Kate Middleton’s birthday week is officially underway! And, let it be said, almost-38 looks amazing on the Duchess of Cambridge. Although Kate’s birthday isn’t until Thursday, she reportedly kicked things off a little early when she and Prince William hosted some of their dear friends for the weekend at their Amner Hall country home in Norfolk. Kate capped off the weekend by joining Queen Elizabeth for church — and making headlines for the super-chic ensemble she wore to worship.
According to People, Kate, Will, and the friends they invited to Amner Hall headed to the Queen’s Sandringham estate on Sunday to attend St. Mary Magdalene church. In photos taken of Kate walking into the service, she can be seen wearing a stunning winter outfit consisting of a Roksanda plum-and-brown funnel-neck coat (which is already sold out, btw), Stuart Weitzman boots and an, ahem, royal blue fedora. Not surprisingly, the look quickly made waves on the internet, where fans praised the Duchess for her impeccable style choice.
Of course, the outfit wasn’t one of Kate’s birthday weekend guests of honor — not technically, anyway. As for who joined Kate and Will ahead of her 38th birthday on Thursday, guests included Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, and friends Tom van Straubenzee and fiancée Lucy Lanigan-O’Keefe as well as friends James Meade and his wife Laura.
Also in attendance? David Rocksavage, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and his wife Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Last spring, following a tabloid report claiming Kate and Rose had fallen out, rumors ran rampant that William had an affair with Rose. However, the claims went unsubstantiated. And judging by Rose’s presence at church on the weekend of Kate’s birthday celebration, the women seemed to have most past any awkwardness that may have been the result of the tabloid reports and rumor mill.
Besides, Kate undoubtedly has little time for drama as she enters her 38th year. According to Robert Jobson, author of Charles: Our Future King, Kate and William’s position in the royal family will grow more in 2020. “I believe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s position will continue to evolve, with them resembling more of a new-look Charles and Diana in their hugely successful early days on the world stage, becoming a major force in the UK’s soft-power diplomacy,” Jobson told the Daily Mail.