Duchess Kate steps out in style and drums up smiles with school children

by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked picture perfect for the holidays Tuesday as she stepped out in a bright red Alexander McQueen dress for a festive visit with the students of London's Anna Freud Centre.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre on December 15, 2015 in London. The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonChris Jackson/AFP/Getty ImagesChris Jackson / AFP - Getty Images

The duchess was there to meet with families and celebrate the season.

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Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Anna Freud Centre family school Christmas party at the Anna Freud Centre in London, Tuesday Dec. 15, 2015. (Chris Jackson/Pool via AP)Chris Jackson / AP

The facility is geared toward supporting children with special mental and behavioral needs, and is part of Kate's ongoing outreach.

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During her visit, Kate got hands-on with the kids, creating Christmas decorations.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre on December 15, 2015 in London. The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonChris Jackson/AFP/Getty ImagesCHRIS JACKSON / AFP - Getty Images

And then she got even getting more hands on — with drums!

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre on December 15, 2015 in London. The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonChris Jackson/AFP/Getty ImagesChris Jackson / AFP - Getty Images
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in some drumming 'music therapy' as she attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre on December 15, 2015 in London. The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonChris Jackson/AFP/Getty ImagesChris Jackson / AFP - Getty Images

Check out her royal performance:

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Kate last visited the school in September, when she took a full tour. But the location isn't the only thing that seems familiar from Tuesday's stop.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre on December 15, 2015 in London. The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonChris Jackson/AFP/Getty ImagesChris Jackson / AFP - Getty Images

Royal watchers will likely remember her crimson dress, too. The duchess wore it in 2012, to attend the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and again in 2014, during a reception at Buckingham palace.

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