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

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge posing for the camera: Duchess Catherine and Prince William have stepped out in support of RAF personnel as they hosted a Christmas bash attended by their families - and the festive event was topped off by Kate's very Christmassy outfit. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Duchess Catherine and Prince William have stepped out in support of RAF personnel as they hosted a Christmas bash attended by their families - and the festive event was topped off by Kate's very Christmassy outfit.

'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.

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But this wasn't the only fittingly festive feat of the colourful event...

a man and a woman walking down a street: A Merry Christmas indeed! The royal pair were all smiles as they entered the festive event. (Image: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd A Merry Christmas indeed! The royal pair were all smiles as they entered the festive event. (Image: Getty)

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

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Kate looked stunning in a tartan skirt while Wills opted for a blue jumper and shirt. (Image: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Kate looked stunning in a tartan skirt while Wills opted for a blue jumper and shirt. (Image: Getty)

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

a group of people walking down the street: The couple were surprised by a sprinkling of snowflakes from a machine as they walked in. (Image: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd The couple were surprised by a sprinkling of snowflakes from a machine as they walked in. (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.

a group of people standing in the water: But it soon turned into a full white out as the machine really got going! (Image: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd But it soon turned into a full white out as the machine really got going! (Image: Getty)

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) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Always a natural with kids, Kate had many animated discussions with the young guests at the event. (Image: Getty)

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

a group of people sitting at a table with a birthday cake: The children decorated stockings, snow globes and Christmas crackers during the colourful engagement. (Image: Getty) © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd The children decorated stockings, snow globes and Christmas crackers during the colourful engagement. (Image: Getty)

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.

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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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