The Duchess was in a familiar coat for this morning’s church services at Sandringham.
Kate and William joined HM, along with several friends, at the church of St. Mary Magdalene.
The Queen looked elegant in a fawn ensemble.
As we have seen at some previous Sandringham church services, the couple was joined by several close friends, numerous of whom are godparents to the three Cambridge children.
Among them, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, along with her husband, David; James and Laura Meade; Thomas van Straubenzee.
More about the service from The daily Mail’s coverage:
The 52 minute church service conducted by the Sandringham rector the rev Jonathan Riviere began with the singing of the national Anthem.
Prayers were said for the Royal family to ‘imbue them with the holy spirit and enrich them with heavenly grace’ and for peace throughout the world, especially in the middle East.
Other prayers were said for ‘those who suffer on the margins of society’ and people who work in the community including doctors, nurses, carers, social workers, teachers and the emergency service
After church, the Duke and Duchess greeted well-wishers hoping to see or meet the royals.
From The daily Mail:
William who left his children George, Charlotte and Louis at home, was walking the 400 yards from Sandringham house to the church when he jokingly pointed at a young young boy and his parents, saying: ‘I love the hat.’
One member of the crowd asked how his grandfather was feeling, prompting him to reply: ‘Very good, thanks’.
Kate also spoke to onlookers, wishing them a ‘Good morning’ and ‘Happy new Year’.
As she walked away from church, Kate accepted flowers from Mia Croft, ten, and brother Oakley, seven, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, who were with grandparents Brian and Daphne Croft.
The Duchess leaned down to collect the blooms, saying: ‘Are these for the Queen? I will take them back for you. She will love these – lots of bright colours.’
Mr Croft said: ‘It is a beautiful experience for our grandchildren to come here and it is fantastic that the Duchess stopped to speak to them.’
Now for a look at what Kate wore at Sandringham today, beginning with the blue Catherine Walker coat. numerous immediately remembered when it was first worn in Oslo, Norway last January. Obviously, it has been altered from the maternity style seen last year.
It appears Kate may have worn the Mortimer dress ($645) by LK Bennett below the coat.
The dress comes in two colors, green and navy. The Duchess initially was seen wearing it in green for a December check out to Evelina Children’s Hospital.
I know some believe Kate is wearing the navy color, but I haven’t seen photos yet convincing me that is the case. It would not be unusual for Kate to own the frock in both colors, and that color would certainly blend better with the coat and accessories. but from the little bit of photo I have seen, it looks much more like the green.
Replicate Royalty suggests Kate opted to wear another headband from Jane Taylor and it looks like she is correct. here is a better view (with apologies for cutting off William’s face) that better show the pleating and detail at both sides just behind the ear.
The milliner posted a photo on Instagram with jewelry designer and shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos wearing a similar style to Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Ms. Niarchos also shared a picture on Instagram from the wedding (right), but neither offers an angle showing if her design had the same embellishment on the sides as Kate’s.
The Duchess carried a clutch by Jimmy Choo that we have seen previously, the Celeste style in navy.
Many recognized Kate’s Kiki McDonough hoops and the Annoushka Pearl Drops attached to them.
Looking back at Kate’s January church wardrobes because 2016, you can see this is the most vibrant color she has worn.
Here is a 1:30 video from the morning.
The daily Mail’s coverage is here; The express short article is here; The Sun’s piece is here; People’s story is here
Pop Sugar’s gallery is here; the Fug Girls slideshow is here; just Jared’s gallery is here; Town and Country’s short article is here