By Maysa Rawi

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

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.

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.

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, a dress 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

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...

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