By Emma Shacklock published
Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfits consistently impress as fans wait to catch a glimpse of the royals on their walk to church, but everyone will have their favorite festive look.
- The Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas looks throughout the years never fail to delight the waiting crowds in Sandringham.
- Kate Middleton might not walk to church in Norfolk with the royals this Christmas, but we’re sharing her wonderful outfits throughout the years.
- This royal news comes as this royal Christmas tradition explains why Kate Middleton was caught bargain hunting at a discount store.
Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge has been wowing fans with her timeless looks. Kate Middleton’s dresses consistently serve as the ultimate style inspiration and with party season here many people will still be deciding on festive outfits. The Queen was expected to celebrate at Sandringham as she marks the first Christmas since Prince Philip's death. Sadly, it’s now been announced that Her Majesty will remain at Windsor Castle.
Many of the Queen’s children and grandchildren as well as the Queen’s great-grandchildren were also predicted to join her and it’s not yet known which of them might visit in Berkshire. Without the Christmas Day walk to church in Sandringham, however, it's unlikely fans will see what the Duchess of Cambridge wears this year.
Though that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy reflecting on all Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfits over the years—who else can’t wait to see these stunning looks again?
Kate Middleton's Christmas Day outfits from Christmases past
Christmas Day in 2019 sadly marked the last time in recent years that royal fans have been able to gather in Sandringham to see the Royal Family on their walk to St Mary Magdalene Church. Though Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfit for this occasion is perhaps one of her most memorable as the future Queen even appeared to coordinate with Princess Charlotte.
Favoring forest-green accessories that perfectly matched her daughter’s coat, the Duchess’ Catherine Walker coat featured furry cuffs and collar as well as stunning military-style buttons. This silver-gray tone couldn’t be more perfect for the Duchess of Cambridge with its fit-and-flare shape and we hope to see this brought out again sometime in the future!
On Christmas Day 2018 it was a very festive cranberry red shade that the Duchess of Cambridge went for when it came to her outfit. Once again she looked beautiful in a military-style fit-and-flare velvet-trimmed Catherine Walker coat-dress, with her hair kept loose in waves around her shoulders. Kate Middleton’s accessories also followed the crimson theme with a Jane Taylor velvet hairband and high-heeled pumps adding a classic yet fashionable additional dimension to the look.
Just months before the Sandringham Christmas celebrations in 2017, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared the news of her third pregnancy with fans. Pregnant with Prince Louis on Christmas Day, it’s perhaps no surprise that she chose an especially warm and cosy-looking outfit. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black, fluffy hat with matching gloves and tights, allowing her bright check patterned Miu Miu coat to do all the talking. Including shades of red and teal-green with what could even be a metallic thread running through it, this is one look that definitely spreads festive joy.
Anyone eagerly waiting in Norfolk hoping to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge in 2016 were left very disappointed, as she spent the festivities with Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Middleton family in Berkshire that year. Nevertheless, Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfit was pictured and her choice perhaps reflected the more relaxed Middleton family celebrations in 2016. This year the Duchess decided against wearing a hat, though her burgundy coat was typically classic and elegant.
She completed this look with a cranberry clutch bag that matched the faux fur trim design of the coat’s neckline. This festive shade even coordinated with little Princess Charlotte’s tights!
The Duchess of Cambridge stunned the excited crowds on Christmas Day in 2015 with a look that would’ve brilliantly complimented some of the best real Christmas trees. Featuring a stunning, almost leaf-shaped Lock & Co. Hatters hat, Sportmax wool coat, belt, gloves and dress all in jewel-toned emerald and forest green shades, Kate truly showed the world how to make the most of festive colors. The only contrasting accessory chosen by the Duchess for this yuletide occasion was her brooch which echoed the natural tones of the outfit with its acorn and leaf design.
In September 2014 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the wonderful news that they were expecting their second child, meaning Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte during the Sandringham festivities that year. Once again she maintained a great balance between keeping warm and looking beautifully fashion-forward.
The Duchess opted for a neutral color palette for her tweed, military-style Moloh coat, hat and gloves, all in shades of brown and beige. Eagle-eyed royal fans might just be able to spot what appears to be delicate bows on her gloves which tie into the bow design on her hat as a brilliantly coordinated outfit touch.
For Christmas 2013 Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfit was a vision of blue and green tartan, paired with a matching green hat. Always a fan of a coat dress for special occasions, this fit-and-flair Alexander McQueen design was a wonderful choice for the Christmas Day church service with the extended Royal Family. Adding warmth as well as style, the Duchess’ black knee-high boots subtly contrasted with the brighter wintery colors of the coat and perfectly coordinated with her gloves.
This Christmas fell the year she and Prince William welcomed their first child, Prince George, and was their first royal Christmas in two years as they chose to celebrate privately with the Middleton family in 2012.
Back in 2011 the December after her and Prince William’s wedding, Kate Middleton’s Christmas Day outfit wowed onlookers as she celebrated Christmas with the royals for the first time at Sandringham. That year the Duchess’ ‘frugal’ Christmas gift for the Queen reportedly won the monarch’s heart. But it was her mulberry-colored coat dress that really captured fans’ imaginations.
With its sleek, formal shape and accessories in complimentary shades of purple, Kate’s flair for simple elegance shone through, with the curled Jane Corbett hat design adding a touch of intricacy.
Whilst fans might not get to see Kate Middleton's Christmas outfit on the Sandringham walk this year, many will no doubt be eager to see what the future Queen might pull out of her closet for 2022's festivities...
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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