As well as getting Prince George ready for his first Christmas, the Duchess of Cambridge is planning her festive wardrobe. And what a wardrobe it will be – around a dozen outfit changes over three days.
So, what does one wear when dining with Queen Elizabeth?
The festivities begin on Christmas Eve, when the royals exchange presents and enjoy their traditional turkey lunch. We can imagine Kate in something elegant and refined with a hint of glamour – typical of one of her favorite designers, Emilia Wickstead.
Dinner that evening will be a black-tie affair, but one shouldn’t wear anything too revealing – this festive red dress from Beulah London would be ideal.
On Christmas Day, Kate will need an attractive but warm outfit – one of her many smart dresses and belted coats would be perfect – suitable for the chilly walk to church but smart enough to see her through lunch without changing.
After lunch, there will be at least two more outfit changes, one for afternoon tea and another for dinner that evening. We’d suggest her recent favorite go-to designer: Alice Temperley.
As well as knowing how to look refined and suitably chic, Kate must nail the “country casual” look for walks around the Sandringham estate and the traditional Boxing Day hunt. “Her Barbour jacket, J Brand jeans and Le Chameau boots will certainly feature,” says fashion expert Hilary Alexander, who adds “and maybe one of those recycled fur hats from Jonny Beardsall.”
While we can be sure Kate will hold her own sartorially, what about Prince George? Will the 5-month-old really be sporting reindeer antlers for his first Christmas?
Alas, it seems not. “He’ll wear something quite smart and preppy, maybe a Ralph Lauren jumper with classic patches on the elbow with jodhpur style trousers,” says Sarah Dixon, a maternity nurse who has worked with friends of the royal couple.