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Remembering the Royal family's festive fashion over the years

Seeing the royal family make their way to church or enjoying country pursuits is as much a part of a very British Christmas as Love Actually and Quality Street.

Over the years, it's also become something of a fashion parade with everyone from The Queen to the Duchess of Cambridge bringing their own take on festive dressing to proceedings. 

Here we look back at some of the most stylish royal festive fashion moments from over the years...

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Princess Margaret looked cosy yet elegant in a fit-and-flare coat and whimsical hat as she attended a Christmas music concert in December 1949.

The Queen donned a beautiful brocade dress to deliver her Christmas message in 1957. 

The Queen and Princess Margaret are the epitome of wintry elegance as they board the train to Sandringham with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles in 1960. 

A fabulous array of looks from the royals on Christmas Day 1968, from Princess Anne's striped coat to the ostentatious hats on The Queen and the Queen Mother.

Princess Margaret showed off her perfect beehive as she balanced her daughter Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, in suitably festive tartan, on her lap at Windsor Castle on Christmas Eve 1969.

A royally wonderful fashion line-up, from Princess Diana's double breasted coat to Zara Phillips' sweet cape at Sandringham, 1985

Princess Diana and Lady Rose Windsor were all about the traffic-stopping brights for the Christmas Day church service in Windsor, Britain in 1987

Princess Diana opted for festive red with a military nod on Christmas Day 1986.

Princess Diana wore a black velvet dress which would look just as good today for a carol concert in December 1988.

In 1989, The Queen looked jolly in pink and pearls to deliver her Christmas message.

Princess Eugenie And Princess Beatrice arriving at Sandringham Church Christmas Service in 1996 wearing adorable matching berets, muffs and riding coats. 

Princess Diana chose a glamorous LDB for a Christmas Party in 1996.

The Queen looked cosy in cream on Christmas Day in 2010.

The Queen's standard Boxing Day look: a timeless trench and headscarf. 

On Christmas Eve 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge updated the classic country look with skinny jeans and Le Chameau wellies. 

The Duchess of Cambridge chose head-to-toe berry hues for her first royal Christmas in 2011. 

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a suitably festive McQ tartan coat on Christmas Day 2013. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was polished in a tweed coat by Moloh for Christmas Day 2014. 

For the Anna Freud Centre Christmas Party in 2015, the Duchess donned her McQueen red dress.