Kate Middleton Needs a Big Suitcase for All Her Christmas Vacation Clothes

Catherine, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge (C) talks to people at a dinner reception in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St James's Palace, in London, on November 10, 2011. The Appeal was launched in April 2009 by its Patron, The Duke of Cambridge, to develop the Arboretum into a world-renowned centre for Remembrance and to ensure that there are necessary facilities for the 300,000 visiting families, servicemen and women, veterans and members of the public each year.  AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ LEFTERIS PITARAKIS (Photo credit should read LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Kate's likely expression when told she'd need FIVE outfits a day. Photo: AFP/2011 AFP

Kate Middleton will spend her first Christmas with the royal family this year, at Sandringham Palace. An expert in royal protocol explained this will require quite the capsule wardrobe, with up to five looks per day — "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." To prepare, Kate's been spotted on a number of shopping trips recently, at high street stores including Zara, Mulberry, and, of course, L.K. Bennett. The Daily Mail also reports she's placed an order for two Alexander McQueen evening dresses, for more formal occasions. Let's hope one of them is the finale look from McQueen's spring collection (veil optional), because, well, who doesn't want to make their first Christmas break with the in-laws a memorable one?