a wonderful Christmas morning for the Royals. Thanks, Charlotte. Now you take a break, Charlotte and enjoy your Christmas Day and time with family. Merry Christmas!!!

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  19. Thank you Charlotte for your continued efforts to bring us the news in a timely, respectful, informative and fun manner. Merry Christmas!

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  20. Charlotte is so cute! She cracks me up every time she’s on camera. George seems shyer. But adorable. I like Kate’s coat. It looks very warm and at least it’s not another green coat. I just think the length is very long for a coat. But overall what a cute family and Merry Christmas Charlotte!

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  21. Wishing a very Merry Christmas to dear Charlotte and all DKB/MAM readers!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ☺️

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  22. Simply precious photos of this family. Little Charlotte looks so cute in the green color matching her mom's accessories. I love Kate's grey coat with the collar and cuffs at the wrists. Little George is handsome as well. Thanks Charlotte for the photos and Merry Christmas to all of you.

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  23. What a wonderful post and one I look forward to every year. Thank you Charlotte for another year of showcasing where Kate (and Meaghan) are appearing and wha their style is for the occasion. Merry Christmas!

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  24. Laurie - New York25 December 2019 at 15:50

    Living in the US, I get up early, make myself some coffee and read this wonderful blog. It's my 9th Christmas here...I've been folliwing since the beginning...and it's like my own personal little Christmas tradition. I get up before everyone else, make myself a cup of coffee and spend some time reading. A big thanks to Charlotte and I hope everyone here has a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!!

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    1. It makes me smile and it is heartwarming to hear others have the same 'ritual' on Christmas morning (and for me whenever there is an overseas tour). It is a wonderful escape and comforting to know that there is this shared connection of 'all things Cambridge' by many here on the blog!! cc

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    2. I agree with you Laurie and CeCe. This is my ritual on Christmas too! I’m blessed with the 8 hour time difference, because when I first wake up, in London they are already heading to church. It’s a heartwarming way to start Christmas Day. Charlotte, you are loved and appreciated!!! Thank you for this wonderful blog!

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  25. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I reached for was my cellphone to see the Christmas walk. And the second was to see what you had written; saw your First Look and now your update. Thank you Charlotte, as someone who is probably older than you are, and an empty nester/senior citizen, your post brought back happy memories of that kind of Christmas. Ours is quiet, my husband is recovering from a heavy cold, we had to put the gifts for the grandchildren into the car to save them from the dog's investigations overnight so the tree looks a bit bare. We are blessed to live in the same city as the family so will be going over for Christmas lunch in a few hours.

    I loved this year's walk although I could see Kate and William kind of steeling themselves up for the meet & greet as they left the church. I thought it was sweet the way Charles kept looking back at them, seeming to give them words of encouragement. The mantle is falling to them and it is so obvious this Christmas. I have to admit that I find that lady, Karen Anvil, quite annoying. She brought a doll to ensure that Charlotte would come over to see her, rather like someone enticing a puppy. And then got her photos. But that's me, and no grinching on Christmas Day.

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    1. I quite agree with your comments about the doll. The meet and greet made be uncomfortable if I'm honest. George and Charlotte didn't look happy, Charlotte put a brave face on but she was constantly searching for Kate's hand. People hugging a four year old seems out of order an unnecessary.

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    2. +1. And just imagine all the hateful comments we will be reading about Charlotte if she hadn’t agreed to the hug. Completely unnecessary to put a child in that situation.

      I appreciate that K&W did not force any of the children to engage with people if they didn’t feel like it.

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    3. I can’t imagine any four and six year old being comfortable with that meet and greet situation, however the children seemed to handle themselves well. Kate and William seems exceptionally in tune to the children’s needs and seem to make sure that they feel secure at all times. I do think the hug was out of place. The gift is one thing, but to ask a four year old overwhelmed child to hug you seems unfair. We all have to respect their space as well.

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    4. I agree. Shaking hands is one thing, hugging strangers is on a completely different level. I don’t think we will see this again soon though. My guess is they were caught off guard.
      And I seriously wonder which adult hugs children they have no real relationship with. Talking a out obsessiv and creepy much.
      And I also think the gift was out of line too. Those children are no circus monkeys and whoever feels like it would make their day to hug them should take a step back and get some help.

      Charlotte and George must have gotten some good education for this situations. Many four year old might have refused and maybe even started to cry.

      I don’t think we wouldn’t have seen more than two articles about ungrateful Charlotte before a bunch of articles about the inappropriate behaviour of royal fans. Children’s rights, especially about their personal space have thankfully a much bigger importance in modern societies.
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    5. Agree. Kate and William really worked hard of being aware of their kids needed without appearing to be hovering over their every move, they also moved it along quickly. I also noticed Kate's assistant when she went to get the flowers from Charlotte very quickly pickup on the fact that Charlotte had no desire to let go of them. The assistant wisely noted and quickly moved away. This would be very odd for a child that age to be meeting folks and being given gifts randomly. That part would also need to be handled carefully with kids that age. I thought it was a good first exposure in a safe and secure spot with both parents.

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  26. Merry Christmas , everyone who celebrates today. As much as I like to stay off the computer on a holiday, I have to log on for a short time and see the Royal Family. Thank you Charlotte for working today to keep the tradition! Has it really been nine years ? WOW! I do love to hear the Queen’s message. She looked very nice in her red ensemble today. I really like the coat the Duchess is wearing. I chose a green dress for myself this year, so I’m glad to see I’m on trend.

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  27. Beautiful post of a beautiful family. The Cambridge four look amazing. I love the Dr. Zhivago coat, so elegant.
    Merry Christmas ❤️πŸ’š

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  28. I am not usually a fan of gray, but for some reason I LOVE this coat! Maybe it's the collar and cuffs. I can just imagine that it would look wonderful with red accessories as well. I enjoyed seeing the entire family together, especially the little ones. George & Charlotte are the same age as my grands that are flying from California to Georgia today! Such a fun age!
    Merry Christmas, everyone!

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    1. Hope you enjoy Christmas with your grands! It's a beautiful Christmas in the south. I'm in Mississippi!

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  29. Thank you for taking time out of your Christmas Day to bring us this lovely update Charlotte. Enjoy the rest of your festive break x

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  30. Love this!! But did anyone notice that Kate looks tired?

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    1. Why would she possibly be tired? A late and busy Christmas eve with three small children to care for, an early Christmas day with family to feed, dress and open gifts with....and everything in between. I'm tired and it's just me and hubby! Heck, I just burnt my rolls for Christmas lunch. Merry Christmas to all of you!!

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    2. Yes I did! Maybe Louis had a bad night. It must also be a little stressfull worrying if the kids will cope with their first royal walk to church and interacting with the public - both kids reactions and that of the public unpredictable.

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  31. What a special treat for us. While posed photos are great, nothing beats seeing the little ones in real life talking and interacting with people. This is also quite a watershed moment in their royal life. The first time that they interacted directly with the public.

    It must have been so tough for W&K to decide when the kids were old enough to cope with it. And how do you explain to a six and four year old why all these strangers want to talk to them and shake their hand? If you look at their little faces you can see both Charlotte and George looking apprehensive when they came out of the church.

    I love Kate’s coat, it is a nice departure from her regular red/green, while still colour coordinating with the family and looking festive. And the texture of the coat gives it such a cozy look.

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    1. And not just talk to them, but also hug them and take pictures of them! How weird that must be for a kid! Charlotte handles it well overall, but there are definitely times she is unsure and shy(understandably so!).

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  32. Love the coat! Reminds me so much of one I wore in the early 70s. The extra length was wonderful on chilly winter mornings and saw me through many days of tromping between classes at uni. I much prefer the fitted styling to the voluminous baggy ones so on trend of late.

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  33. Catherine looks gorgeous. Princess Charlotte stole the show it was so cute to see her hug the lady who gave her the flamingo! The queen's message was beautiful I admire her majesty so much

    Happy Christmas to all so glad prince Philip is out of hospital

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  34. I forgot to mention the picture of William and the children. I love it and it seems to say " this is my family and the center of my life" by Kate. As someone mentioned before, she is content to stand by and support William and her family from the sidelines of necessary. It is just the sweetest photo ever!

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    1. It is a really sweet family photo. Nice that it was shared.

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  35. Nicole from france25 December 2019 at 18:06

    George is absolutely dapper in his long trousers and jacket, he looks already a littl man , so tall and dignified ... and shy , poor thing , I hope he can feel everybody around him loves him, even if they are a little noisy or excited ! Although Charlotte seems less shy, she did had moments when she did not feel too secure, after all, she is only 4 !!!
    I wonder whose photo was near the DoE large photo we could very well see during the first part of the Queen’s speech ? I like a photo of her with Archi and his parents was included during the speech showing there is not trouble in the family whatever thetrash press say ....
    I am not a fan of Kate’s coat , it is a lot too busy with the faux fur collar, the hair and the hat .... she has so many beautifull pieces already ! she does look tired , yes , maybe be she did not have much sleep the night before, the children not wanting to sleep in hope of seeing Santa !
    I hope you all had a very good and joyous day, whatever this days represent to you , a special thought to Charlotte and her always remarquable and enjoyable work !

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  36. I was kinda blown away with how stunning Kate looked and then the Queen topped that! Even Anne looked really wonderful! Charlotte looked adorable and happy and George looked resigned to it. I missed my guys, H&M, but it was probably good to have the next generations highlighted. Really, that coat of Kate's is so pretty, and I love all the green. The Queen loos so pretty in her blue dress.

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    1. I liked the little interaction between Princess Anne and Camilla when they met and compared the colours of their coats :).
      I also noticed that Sophie and Beatrice were wearing headbands - unlike Kate this year :) (perhaps she had inspired them? ) I think they both looked beautiful. All the ladies looked lovely, in fact - including the most special two: HM and Princess Charlotte ❤️πŸ˜ƒ

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  37. What a great outing for the family. It brought a verx warm feeling into my Christmas Day to see the kids! More so, that the kids did look cautious, but calm and curious and they did not seem bothered or sad. It is great to see that they are at ease as much as is possible for them.

    It is good to see another fiance at Sandringham - I am warming towards Edo as Beatrice looks so genuinely happy and settled with him.

    I can't help but to think that HM's words about reconciliation are a pledge for the younger generation to get together, which is, along with Philip's absence, the only sad thing about today.
    Ella

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  38. A quick pop in (as I'm preparing to host our Christmas Day Feast over here in the states). What at Absolute Delight to see the debut of George & Charlotte! I was struck by the reverence of this step.... It really hit home to me that George really has commenced his official preparation to be King & Charlotte for her ultimate role as Princess Royal. It's quite something watching this slow progress towards the eventual time when HM is no longer with us... (choking up here!!) But as she references in her speech.... change happens best slowly over time.... I keep reflecting on how right she was to give Will & Kate all the time that they needed to have those years as a young family. Their strong solid family life will hold each of them in good stead for the future... & I believe (as Kate has taught us the importance of early years preparation for future wellness success in life...) the family will be held in good stead for generations to come!

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    1. I believe you are so right Becca about the time that W & K have had with family to hold them in good stead. I'm sure that George is secure with parents like them but he tends in pictures to always look sober or worried in his expression. Kate looks fab! Love that coat & Charlotte sure did steal the show with her little curtsy!

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    2. Loved the Queen's speech and her message of small steps and how it takes time to build build trust, reconcile divisions, and heal relationships! Very fitting and very appropriate for the times. I agree with you Becca that the Queen was wise to allow William and Kate their time to build the foundation of their relationship. Their partnership and strong family life is very evident as they yet tackled another milestone this morning with Charlotte and George. They appear to be very loving and patient parents. Particularly love the photo of Kate kneeling down and Charlotte has her hand on her mother's back, and the black and white photo Kate took of William and their children...there is definitely love and support in this family. I adore this family and wish the very best for the Cambridge's as they embark on this new path. cc

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    3. Watching the Queen's speech was one of my favourite moments of Christmas Day! It reminded me of her speech from 1975 in which she talked about ripples caused by a pebble and about grains of sand on a scale. (I came across that message some time ago and I've been using it with my students at Christmas time.)
      The message of small steps speaks to me a lot.

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  39. Merry Christmas Charlotte!

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  40. Since Christmas is basically over I had time to catch up with all the pictures and something that was really noticeable was how many pictures there are of Kate and Charlotte, while I can hardly find any of William and George. I hope this is not indicative of the media scrutiny Charlotte will face in the future as the only (at the moment) princess of her generation.

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    1. I agree! I have seen a ton of Kate and Charlotte and none really of William and George. I am hoping it’s because Kate had Charlotte with her and nothing more. Going to hit up twitter and see what I can find.

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    2. Yes, there were definitely lots of pictures from Charlotte, not so much from George.

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  41. Tammy from California25 December 2019 at 19:44

    I feel now just like I feel after having a great meal...like I need to sigh in contentment. This coat is my favorite coat Kate has ever worn. JUST.DREAMY. Loved seeing George and Charlotte!

    Charlotte, it seems like a good time to say THANK YOU. Every Christmas morning, after all the presents are opened, after breakfast is eaten, I sneak away upstairs to my office where no one can bother me and I enjoy this blog. I bring my hot tea and get taken to another place. Thank you for that. This blog has become as much of my Christmas morning as the opening of presents. Merry, Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to everyone else too! Blessings to everyone.

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    1. I agree Tammy! I love the coat. The mohair is luxurious and the fit and flare so lovely on Kate. Maybe it didn't need the fur cuffs - but that's very Kate. It was lovely to see the family.

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  42. The B/W photo is just so special. Charlotte and George and Louis look just beautiful and loving and happy. William is very, very lucky that he found Kate so early and that she evolved with him over the years. He has a beautiful family. And George looks splendid in his long pants, etc. He looks to me like young william.

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    1. Ditto! Allison, you expressed my own feeling as well. So many blessings! So much wisdom from HM to allow the 2 to have proper time as a couple & then time to start & establish their family...... the fruits of all this time will continue to grow & come to fruition over the many years to come! xx

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  43. Thank you. Yes it is a tradition we share! Wonderful family and the kids are adorable. Merry Christmas!!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ

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  44. It’s true, Charlotte; this post is a tradition I look forward to each year, much like a delicious Christmas cookie! I’m grateful that you take time out of your celebration to provide a great write-up. I’m so happily surprised to see George and Charlotte not only attending the service, but interacting with greeters and well wishers afterwards.

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    1. I totally agree, it has become a staple for me, too!

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  45. Oops and I meant to add a wholehearted Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone here! I’m glad to share this tradition with each of you! Now time for some eggnog...

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  46. Orange County Gramma26 December 2019 at 04:06

    Merry Christmas Charlotte. Do you know if the Middleton’s were at church with the royal family. I know they have attended in the past but not on camera. And any idea if Kates earrings are new. Don’t think I have ever seen them before.

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    1. Hello,

      No, the Middletons were not there. Kate's earrings are not new, I think they were first worn in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

      Hope you're all having a great day :)

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  47. Deanne from Canada26 December 2019 at 04:38

    Question: Am I the only one a bit weirded out by onlookers openly hugging Charlotte? I am not sure if they received the DoC’s permission first.

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    1. Hi Deanne no you are no the only one. I too cringed a bit when the woman exchanged a hug for the doll. Yikes. That was a bit much.

      Having said that the DOC look absolutely incredible! Love the entire ensemble tip to toe. Merry Christmas to all!!

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    2. Deanne, As much as it would be delightful to hug Charlotte, I would never do that. I would not touch her.

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    3. Nicole from france27 December 2019 at 17:35

      You are not the only one , Deanne , When I saw the photo I thought the hug could be quite disturbing for a child of Charlotte’s age , who was in a very new situation , very near all these excited and noisy (with joy , of course !) people , a light kiss on the cheek after having asked her if she wished to would have been quite enough .....I am glad this did not happen to George , who seem so reluctant in such situations , I wish his parents could find a way to make him feel at ease, to relax , his little miserable face makes my heart ache for him .....

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    4. I think a kiss on the cheek would have been even more inappropriate. A handshake and a smile is what I would have thought to be the best thing to do. I am sure that the lady was just overcome with joy and meant no harm, but I hope that it doesn't set a precedent.

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    5. It almost makes one long for the time when people had to wait for a royal to initiate the conversation and never touch them uninvited. I suppose this is the other side of the coin of a more approachable royal family.
      In the end you can only control how people will react up to a point and the royal kids will have to learn what they want to allow and how to politely tell people “no”. There are lots of tricks of the trade they can pick up from their parents. Picking the people you go to, keep on moving. Kate have used her clutch very successfully to keep people at a distance. I think it was Harry who politely said that he is not allowed to take selfies and William said the same about signing a cast.

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  48. The last guest has left & I'm sitting by the Christmas Tree with a bit of eggnog in my new Emma Bridgewater Christmas Mug, with a few mince pie petit fours from Fortnum & Mason sitting upon another new Emma Bridgewater Christmas Plate. A touch of UK brought into my Christmas this year. Just the right time to watch HM's Christmas Message!.... It was beautiful & I found myself tearing up... I just can not imagine the world without her & her generation some day (including both my & my husband's mothers).... She is an amazing woman! Peace & Joy to you all in the New Year! xx

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    1. Becca, thank you for describing your peaceful Christmas moment so nicely! πŸ˜€ Enjoy your new mug and plate!!
      I share your feelings about HM completely ❤️.

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  49. The Duchess looks lovely. The length and flow is perfect, very elegant looking. Colour is soft looking, the shoe tone and handbag are an excellent choice. The hat is divine. The Queen looks wonderful, her brooch is absolutely beautiful.

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  50. I love Charlotte! She's my favourite royal!

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  51. The Cambridge family looked great this morning. But, for me the children really represented the fashion statement. I was thrilled to see Prince George make the formal transition to "big boy" pasts. He actually looked like a typical American boy of his age with the exception of most American boys would have been in khaki color slacks with navy blazer and loafers. Hopefully, we have seen the last of the shorts for George unless it is summertime. GQ is waiting for his photo shoot.

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    1. Sorry but I feel a bit taken aback by your statement. Just because Americans don’t understand it, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. Shorts will probably still be part of his school uniform and at other occasions at that age. It’s a British classic symbol like the monarchy itself.
      I think we should all be very careful being judgmental about the aesthetics and traditions of other cultures.

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    2. Anon 20:42 Have to agree. I am American but did dress my boys in shorts for special occasions.

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    3. Anonymous, thank you for your thoughts. I totally understand dressing young children EVEN though I am an American. I have many photos of my son and grandson dressed in shorts, knee socks and saddle shoes both at school and family events through the years. There is a very big difference between being judgmental and having an opinion. Perhaps you would be interested in understanding many very similar traditions we American's have in common with the British in regards to proper attire and manners etc. It may come as a shock but we are quite civilized. Sorry to disappoint.

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    4. Do we really want the future King of England to look like a typical American boy? I love the British for all of the ways they are different from Americans and hope to not to see those differences blurred even more so than they are already. I personally, being a lover of all things British, have loved the shorts!

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    5. US Granny, I understood what you meant by “typical US boy”, but for us from the rest of the world it did not come across as the compliment I think you meant it, thats why people reacted so strongly to your opinion.

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    6. I agree Rachel - it was more a misunderstanding. Sometimes words can be tricky.

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  52. I was curious how old William and Harry were on their first walk.

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    1. They were both 5 years old. Most of the other kids in the family were a bit older.

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  53. George is not an American boy, nor should he feel the need to dress like one. The British royal family have a tradition of dressing younger boys in shorts for formal occasions . That should be respected. We wouldn’t comment on an Asian or African family dressing in traditional clothing for special occasions. There are pictures of a young prince Harry in shorts at the age of five or six with William in long pants.

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    1. SHORTS! All little boys wear them. Re read my OPINION Anonymous. Love the commentary under Anonymous all the time!!!! YES, George is not an American. Shorts are not cultural and highly incensitive of you Anonymous to go in that direction. I said he belongs in GQ. Do you even know what that means? Sit and enjoy a cup of tea and relax (OH! We Americans drink tea also unless you think that is a cultural thing.

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  54. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher27 December 2019 at 07:52

    Merry Christmas! Wonderful to see the Cambridge children take part this year, a huge milestone! They all look lovely.

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  55. I thought both children looked shy, George much more so, watch his hands in his pockets during the walk. My kids are less than two years apart and about six months older than George and the same with Charlotte, my son is the elder. My husband is in the military and they are forced to behave differently than many children at some ceremonies and things. There really is no comparison but I love the close relationship between my children, especially as we move about every two years. And I know George and Charlotte, and Louis of course will also be very close. It’s fun. And I do like to match with my daughter At formal occasions! I appreciate the blog and history lessons Charlotte!

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  56. For anyone interested lots of the royal photographers have posted thei best shots of the year and decade on their individual instagram and twitter accounts. My absolute favourite is Chris Jackson's of the decade. Such beautiful photographs from them all.

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  57. I look forward to the Christmas Day walk to church with Kate & William and they did not disappoint with bring George & Charlotte. I really like the styling, material and accents of the coat. With a rocky long walk she pick a perfect new green suede pump with block heels that are comfortable to walk in with 3 inch heel, I know because I have a few pairs with block heel in pumps and boots. With the only purchase of a new coat and pumps, she has a new look combo of green & light grey with her MM Kors Peacock dress, green hat & clutch a perfect outfit from head to toe. πŸ’š The Queens wearing red out shine everyone with her Ruby and diamond brooch, sensational! ❤️

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