Duchess Kate wore Catherine Walker to the 2019 Sandringham church-walk

Jennifer Lopez rocks a red matching Christmas ensemble as she exits the gym

Sure, I was happy to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte join the Sandringham Christmas Day church-walk, but you know what made me even happier? Seeing the Duchess of Cambridge debut some new Christmas Buttons. Kate asked Santa for more buttons, and Santa delivered in the form of this Catherine Walker coat in what appears to be a grey wool boucle (or some kind of textured something). Conservative hem on the coat(dress) and two rows of buttons, how nice. The coat also features faux fur cuffs and collar. I wonder if the collar is detachable? It looks like it. I like this look a lot for Kate, quite honestly. The grey feels wintery and I enjoy the rich green accents – the shoes, the clutch, and the hat. It’s a really great look and while it looks 100% Christmas-appropriate, it could also be worn at any other winter appearance.

As for the kids… Prince Lou got left behind at the house, probably with Grandma Carole. Charlotte and George walked alongside their parents and granddad Charles, and they even interacted with some of the peasants who had waited hours to get a glimpse. Charlotte’s coat was by Amaia. Here’s a video of the Cambridges, the Queen and the other royals exiting the church. Charlotte mimicked her mom’s curtsy (that was likely what Kate bent down to tell her), and you get to see the kids interacting with the peasants a bit.

Prince Andrew did not attend this particular service – it was confirmed by several royal reporters that Andrew went to a service earlier Christmas Day, then stayed home with Prince Philip while everyone else was Christmas-walking. As you can see though, both the York princesses were there, as were Edo and WhatsHisFace, Eugenie’s husband. Bland? Egg? No, Jack. His name is Jack.

Kate looked super-tired? I wonder if she’s like me and she puts off wrapping gifts until late on Christmas Eve. This is the look of someone who was putting together a Barbie playhouse all night and cursing to herself.

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  1. Penguin says:

    Definitely a coat. She’s wearing the green peacock Michael Kors dress underneath (which is a great dress). Would have liked the coat more with a shirt collar leaving the fur to the cuffs

    • Kristina says:

      I do love the coat! I agree with all of Kaiser’s assessments here. Kate looks great and I love all the colors and assembly of it all- but she does look extremely tired. I’m sure that’s how I looked, too. In my case, it’s due to 2 Christmases in a row, one of which I have to host at my house all day, plus the normal stuff as a parent to young kids. I’m tiiiiiired still lol

      • L4frimaire says:

        It’s such an exhausting time. Had to host and do most of the cooking, plus up very late wrapping gifts. And a few kid meltdowns as well as late night clean up as well. Slept in today and still in pajamas at 1pm. Told my husband I want to spend next Christmas on a cruise or at a resort.

  2. Eliza_ says:

    Lovely coat. Not a coat dress – she’s wearing that patterned green dress again under it. You can see in Charlotte pics.

    Speaking of tired eyes Christmas morning, oh man, yes! I looked awful yesterday! Setting up is no joke.

    • BellaBella says:

      Speaking of Charlotte, I think it must be awful to have to let strange people hug you. I would have been completely overwhelmed that age as a child to have so much interaction with people just taking pictures of you and giving you weird ugly presents. She even shakes her head no at one point because she doesn’t want to shake a hand.

      • Maria says:

        Yeah I noticed a couple times Charlotte shook her head and backed away and she’s clinging to Kate for dear life, poor thing.

      • hunter says:

        Even so, she handled it incredibly well for a child of four, she has excellent poise and it’s good she is confident in saying no.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I love the coat with the dark green accessories. I’m getting barfy vibes from Kate again though. I think she’s pregnant.

      Charlotte looks adorable; love her braids 😊. And for the first time, in long pants, you can see that George has Diana’s long legs! Definitely something he got from his dad’s side! lol

      • CL says:

        Yep, I got barfy vibes as well. She’s usually better about smiling at these events.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        She looks understandably tired,and frankly over it!
        I hope she went to home and threw on something soft and oversized,but if they’re at sandringham aren’t they very scheduled…Uh my idea of a not so fun Christmas.
        As a side note we celebrated my Jewish heritage by leaving grandmas and stopped for Chinese!New tradition for us!

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        It’s TOTALLY a Jewish tradition to do a movie and Chinese food on Christmas/Christmas Eve 😊. We “broke” it a bit yesterday by watching a screener in front of a roaring fire (Knives Out: HIGHLY recommend it!!) and ordering Chinese food in. Killer day!

      • minx says:

        As someone who barfed all the way through my pregnancies, I agree. I know that expression.

      • Maria says:

        I don’t know if I think she is. I feel like if she were she and William would have at least looked at each other but it was like they were totally ignoring each other’s presence. She looks tense rather than sick. I wonder if the kids were picking up on any tension and that’s partially why this was overwhelming for them.
        I really think she did not want to be there for many reasons.

      • swirlmamad says:

        If she is pregnant….you’d think Will would be a bit more attentive to his wife if that was the case. Plus she typically doesn’t try to stick it out — she just doesn’t show up to events period, as she gets so ill. So I don’t think that’s what going on here.

      • Lady D says:

        Perhaps they got what they believe to be a credible threat? Stressful and a good reason for Kate’s smile vanishing so quickly.

      • Maria says:

        I honestly doubt they would have shown up at all had there been a threat.

      • L84Tea says:

        I’m not fully on board with the coat–the fur is just a bit too much for my taste–but I am so madly in love with the combination of the gray and the green. Like, I might have to go out and buy a gray coat just to wear it with a green scarf or something…and I live in Florida!

  3. Becks1 says:

    Kate’s coat was nice – wintery and appropriate for Christmas but not theme-y – sometimes she leans too hard into the Christmas coat. I didn’t even mind the buttons bc they blended into the rest of the coat.

    Kate did look tired and/or annoyed In a lot of pictures – like she would smile and then her face immediately snapped back to that aexpression. Despite my love of conspiracy theories I’m not reading too much into it bc man Christmas morning can be exhausting for parents lol.

    • Nic919 says:

      None of the Cambridges looked particularly happy during that walk. George looked scared and Charlotte didn’t seem into it either. Kate dropping the show smile probably was because there was a lot of tension in presenting the kids and they probably still weren’t ready or comfortable to do this at this age.

      • Flamingo says:

        From the videos that I’ve seen of George, he appears to be a bit shy. I’m sure the photographers and well wishers shouting at them has to be a bit much for someone who is already a bit shy.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        Tension in presenting the kids?! She looks like having the Christmas’ breakfast and lunch to cook all by herself before going to the church (included the washing of the dishes and doing a quick clean up over the house). Even during the period of Rose’s scandal she wasn’t that much down: she was thin, very thin, but not…. worn out.

      • notasugarhere says:

        W&K brought the kids out for a Middleton Christmas pap stroll 2-3 years ago. They chose to bring them out then, they chose to bring them out now. If the kids aren’t ready for it now, were they more ready 2-3 years ago? The last time was PR after the Throne Idle talk of that year, this time was PR as well.

      • Mac says:

        They had the Christmas party last night at Sandringham, got back to Amner to prep for Christmas morning, and if their kids are like my nieces, they have been up since 5 am opening gifts. Then they had to be pried away from new toys to get dressed up and needed to make to the church, sit through a services and make it back without a meltdown. Yeah, I’d be a it tense, too.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      You’re actually right though. The videos showed her smiling and dropping the expression like hot coals as soon as whoever she smiled at stopped paying attention (she did this several times). Very much like Melania at the inauguration, lol.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah she definitely looks tense in a lot of the videos (which I think are more telling than pictures). Interesting that she wasn’t able to keep the smile beyond a few seconds.

    • Penguin says:

      I suspect hair and make up having to be done by herself today and less nanny help than usual

      • HMC says:

        IMO the press, etc are doing her no favors by photoshopping and airbrushing the heck out of her photos to make her look like she’s still in her 20s. She’s not. She’s in her late 30s with a young family. So when we see her without the additional photographic help, it’s almost startling. She doesn’t look “bad.” She looks fairly age appropriate. When you compare these candid images and video stills to any official pic taken within the last few weeks, its jarring and not in a flattering way to her.

    • Jumpingthesnark says:

      Thirding the Xmas day post wrapping exhaustion! But it is different for them, they have boat loads of servants for that. Although they might have had reduced staff for Xmas, how stressful for them……

    • minx says:

      I liked her coat very much. Agree that Xmas is exhausting and even more so with small children, nannies or not. The older I get the more I just want to low-key the holidays.

  4. Ellen Olenska says:

    I mentioned on the Andrew article that the family is closing ranks around Andrew (despite his convenient absence here) but the other thing that was sadly all too clear was that despite the papers gushing how adorably Charlotte handled the church walk and interactions with well wishers…George is the heir and that “making a Christmas pudding” photo was designed to underline that. Obviously we all know that…but the whole set up, with Kate and Charlotte arriving later in the separate cars etc…one of these kids is WAY more important than the other and I can’t imagine how twisted it must be to grow up like that in a modern era.

    • Iknow says:

      With all of that being said, one child being treated differently than the other, you would think that William and Kate would be perceptive enough to look at how Harry is being treated and in turn connect that with how tensions could arise between the heir and the spares. Charlotte is not taking a backseat to George. If their personalities seemingly stay the same, they’re either going to force Charlotte to dim her light or continue on the destructive path of one child being thrown under the bus for the heir.

      • noway says:

        I think they have shown they are trying to do that, especially with Louis who I think is more the case. Charlotte will be like Anne more or less. She’s a girl with a lot of spunk, and she’ll get her fair share of attention. I think this is why they did separate trips and George got Daddy and Charlotte got Mommy. To a kid this was probably cool. George seems a lot like both William and Charles young nice, but a bit shy not as much into it. Louis is in the unfortunate position of being like an Andrew. Voila the picture and attention on Louis with the kiss from Daddy. I think it will be hard, but they seem to be showing some effort considering the position they are in. Honestly, I would have loved to have seen what would have happened to William and Harry if Diana had lived. I think it would have been a bit different. Hopefully all parents stay a live and involved in their lives.

      • JaneBee87 says:

        @IKNOW What a sadly accurate summation. You’ve nailed it.

    • Viola says:

      @Ellen. I do not believe the family is closing ranks around Andrew. The absence of Princess Anne’s family- Zara and Peter and their kids – is very telling. I also note that the media has said nothing about this. Are they not disrespecting their “dying/elderly” grandparents?

      • Mac says:

        Zara and Peter seem to do every other year. It’s only an issue when William or Harry spend the holiday with their in laws.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        The Tindalls, Peter Phillips and his Canadian wife: Autumn were missing, but not a squeak from the press, about a dying grandad. That outrage, is only reserved for The Sussexes, because a black mother with an only child, one grandson, and only son-in’-law, does not deserve a Christmas reunion over the royal family. By the way, George looks like Earl Spencer.I am glad, that, The Queen, ambushed the media, by featuring Archie, and that iconic photo in her Queen’s speech. From the RR analysis, it caught them by surprise. They won’t like it.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Pedo walked with Charles to the 9 a.m. service. Wouldn’t be surprised if he stayed in there for the 11 a.m. one, too, and then left out of the back of the church (while all the attention was on the kids out front).

      Wonder what it took to get Queenie to agree to this (considering her joy ride to church with Pedo right after Epstein “committed” suicide (I still don’t believe he killed himself and wasn’t “helped” along).

      • Maria says:

        I agree he didn’t commit suicide. Two guards slept right through it, and the cameras were not functioning that night. Sure.

    • hunter says:

      Charlotte sprang forward to join the well-wishers though, did you see that? It may have been a bit intimidating but Charlotte seems to have the confidence and easy affability that is good for working with the public. She is simply more comfortable than George, I think it’s cool to see.

  5. RoyalBlue says:

    They all dressed appropriately and looked smart.

    Their adoring subjects lined up for hours to meet their royal highnesses and hopefully manage to, gasp, touch one of them. Maybe some pudding will send some Christmas cheer.

  6. Flamingo says:

    I think Kate looked quite lovely. I like how she coordinated her colors with Charlotte.

  7. Beach Dreams says:

    This is a surprisingly good outfit, probably her best one for the Christmas walk imo. Coat’s not super twee or matronly, and it’s a nice shade of grey. Good shade of green to pair the coat with too.

    Kate was definitely grumpy/disgruntled/*something*. I saw some videos on Twitter and she kept switching between her happy face and an annoyed expression. William didn’t look too cheery himself…honestly, the whole (Windsor) family looked exceptionally stiff, even by their own standards. The kids didn’t look happy to be there at all. Shame on Will & Kate for pushing them out like this.

    • Nic919 says:

      Using their kids to act as a pr shield for pedo Andy didn’t actually work and it’s shameful that they pushed out their kids in public for that reason. The monarchy won’t die because Andy is pushed out, it will lose its sheen because they help cover up the actions of despicable people like Andy and use young kids for it.

    • Ang says:

      I saw a particularly disturbing picture of a woman hugging Charlotte in the procession. I’m sorry, but that’s super creepy and unsafe to let a stranger *hug* your famous royal 4-year old during a PR event.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Yeah that makes me feel uncomfortable too. And so many headlines were “Charlotte hugs woman in a wheelchair!” I agree with poster below that no wonder Kate looked stressed about her kids being in this position. Plus yes Christmas obligations can be stressful and tiring for anyone especially parents yes even if you have servants.

      • girl_ninja says:

        It was so creepy. I felt so badly for Charlotte and I wouldn’t have allowed it. No way.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        I know they vet the crowds for this, but yeah…totally agree. I wouldn’t want a stranger grabbing my kid for a hug. Even if they don’t mean any harm, there are a lot of germs floating around, esp. this time of year.

        And of course, Meg hugs…so….you knew this was going to happen.

      • olive says:

        the woman she hugged was the same woman who took the famous photo of william, kate, harry and meghan on the church walk 2 years ago. she had gifts for charlotte, too. i think it’s disturbing.

      • Tourmaline says:

        The woman in a wheelchair gave Char the inflatable flamingo; the woman who took the Fab 4 photo 2 years ago gave Char a box with a doll in it.

      • Jadedone says:

        Just from a security perspective that’s very disturbing that they would let someone that close. This ladies intentions may be innocent but not everyone’s are.

    • Devon says:

      Yeah, you would never have known it was Christmas by the grim faces from the Cambridges. It looked like a death march not a walk to church.

    • blue36 says:

      To be fair, its their first really interacting with strangers in this capacity and the crowd size must be overwhelming for them. It will take them a while to get used to it. The tension of managing the kids with all the formalities at Sandringham is probably what must have kept W&K tense that day

  8. Jen says:

    She looked fine outfit wise. I think they’re using the kids to distract from Andrew, which is gross. I did wonder with the previous pregnancy speculation if that could be the case – her bust looked fuller than usual and she looks pretty tired.

  9. YayTay says:

    Does anyone know the story with the curtsy protocol? Kate was the only person who curtsied as they Queen left. Princess Anne, Camilla or Eugenie didn’t. Why is that?

    • Kittycat says:

      Kate probably just saw the queen thr first time that day.

      The others probably already saw her so they would not curtsey twice.

    • Penguin says:

      Curtsy first and last time they see queen for the day. Methinks the Cambridge’s are not joining in for lunch whilst the rest staying at the big house are

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Kate & Charlotte weren’t present at the house before walking to the church. Therefore, their first time seeing her was at the church. They have to curtsy.

    • JudgyMonaLisa says:

      I noticed Beatrice and Louise curtsy as well.

  10. Maria says:

    This is a very Carole outfit.

  11. Biff says:

    OT: I was kind of surprised that there was 3 articles on royals today, but nothing on the Norwegian Crown princess ex husbands suicide. It feels kind of newsworthy that a royal household would be as open about it as they have been.

    • Penguin says:

      On the same day that her new boyfriend makes his first appearance with the royal family too

      • Derriere says:

        So awful that he would take his life at all, but on Christmas Day, ruining that day for his children and family.

      • Enn says:

        For many people, particularly those suffering from severe depression, Christmas is the most painful time of the year. It’s possible that he was simply hurting too much to feel like he could go on.

      • olive says:

        the shaman made an appearance with the norwegian royals? i’m not finding photos anywhere

  12. DS9 says:

    Very Doctor Zhivago

  13. Starkille says:

    I’m kind of obsessed with Anne’s coat, is anyone able to ID it? I’ve not been able to find anything, I guess it could very well be vintage.

  14. Kittycat says:

    Those kids look so sad

  15. Brooke says:

    I think Charlotte’s curtsy was adorable. My favorite part though is towards the end when she hugged the woman in the wheelchair. It looks like she did not even hesitate when the woman reached out her arms which made it even sweeter. I know there is a lot going on between William and Harry but to me, their kids always look happy and healthy. I think both sides are doing a good job raising their children.

  16. Annie says:

    I like the coat, I just wish she would wear an elegant pair of boots. Pumps and sheer stockings outside on a winter day looks off to me. Especially when combined with fur and heavy, warm materials.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Forrest green suede boots would’ve KILLED with this coat!

    • Tigerlily says:

      It is 7 degrees Celsius in Sandringham today, how cold was it yesterday? Where I’m from in north-central Alberta Canada that’s a bloody heat wave. I’d wear shoes & possibly tights rather than boots. Especially with no snow.

  17. Aria says:

    I love Kate coat. But her smile is fading away. Even with rose scandal she seems happy. One wonder William went to rose bush again. Or she might be pregnant with her morning sickness. But one thing is clear money wont happiness. I’m little worry that she looks in the phase of divorce parents. Diana has the same look.

  18. Snap Happy says:

    Why did Andrew have to walk to church at all? I get he did the earlier one by why didn’t they take a car? This family is covering for him and it’s gross.

    • Polly says:

      And why did Charles walk with him? I find it interesting that nobody is criticising Charles for this obvious show of support.

      • Me says:

        What’s the protocol when you find out your brother likes teenagers as sex objects? How should they deal with it? I’m sure they are feeling it out and learning as they go. That would be a hard thing to digest as a sibling don’t you think?

      • Circe says:

        His brother doesn’t just have a penchant for teenagers. He is an accused rapist. And I say accused very lightly. I personally believe he did it, 100%. Charles may want to believe the best about his brother, but unfortunately as part of an institution, the British royal family, he does not have the luxury to support him in this way. Him walking with Andy sends a very clear message that disrespects every woman that will one day be his subject. He is complicit.

  19. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I actually love this coat and I’m normally very meh with her selections. I’d wear it if I lived in a cold climate.

    Nobody looked particularly happy during the walk. I wonder if it was their choice to trot the kids out or if it was mandated PR move to distract from Pedo Andy.

  20. 10KTurtle says:

    This coat is gorgeous- very “winter in Russia!” She should have borrowed that fur hat thing her mom has to go with it. How cold is it at Sandringham this time of year?

  21. Snap Happy says:

    Maybe Kate was pissed because she didn’t want to drag the kids out?

    • Lucy De Blois says:

      You know, if you look closer, she is not only pissed… she is dead on her feet. Have you noticed the lines under her eyes? I’m a lot older than her and I don’t have them. I have age lines but not those ones under my eyes.

      • Guest says:

        Oh she has lines under her eyes. What a horror! Prince Harry is only 34 and his eye wrinkles and deep lines are horrible. I swear some women love to point out normal ageing on other women but will stay silent when it comes to judging the men so harshly. Men don’t age better, we just don’t point out all their fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags, premature hair loss, balding, grey hair, receding hair lines, squishy bellies, face fat, etc. in the same way women pick apart other women.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        Guest: I’m not talking about ageing. I’m old and proud of my lines and I think all those procedures to prolong a young face are sometimes harmful for the health. I was just talking about lines made by sleepness nights, sadness and loss. Those horizontal lines under the eyes most of the times appear not because of age, but grief because the face forced the muscles when crying too much.

    • Maria says:

      I would second this. I would be livid if I had to help cover up my husband’s extramarital escapades (and the other seedy royal stuff like Andrew) by giving up the privacy of my children.

    • stepup says:

      And we have no idea what was going on behind the scenes. This family gets death threats; imagine one came in right before the stroll and she was forced to make the kids strut anyway. The STRESS!

      • Snap Happy says:

        @setup – that’s one area I’ve always had sympathy for Kate and now Meghan. It’s stressful constantly worrying about children in general, let alone ones in the public eye. These aren’t kids who decided to go into Hollywood, they are literally born into the storm. Even with all the luxury, that has to be difficult.

  22. Maria says:

    Kind of weird that Kate and William didn’t make eye contact once.
    I do like how with almost each person Kate did her best to draw Charlotte in, William didn’t do as much of that with George.
    Nevertheless the kids still seem a little too young and little apprehensive for all this.

    • hunter says:

      People can say what they want about nannies and domestic help but it seems clear Kate is a super present and engaged mom, she really seems lovely.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Yes, it’s obvious that she is very close with her kids and loves them dry much. I feel so bad for George. He always looks so scared and unhappy during these PR events. Charlotte seems to be more confident but they are so young and I don’t think this is their idea of a fun day.

  23. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She looks haggard lol. I’d be the worst royal that ever lived…trying to pry me out of the house for a church walk would take a royal decree and the British Army. And that’s just for proper attire. Then they’d have to flag in earth movers. And duct tape a smile on mah face.

    • Maria says:

      I’d be in leggings with a thermos of whiskey in my hand.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        A thermos of whiskey…. That’s giving me a day after Christmas idea lol. Add a little coffee. Some freshly-made whipped cream. Morning Irish coffee? I think once a year is okay. Excuse me….. :D

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Lol….”flask of whisky”….”add a little coffee”……you guys are hilarious 😂

  24. Vava says:

    OK, I’ll be the Grinch here. I hate Kate’s ensemble. I detest that coat and that hat looks absolutely ridiculous. The fabric of that coat would look better in a different style, something a bit looser on the body. Is that really faux fur? I kind of doubt that. But that collar with the long hair flying around looks messy to me. And of course, all the buttons and the belt. We’ve seen this design so many times before. I guess Catherine Walker is a one trick pony design house.

    I like the shoes and the handbag.
    The kids are cute.
    I wonder if William’s bald head got cold. LOL

    • Lauren says:

      @Vava, I’m so glad I’m not the only one but I hated this Kate outfit too. I prefer last year’s ensemble (and the year before that, and pretty much anything she wore in the previous Christmas walks lol). I don’t know why, the outfit looks last minute to me. I don’t like the hat, it doesn’t go with the coat and I hate the shoes. And I will also echo what other posters have said about Kate looking pissed lol

    • Maria says:

      There are a LOT of really gorgeous pieces on the Catherine Walker site. No idea why Kate keeps going for the same designs/rehashed Diana designs from this house.

      • Vava says:

        I went to that site just to check it out. It seems as if this coat is fashioned after another coatdress named Larissa. And, I guess that is faux fur, so I stand corrected. The one on the website is shorter and the skirt part is that faux fur and looks tacky as all get out. Plus, the model is wearing a really ugly hat made from that same faux fur. So anyway, Kate had the entire coat made of that fabric, and I think part of why I dislike about her version (other than what I already mentioned above) is that she made this mess so long. Looks so dated and frumpy. Horrible.
        I looked at some of the other garments on that website and didn’t really see anything I would ever buy, much less wear. It all kind of looks the same to me: princess seaming at the bust, double breasted buttoning, and the ‘fit and flare’ shape. Maybe a pant suit would have been good, though.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I checked out the site too and don’t like any of her styles. Not sure how to classify them. I guess those looks work for church and Ascot. Definitely a ladies who lunch vibe. All those coat dresses and big collars. Very dowager.

    • Ignoto says:

      Reading through the comments, I thought I was the only one who didn’t like this look. I thought the coat looked so drab and old and as usual her hat looked ridiculous.

    • MsIam says:

      Agree, I hated this look. It reminds me of something from a 1940s movie. I can’t think of the name, it will probably come to me in the middle of the night, lol. But this is Kate’s vibe so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

      • Lucy2 says:

        I don’t really like anything with fur, faux or otherwise.
        She kind of looks like a Disney villain in the close-up.

    • koko says:

      I didn’t like this look either. The coat just makes me feel itchy and wondering when Kate ransacked my grandmothers closet. The kids are adorable but where is Georges long coat , a suit jacket doesn’t seem warm enough to me.

    • CuriousCole says:

      Thank you Vava!! I thought Kate’s look was fug and unflattering from top to bottom, except for the earrings. I wonder if she got away with it with so many commenters because Meghan isn’t there to provide high-profile fashion comparison? (I wish Camilla got more attention, she looked fantastic.) Running Christmas with three small children is not a cake-walk though, neither is telling those small children they have to interact with strangers no matter how they feel, so I’m not picking apart her face/expressions today.

    • Olenna says:

      @Vava, I do not care for the coat either. The first word that popped into my mind when I saw it was “mothballs”. If someone told me it had been rescued from the back of a great-great aunt’s closet, I would believe them.

    • Nic919 says:

      I’m tired of her having to wear a new coat every year when she has a ton of other outfits in the last nine years that would fit. We only hear the taxpayer argument trotted out for her sister in law by the media, but at what point does this becomes beyond excessively wasteful.

  25. Lucy De Blois says:

    What a gloomy lot! And they should have prepared little Charlotte better to meet the crowds. All her body is telling how uncomfortable she is. William and Harry were doing a lot better, more confident and warm; it’s true they were a little older than her. But so, they should have waited a bit more to introduce her to this aspect of the life she was born into. In despair to deflect the midia attention from the mess Andy did, the RF will get anything or anyone on their reach. And no, she was far for being endearing; anyone who worked with children would ask Kate: bring her home, please.

    • Lauren says:

      I think they should start exposing the kids now so they can get used to it, similar to the Swedish royal family. Instead of constantly tucking them away in Amner Hall. Or else it will be even more daunting when they get older.

    • Nic919 says:

      Since they have kept them isolated from engagements they should have waited another year or so to have them do this and maybe have them attend a smaller engagement with the public to get used to it. All the professional photographers had photos of the kids generally looking miserable so it’s obvious neither were thrilled with doing this. Besides with the Andy mess it was always going to look like they were using the kids to shield the BRF from bad PR. It won’t end up working in the long run and using your kids for this is just bad.

  26. Shirleygailgal says:

    the kids are the same ages as Wm & Harry were when they walked to church. I read somewhere that Pr. Geo loves to draw and dance. He sounds to be very artistic and maybe even sensitive…taking after his grandpa Charles, who was also a sensitive, eldest child. About 2-3 weeks ago I saw a pic of Wm & Cath sitting beside each other, with very much the look before chuck and Di split. I wanted to pin it but when I looked for it again, I’e never found it … it was gone. Marriage is hard. I hope they can find happiness on the other side of this briar patch

    • Maria says:

      The pictures in Pakistan with the headdresses while they are sitting down and leaning away from each other gave me that feeling too.

    • Aria says:

      I notice the same thing with will and Kate. Her attitude is very different with them. She always look at him with lovey dovey eyes. Not eye contact. They dont even interact much , when he talks she responds not looking at him. Their attitude is very weird . Even with kids Kate smile warm. But lately her smile is not genuine it’s very much forced. Diana had the same expression before her divorce. Their body language is weird as well.

      • Maybe — after Rose — he agreed to dial his cheating way back. Surely there were negotiations between William, Kate and Queen on how they would ride it out and move forward. Maybe Kate bought his promises and just maybe she’s found out nothing has changed. She has that kind of look about her lately…..like she finally realizes this is her life with him and it is going to be a very long haul.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Also, they’ve been together for quite a while now…..something in the region of about 17/18 years or so. That’s long enough to currently be going through the 2nd round of the 7 year itch.

      • Nic919 says:

        Someone who was a cheater when you are dating will always be a cheater. This isn’t a seven year itch thing, it’s just getting caught for something that he never stopped doing. Anyone with decent self respect for themselves would never let themselves be treated the way William treats Kate. There are a thousand excuses made for him, including protocol and what not, but the reality is that he knows he can do whatever he wants and so he continues to do so. Even if he seems ok with the kids it doesn’t mean that he’s treating her with respect.

  27. YaGotMe says:

    Eh, I think we were always going to see the kids this year, H&W started walking around this age as well. George does seem a bit shy, maybe they waited until Charlotte was old enough to join as she seems more outgoing.

    I don’t think this has anything to do with Andy (not saying the kids aren’t used for good PR) I just don’t think it’s W&Ks job to cover or deflect from that particular issue. Charles and the Queen own that crap.

    • Rando says:

      Charles and Liz should own that crap but it definitely seems like they’ve leaned on the Cambridge’s to play ball and serve up the kids as part of their deflect and distract strategies.

  28. Bananas says:

    Those buttons are a very deliberate sartorial choice from Kate. No one else has visible buttons. Except for poor Charlotte and George. Oh gawd, it’s hereditary!

  29. Flying fish says:

    I actually like Kate’s outfit. The coat had a lot going on in the front, i.e., buttons and belt but it was well tailored and fit.
    Would someone please tell the royal woman to not wear those head bands are whatever they’re called. Edward’s wife and daughter, Bea and Eugenie wore them… yikes.

  30. Rando says:

    Kate looks like a mom who is trying to protect her kids and is stressed tf out. Her whole schtick has been about toeing the company line and now she’s having to play ball and use her kids to defect from the pedo grifter grossness.

    As a mother she’s experiencing what being part of this family truly means for her children (exploitation). I cannot imagine this is easy for her.

    • Silas says:

      But also to deflect from her marriage troubles.

      They seem comfortable throwing the Sussexes under the bus but I wonder if it’s finally getting through to her that behaving with such ruthlessness will apply to her own children and she won’t be able to protect them. I don’t think she wants to raise Charlotte and Louis as “spares” – being expected to build their lives around their older brother’s life. And I don’t think she wants George growing up to behave like William.

      • Jumpingthesnark says:

        Yup, all of this. Dawning realizations for Normal Cathy. It remains to be seen what she will do with this. Lainey seems to imply she is or will double down and go for baby #4 just like Eliz. Maybe another baby will get these thoughts out of her head, and babies are the ultimate distraction from the other bad people/things going on the BRF, so Eliz and Chuck will be all for baby #4.

    • Abby says:

      I was stressed out for them, as a mom, watching that whole crowd interaction. I’m sure Kate knowing a billion eyeballs are on them and could judge their kids would make me so tense. Plus christmas morning! I feel for her.

  31. flaviaoctavia says:

    Are they suddenly supposed to hide their kids away because of Andrew? That would be ridiculous. And however much help Kate has, trying to keep the children quiet in a church service must be a bit of a strain. But then I am not looking to find fault for the sake of it.

  32. Silas says:

    I think Kate lightened her hair to match Charlotte.

  33. Sunshine says:

    How come no one has mentioned that neither of Anne’s kids and their families did not attend? I disagree about closing ranks.

  34. s says:

    This is now in my top three for Kate’s Christmas looks! I love everything about it from the light gray color of the coat to the dark green accessories to the repeat of one of my favorite Kate’s dresses from this year! I also love that Charlotte matches her in color.

    Also loving George in his “grown-up” suit – he is getting so tall. While clearly nervous I think they all did well for their first time having the kids this close to well-wishers. Looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings with the Cambridges.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      George, in this suit, made me notice for the first time, what long legs he has! Reminds me of Diana’s long legs. Definitely got that from his dad/dad’s side! lol

  35. sarphati says:

    I just viewed a clip from an interview with William and Kate. OMG! I could not stop watching how one eyebrow appears to be in the middle of her forehead. I’m all for personal freedom but how is it that a mega-rich Royal can’t get a decent filler or brow lift?

  36. Maria says:

    Don’t like the coat, and she kept flicking her hair, which was annoying. Princess Anne’s outfit was gorgeous. Guess William didn’t need a scarf this year!

    • Gingerbee says:

      Maria, I thought I was the only one who did not like the cost.

      • Gingerbee says:

        That is a new coat, but I did not see any reports on how much it cost the @taxpayers”.

      • A says:

        That’s a good question, Gingerbee. How much did this brand new coat cost? Why is there no uproar about spendthrift Kate. I’d love to be enlightened about the lack of outrage! And will this graciousness ever be extended to Meghan?

    • JaneBee87 says:

      @Maria LMAO re: your scarf quip 😁

  37. Joan Callamezzo says:

    I think Kate is pregnant and dealing with morning sickness and first trimester exhaustion. I always think she looks older than her age and that’s from years of cigarette smoking. I hope she doesn’t smoke while pregnant.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Is she a smoker currently or was that back in college days? No idea she smoked.

      • Guest says:

        Meghan smokes too there are pics of her from a few years ago. I’m not sure if Kate still smokes.

      • L4frimaire says:

        @Guest, not sure about that and doesn’t answer my question about Kate smoking. There was a big article about Meghan helping Harry quit smoking so doubt she’d do that if she herself is a smoker.

  38. yinyang says:

    Is Kate purposely trying to look as sickly as possible?? Like supermodels trying for that strung out on drugs look. She is skinnier and pale than ever. I hear a lot of white men like woman to be frail damsel in distress, wouldn’t be surprised this is part of her antics. This is so bizarre, Quinn (nor any strong intelligent woman) has time for this.

    • Chimney says:


      What a mean thing to say. If Kate looks thin and frail there could be loads of reasons for it, including stress. How could that be a part of her antics? Who is Quinn?

      • yinyang says:

        She’s been super thin for the past 10 years, was she stressed all these 10 years, I don’t think so. Maybe now her sugars have an EXCUSE for her unnatural wieght (Rose) like they have an excuse for everything. And I know being cheated on sucks but many MANY woman have experienced this, once you’re 40 you know someone who has, or you have experenceed it yourself.

  39. knowitall says:

    No matter how much preparation you have, it must be hard to put your kids in the spotlight like that. They didn’t look too happy about it but I guess they have to balance out all the bad PR. If Kate wasn’t so thin, I would say she’s pregnant again.

  40. Mego says:

    Kate looks so over it. Anne and Cam looked great – I love the purple.

  41. Tiffany says:

    I really don’t mind Jack. He is a wealthy, boring dude. I mean, considering this family, that is fine.

    • Sunshine says:

      Why do people think Jack is wealthy? He was a bartender when she met him and he is now a drinks rep for the Gerbers and Clooneys’ tequila brand. He is not friends with them – he works for them. It’s a job. They live in a cottage in KP. Not sure how that equals rich. If he was rich, they would not have to be up under this lot grabbing at crumbs.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Look up his family. They have baronets in their background. His dad is a company director and his parents have homes in London and Bordeaux. Granted he’s no billionaire but he’s no working class bartender either.

      • A says:

        It’s a class thing. He’s descended from the aristocracy and he likely has a trust fund that sets him up for the rest of his life. That’s the reason why he could afford to sling drinks for fun, and why he jumped from being “a bartender” to working as a drinks rep. You can’t do that without the connections that coming from aristocracy will get you.

    • Sunshine says:

      @toumaline that does mean “he “ is wealthy. Many Brits have second homes in France or Spain. We have a place in Marbella, uncle a place in Carcassonne, etc. It’s very middle class here. Eugenie and Beatrice are “directors” in their jobs, again, means nothing. He has no property, he has a normal job, etc. Good for him, but he is not wealthy and is dependent on the crown for a place to live and to fund their lifestyle.

  42. Deedee says:

    I love Kate’s cost. It looked beautiful on her. And princess Anne stole the show in her purple ensemble. The kids were cute, too.

  43. leigh says:

    Just saw on the Fail that Carole and Mike and Pippa and the Moderately Wealthy James Matthews and son are in St. Barts. Seems like they were not sticking around to have an Amner Christmas with Wills and Kate after all. Wonder if they’re over spending time with William or don’t want the hassle of having to follow Wills to see where he’s going whenever he leaves the house for a “walk.”

    • Silas says:

      Kate would probably love to be there with them instead of helping with damage control.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Kate must think of Pippa’s Christmas morning on St Barts and think FML.

    • L4frimaire says:

      If they went there, good for them. No need to put their lives and holiday on hold for Windsor shenanigans. It’s more fun celebrity spotting and hobnobbing in St. Barts. Love spending XMas in the Caribbean. Anyway, Christmas is over and this whole Sandringham thing was way overblown. The York girls, I don’t know, I try to like them but , meh.

  44. Emily says:

    Meghan and Harry are now looking so smart for staying away this year! What with Andrew’s fiasco, the weird state of the Cambridge’s marriage, and poor Beatrice not being able to announce a wedding date, they are probably so thrilled to be away from all that in Canada.

    I didn’t really pay attention but was Camilla there too? Does she sometimes tap out of Sandringham Christmas to spend time with her family?

    • olive says:

      she was there, in the video she exits the church after charles. she’s wearing purple like anne but her hat is feathery.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      She was there, wearing an outfit that was the exact shade of purple that matched the collar on Anne’s coat! lol

    • Jaded says:

      Meghan and Harry are actually in my neck of the woods, just outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island. They’ve been spotted hiking and jogging around North Saanich but everyone has left them alone. Must be refreshing to not be harassed by a gaggle of paparazzi and everyone taking pics with their cell phones.

      • Redgrl says:

        Well that would be lovely and peaceful. Vancouver Island just warms my heart – beach walks & sea kayaking in Tofino, hugging the giant trees in Cathedral Grove, the fresh seafood and crashing waves in Ucluelet…. sigh… among our favourite places on earth…

      • Guest says:

        Somebody correct me if I’m wrong- but H&M haven’t been harassed by the paparazzi, not once. I know it happened to Meghan in New York but it hasn’t happened in the UK. Nobody chases Royals down the street, not anymore. That seemed to die down after Kate was married.

  45. Jaded says:

    She looks hungover. Either that or she’s expecting again and has the gags.

  46. WendyWoo says:

    She looks downright Edwardian.

  47. Annie says:

    Between the outfit and her weary expression I’m getting major Anna Karenina vibes. I hope it’s just exhaustion with the kids, maybe pregnancy. But I have three kids and am just a tad younger than her, have zero help, and she looks far more haggard than I did yesterday. She seems miserable.

  48. February Pisces says:

    Does Kate have something wrong with her eye? It appears one eye is bigger than the other. Maybe an infection?

    • A says:

      Not everyone’s eyes are symmetric though? My right eye is definitely more squinty than my left, and it scrunches up more when I smile. Faces are uneven especially in close up.

      • February Pisces says:

        It’s just from this day, I noticed something is definitely up with her eye. I’m not trolling, she may have been recovering from pink eye or summat.

    • BeanieBean says:

      No, that’s natural. That’s something she gets from her father.

    • Lowrider says:

      Wonky eyes are from too much botox.

    • Laur says:

      Some of the comments on this site are just getting really nasty. Not everyone has symmetrical eyes, I know I don’t, and it’s not because of dodgy botox because I’ve never had any. Hate on Kate for being lazy by all means but to pick on her eyes is just getting ridiculous.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        February Pisces has long clarified her comment before you posted yours, but of course you still had to act offended and deliberately misinterpret it 😂

  49. Maria says:

    She looks far too skinny to be pregnant. I thought she usually put on a bit of weight and stopped Botoxing when she is trying for another kid?

    • Maria says:

      Pregnant or not, she would look a whole better with a bit more weight on.

    • Guest says:

      How dare you say someone looks far too skinny to be pregnant. Fortunately.. we don’t all blow up and gorge on everything whilst pregnant, we stay active, so our pregnancy weight is just baby & and it takes only a few months for us to go back to our pre pregnancy size. It’s the overweight women who end up having problems during pregnancy. There’s no reason to pack on the pounds.

      • yinyang says:

        @Guest TOO skinny can affect your chance of getting pregnant even more so than being overwieght. Being too skinny can lead to missed periods, and premature baby and miscarriage eating healthy and keeping your body happy is the best.

      • Laur says:

        @yinyang being overweight is just as bad for you and any unborn baby. I can’t believe I’m even standing up for Kate because I don’t even like her but she clearly hasn’t had a problem getting pregnant in the past. People’s weight will fluctuates for all sorts of reasons, hormones, stress, diet. I doubt anyone would say anything if she was overweight, they’d be saying how she’s happy and healthy regardless if size because there’s this obsession with justifying obesity these days despite the massive health risks. But when she’s underweight there’s all this passive aggressive concern trolling of her.

      • Maria says:

        Wow. All I was saying is that she usually puts more weight on when she is trying, so logically if she hasn’t, it doesn’t seem like she would be pregnant since she probably isn’t trying.
        I’m commenting on the precedent she herself has set.

        I don’t know that the kneejerk offended reactions about “fatness” from certain commenters are all that much better than the passive aggressive concern trolling.

      • Nic919 says:

        So much bs here. Getting pregnant is harder if you don’t have enough body fat. Also lots of women have miscarriages for reasons that do not relate to body weight. Let’s stop the fat shaming in order to protect poor Katie who does not give a shit about any of you.

        Kate’s previous three pregnancies show that she starts to gain weight to get pregnant and is not normally not as skinny as she currently is when she is in early stages of pregnancy before she is not in the public for HG reasons.

  50. Liz version 700 says:

    Kate looked lovely. I really like it when she wears long silhouettes she is tall and looks lovely when she wears this kind of outfit. I am short and wearing a coat that length would make me look like a sister wife. The kids look cute as well. My mom was so funny, she told me excitedly that they finally let that George wear pants lol. I loved the Queen’s bright red outfit!

  51. L4frimaire says:

    Wow, first time seeing closeups and she does look tired.

    • Aang says:

      One Christmas I was coming down with the flu. I didn’t know I was sick yet, I just felt really tired. Two days later I was in bed with a high fever and almost unconscious. Every pic of me from that Christmas I look awful, old, haggard etc. If she isn’t pregnant she might be coming down with/recovering from an illness.

  52. A says:

    Kate has looked tired for the last couple of months now. I’m not concern trolling, I swear, but I do find it worrying. I hope whatever’s stressing her out in her personal life works out in the New Year. Of course, it could very well just be the hassle of having to raise 3 kids with a husband who shows up for the fun times, but quite clearly isn’t there for the grunt work in the trenches. William seems like the stereotypical 1950s suburban dad who strolls into the house at 5 in the evening, expects a hot meal to be awaiting him on the table, a gaggle of fresh faced kids and a nicely made up wife who hands him a scotch on the rocks and shuts up and looks pretty. And then he calls in late the next day while he takes his secretary out to dinner and sleeps with her after.

    • Maria says:

      We’ll, I don’t know about the secretary part, but he’s not coming home to a wife who has to do everything. And she probably doesn’t have to cook dinner, and most of grunt work can be done by someone else.

      • A says:

        She’s still assuming the majority of the domestic responsibilities, isn’t she? Even if that is mostly just delegating the things that must be done to a staff of nannies and such. She’s still the one who cares enough to make sure that those i’s and t’s are dotted and crossed.

  53. Miriam says:

    I agree with comments saying kate looked unhappy/tired. In the videos she didnt have her usual grin and (like Melania at trump’s inauguration) couldn’t maintain a smile as she usually does and that+lack of interaction between her and Will made me wonder if they faught or she’s upset about the kids being used for PR🤔

    I wonder if there’ll be baby no.4?(expected as she loves to emulate the Queen!) But the lack of interaction between her and William makes it unlikely!

  54. Cosmo says:

    Kate does not look very happy. Maybe she is not well but she is not trying to hide her misery.

  55. Joanna says:

    The media photoshops the hell out of her pictures, especially people magazine. I think these pictures are her without the massive editing but we’re used to seeing her with it so we are thinking she looks rough here.

    • Maria says:

      What a difference between how she looks end how Pippa looks. She is frolicking in the ocean, looks relaxed, while Kate looks like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders.

  56. L84Tea says:

    My observations after watching the video:

    1. Watching the kids walk up to that huge crowd stressed me out just watching it. I cannot imagine how overwhelming that must have felt for both the kids and for Kate as their mother.
    2. Charlotte is so beautiful and is going to be the world’s biggest knockout when she is older–like Cindy Crawford good looks.
    3. I know she was wearing heels, but WOW, Kate is tall. She was literally towering over all those people.
    4. Ann can rock a purple coat.

  57. missskitttin says:


  58. Yeesh. I have lived over here in the UK for over a decade now and I will never understand royal fashion. It literally looks like a costume from a period drama. All matchy-matchy with those clunky suede shoes. Gack.