The royal mom was spotted carrying a wipe-clean gingham tablecloth under her arm as she left Peter Jones in London s Chelsea neighborhood

By Monique Jessen
Updated December 14, 2015 01:20 PM
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Princess Kate braved the crowds on Friday to go shopping in one of her all-time favorite department stores in London.

Wearing the same houndstooth coat from Reiss that she wore to a charity event on Thursday, the royal mom emerged from Peter Jones on London’s fashionable Sloane Square on Friday clutching a bag full of purchases, including a piece of gingham check PVC tablecloth tucked under her arm.

The beige and cream gingham design in mushroom is wipe-free – perfect for those inevitable Christmas day gravy spillages from 7-month-old Princess Charlotte, who is no doubt enjoying her first tastes of solid food – and costs around $18 per yard from the John Lewis Design Studio.

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The Sloane Square store, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, has been a go-to shopping destination for the Middleton family for many years (mom Carole and sister Pippa were actually spotted outside the store the previous day, piling Peter Jones bags into their car) and sells everything from children’s toys to electrical goods. It’s also just across the road from the Duke of York Square, where Richard Ward, Kate’s hairdresser is based.

Wearing little make-up with her shorter new hairstyle pulled back into a messy chignon and wearing her flat knee-high black boots from Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley, Kate blended in well with her fellow shoppers, all seemingly oblivious to the royal mom, who reportedly spent over an hour in the store.

No doubt, busy planning for Princess Charlotte’s first Christmas, the foursome are expected to attend church with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royals on Christmas morning before heading back to their house, Anmer Hall to continue the festivities at home.

“We’ll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them,” Prince William said in a recent interview, adding, “It’s a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of your own.”