WHEN the royal family step out for public engagements often all eyes are on their striking fashion choices.
But the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton can’t just wear whatever they want – here are 13 rules they follow, and some of them may surprise you…
Getty – Contributor The Queen always wears colourful outfits in order to stand out for the crowd
The Queen wears colourful clothes for a reason
From bright coats in every shade to hats in every hue of the rainbow, the Queen often selects extremely colourful outfits when she’s out in public.
And there is a good reason for this choice – and it’s not just that she doesn’t like bland colours.
According to the Queen’s biographer, Robert Hardman, she was quoted as saying: “I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.”
By wearing colour, she can stand out for the crowd and people can say, “I saw the Queen”.
The royal family always travel with a black outfit packed
Rex Features Black outfits are always packed during trips in case of a significant death
While the Queen may love colour, all royals are required to bring a black outfit when they travel.
This is in case a member of the royal family passes away during their trip.
Back in 1952 when the Queen was Princess Elizabeth, she was forced to wait inside a plane landing back in the UK from Kenya when her dad passed away.
The black outfit means they are dressed appropriately for the occasion.
Fur is banned
PA:Press Association William and Kate broke the 12th century rule when they wore fur scarves in Canada in 2016
King Edward III banned all royals from wearing fur in the 14th century, although this rule has been broken.
Kate and William suffered a backlash in 2016 when they wore traditional scarves trimmed with otter fur in Canada last year.
Royal women wear weights in their dress hems
Getty Images – Getty Dresses are usually weighted in the hems to prevent this awkward situation arising
To avoid dresses blowing up in the wind, women in the royal family put weights in their dress hems.
Stewart Parvin, one of the Queen’s couturiers, told the Daily Mail: “Surprisingly, it is nothing fancy.
“I use curtain weights, lead weights, from Peter Jones’s curtain department. We call them penny weights.”
Clutch bags cover cleavage
Rex Features Princess Diana used clutch bags to cover her cleavage when coming out of cars
The royal family always dress appropriately and avoid any skimpy or revealing outfits.
But on the odd occasion when they are stepping out of cars, bags can play a big role in maintaining modesty.
Princess Diana was said to be a fan of using clutch bags to cover her chest and her bag designer Anya Hindmarch even called them her “cleavage bags.”
Clutches also prevent hand shaking
Rex Features Kate Middleton carries a clutch bag with two hands to avoid hand shaking
Etiquette expert Myka Meier told Good Housekeeping that Kate Middleton will often hold a clutch bag with two hands in front of her.
This is to prevent any situations where hand shaking could be awkward.
Meghan Markle has been pictured recently sporting shoulder straps or handbags with top handles, but Meier reckons this might change over time.
Myka said: “As we see Meghan attending more formal events we are likely to see her accessorising with more clutches.”
Colourful nail varnish is banned
Rex Features For royal engagements, brightly-coloured nail varnish is not permitted
For her public duties, the Duchess of Cambridge is always pictured with nude nails, and there is strict reason for this.
According to OK! magazine, coloured nail varnish and fake nails are not part of the royal etiquette, and are typically considered to be “vulgar”.
On the rare occasion that her nails do have a slick of polish on them, she opts for a nude shade, similar to the Queen’s personal favourite.
Queen Elizabeth is said to have worn Essie’s Nail Lacquer in Ballet Slippers since 1989.
You can’t wear a tiara if you aren’t married
Paul Rogers – The Times You can usually only wear a tiara in the royal family if you are married
Single women and children never wear tiaras and it is usually strictly reserved for married women.
Etiquette expert Grant Harrold, known as The Royal Butler, told the BBC: “The old rule is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, because that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, and tiaras and the family jewels would come out.”
Kate Middleton wore the Cartier halo tiara on her wedding day, which belonged to the Queen Mother, so royal experts are speculating whether Meghan could walk down the aisle with one of Princess Diana’s favourites instead.
The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara has been worn a few times by Kate Middleton, but was apparently a firm favourite of Princess Diana’s, who received it as a wedding present from Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.
Handbags give secret signals
Getty – Contributor The Queen moves her handbag from one arm to the another to tell her staff she wishes to move on from a conversation
The Queen has secret signals to let her staff know when she is ready to stop talking to someone, it has been revealed.
According to royal historian Hugo Vickers, if the Queen is at an event and she wants to end a chat, she will shift her bag from her usual left side on to the right.
He says her eagle-eyed aides will then notice and usher the Queen away in a polite fashion.
She also uses her bag as a symbol she is ready to leave an event, as when she places it on a table, it gives her ladies-in-waiting their five-minute warning that she will soon be off.
The Queen nearly always wears hats and gloves
AFP – Getty The Queen often wears clothes to prevent spreading germs from person to person
Diana Mather from The English Manner etiquette consultancy told BBC: “Up until the 1950s, ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered ‘the thing’ for ladies to show their hair in public.
“But all that has changed, and hats are now reserved for more formal occasions.”
The Queen is rarely seen without her gloves, which are often Michael Jackson-esque white or a dark-toned leather to match her handbag.
The monarch wears these for practical reasons during the daytime as she is frequently required to shake hands with hundreds of people.
This fashion item helps stop germs being spread from person to person.
Prince George always wears shorts
Getty Images – Getty Royal princes typically wear shorts until they are seven or eight years old
William Hanson claims that shorts on young boys are a silent British class marker and trousers are deemed “suburban” – something no self-respecting royal would want to be considered.
He told The Sun Online: “Not only does The Duchess of Cambridge have to worry about dressing herself but she has to dress her own children appropriately.
“She has to find a balance between royal tradition, heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the ‘suburban’ habit of making young boys wear trousers.”
William said the dress code harks back to historic traditions that state “shorts are for little boys, trousers are for men”.
It is likely that George will start wearing trousers at around “seven or eight years old”.
The Queen gets someone to break in her shoes
Rex Features To make sure her shoes don’t rub, the Queen has one of her staff break them in for her
When carrying out her duties she has to be as comfortable as possible, especially as she still has a busy diary to keep up with at the age of 90.
And to make sure that when she wears new shoes, she doesn’t run the risk of sore feet or blisters she employs a special trick – she gets a member of her staff to break in her footwear for her.
Her Majesty nearly always wears a black pair of simple shoes by shoemaker Anello & Davide that are known as her “work” shoes that cost £1,000.
Even though they are made to fit the Queen’s size four feet perfectly, when a new box of the shoes arrives they are given to a junior member of Buckingham Palace staff who take the same size.
It is believed that the staff member also wears a pair of beige cotton ankle socks when breaking in the shoes and is only allowed to walk on carpet.
They get one trial run outside to make sure they have decent grip before they grace the Queen’s feet.
The trick was revealed by designer Stewart Parvin, who has been a long-time dressmaker for Her Majesty.
Tights are required
Getty Images – Getty It was recently revealed by royal insider Victoria Arbiter that it is required of the women in the family to wear tights during public occasions
It was recently revealed by royal insider Victoria Arbiter that it is required of the women in the family to wear tights during public occasions.
She said to Insider: “You never see a royal without their nude stockings. Meghan, from what I can see from the engagement photographs, it doesn’t look like she was wearing tights or stockings.
“I would say that’s really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires.”
Where did Meghan Markle’s engagement interview outfit come from? Star’s Line The Label coat, Parosh and Aquazzura shoes unveiled
MEGHAN MARKLE stunned as she did her first photo call and then an interview with Prince Harry as an engaged couple. But where was her incredible outfit from, and how much did it cost? Where did Meg…
MEGHAN MARKLE stunned as she did her first photo call and then an interview with Prince Harry as an engaged couple.
But where was her incredible outfit from, and how much did it cost?
Rex Features Meghan stunned in a Line The Label belted white coat during her engagement photo call
Where did Meghan Markle’s white engagement outfit come from?
Meghan beamed as she showed off her sparkly engagement ring in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, following the happy news of Prince Harry proposing.
All eyes were on the American actress as she smiled for photographers with her fiancé.
For the massive occasion, she wore a belted Line the Label white coat, which perfectly channelled the bridal look.
The coat retails for $395 (£296) and the website is said to have crashed when Meghan made her appearance, from people frantic to get their hands on it.
Meghan opted for a white coat by Canadian brand Line The Label The Suits star wore over a £437 dark green dress by Parosh
Line the Label is a Canadian brand which aims to produce “effortless and understated” garments.
It was created in 2000 by founders John Muscat and Jennifer Wells as a luxury knit brand, and their clothes are favoured by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah, Jennifer Garner, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift.
She is clearly a fan of the label as she stepped out in one of their trench coats while attending the Invictus Games earlier this year.
Meghan completed her chic look with a towering pair of cream £369 Aquazzura heels Her Les Plaisirs de Birks earring cost £850, and sparkled alongside Meghan’s engagement ring
What dress did Meghan Markle wear for her engagement photo call and interview?
Although the coat remained buttoned up for the brief public appearance, Meghan wore a £437 dark, forest-green long-sleeved dress by P.A.R.O.S.H underneath.
P.A.R.O.S.H is an Italian brand which specialises in vintage and vintage-inspired pieces.
Meghan completed her chic look with a towering pair of cream £369 Aquazzura heels, and £850 ‘Les Plaisirs de Birks’ 18k gold earrings featuring white opals by Birks.
This jewellery is in addition to her sparkly engagement ring, that she proudly showed off for photographers.
Could Kate Middleton have twins this time? What has Prince William said about it and how would royal succession work?
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child and, while the palace have released very little information on the baby’s gender, there have been some rumours the royals are…
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child and, while the palace have released very little information on the baby’s gender, there have been some rumours the royals are expecting twins – with Prince William even commenting on the matter!
We explore what would happen in the Duchess has twins, and how the royal succession would work.
PA:Press Association There have been unfounded rumours that the royal couple could be expecting twin girls
Could Kate Middleton be having twins?
There’s no official line about the sex of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, but bookies are betting it’ll be a girl.
However, there was a recent report form a US publication that said Kate Middleton is expecting identical twin girls.
The front-page feature used a source which claimed the news of twins had been leaked from Kensington Palace itself.
The reports are unfounded, and Kensington Palace hasn’t commented.
How would the royal succession work?
Gender is no longer an overriding factor in royal successions, with the rules being changed in 2011 allowing sons and daughters of royal monarchs having equal right to the throne.
This means Prince Charlotte would still remain the fourth in line for the throne if the new baby was a boy.
Her older brother Prince George is currently third in line.
This means that if Kate had twins, regardless if they were both male, both female or one male and one female, it would be the baby delivered first who succeeds.
AFP Gender no longer affects royal succession, after rules were changed in 2011
What has Prince William said about it?
Though Prince William did not comment on the US article directly, he has discussed the idea of twins.
While attending the Centrepoint Awards at Kensington Palace, he dismissed the speculation.
“Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins,” he said.
“Two is fine, I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”
Celebrity Bitcoin scams featuring Martin Lewis and Deborah Meaden are costing victims tens of thousands of pounds
MARTIN Lewis and Deborah Meaden have urged Brits not to be taken in by crooks using their pictures to sell dodgy cryptocurrency investments. In March, Action Fraud received 21 reports about the sca…
MARTIN Lewis and Deborah Meaden have urged Brits not to be taken in by crooks using their pictures to sell dodgy cryptocurrency investments.
In March, Action Fraud received 21 reports about the scams, with victims losing an eye-watering £34,000.
Rex Features MSE’s Martin Lewis has regularly warned against scammers using his image
And many fraudulent websites are using pictures of the MoneySavingExpert and the Dragons’ Den star to pretend they endorse the investment in a bid to encourage potential victims to give up their cash.
Mr Lewis said: “I find it sickening that these people are leeching off the trust I’ve spent years building in order to target vulnerable people and attempt to steal their money.
“Let me be very plain – I never do adverts.
“If you see my picture in an advert on Facebook or anywhere else recommending products – be it Bitcoin, binary trading, PPI firms or anything else – they are nothing to do with me. Be very, very careful.”
handout Deborah Meaden’s image has also been used to promote cryptocurrency scams
The scam ads are placed on social media and other websites and use the celebs’ images to promote the fraudulent investments.
Clicking on the advert takes you to the fraudster’s website where the pictures are used again – along with fake quotes recommending that you invest in the scheme.
You might also be asked to input your contact details, which the fraudster will then use to phone you and try and persuade you to invest.
The Dragons’ Den star said: “With the growing sophistication of online fraud, it becomes increasingly important to carry out checks before parting with cash online.
How to protect yourself from scams
HERE are some tips from Action Fraud about how you can protect yourself from these type of scams.
Don’t assume it’s authentic – professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision – a genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
Stay in control – avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
Every Report Matters – If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.
“A quick Google search will often reveal the truth and all online advertising should be read set against the premise of ‘If it looks too good to be true then it probably is’!”
Mr Lewis has been fighting an ongoing battle with fraudsters and crooks using his images online to dupe Brits into parting with their hard-earned savings.
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