Princess Charlotte and Prince George both accompanied their parents to Buckingham Palace today for the Queen’s annual Christmas luncheon.
This is the first time both Cambridge children have attended the luncheon. Unfortunately we don’t have stellar images, photographers are only able to shoot the windows of the vehicles as they enter or exit the gates of the Palace.
Despite the limited view we were able to discern a few things George is wearing, including the Neck and Neck shirt seen at the children’s party during the Canada tour this fall.
George was wearing a new jacket, the Redwink style from Amaia Kids. Crafted of 100% wool, the piece is described as a “classic and beautiful boiled wool jacket” that is “very warm yet very elegant.” It was priced at $90 but is now sold out. (I have an inquiry in to Amaia Kids asking if they’ll be getting more stock or re-issuing the coat.) Our thanks to Laura Ashworth (SolidMoonlight on Twitter) for her speedy identification of this piece.
The design was also offered in a girls’ style, the Razorbil Coat in royal blue (£110, about $140 at today’s exchange rates).
Austria is famed for its boiled wool, and the design of both coats has a traditional Tyrollean feel. Many associate boiled wool with slippers, like the Haflinger ‘Coffee’ pair seen below left ($80.95 at Nordstrom), or the Giesswien children’s pair ($44 at ChildrenSalon) on the right.
The material continues to be used in apparel, especially warmer layers like jackets and sweaters. Here are two classic designs, the Fredericke Sweater ($1798) and Wolfgangsee Jacket ($898), both shown at Gorsuch.
That may be more information than you ever wanted about boiled wool, I hope you don’t find it too dreary. It was intriguing to see Kate put George in something slightly removed from the more standard quilted jackets or sweaters he often wears. This seems a very good piece for today’s party.
Unfortunately we don’t have any idea what Princess Charlotte was wearing, she was almost impossible to see in the Range Rover Prince William was driving. From a Hello! story about the party:
The royal children, who were joined by their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were seen arriving at the palace for the Queen’s annual gathering on Tuesday.Prince William was seen in the driving seat, with Prince Harry sitting next to him, while his wife Kate was sat in the back with their children.
If we get more photos we will update the post, but I am not optimistic about that likelihood.
George and Charlotte are spending Christmas with their parents and grandparents at the Middleton family home in Berkshire. Kate and William are expected to attend services at the local church on Christmas, but I would not expect either child to be with them.
We will be back shortly after Christmas with the first of our backgrounder posts looking at brands, styles and other elements of the children’ wardrobes. Until then, we close with wish that your upcoming holidays are filled with love and laughter!