There’s no denying that the Duchess of Cambridge was a picture of festive elegance as she made her way to the royal family’s annual Christmas church service at Sandringham this year.
Kate, alongside husband Prince William, and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, both of whom made their debut at the December walkabout, chose a smart grey Catherine Walker coat for the occasion, with green accessories to coordinate with her daughter’s adorable outfit.
But while the look won her plenty of compliments from fans, apparently, Kate let slip to a well-wisher in the crowds that she had a big regret about the ensemble: the heavy fur-trimmed jacket was just too hot.
Nineteen-year-old Rachel Anvil and her mother Karen, who regularly wait to see the family and take pictures during their Christmas Day appearances, had the opportunity to chat to Kate as she walked past.
After their encounter, where they also gifted Princess Charlotte a doll, Karen explained to Metro: ‘Kate was talking to my daughter about clothes and how she was feeling too hot. She said, “I really shouldn’t have worn this.”‘
‘I’m there talking to Charlotte about dolls and my daughter’s talking about fashion with Kate,’ Karen continued. ‘It wasn’t fake, it was a genuine discussion, it was about a minute but it was tailored to my daughter, it was like speaking to a friend. They are totally different with the public.’
Talking about their present to the littlest Cambridge in attendance, she added: ‘She was a beautiful, lovely princess. She’s just so much fun. She’s definitely got a little cheeky side.’
2019 marks the first year that William and Kate have brought their children, aged six and four respectively, along to the public event at St Mary Magdalene Church, but their youngest, Prince Louis, is thought to have still been a little too young to join them.
According to The Express, the Queen is said to have the final say on who attends the church service and very small children don’t usually join the group, for fear they might struggle with the hour-long church service. Maybe next year, Louis!