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Duchess Kate glams up to attend the Queen's Christmas lunch

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Queen's Buckingham Palace Christmas lunch on Wednesday. The couple joined other members of the royal family including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice at the event, which is hosted each year by the monarch at her official residence.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Christmas lunch without Prince George

Prince George arrived at the palace in a separate car with his nanny, Maria Teresa Borallo. The 16-month-old, who is due to celebrate his second Christmas at Sandringham next week, was reportedly smiling as he peered out of the window on the way to lunch. Maria Teresa was later pictured in the car with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they left Buckingham Palace.

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Prince George's nanny Maria Teresa Borallo was pictured leaving the palace with the royals

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, looked stunning as she arrived at the event wearing a red dress which appeared to be the Katherine Hooker design she wore to an official engagement for East Anglia Children's Hospices back in November. Completing the look was a dazzling pair of statement earrings which dated back to her single days and a half updo. Prince William drove the couple to the palace wearing a navy suit with a classic white shirt and tie.

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The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a red dress with sparkling accessories

Earlier in the day the Prince had paid a visit to Centrepoint, the UK's leading charity for homeless young people, where he joked that Kate had "nightmare hair". Seemingly, Kate had taken the jokey remarks in jest, as the couple appeared to be in good spirits as they arrived at the palace together.

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Prince Harry was one of the first to arrive at Buckingham Palace

Also in attendance were Peter Phillips, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Helen Taylor with her husband Timothy and daughter Estella Taylor. There are only two events each year that see the royal family gather on such a scale. The Trooping The Colour ceremony, which honours the Queen's official birthday, is followed by a family lunch attended by both senior and minor members of the family. The pre-Christmas lunch allows the extended family to dine together, including those that aren't invited to spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham.

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