If the Duchess of Sussex’s wardrobe in Harry & Meghan could have been lifted from a Nancy Meyers movie, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has been striking a balance between regal and relatable in her many appearances in the run-up to Christmas—the first holiday season for the royal family since the passing of the Queen in September. Yes, there have been red sequined gowns by Jenny Packham and Needle & Thread (the former worn with the Lotus Flower Tiara), and prim dress coats in burgundy, one of the royal’s most-worn colors—but we’ve also seen the Princess in skinny jeans and Superga trainers courtesy of the Wales’s 2022 Christmas card, and a Holland Cooper Fair Isle knit while decorating her Christmas tree.
Now, Middleton has offered up another take on festive knitwear in a promo for Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, filmed on 15 December and due to air in Britain on Christmas Eve: a black sequined cardigan by Self-Portrait with a gold braided trim and black diamanté buttons.
The black shade is notable: members of the royal family never wear it except when in mourning, and this year’s carol service is dedicated to the memory of the Queen. “Her Majesty held Christmas close to her heart, as a time that brought people together and reminded us of the importance of faith, friendship and family, and to show empathy and compassion,” the princess says in the teaser. “This year, we’ve invited hundreds of inspiring individuals to the service. Those who showcase the power of connectedness and community values, allowing us to continue Her Majesty’s tradition of recognizing and thanking those who have gone above and beyond to support others.” Among those due to perform? Everyone from the Olympic boxer Nicola Adams to the Westminster Abbey choir to Kristin Scott Thomas. Here’s hoping Middleton decides to show off her piano skills again, too.