TheDuchess of Cambridge may be the queen of shopping her own closet, but the stylish royal debuted three new looks over the past two days – including a rare pair of trousers! Though she generally favours coat dresses and skirts, the mother of three looked gorgeous on Wednesday (Dec. 5) as she stepped off the plane in Cyprus clad in a pair of wide-legged pants, a blazer and pumps The couple were on hand to visit a RAF base and spend time with military personnel who are spending Christmas away from their families.
The Duchess turned to one of her favourite Canadian labels, Smythe, for the chic olive-green blazer, a design that was actually named in her honour after she first wore it years ago. She paired her Classic Duchess Blazer with wide black trousers, a simple white t-shirt and olive accessories – suede pumps and a matching L.K. Bennett clutch.
Kate wore her copper-highlighted locks in a bouncy half-up style, all the better to show off her pretty diamond hoop earrings by Asprey. The 36-year-old wore taupe shadow on her eyes with mascara, a rosy cheek and a swipe of pink lipstick as she and Prince William warmly shook hands with servicemen and women at RAF Akrotiri who are fighting the IS (Islamic State) this holiday season.
Yesterday, the couple threw a festive holiday party for the families of military personnel, and the duchess was dressed for the part, pairing a new red tartan skirt by Emilia Wickstead with a cropped black cashmere cardigan from Scottish label Brora and black suede boots. The Cambridges took part in fun activities with the children, like decorating snow globes and stockings, and Kate gave a speech.
"As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they’ve trained for," she said. "But I can’t imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments. The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year. We should never forget our military families and all the service you do for us all."
But between marking the holiday season with soldiers and their families, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned up the glamour on Tuesday evening for the Queen's annual Diplomatic Reception, a glittering affair that's a staple on the senior royals' festive calendars. With her husband looking dapper in a black tuxedo and white bowtie, Kate dazzled in an intricately beaded Jenny Packham gown with a full skirt, nipped waist and whimsical gathered short sleeves. She topped it off with Princess Diana's favourite tiara, the Cambridge Lover's Knot, and her striking Royal Order ribbon from the Queen.