Kate Middleton Spotted Out Shopping for Royal Christmas

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Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, was spotted out Christmas shopping in London this weekend, likely preparing for the Royal family's first Christmas with Princess Charlotte.

Wearing a Reiss houndstooth coat, Kate Middleton looked lovely, as always, as she shopped in the Peter Jones department store in Chelsea. She paired her look with knee-high boots. Her recent new haircut was stunning.

Alas it wasn't much of a shopping trip, as the only thing Kate Middleton left the store with was a wipe-clean PVC tablecloth. Surely that won't be gracing the table for the Royal family's Christmas dinner. What do you suppose the duchess bought an item like this for?

Sources say Prince William and Kate Middleton won't be joining Queen Elizabeth for her traditional Christmas gathering this year. Instead they will join her and the rest of the Royal family for church, returning to their own home later for a much smaller Christmas gathering.

In a recent interview, Prince William said Prince George is very excited about Christmas, and that he will be "bouncing around like a rabbit" before Christmas Day. He added that he and Kate are unlikely to get much sleep on Christmas Eve.

Christmas with two small children is a challenge for any parents, but Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to take it all in stride.

"We'll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them. It's a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of your own," William said recently. "It'd be nice if we got a white Christmas because we haven't had one in many years."

Do you suppose shoppers will catch yet another peak at Kate Middleton doing more Christmas shopping in the coming days? Surely she'll buy more than a plastic tablecloth for the holiday.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.