Spare a thought for Kate Middleton. Whilst most of the country are tucking into chocolate for breakfast (hello, Christmas!) The Duchess of Cambridge faces the daunting prospect of her first Royal Christmas day. Mind you, so far she’s pretty much triumphed in the fashion stakes, appearing at the traditional morning church service wearing an aubergine coat, reportedly made by an independent British designer and a matching hat by Jane Corbett, one of the Middleton family’s favourite milliners.
Carole Middleton wore a Jane Corbett creation, which costs anywhere between £350-£500 for her daughter’s wedding at Westminster Abbey, and Kate herself opted for a bespoke royal blue hat by the same designer at the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday celebrations.
This outfit is the second we’ve seen Kate in so far this Christmas Day. Earlier she’d been spotted taking a walk with the young Royals in a brown coat (yet to be identified) and some – get this! – heeled knee-high boots. According to the Duchess she has five outfits prepared for today’s festivities at the Royal home of Sandringham. '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,' Sheridan Bowler, who met Kate at her recent Centrepoint visit, revealed.
It fits with what royal etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith told us about the Royal Christmas routine. '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.' We’ve learnt she’s commissioned another Alexander McQueen gown and did a quick trolley dash through Zara and LK Bennett.
And do you have to have a Christmas crown to match with those – or will the one from the cracker do?