The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Christmas with a family first, bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte along to church.
The family dressed in subtly coordinating styles for Christmas Day services at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham. Kate and Charlotte both wore double-breasted coats, with the evergreen tone of Kate’s accessories echoing the bottle-green hue of Charlotte’s coat.
The four-year-old princess's classic wool coat is the £140 Razorbil style from Amaia Kids, one of the Duchess’s favourite childrenswear brands. She wore it with ribbed navy-blue tights and black leather bar shoes.
Kate also looked to tried and trusted designers for her own look. Her fitted greige coatdress with fur-trimmed collar and cuffs is a bespoke version of a design by Catherine Walker, who supplied the coat Kate wore for Christmas Day services in 2018 (and dressed her for countless other high-profile occasions). She first wore her ivy-embellished Lock & Co hat to church on Christmas 2015, and her shoes - Emmy London's £395 Josie design - are the same style she wore in navy blue over the summer.
Six-year-old George, meanwhile, wore a navy-blue blazer and long trousers - just like his dad’s look, albeit with a jumper layered under his suit jacket and no overcoat.
The thoughtfully related looks - Kate and Charlotte's touches of green, William and George's traditional navy suiting - promoted an impression of family cohesion, unity and stability during a time even the Queen has characterised as "bumpy". That the Prince of Wales joined the Cambridges for the short walk to church (while Prince Andrew stayed home) further amplified their message: the line of succession is clear and secure - never mind the embarrassing uncle in the corner.
The family-focussed church looks also set a very different tone than that of recent Christmases past. In 2018, as in 2017, William and Kate arrived at church effectively arm in arm with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Fab Four dazzled the crowds on the way to church, and royal-watchers raced to identify the high-end designer pieces - a little Miu Miu here, a little Victoria Beckham there - that each of the glamorous young duchesses wore.
This year, Harry and Meghan are in Canada and the Duchess, in looking to a dependable designer and re-wearing a tasteful if 'safe' hat, has effectively steered the emphasis from style to stability. Bringing the older children to services when they've stayed home in the past all but guaranteed that observers would focus on their cuteness, not their elders' controversies.
At six years old, George is slightly older than William was when he first participated in the royal Christmas Day tradition, aged five. It is thought that the family waited until Princess Charlotte was old enough to join George, to avoid singling out their eldest son. Prince Louis, one year old, stayed home at Sandringham.
If the children were the clear stars of the Christmas Day show for the many well-wishers who gathered to cheer the family on, then the Queen was at least the most visible. She wore a bright red coat with a sparkling beaded trim, completing her ensemble with a matching hat, pearl necklace, diamond brooch and black gloves and handbag.
She arrived accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne, both of whom wore purple outfits.