Royal Protocol 101: 8 Fashion Rules For British Monarchs

  • Kate carries a clutch so that she has something to do with her hands, thus, making sure she never looks awkward. Princess Diana would also use her clutch to cover her cleavage when she stepped out of cars. (Photo: Archive)

  • Why is Elizabeth II the Queen of colors? “I can’t wear beige because nobody would know who I am.” The Queen often wears bright colors to ensure that members of the public stand a chance of seeing her through the crowds. (Photo: Archive)

  • Royal Family members who have served in the Armed Forces or hold honorary military appointments such as Princes William and Harry, and Princess Anne, wear dress uniform for certain military events such as the Trooping of the Colour or Remembrance Day. (Photo: Archive)

  • Royal ladies avoid clothes that are overly revealing. For example, they keep the hemlines of their skirts weighted down in order to maintain a sense of modesty and to prevent any mishaps, particularly when it’s windy! (Photo: Archive)

  • The Queen meets many people on any given day of official engagement, and on any of those give days, she shakes thousands of hands. White gloves no only compliment her personal style, but they also serve to help keep germs away from her. Especially now that she’s 91 years old! (Photo: Archive)

  • Have you notice Prince George always wears shorts? There’s a tradition among the upper class, aristocracy and royals to dress young boys in shorts—it’s often considered decidedly “suburban” not to do so. (Photo: Archive)

  • The choice of jewelry may vary according to the event – very fine, striking jewelry and tiaras can be worn for white tie and very formal evening dress. Simple jewelry or pearls are appropriate for daytime events. (Photo: Archive)

  • “When it comes to a special occasion in British society, the special occasion is not complete without a hat,” Hilary Alexander once said. In weddings, hats are a tradition but not a requirement by the Anglican Church. But you know the Royal Family, they must keep traditions alive! (Photo: Archive)

Kate carries a clutch so that she has something to do with her hands, thus, making sure she never looks awkward. Princess Diana would also use her clutch to cover her cleavage when she stepped out of cars. (Photo: Archive)

Where most of us don’t think twice about what clothes we throw on every morning—it is either the closest or the cleanest—, fashion icon Kate Middleton and the rest of the Royal Family live by very strict clothing guidelines at all times.

No matter what the occasion, what the House of Windsor wears is always dictated by a rigorous and meticulous protocol. From the hats, to the gloves, to the jewelry, to the clutches, to the color of their outfits, none of their style choices are a fluke.

Here’s what you need to know about the royal wardrobe before you meet your prince charming!



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