The royal family’s diplomatic dresses aim to strengthen international ties. On state visits, the family must incorporate elements from the local culture into their dress. The Queen famously wore a dazzling green outfit on her 2011 tour to Ireland – a country with whom England has historically had bad blood.
She received a warm and friendly welcome, more so than most politicians. Other members of the family have followed in her footsteps. Prince William donned a Sherwani (buttoned coat) in Pakistan, while Kate Middleton wore a traditional Bhutanese Kira (skirt) to her first meeting with the King and Queen of Bhutan.
Pantyhose Over Bare Legs, But It’s Not Compulsory
While there are treatises galore on royal fashion rules, some may be more exaggeration than fact. Among them is the rule about pantyhose being mandatory for public engagements. In reality, official rules about wearing pantyhose to public events do not exist. It is not an official mandate but more of a suggestion when family members appear alongside the Queen.
Wearing pantyhose indicated respect for the Queen and the tone she used to set with her dressing. And besides, you don't have to be royal to want to be seen with smooth-looking legs, so we are here for nude pantyhose any day of the year.
Royals Cannot Wear Fur
Edward III was one of the earliest spokespersons for animal rights, long before the issue became a part of public discourse. He passed The Fur Act in 1337, effectively prohibiting the wearing of fur in the United Kingdom. Except for clergymen and knights, displaying fur as a part of one's attire was banned. The family has slipped up over the years, however.
The Queen herself wore fur hats on several occasions, much to the dismay of animal rights activists. Wearing fur has been a controversial matter for years, however, these days, very few celebs and public figures dare to be seen it.
You Can't Buy Them Food or Drink
The royals live an incredible life, with impeccable food and drink being an integral part. But it’s not all peachy there. The royal family has an extensive list of dos and don’ts when it comes to food. One of the more pragmatic ones is never accepting drinks or food from strangers at unofficial events.
The rule protects the family from being poisoned, especially since they no longer travel with royal tasters. This custom is not unique only to the British royals, and many heads of state and other royal families avoid accepting food or drinks from strangers. You never know.
Coats Must Always Stay On
Kate Middleton’s status as a fashion icon is indisputable. Every outfit is on point, from the dress and accessories to the fashionable coats we love dearly. Besides fashion envy, Kate’s coats sparked conversation when she was photographed wearing one indoors. What gives? It turns out that British royal protocol considers it unladylike for senior female royals to remove a coat in public.
You can be sure the weather calls for a coat. The coat must stay on for public engagements, no matter the circumstance. This coat regulation is all about tradition. It's part of their attire, and this is what's expected from them.