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Kate Middleton Does Faux Fur the Royal Way

Kate Middleton Does Faux Fur the Royal Way

Like any family, the British royals have their fair share of holiday traditions—and no more so than on Christmas Day. From their annual festive lunch at the Sandringham Estate to the afternoon broadcast of the Queen’s Christmas Message, the height of the holiday season is as busy for the royals as any other day of the year. For those more interested in the family’s impeccable style, however, the highlight comes a little earlier in the day, as they descend en masse to a local Christmas service in rural Norfolk, greeted by throngs of well-wishers.

And this year on the style front, Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint. Wearing an impeccably tailored, belted coat in grey felt by one of her favorite designers, Catherine Walker, she gave the look a seasonal spin by ensuring her accessories—a simple round hat, a clutch, and a pair of trusty pumps—were all coordinated in a festive shade of hunter green. (Bonus points, too, for Princess Charlotte’s coat, which came in the same shade for an extra level of matchy-matchy charm.) Even if Christmas for the royals is all about centuries-old customs, the Duchess still managed to bring her outfit firmly into the 21st century: her coat included a cozy trim at the neck and sleeves in grey faux fur, ensuring the look was both elegant and ethical. After all, Middleton knows better than anyone that keeping up with the times doesn’t have to mean a radical break with tradition.