Often wearing her favorite casual country clothing including warm wool sweaters and inky jeans, the Princess of Wales has in recent years embraced a ‘casual Christmas’ style. Outfitting her young family in similar sartorial choices, the busy mom of three has been dedicated to an unpretentious and unfussy uniform for her holiday card style.
Here are Kate Middleton’s Chicest Christmas Card Styles:
In July 2011, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day. Fresh faced with a radiant newlywed glow, the princess charmed crowds with her diplomatic red maple leaf fascinator and a recycled dress from her engagement photos. Kate judiciously opted to repeat her frill adorned Nanette dress from Reiss for a visit to the country’s capital. Later, the future King and his beloved would share a snap from the summertime Canadian celebration to mark their first Christmas as a married couple.
At St. James’s Palace in late October 2013, the second in line of succession to the British throne was christened at just 3-months-old. Baby Prince George was clad in a handmade replica of the traditional christening gown for his official royal baptism. For palace photos, Kate and William posed together with their first born son. In the formal portraits, the princess wore a custom coatdress — an Alexander McQueen cream colored dress with a statement ruffle at the front. The new mom also wore her Kiki citrine drop earrings and a Jane Taylor beret constructed with a delicate silk organza rose and classic veil trim.
The former Cambridges selected a sweet snap of their son for their Christmas together as a family of three. The little prince wore Petit Bateau short cotton striped overalls for his first birthday photos with mum and dad in July 2014. For the family photographs, Princess Kate wore her green Suzannah Budding Heart tea dress. Inspired by the 1930s, the retro-minded midi features a delicate white heart print on green silk fabric — the perfect colors to herald the coming of Christmas.
In 2015, the family cuteness was off the charts when a new addition appeared in the Wales seasonal snap. Little Princess Charlotte made her debut in the fall photo taken in October on the palace lawn. Kate was sporting fresh fringe while the newest family fashionista was wearing an adorable floral dress from Spanish brand m&h paired with a pink cashmere cardigan.
To celebrate their Commonwealth connections, Kate and Willam shared a snap of their brood at a children’s party in Canada for the annual Xmas card. Kate opted for a designer dress from See by Chloe for the outing on the lawns of Government House in Victoria. Kate’s stylish pointelle knit cotton blend dress was the perfect choice for an early fall engagement. For the holiday card, Kate, William and their two children were pictured mesmerized by the talents of a local balloon artist.
Forgoing festive hues and eschewing candid overseas photos, William and Kate opted for a formal studio shoot for their 2017 seasonal card. In coordinating blue outfits, the former family quartet were all smiles for a picture taken by family friend and royal photographer Chris Jackson. Captured at Kensington Palace in front of a gray screen — the princess donned her bespoke powder blue skirt suit by Catherine Walker. The stylish two-piece set features a peplum jacket with a wide belt and knee-length fitted pencil skirt.
For an autumnal vibe for their yearly family photo, Country Catherine made her splashy seasonal debut. Wearing a cozy ‘Ovik’ knit by Fjallraven, Kate and company were showing off their fondness for tree hugging and climbing as they sat perched on a large branch for the holiday greeting taken by Matt Porteous. Little Louis was just a few months old for the cozy and cute feel-good photo shoot at the Wales family home near Anmer Hall.
Precious Prince Louis stole the show on his dad’s motorbike for the Wales’ Christmas card circa 2019. The family appeared in summer attire for the casual family spread taken outdoors. For the occasion, Princess Kate rocked a Boden ‘Aurora’ blue wrap dress with a daisy floral print. She later recycled the summer-friendly frock for a Zoom call the following year during the pandemic while quarantining at home.
Shunning any stiff or staid shoot, Kate and William brought out the country charm with their family five pack for their seasonal card. Sitting on haystacks in front of a firewood pile, the family looked to be readying for a royally relaxed Christmas. Kate opted to ditch the dresses in favor of cranberry colored jumper and Marguerite shirt from Sezane.
The Wales showed off their family unity in a sweet snap taken in Jordan. While Kate’s dress remained unidentified for a time, it was later found by a style sleuth on Twitter who pinpointed the piece as a Sea New York olive maxi dress. Made of a silk and cotton blend, the long dress has three-quarter sleeves as well as crochet and tassel detailing at the sleeves and back.
Refraining from any royal regalia, the Wales family were in fine form on a stroll through the countryside near their home in Norfolk. Princess Kate shrugged off any royal requirement mandating going glam for the seasonal card — instead, the British beauty opted for casual clothing and a mom-friendly ensemble including high waisted dark jeans and a simple eyelet blouse from M.i.h.