15 Fashion Rules Everyone in the Royal Family has to Follow
Posted in News on Dec 12th, 2018
Everyone has dreamed of being a Princess, Prince, King or Queen, but often forget the book of rules that come with the royal title. The British royal family has remained at the center of media coverage ever since Shakespearean days, and some of their fashion rules were probably created back then too!
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15. The Queen says skirts, not pants
Even though Meghan Markle looks drop-dead gorgeous and seriously elegant when she sports sleek pantsuits, she’s actually breaking customary royal code every time she wears them! Though wearing pants to a formal affair is not completely forbidden, the Queen would rather have her royal highnesses dressed in skirts and dresses.
14. All wedding dresses require the Queen's approval
Each time a royal gets married, the wedding dress takes huge cues from the styles donned by royalty. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and now Meghan Markle have set the standard from elegance when it comes to beautiful wedding gowns. But before saying yes to the dress, each royal dress needed to have the Queen’s approval! Tradition says the reigning Queen gets the final say.
13. Handbags are used as secret code
It’s rare you’d ever spot Queen Elizabeth outside of the palace without a purse in hand. Used as a way to keep her hands occupied and a fashionable accent to her colorful ensembles, the Queen also uses her purse to send signals to her security. If she wants to excuse herself from dinner, she sets it on the table. When she wants to exit an annoying or boring conversation, she simply switches her purse to the opposite hand, signaling to her aides that it’s time to wrap it up. Who knew Elizabeth could be such a shady Queen?!
12. Bright colors are reserved for the Queen
You may have noticed that not many royals make bold or colorful fashion statements besides the Queen herself. Known for her outstanding two-piece sets, bright colors are reserved for the Queen. Sophie, Countess of Wessex once explained that the Queen “needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen.’” So as they say, if you know, you know!
11. All royals must travel with a complete black outfit
As part of the job of being a Prince or a Duchess, plenty of travel is expected of royals. Morbid as it may be, royals are expected to always travel with a black outfit on hand in the event that a member of the family passes away. When Queen Elizabeth was just Princess Elizabeth, her father died while she was away in Kenya. With no black outfit handy, Elizabeth had to wait to exit her plane until an all black fit was delivered to her.
10. Never wear wedged heels near the Queen
There’s no real reason behind this rule other than the simple fact that the Queen despises the look of wedges. A royal source revealed to Vanity Fair magazine that “She really doesn’t like them, and it’s well-known among the women in the family.” Apparently, Kate Middleton didn’t get the memo. She loves dressing her favorite espadrille wedges up and down.
9. Stockings are a must
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s official engagement photos were released to the press, the first thing everyone noticed was Markle’s bare legs. A collective gasp could be heard around the world when news broke that she skipped wearing a pair of pantyhose for such an important photo shoot. Luckily the palace walls didn’t come crumbling down, and people got over, but it is an unwritten law that women of the palace always wear pantyhose with skirts or dresses!
8. Nix the colorful nail polish
If any royal women wants to wear any nail polish, it’s in the best interest to stick with a clear top coat or extremely muted flesh-toned colors. In fact, the Queen’s favorite is one of Essie’s best selling shades “Ballet Slippers,” a soft-toned blush pink. For nearly three decades, the queen has stuck to one polish and one polish only!
7. Tiara-wearing is a privilege
You’d imagine that becoming a royal or being born a royal gives you all the authority in the world to sport a tiara at any given moment. Unfortunately, we’ve all been fooled. Tiaras are only allowed to be worn at the fanciest royal events. Not only that, but the wearer must be a married woman to have the crowning privilege. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both wore tiaras at their respective weddings, and hardly ever again since then!
6. Hats are worn to maintain old tradition
One thing that makes British royals stand out next to other international royals is their fascination with hats. For every bright colored and uniquely made two piece the Queen wears, she always has a matching hat to top it all off. According to age-old tradition, it was customary that royal ladies hide their hair when in public spaces Showing their hair was considered sort of a taboo. We know how the Queen feels about tradition, so count on the hats staying.
5. Young Princes only wear shorts
With typical British weather in mind, it almost seems cruel that young princes are not allowed to wear full-length trousers. According to British Etiquette expert William Hanson, “trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.” Prince George will have to stay cool in shorts until he turns 8!
4. Gloves are for protection, not fashion
Believe it or not, the Queen doesn’t wear gloves because she has chronically cold hands or because she thinks they go well with her outfit. Gloves are a safety precaution against shaking hands with strangers. Enlisting the help of trusted royal glove makers, the Queen’s gloves are always made out of anti-bacterial materials to shield her from middle-class citizen germs!
3. Coats always stay on, ladies
Talk about commitment. British royal etiquette states that no royal female is allowed to remove a coat once she has stepped out into public with it. The removal of a coat is seen as unladylike, but we’re thinking it sounds more abusive than anything!
2. They side-eye denim wearers
Nothing screams proletariat like a pair of ripped jeans. When Meghan Markle was first spotted cozying up to Prince Harry, her very trendy pair of ripped jeans turned heads and earned her a decent amount of side-eye. Luckily the changing times are on her side now, and royal women are allowed to wear denim for casual outings. But if cameras are at all involved, jeans better not be!
1. Weighted hemlines are required
Marilyn Monroe may be adored for her flirty wind-swept dress moment, but it's a royal nightmare if it happens to anyone within the Queen's family. To protect against the unpredictable and notoriously blustery British weather, royal women must have weight hemlines installed in their flowy dresses or skirts. Saves everyone some embarrassment and gives the Queen peace of mind.