Kate Middleton was spotted doing some Christmas shopping at a department store in London on Friday. She opted to wear her Reiss houndstooth coat and knee-high boots for the outing to protect her from the chill. The 33-year-old British royal was pictured emerging from her favourite Peter Jones store in Chelsea.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed, but a little tired as she did some Christmas shopping for her kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Her newly cut, short hair was scooped into an up do. She spent about an hour shopping at the department store and came out carrying a bag and a chequered wipe-clean PVC tablecloth as she left the popular store in west London, Telegraph UK reports.

She is reportedly taking precautions for her two-year-old tot George and seven-month-old sister Charlotte, who might spill something wherein wipe-clean cloth may come in handy. Kate and Prince William are preparing to play host to the former’s family during Christmas. For the second consecutive year, the couple will host Carole, Michael, Pippa and James Middleton at their home, Hello reports.

The royal couple will attend church service with other members of the royal family at St. Mary Magdalene. They will not be spending the whole day with Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals as is tradition due to the chaos that George and Charlotte are likely to create. A source told that the little princess will not attend Christmas mass and stay at home with her nanny Maria Borallo, while he said that it remains to be seen whether George will attend.

The tots are sure to have a lot of fun with their grandmother helping them get crafty with baking and making paper-and-string sew your own Christmas garlands. William said in an interview with The Big Issue that George will be bouncing around like a rabbit. He added that if he got some sleep before Christmas, it would be good. The 33-year-old prince said that this year little George has come to understand what Christmas is about, and “we'll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them.”

Meanwhile, the British royals exchange their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. The queen does not like expensive gifts and prefers them to be simple, practical and humorous. Kate had previously taken the opportunity and made handmade gifts for the family members. A source told E Online that one year she even made homemade jam.

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