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Duchess Kate plays field hockey -- in plaid and heels

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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.

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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