Duchess Catherine dons a festive tartan as she and Prince William host a fun-filled Christmas bash

Look sharp, a very royal Christmas is coming...

‘Tis the season for woolly jumpers and tartan… in the UK that is.

Duchess Catherine has stepped out in what might be her most festive look yet as she and Prince William hosted a Christmas party for deployed personal from the RAF at Kensington Palace on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old mum looked stunning in a red tartan skirt by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, paired with a black cashmere top by Brora.

But this wasn’t the only fittingly festive feat of the colourful event…

A Merry Christmas indeed! The royal pair were all smiles as they entered the festive event. (Image: Getty)

Kate looked stunning in a tartan skirt while Wills opted for a blue jumper and shirt. (Image: Getty)

There was even a smattering of snow as the festivities played out… well, sort of.

As the couple entered the event, a snow machine sprinkled a smattering of snowflakes onto the Prince and Duchess, and their delight was evident.

The couple were surprised by a sprinkling of snowflakes from a machine as they walked in. (Image: Getty)

But it soon turned into a full white out as the machine really got going! (Image: Getty)

The event was held as a show of solidarity and support for deployed personnel and to acknowledge those currently serving who will be away from their families at this time of year.

The pair mingled with partners and children of army personnel. Stalls where guests could decorate stockings, snow globes and Christmas crackers also went down a treat with the young ones.

Always a natural with kids, Kate had many animated discussions with the young guests at the event. (Image: Getty)

The children decorated stockings, snow globes and Christmas crackers during the colourful engagement. (Image: Getty)

The festive event comes after Kate spoke candidly about how excited her three-young children are getting for December 25th.

While attending an official engagement at Leicester University on Wednesday, November 28, Catherine got chatting to a couple of avid royal fans who had come to see her.

When asked about her two eldest kids Charlotte and George, she told them: “They’re getting excited for Christmas time, because they’ve started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up,” she said.

And while Louis, who is not yet one, might be a little too young to appreciate Christmas in all it’s glory this year, he’s certainly on the way: “Louis’s getting bigger, I can’t believe he’s like seven months, he’s getting to be a big boy,” Kate said of her youngest son.

As for Kate and Wills, it has been reported the pair will join the Queen, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at Sandringham for the big day.

And they won’t be doing things by halves. The British royals jam-packed Christmas day schedule includes a dinner at Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve, while Christmas morning starts with a full English breakfast.

Next comes a Church service before a 50-minute lunch. The family will then gather around the TV to watch the Queen’s pre-recorded Christmas message at 3pm on the dot.

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