Do you remember when William took Kate ice-skating at Somerset House? I was thinking this morning of how busy and bustling Christmastime is. It is a season filled with shopping lists, preparations, holiday parties, and family get-togethers. Just like the rest of us, the royals have busy work schedules as they attend a variety of charity events for their various patronages, but also with family and personal outings. Before Kate was a Cambridge, we only got to see her in a private capacity. On a chilly night in 2007, surprised skaters at the Somerset House ice rink realized that Prince William and Kate Middleton were expertly zipping around the ice with them! The Sun reported on the couple's night out:
The smitten pair skated to classical music in front of 200 others - and held hands at one point as they glided across the ice. A source said: "It was very romantic and they seemed keen to keep to it very low key. "They danced for about an hour and both of them seemed pretty good at it. They'd obviously done it before."
By all accounts, the rink at Somerset House is absolutely lovely, lit by twinkling lights and torches and headed by a giant Christmas tree, it seems like a perfect December date-night.
Just a few days later, the smiling couple were pictured leaving a club they frequented often at the time, Boujis. Kate was all in black wearing a lace dress and velvet jacket. She completed her ensemble with opaque stockings and her signature black boots.
Christmas is also a big time for movie releases and Kate and William like to sneak out to an occasional flick. In December of 2009 William, Kate, and Harry went to the London premiere of Sherlock Holmes and were snapped leaving the theater through a back door.
William and Kate kicked off the festive season early in 2010 when they announced mid-November that they would marry. Fans were delighted when Kate accompanied William on what was her first public engagement. The couple attended a charity gala in Norfolk at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular on December 18th. This was just a teaser, though, for the holiday seasons we have now come to expect and enjoy so much!
Once Kat Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, everyone's Christmas season shifted. Since her marriage, Kate's calendar has been busy each December, and the season boasts some of the public's favorite appearances. In 2011, we got two glitzy appearances. Kate and William double-dated with Charles and Camilla as they attended a Gary Barlow concert at the Royal Albert Hall together on the 6th of December:
Kate really wowed us later that same month when Harry and William escorted the new princess to the Sun Military Awards, aka The Millies. Kate was wearing a strapless black, velvet dress that hugged her figure to perfection and echoed the dress Diana wore to her first outing as a royal fiancée.
In 2012 Kate missed the majority of the holiday excitement thanks to Prince George. Kate was suffering from the severe illness she gets when pregnant and cancelled almost all of her public engagements. She did manage to make it out ever so briefly to present at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards where she wore an unusual green McQueen:
In 2013, Kate was back on a busier holiday schedule, attending several charity events and recycling two favorite evening gowns. (This was also the Christmas that Kate debuted the pale blue McQueen we have only seen in car shots.) On December 5th, William and Kate attended the Mandela movie premiere. Kate very successfully recycled her white Roland Mouret:
On the 11th, Kate recycled her Temperley "Amoret" dress at the Natural History Museum for a showing of the Alive 3D movie.
In 2014, the Cambridges really added sparkle to December by traveling across the Atlantic to New York City for a whirlwind visit. Those exciting few days culminated in one of Kate's most glamorous events to-date. Kate appeared on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dressed in a sweeping Jenny Packam gown, and literally dripping in emeralds:
Kate and William returned to Britain to spend some private time with George. The couple took their son to Thursford in Norfolk to visit Santa and Kate took George to the Winter Wonderland near their Kensington Palace home. This year we didn't get an evening gown in December, but our October was pretty packed with glitzy events that made up for it. We did get to see Kate wear a new tiara, and for many, a favorite tiara, so I feel it has been a very exciting Christmastime indeed. We have only to guess what Kate will wear on the walk to St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning. Will it be a recycle or a debut? Any guesses?