As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made the first appearance of the new decade in a traditional royal way. William and Catherine joined the Queen at the first Sunday Church Service of the year 2020 in Norfolk. The couple has attended the service every year since 2016.
The royal couple were joined by Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton or Sunday service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham this morning. Catherine who is celebrating her 38th Birthday on Thursday this week is playing the role of hostess at couple’s country residence Anmer Hall in Sandringham.
The couple was joined by a very close-knit group of friends at the service including James and Laura Meade. James is Princess Charlotte’s godfather while his wife Laura is Prince Louis’ godmother. Joining them were Prince George’s godmother Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband David, Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe and Thomas van Straubenzee.
William and Catherine’s other friends Oliver Baker and neighbours in Norfolk the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley were also present. I believe there had been a pre-birthday celebration at the Anmer Hall before the family returns to London for the school term that will start on Tuesday.
I can imagine the conversation on the dinner table at Anmer Hall in the presence of Middleton parents. Catherine’s brother James Middleton is set to tie the knot with his fiancée Alizee Thevenet this year. The engaged couple was seen recently in St Barts enjoying vacations with Pippa Middleton Matthews and her husband James Matthews. I believe the wedding planning is one of the dominant topic of the family discussion these days.
William and Catherine greeted the well-wishers gathered around during the walk back home after the service. While the royal life came with many perks it has its cons too and the big one is public life. The couple has been lucky to have been surrounded by a group of friends who are fiercely protective of them and family who is a pillar of support for them behind the palace door.
A video of the walk.
Now to what Duchess wore – the Duchess of Cambridge made a very elegant yet chic debut in the new decade. She was wearing a plum shade Roksanda Denton Wool-blend coat with navy speckles in it. Thanks to a reader from HRHDuchesskate for the fab id.
The $3405 coat was from 2016 collection so not available anymore. The retailer identified the coat colours like deep blue and rusty orange.
It looks like Duchess of Cambridge was wearing her Stuart Weitzman Zipkin boots.
Duchess was carrying her Jaegar ‘Kate’ Navy Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag
and finished her look with Sapphire and Diamond Diana Earrings.
In other news, the Queen and her heirs marked the beginning of the new decade with a new portrait. The Palace shared a new portrait of the Quen with her three heirs – Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge. The portrait was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.