Kate Middleton will wear FIVE outfits on Christmas Day at Sandringham

I’ll wear FIVE outfits in one day, reveals style-icon Kate as she prepares for first Christmas at Sandringham

Spending your first Christmas with the in-laws can be a daunting experience.

But when the occasion involves the Royal family, nerve-wracking is a more fitting description.

The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted that she faces the ultimate wardrobe dilemma for her stay at Sandringham – where she will be expected to change outfits a staggering five times on Christmas day.

Dressed up and dressed down: The Duchess has shown she can dress well for any occasion Dressed up and dressed down: The Duchess has shown she can dress well for any occasion

Dressed up and dressed down: This week alone, the Duchess has shown she can dress well for any occasion

Kate confided in a fellow guest at A Night of Heroes at the Imperial War Museum on Sunday night. Saying that she would not be able to repeat an outfit.

Sheridan Bowler, 19, told The Sun: “She said she was looking forward to Christmas with Prince William”s family, and said she had to change dress five times on Christmas Day. I couldn”t believe it.”

It”s no wonder Kate has been spotted shopping on the King”s Road recently, probably in search of suitable pieces for her upcoming trip.

Thankfully the Duchess has a natural instinct for appropriate attire – as she demonstrated in her 350 Ralph Lauren dress at last night”s visit to a homeless shelter.

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Wardrobe dilemma: The Duchess of Cambridge will need an outfit for church, including a hat, a long dress for dinner and at least one other for lunch

She will no doubt look near perfect for every event.

Royal etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith told Grazia magazine: “Kate will need a casual outfit for breakfast, a smart outfit – and a hat – for the morning church service, adress for lunch, a cocktail dress for early evening drinks and a full-length dress for the evening meal.

“The golden rule is nothing too short, too revealing or too gaudy.”

Pressure: Kate will spend the Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham

Pressure: Kate will spend the Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham

Kate has been seen shopping at Zara, LK Bennett where she has reportedly picked up a black sheath dress and two cashmere cardigans.

For a more high-end look, she is said to have ordered two evening dresses from Alexander McQueen – the label she chose for her wedding gown to marry Prince William.

If the heavy sartorial pace isn”t enough pressure, imagine having to pick a Christmas gift for the Queen…