At this time of year all we want to wear is plush coats, high boots and snuggly hats and scarves. And while Kate Middleton skipped the beanie on her first royal outing of the year, her outfit was just as suitably cosy. 

Stepping out at a church service with Britain's Queen Elizabeth last weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge brought her sophisticated take on country chic to St Mary Magdalene Church, the quaint church frequented by the Royal Family during their Christmas stays with the Queen on her Sandringham estate. 

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Choosing a rust-and-purple-coloured ombré coat by Roksanda, featuring a high funnel neck, Kate made the muted colours pop by pairing it with a vivid cerulean fedora by Hicks & Brown, accented with a fluffy trim. 

Finishing her look with a pair of recycled brown knee-high Stuart Weitzman boots, brown suede gloves and a muted blue quilted clutch, Kate's outfit was a masterclass in comfortable formal dressing. 

The appearance was a comparatively quiet one, as Kate attended the services with her husband Prince William, leaving their three children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - at home.

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The family attended Christmas services together on Christmas Day, with crowds of onlookers gathering in the hopes of sneaking a peek at the young royals. 

Also in attendance was a small group of the couple's closest friends, who had allegedly gathered at Sandringham ahead of Kate's 38th birthday this Thursday. Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, fresh from their holiday in St Barths, were invited, as well Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who attended alongside her husband David Rocksavage, aka the Marquess of Cholmondeley.

There had been rumours of a falling out between Hanbury and Kate last year, but with two public appearances together already done there is little sign of a rift. 

Irish school teacher Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe - who works at St Thomas Battersea, where Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend school - went with her fiancé Thomas van Straubenzee. It marked the Kilkenny native's first public appearance since announcing her engagement to one of Prince William's closest friends.