Duchess Kate gets festive in one of her favourite British designers

By Meaghan Wray

The Duchess of Cambridge has truly embodied the holiday spirit with her latest ensemble! While stepping out with her husband, Prince William, on Tuesday (Dec. 4) to host a Christmas party for military families at Kensington Palace, Kate looked every inch the festive fashion maven. Putting a modern spin on a classic pattern and silhouette, she’s heading into the New Year in style.

Kate dazzled in a tartan skirt and black cardigan. Photo: © Getty Images

The mother of three looked no further than one of her go-to British designers, Emilia Wickstead, for the look, which featured a stunning red tartan skirt. Pairing the colourful piece with Brora’s cashmere cropped cardigan and a stylish pair of slouchy black suede boots, the 36-year-old completed the look with a pair of her favourite earrings by Mappin & Webb. Keeping her hair in her signature waves by her shoulders, the duchess wore a simple makeup look – a little bit of black eyeliner and a dab of nude lipstick. Meanwhile, her husband kept it casual in a blue sweater, navy dress pants and brown shoes.

William and Kate arrived at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. Photo: © Getty Images

The royal couple arrived at the Orangery, an area located next to Kensington Palace in the palace’s gardens, where the party was being hosted. William and Kate were hosting the families of RAF Coningsby and RAF Markham servicemen and women stationed in Cyprus. They spent some time mingling with the pilots’ partners and children, taking time to acknowledge the fact that spending the holidays away from loved ones for such a noble cause should be honoured.

While the reason for celebrating is a rather sombre one, the festivities were anything but! While the duke and duchess arrived, fake snow rained down on them, much to their delight. The family event boasted stalls where kids could get creative by decorating stockings and snow globes or make crackers and create festive party kits for the holidays. A fun photobooth allowed attendees to snap pictures and mail them out to their loved ones who were in Cyprus that day and couldn’t be with them.

The couple will follow up this fun visit by traveling to Cyprus to pay a visit to RAF Akrotiri. They’ll be meeting with those serving in the military there to appreciate their service, and the two will help open the Oasis Centre – a new hang-out area for personnel when they aren’t on shift. It’s clear the Cambridges know just how important it is to give back over the holiday season!

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