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The Lady Wore Red: Kate Attends Pre-Christmas Lunch

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We only ever get the most minuscule of peeks inside the window as the royals drive into the Buckingham Palace gates, but for some reason I particularly love the annual pre-Christmas lunch that the Queen hosts in London for her family. Perhaps it is the routine of it all, or the big smiles they flash on their way in, or maybe the close proximity to the holiday that signals that Christmas truly is almost here, but I find this event so festive and look forward to it every year. 



The Queen spends Christmas at Sandringham with the immediate members of her family. As her children have had children, and now some of those children have had children of their own, the numbers have swelled and it is, more than ever, impossible for Her Majesty to have everyone on the actual day. This lunch allows the more extended family to gather together, see one another, and celebrate the season before the Queen leaves for Norfolk. It is a lovely gesture of inclusion, I think.



William drove the couple to the lunch, wearing those glasses that look so great. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the two brought baby George. (Soon, I really need to stop calling him Baby George.) I guess the rambunctious little guy was relegated to the nursery for this one. Although, relatives will probably be disappointed to miss out on his mischievous antics, I imagine his parents were happy to enjoy the break.  Very interestingly, although George was nowhere to be seen on arrival, he left the lunch in a Range Rover with his parents and Nanny Maria. I assume this means that William and Kate did not want George photographed, and attempted to minimize his exposure by sending him in discreetly with Nanny Maria. I am happy to hear they did in fact bring him!



Like clock-work, Kate wore red. She always recycles some scarlet piece from her wardrobe, and this year it looks very much like the Katherine Hooker from EACH's Capital Appeal Launch got the nod. 



Earlier today, William visited Centrepoint where he made headlines by telling a girl training to be a hair-dresser she should try managing Kate's "nightmare" hair. This prince certainly likes to shoot the occasional teasing comment across Kate's bow. Remember when Kate's hair met the humidity of South East Asia? She probably thought that was nightmare hair, the rest of us, William included, knew it was gorgeous...


Post to be updated...

46 comments:

  1. Toddlers can be a lot of work at events like this. they probably just wanted to be able to relax and chat with the adults. No harm there, although, I would be disappointed not to see George, too.

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    1. P.S. Thanks for this update, Jane! We appreciate your hard work keeping us up to date.

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    2. Normally I'd say "bring the boy!", but BP is so formal I'd probably leave a toddler home too. Can you imagine banging the utensils? Throwing some food? LOL

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    3. Yes, I am no toddler expert, but someone did say that he might be teething still? If so, he might have been quite fussy today, which would only have worsened the scenario you described. :)

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    4. Anon 6:50...thank you! :) Glad you popped by to read.

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    5. Jane, Thanks so much for the fast post AND the great update on George's presence. Must have been fun. Can't wait for Christmas Day pictures!! Thank you also for running such a POSITIVE site.

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  2. William's comment :) love his sense of humour!

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    1. I love it, too. Love how he teases her even when she isn't there. He is a funny guy. :)

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  3. Thank you Jane! Lovely shots! Like the funny comments on Kate's nightmarish hair... Would wish to have such 'awful' hair William! ;-) any ID on the earrings? I know they date back from pre-engagement? Another K.J Lane pair maybe or Accessorize?... Nice to see her two days in a row! Kindest regards, Sophie

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    1. Hello, Sophie! The earrings are from back in the day, but have never been IDed. I suspect renewed effort from the Kate-community, though, now she has worn them again. So, we may very well have an ID sooner rather than later. Anna of My Small Obsessions is particular diligent in this area. :)

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  4. Oooh, I'm glad they snuck George in! I think you have a very plausible guess as to why he snuck in in a separate car. Maybe it's also possible that it's to avoid photos of a potentially grumpy or upset toddler. They arrived with him and the nanny last year (but then again, they could have had an upset baby). Regardless, maybe they feel they can after just releasing photos. I wonder at what age children start to appear at the Christmas Day church services?

    Love how happy they look! William usually wears a more discreet frame on his glasses, so it's nice to see him be bold with a thicker, darker frame. I like that Kate went blingy with her earrings! And if they are pre-engagement, very entertaining that she wore something more inexpensive at BP with the whole royal family. Makes me laugh and smile!

    Can't wait for Christmas photos!

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    1. There are certainly others options, I agree. There has been bit of a George crackdown this summer. After the April tour the public was all the more excited to see him and i think they are really trying to control his exposure. I believe that is whey they released the photos from KP. It's a message that they want to be the conduit, they want to be in control of how and when photos are taken. Anyway, to me, this seemed very much a bid to limit the photos, which was pretty successful, all things considered.

      Whatever the case may be for other children, I am sure W&K will put off Christmas day appearances for as long as they think it is plausible.

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    2. Once I saw the photo of George leaving I agree it is to control him being seen in public. While I think he is adorable, he looks confused and that has to be challenging for babies/toddlers as they develop and try to make sense of the world around them. As much as we love George, I don't think it is selfish of them, I think they are genuinely trying to protect their child.

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    3. I've noticed that other royal families tend to include their children, even toddlers, in occasional royal events. For instance CP Victoria brought Estelle with her for the annual receiving of the fir trees. (A low key Swedish Royal Christmas tradition) and has every year since Estelle's birth. Personally, I think this is a really smart way to slowly introduce the child to crowds and cameras and of course their future role as monarch.

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    4. I was actually thinking the timing of George arriving later may have had more to do with not wanting to interrupt nap time than the photographers. If he was still napping when they needed to leave, I'm sure they didn't want to wake him and it made sense for nanny to arrive with him later. What I couldn't figure out is how they arrived in one car and left in another - what did they do with the first car??

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  5. What great earrings Kate wore today! I have missed some of the funkier, chunkier jewelry she wore in her pre-wedding days, so it was nice to see a return of that today. I must say she really looks great during her pregnancy, her face is a little fuller and her figure is a little more filled out. I would love to see her keep a bit of the extra weight on after she gives birth.

    As for William, I like how he looks with his glasses on, very dapper! I think he feels a little self conscious in them but I'd like to see him wear them more often.

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    1. One last observation, while I love seeing William in his glasses it would be really special to see him smile as he drives his family to a holiday lunch. He scowled last year as well, which is such a shame as he has a great smile.

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    2. Completely agree Lauri! Really great earrings, and she looks so nice with the few extra pounds on. She looks younger and her clothes look better with the weight gain.

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    3. My experience with glasses is they can be a bit of a barrier, they can get in the way if you are trying to have a personal conversation, etc. He probably wears contacts most of the time for ease, appearance, and accessibility, but gives himself a rest, as we certainly see him wear these when he is on his casual time. It does suggest he thinks it more formal not to wear them, which I understand.

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  6. Do we have any idea where the earrings are from? Also, Jane, it seems to be that Kate has been much bolder in her earring choices lately (the Kenneth Jay Lane baubles she wore on her first night in NYC, the diamond and emerald earrings at the Met Gala and now these). Any thoughts on this and whether it represents a shift in her style?

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    1. I've noticed this too but will have to see more choices like this to form an opinion that it's a conscience shift, and not just a phase. It is very possible that she's feeling more confident in her role and will play it safe & chic where appropriate, then fun where it's more allowed.

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    2. Personally I have lots of different types of jewelry from beautiful, fancy diamonds to large, rustic pieces of turquoise. I am always going back and forth between the different styles depending on how I'm feeling and what look I'm going for. Kate's stuck with the delicate, expensive look for quite some time now and maybe she's wanting a funkier, younger look now. I am certainly liking the new/recycled pieces :)

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    3. Hello Georgia: We still don't have an ID on the earrings, but they are a pair from her single days. I don't think it a shift in her style. Just like we saw longer hemlines on tour and now suddenly she is wearing shorter ensembles again, I think she probably just rotates. As creatures of habit, I think we tend to go through fazes. Perhaps she had grown bored of them around the time she married William, and of course suddenly she was gifted and bought herself beautiful and more expensive pieces, and now she is rediscovering old favorites. Maybe she is waiting to see just how good the Kate Sleuths are... :)

      P.S. Speaking of, I am sorry but I never tracked down that dress Carole wore. I hope your mom found a great repli-Carole! :)

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    4. Thanks, Jane! And no worries about the dress - my mum is still looking but I think she has found something quite similar at Beulah.

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  7. Why is this lunch only a couple hours long? Sounds long enough for a multi course meal, and visiting with only those sitting around you. Sounds more formal and obligatory, and not a true family gathering. Doesn't seem like enough time to move to a more relaxed room with couches for tea and more socializing after lunch.

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    1. Not sure how long they were there, but don't think it would take more than an hour to eat and another 1-2 hours to mingle - maybe 2 hours if Gifts are exchanged between the "minor" Royals and the Queen. But I think Gifts are not exchanged until Christmas Eve/Morning with the immediate family. It may be a more formal setting, but at least the Queen makes an attempt to get the extended family together.

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    2. Or perhaps they serve finger foods instead of a sit down luncheon, which would allow people to mingle and visit more easily.

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    3. Eva, It is always reported that at Sandringham Gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve

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    4. I don't know that I can add much more other than to say that two hours is a pretty decent time for this busy season. With fifty people it isn't as if this is an intimate gathering, but it gives everyone a chance to see one another and catch up, while not languishing for half the afternoon trying to be polite.

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    5. Britons have this kind of no-nonsense and no-hypocrisy about meetings.
      They keep them short, concentrated. Quality over quantity and quantity doesn't mean anything.
      Also because they'd be too polite to jump out if things got muddy :D

      Camilla

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  8. I wonder if there is another reason they did not come together. Maybe he had a swim lesson and was already there with Nanny Maria. Maybe he was late getting up from his nap... or any number of things. So glad he was there!! Beautiful red dress with her hair half up +gorgeous earrings = Great presentation for the Queen's Christmas Lunch.

    I have often wondered at what age the children accompany their parents to church and also what age do they appear on the balcony..I think George maybe too young for a church service, However, I can't remember seeing James, the son of Edward and Sophie on the balcony very often or on the walk to church.

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    1. She looked really great, I agree! Loved the hair today. George is too young. I think they need to be able to really walk quickly and confidently, and honestly, at his age, the lines of cheering people would probably perplex him and possibly upset him. I know he survived Down Under well, with his staring judgement, :) but I think the Cambridges want to keep him from too much of that while he is still so young.

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  9. Perhaps George was still napping when William and Kate departed KP and Nanny Maria brought him when he awoke.

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    1. Maybe. There are certainly several reasonable explanations. I think it was a media tactic, but...perhaps we will never know for sure. :)

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    2. That's what I was thinking too!

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    3. I do remember that my children used to have a shorter lunchtime nap at that age. It made going out in the middle of the day difficult. So it could explain why Nanny Maria arrived later with George.

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  10. Hi Jane,

    I got quite a chuckle out of William's comment about Kate's hair. She has such beautiful hair naturally I always wondered why she doesn't just let it go with the natural wavy look of her hair. I really liked how it looked during the tour of the South Pacific, when the humidity made it impossible to stay sleek and straight. Maybe as their family grows she will decide, like so many other women, that spending the time and effort to straighten then curl her hair just isn't worth the time it takes and let her hair's natural waves shine through. Do you have any opinions on this Jane?

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    1. I think it unlikely. I thought her humidity-hair was beautiful on tour, and fit with the vibe and the surroundings, but I think it would not go over so well in London. I think we will continue to see her hair in its natural state when she is casually shopping, etc, but I don't expect that she will ever get to the point where she didn't do her hair for a public engagement. Honestly, I wouldn't be excited if she did. I am a lazy hair person, but I don't get photographed on a Starbucks run. The whole 9 yards is part of what adds the polish and glamour to her look, and she should maintain it, to my mind.
      P.S. Keep in mind, the humidity hair isn't her natural hair either. It is humidity added to a really great blowout. Her hair was maintaining a lot of elements from the styling, but the humidity gave it a casual and unusual appearance. She has beautiful hair, but naturally it is flatter and if she just did nothing, it wouldn't look like South East Asia every day.

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    2. I think you're right, darn it! :) Maybe she could have it styled and then walk around with a humidifier pointed at her? lol

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  11. Just a couple of points. Firstly, I thoroughly disagree with the Swedish court, and its inexplicable inclination to overexpose Princess Estelle--and no doubt as a consequence to have beaten/brainwashed a very young child into behaviour resembling that of a polite adult. Secondly, I hope, for the sake of the child, that George will not be seen on the bizarre royal Xmas catwalk, that the Windsors partake of annually. (Maybe its just me, but this would be one of the first things I would do away with, were I monarch. A little less exhibitionism and a lot more focus on family, at Christmas, would not go amiss. Please note: as of right now, the divorce rate amongst the Queens children stands at 75%. Clearly, change is required, and that does NOT include putting George on display as a well-trained performing monkey. JMO.)

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    1. Actually the "catwalk" started as nothing more than those members of the family capable of doing, so made the short walk to church. They also walk to church when they are at Windsor, but that does not appear to have caught the same attention.
      Must say I am always surprised to see the numbers of people, especially children, who turn out to watch, but if that is what they like to do, good luck to them

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    2. Wow, Anon that is one of the most hateful posts I have ever read on this site. How dare you for a moment accuse anyone, royal or not, of beating or brainwashing their child!!! I don't know if you are a regular commenteo here or an internet troll but what you wrote is truly disgusting!

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    3. I love sweet Princess Estelle and think she is adorably gleeful and natural. And a child should be well behaved - so well done to her parents! Your opinion seems very bizarre to me original Anon.

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    4. Anon1, that comment was altogether weird.

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  12. Lovely photos. Kate looks elegant.

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