By Alexandra Whittaker
Updated Dec 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am
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Kate Middleton may be out repping Santa Claus in a parade of festive outfits, but Meghan Markle is keeping her holiday spirit in her heart, not (literally) on her sleeve. The Duchess of Sussex stepped out for a solo royal visit for her last public engagement before Christmas break with the whole family (minus mom Doria), and she chose an outfit that screams "spring!"

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The royal wore a patterned Brock Collection midi dress (; $1,480) from the brand's Resort 2019 collection, braving through the progressively chillier weather to rep florals in December.

She paired it with taupe heels and a gray Soia & Kyo wool coat (; $695), though she shed the coat once inside, spotlighting the intricate detailing of her dress's sleeves.

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Markle was out in order to pay a visit to a residential nursing home run by the Royal Variety Charity, and while there, she chit chatted with residents, telling them she felt "very pregnant today," according to People.

When Markle asked a resident if she had children, and the resident responded, "No, I had a career," Markle sympathized. "Yes, that I understand," she said.