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Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) proved she is very much prepared for the festive season and looked stunning in a sequinned midi-length gown in a preview image for her annual Christmas Carol concert.

For the second year in a row, Kate Middleton will lead the Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey. The news was announced by ITV who released a preview for the Princess of Wales' Christmas carol service with a festive portrait of Kate, posing in front of an elegant Christmas tree.

As always, Kate looked stunning and fans were quick to track down the outfit seen in the preview. The cherry red gown by Needle & Thread features a sequinned bodice, long sheer sleeves and is covered in floral appliques. Kate paired the festive dress with a pair of ruby and gold drop earrings from Soru Jewellery and wore her hair in her signature loose curls.

The Needle and Thread 'Aurora Ballerina Gown' is available to buy from the Needle and Thread store for £460. (opens in new tab) 

Kate Middleton and Prince William

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Kate previously wore the Needle and Thread dress to attend a state reception at Buckingham Palace in January 2020 alongside Prince William, and royal fans have been obsessed with it ever since.

One fan tweeted about the look, "One of my favourites! So glad she repeated," while another added, "So happy to see that dress again, it is perfect for the occasion!"

This year's carol service, which will take place on 15th December, will celebrate the life and legacy of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died earlier this year at 96 years old. 

As well as hearing carols sung by the abbey's world-renowned choir, viewers who tune in to watch the service will see musical performances and readings delivered by special guests from across the United Kingdom.

Kate wore another stunning red look for last year's service, with the colour clearly being a holiday staple for the Princess. Last year saw Kate don a bright-red coat dress by Catherine Walker and red pumps by Gianvito Rossi which she accessorised with a red clutch bag.

As well as stunning with her festive outfit at last year's event, Kate blew royal fans away as she accompanied Tom Walker on the piano during his performance of 'For Those Who Can't Be Here.'

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for Goodto.com. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.