Kate Middleton makes symbolic statement in her first appearance of 2019: Get the details!

It might be a new year, but nothing’s changing about the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. The 36-year-old royal made that abundantly clear as she stepped out for the first time publicly in 2019. And why should she shake things up? Donning one of her trusty coats by Catherine Walker and a trendy matching headband, Kate looked as stunning as ever. The mom-of-three was photographed strutting into Sunday church service at Sandringham alongside her equally bundled-up royal family on January 6. Needless to say, the gathered crowds were thrilled and, upon closer inspection, could see that her ensemble was inherently symbolic!

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Happy blue year! Kate Middleton rang in 2019 with a royal color choice Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Between her choice to recycle one of her sophisticated coats to the polished Prada pumps that graced her feet, Kate’s look was the epitome of her. Furthermore, it is truly indignant of how proud she is to be a British royal. For one thing, the brunette bombshell opted for a royal blue color – a clear nod to her status.

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Kate rewore her polka dot dress from Prince Charles' birthday portraits Photo: Chris Jackson / Clarence House via Getty Images

The second interesting choice was the style she rocked underneath. While she may have been all buttoned up in her reused blue, Kate rewore the navy Alessandra Rich polka dot dress she had on in Prince Charles' 70th birthday portraits. There are two notable aspects about this decision. One is that Alessandra is a London-based designer, cementing Kate’s strong desire to support her homeland. Another is a connection that’s already been made.

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With the dress, Prince William’s wife may have been quietly paying homage to Princess Diana, who had famously been photographed in a very similar piece. Kate was accompanied to mass by her suit-clad Duke, so it would have been a fitting moment for her to wear the referencial frock.

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A headband and pearl-drop earrings completed the Duchess' look Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Accessories-wise, social media is ablaze with comments on the Duchess' blue Jane Taylor headband. Kate loves topping off her attire with headpieces, almost as much as she seems to love handbags! The fashionista carried a modish Jimmy Choo clutch for the family outing – and later flowers which were given to her by a fan. Other outfit accents included: sleek black gloves that tied in her dark shoes and shimmering Annoushka pearl-drop earrings – another rewear.

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Kate and William weren’t the only familiar faces braving the chilly weather to greet supporters outside the church. Other family members, including matriarch Queen Elizabeth, were there as well. The Cambridge family has been staying in their country home, Anmer Hall, over the holidays, which is right near Sandringham. The pair have been going to the first January service since 2016.

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