Duchess Kate

Duchess Kate plays field hockey -- in plaid and heels

Nov. 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM ET

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Duchess Kate is all dressed up, taking part in a day of activities and festivities to mark the anniversary of St Andrew's Day at St Andrew's School on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Berkshire, England.

By Hilary George-Parkin, Styleite

We’ve been toying with the idea of bringing back our old school uniform kilt lately (thanks, Malia), and Kate Middleton‘s latest outfit is only fueling the fire.

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Duchess Kate helped unveil a plaque to officially open a new artificial turf playing field and met members of the school's hockey team, which she played for during her time as a pupil at the school.

On Friday, the duchess visited St. Andrew’s, the school she attended from 1986-1995, and paid homage to the academy’s signature tartan and forest green in a plaid coatdress by McQ, a brand from the late Alexander McQueen. Of course, it was just a teensy bit fancier than the standard-issue gear, especially paired with Kate’s favorite Aquatalia high-heeled boots, black tights and a perfectly blown-out 'do.

Much has been said about the royal’s new cut since she debuted her face-framing bangs and long layers earlier this month, but we think this is the best it’s looked yet. And that’s saying a lot since by the looks of things she spent much of her day running around the grass playing field hockey with the kids. In heels, natch.

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Duchess Kate is no waif! Here she shows off her field hockey skills.

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