Kate has already recycled the Reiss houndstooth coat, but this time in private as she stepped out to do some Christmas shopping at John Lewis in Chelsea on Friday, December 11th. Kate toted her own bags, as is pretty usual. It looks like she was stocking up on home decor for the festive season. She was carrying a bag and holding what looks to be a beautiful, checked tablecloth under one arm.
Flanked by her PPOs, Kate was carrying her favorite grey D-Styling bag from Tod's and wearing what appear to be her Half N Half stretch boots from Stuart Weitzman. That turtleneck peeking out is likely the same we saw her wearing on her day trip to Scotland. Kate is wearing stockings and appears to have a relatively short skirt on. You can see 25 pictures of the outing here at the Daily Mail.
Just a few days ago, on the 10th, Carole and Pippa were spotted packing gifts and pink wrapping paper into the back of their Range Rover as they completed a bout of holiday shopping. I think we know two little youngsters who are going to be happily spoiled this December 25th. You can view more photos of the Middleton ladies here.
Several of you have been asking what I think the Cambridges will do for Christmas. Will it be a Sandringham Christmas? Will it be Bucklebury? Will they repeat last year and have the Middletons up to Norfolk? I think that William and Kate will want to celebrate this very special Christmas at their home. William told a reporter this was George's first Christmas where he understood that gifts would be coming and apparently, he is super excited! Discussing the upcoming holiday recently, William remarked:
"We'll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them. It's a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of your own," William explained. "It'd be nice if we got a white Christmas because we haven't had one in many years."
I think William and Kate will want to host Christmas at Anmer. It really is the perfect balance for them, because it enables them to celebrate the traditional Christmas with the Queen and the royals, but they also get to spend it in their own home with Kate's family. I suspect the whole party will remove to Norfolk after Kate's December 15th engagement.
Taking it with a grain of salt, Us Weekly reports that the Cambridges have put up a 9-foot tall Christmas tree at Anmer and were decorating it on the 5th. I have no doubt a house of that size can handle a nine foot tree and I have no doubt that George got to help decorate. I am sure putting a tree up in his living-room was a cause of significant excitement. The story goes on to say that Kate was shopping in Norfolk for Christmas decorations on the 24th of November:
[George] accompanied his mom, Duchess Kate Middleton, 33, to nearby Fakenham Garden Centre, where she picked up a battery-lit star, a roll of gold gauze, and a mini pre-strung tree. “George wanted everything he saw,” says a staffer. “Kate let him choose a couple of ornaments, including a felt penguin.”
We will see shortly, but I think the Middletons and the Cambridges will head to Norfolk. Possibly we will hear they visit Thursford again and will likely be seen out and about as they settle in and enjoy the final, exciting and joyful days before the holiday. Christmas traditions are so important, I think, to celebrating well. I think the Cambridges are beginning to build those traditions in Norfolk. In so many ways, Anmer Hall gives William and Kate the best of both worlds. I think that is where they will be. Remember how James joined the annual Christmas eve football match last year? The families get on so well, and the more the merrier.
Finally, and again with apologies to James for a post several months ago announcing the demise of his relationship, the princess's brother and his girlfriend Donna Air were spotted enjoying an evening out with friends in Chelsea, also on the 10th. It was a busy day for the Middletons! You can see more pictures here. I love Donna's sweater!
We will see Kate again on the 15th and then it will be a waiting game to see where the family decides to settle for Christmas. Do you think we will see them at Anmer again, or will they break and celebrate a Bucklebury Christmas?