Christmas is officially coming this week! The royals will be back at Sandringham this year to celebrate, and ahead of the upcoming holiday, we’ve got a look back at some of the royal jewels worn in the past on Christmas Day. First up: the Christmas jewels worn by the Princess of Wales.
Catherine’s first Christmas as a member of the royal family was in 2011. She and William didn’t attend the family celebration at Sandringham every year early in their marriage, but for that first married Christmas, they were present for the annual walk to church at St. Mary Magdalene. The newly-minted Duchess of Cambridge wore a coat and hat in a deep shade of burgundy for the occasion, accessorized with a new pair of earrings. The diamond, gold, and green amethyst earrings were from Kiki McDonough.
On Christmas Day in 2013, the Duchess wore the green amethyst Kiki McDonough earrings again to attend church near Sandringham with the royal family. This time, she paired the earrings with a McQueen coat in black watch tartan and a dark green hat.
Brown tweed was Kate’s fabric of choice for Christmas Day in 2014, paired with a brown hat and a patterned scarf in shades of brown and gold. She carried the gold theme through to her earrings, wearing the Double Leaf Earrings from Catherine Zoraida.
The green amethyst Kiki McDonough earrings made yet another Christmas Day appearance on the Duchess in 2015, paired with a green coat and hat. Thrillingly, Kate also wore a brooch for the church service for the first time: her Oak Leaf Brooch, which is made of diamonds and pearls set in gold. Acorns and oak leaves are an important symbol to the Middleton family—remember Kate’s wedding earrings?—and the brooch continues that theme. Kate wore the brooch for the first time in the spring of 2012, but it’s also become a Christmas favorite.
The Cambridge family didn’t attend the royal Christmas celebration at Sandringham in 2016, but they were photographed attending church near the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. But Kate still brought along a royal reminder with her, wearing the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Pearl Earrings with her burgundy coat.
William and Kate walked to church again with the family at Sandringham on Christmas morning in 2017, with Kate wearing a tartan and velvet coat with a furry hat. She accessorized with another pair of earrings from her Kiki McDonough collection, this time set with diamonds and citrines.
In December 2018, the Duchess sparkled in her Oak Leaf Brooch for a second time on Christmas Day at Sandringham. She pinned the brooch to a festive red coat. The leafy theme of the brooch was carried through to her earrings: gold and diamond Oak Leaf Earrings from Asprey.
We most recently saw the royal family walk to church near Sandringham on Christmas Day in 2019. Green amethysts were her gemstone of choice once again—but set in a different pair of earrings this time. These diamond and green amethyst earrings are also from Kiki McDonough. Kate wore them for the first time in Northern Ireland earlier the same year.
Since becoming Princess of Wales, Kate’s jewelry access has definitely been expanded. Are there any jewels you’re hoping to see her wear at Sandringham on Christmas Day this year?