Many of us woke up to a nice Christmas surprise: photos of George and Charlotte attending Christmas Day church services with their parents. It was the first time we have seen either of the children going to church, aside from christening services.
Kate, William, George and Charlotte are spending Christmas with Kate’s family at the Middleton’s home in Berkshire.
The family went to St. Mark’s Church. This is where Kate and William join the Middletons for Christmas services in 2012. It is also the church where it is believed Pippa Middleton will be married in the spring.
A look now at what Prince George wore, beginning with his coat; it is the Classic Wool Coat by Pepa and Company.
The double-breasted style is 100% wool, with velvet collar, pocket flaps and back belt. The coat was made in Spain and retails at £120, roughly $145. Our thanks to Pauline SIn (@Polux1030 on Twitter) for her speedy ID of the item. It is also offered in blue and burgundy.
One interesting sidebar: George’s coat buttons both left over right and right over left, as seen in these photos. Pepa and Company offer a number of unisex items that button both ways. My guess is that perhaps Kate buttoned the coat when getting the children ready to head to church, and William may have buttoned it as the service was ending and they were preparing to go back outside.
UPDATE DEC 28: George’s coat will be restocked at Pepa and Company. This screen grab from the retailer’s website shows you the date they expect to have inventory available and some shipping dates.
The Prince wore a pair of shoes you may recognize, the Barnie loafer by Papouelli; George was first seen wearing them at the children’s party in Canada this fall. He also wore his navy knee socks from either Papouelli or Amaia Kids.
From what I could see of George’s shirt cuff it seemed to be the Checked Shirt by Neck and Neck in the wine colorway.
This is the shirt worn to the children’s party in Canada, and also to Buckingham Palace last week for the Queen’s annual Christmas luncheon.
George may have also been in the Doña Carmen shorts worn to that party. There is a photo that I’m unable to license showing just a bit of George’s shorts and they are a burgundy or maroon color.
Charlotte was also wearing a double-breasted style coat, but we’ve not yet identified the piece.
The coat looks like it is made of wool and features 8 buttons (four rows of two), two front pockets with flaps, a half-belt on the back and inverted center pleat. (How cute is Charlotte wanting to plant that candy cane in the dirt?)
Here is a digitally lightened photo to better show the garment.
UPDATE DEC 28: There was some chatter that Spanish childrenswear brand Ancar made Charlotte’s coat, but looking at the company’s Instagram feed one discovers the brand was referencing Prince George’s coat, not Charlotte’s.
Of course, it turned out that George’s coat isn’t by Ancar, but it is an understandable mistake: initially that is who I thought made the piece. There are subtle distinctions between the two designs: the Ancar design has an extra fabric gore, or panel, that the Pepa and Company coat does not have; the belt on George’s coat is velvet to match the pocket flaps and collar, while the Ancar belt is the same fabric as the coat.
It is still a good name to remember, Ancar makes quality products; I wouldn’t be surprised if one of Charlotte’s UFOs isn’t an Ancar design.
So we are back to the drawing board on Charlotte’s coat. One thing to keep in mind if searching for it: many pieces for these ages are unisex, so using the word “girl” or “niña” as a search term won’t necessarily be of assistance.
I believe Charlotte had on the same dress that she wore when leaving Canada. Below, a shot of the dress worn when departing Canada in the center with two pictures from Christmas.
The Princess may also have had on her M and H burgundy cardigan, another piece worn as the family was leaving Canada. With George in pieces we saw during the Canada tour it would make sense Kate might have Charlotte doing the same.
Charlotte was dressed in an all-navy riding coat with burgundy tights, dress and a £2.50 hair bow from Amaia Kids which perfectly matched her Mother’s outfit. In fact, the Cambridges’ Christmas Day look seemed to have been orchestrated to be just on the right side of matchy-matchy; William’s maroon tie was a nod to the colours of Kate and Charlotte’s outfits while the navy accents of George’s outfit matched his Dad and sister’s looks. Clever.
It looks like Charlotte was in the Early Days ‘Alice’ shoe; we show it at Trotters.
UPDATE DEC 28: Paul from Early Days tells me that Charlotte is *not* the brand’s Alice style. As pointed out in comments and messages/email, the number of punched-out dots are different, so it’s back to the drawing board for these. Thank you to everyone who got in touch with input on the shoes, we will start the search anew.
The Princess seemed to be in another pair of Condor for Amaia Kids ribbed knit tights. Initially I thought it was the ‘grenat’ color, but in the different lighting it almost seems similar to the fuchsia. This will also get a closer look and I will email Amaia to se if they can help out. Updated Condor color charts show slightly different hues.
And she had on an Amaia Kids hair bow; it looked like the burgundy color.
The children looked darling, it was a treat to see them this morning. This is such a sweet photo, I had to share it.
One related note: for the first time in 30 years the Queen did not attend services at Sandringham this morning. The nasty cold that delayed her trip to Sandringham last week has not gone away.
Because her face is so expressive it seems appropriate to do another round showing some of the Many Faces of Charlotte.
We will see you in a day or two with a post focused on why Prince George wears shorts, even in the winter. Until then, here is a video with the family leaving St. Mark’s.