All Of Kate Middleton’s Best Christmas Day Looks So Far

Kate Middleton’s style has always been the subject of envy, and the Duchess of Cambridge especially glows during the royal family’s traditional visit to Sandringham Church every year on Christmas. Middleton has been to the church service every year, with the exception of 2012 Prince WilliamCOVID-19 had prevented the royal family’s gatherings in 2020 and 2021. Until we’re all able to get together safely without fears of the deadly virus, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with a bit of nostalgia.

Kate Middleton’s First Christmas At Sandringham

Kate Middleton’s first Christmas with the British royal family following her 2011 wedding to Prince William was an understated affair. Middleton looked cozy and slim in her long, mulberry-colored coat with a brighter-toned cap. Middleton looked like the spirit of the holidays with her jewel-tone clutch in her hand. 

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Sandringham Church after the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2011 in King’s Lynn, England. The royals traditionally attended a Sandringham Church Christmas Day service led by the Queen and the Duke. It is the Duchess of Cambridge’s first Christmas at Sandringham after her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April of this year. The Duke of Edinburgh missed this year’s service due to his cardiac surgery to insert a stent into his coronary artery. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

Middleton’s First Christmas As A New Mom

In December 2012, Prince William announced to Kate Middleton that they were expecting their first baby. Due to her hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition she suffered from throughout all of her pregnancies that causes severe nausea in the early months of pregnancy, Middleton was unable to attend the royal family’s yearly gathering at Sandringham. Instead, she and William went to church with her family in a more casual setting.

After welcoming Prince George on July 22, 2013, Middleton made her triumphant return to the royal family’s traditional church service. Middleton looked smart in a pair of black boots that reached the knees and a blue and plaid coat. The perfect accessory to tie the look together was her charming green hat.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2013 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

Prince William, the Husband, Looking Cozy

In 2014, Middleton slowed down the color scheme. The colors were toned down by Middleton in 2014. Middleton chose to wear a hat with her ensemble, which added a classy touch. Middleton was about six months pregnant with Princess Charlotte at the time. She welcomed Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2014 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

Gorgeous in Green

We think we’ve figured out Middleton’s favorite seasonal color, and we can’t deny we’re green with envy over this look. Her hair is styled in a chic updo, and most of it is hidden under a delicately made hat. All that green really brings out her eyes. After having her second child, Middleton looks amazing. Prince George and Princess Charlotte didn’t make their first visit to Sandringham’s church service until the next year.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

A Growing Young Family

2016 was a family affair, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte both making their debuts. Middleton looks amazing in a fur-trimmed, brown coat. We also noticed a familiar clutch in her hands, which could be the same clutch she carried on her first visit to the royal event. The younger royals look so adorable as they take in all that is happening around them. We also love this photo of Prince George.

BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE – DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive to attend the service at St Mark’s Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The young prince looks darling as he enjoys a candy cane sweet and clutches his father’s hand. This cute expression on his face has probably saved him from many problems. We certainly wouldn’t be able to tell that sweet little face no.

BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE – DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge eats a sweet as he leave following the service at St Mark’s Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Middleton Bends the Knee

In 2017, there was an addition to the royal family: Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle. Middleton and Markle both made a gesture of respect for Queen Elizabeth, as their husbands made a bow to her. Markle wore a muted, khaki-colored coat with a chestnut-colored cap, while Middleton wore an appropriate red and green plaid jacket and a large, fuzzy black hat.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

The Fab Four’s Final Sandringham Christmas

In 2018 following Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, the reception to the younger royals was at a record height. Dubbed the “Fab Four,” Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Harry and Markle, were experiencing a surge in popularity.

In the photos from that year’s Christmas church service, Middleton shines in red while her husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law went with black. Middleton stood out with her festive outfit, which was a great thing.

The Sandringham service was ended with Prince Harry and Markle leaving behind their working royal status to move across the pond in late 2019.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images).

Christmas With Middleton’s Mini Me

Even though the Duke and duchess of Sussex were not available in 2019, the royal kept her cool and seemed to enjoy being with the children, especially Princess Charlotte. Middleton and her daughter could be mirror images of each other if it weren’t for the age difference and different coat colors. Mother and daughter are a perfect match, their beautiful chestnut locks shining in the morning sunlight.

KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King’s Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images).

Although the Sandringham church services were cancelled for 2020 and 2021 due to the spread of coronavirus pandemics, we can still look back on previous years of royal tradition and find even more joy and light this year. Hopefully we’ll all be able to gather together again soon.

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