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.
Dressing for Diplomatic Success
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.
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.
Royals Don’t Get Paid to Work
The British taxpayers and inherited wealth support the royal family. Senior members of the royal family, such as Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, cannot get paid to work. Commercial deals such as advertisements or speaking engagements are considered a conflict of interest. Instead, they earn income from the Sovereign Grant or through their respective duchy.
But what of the other royals? It turns out some of them have regular day jobs. Princess Eugenie is the director of a London art gallery, while Princess Beatrice is the VP of a software company. Now, although Princess Royal Anne, the late queen's daughter, doesn't hold a 9 to 5 office position, she is recognized for her ongoing charity work and her investment in sports and education.
The Monarch Cannot Sit on a Foreign Throne
Queen Elizabeth made a much-publicized visit to the "Game of Thrones" set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The series created thousands of jobs for the people of Northern Ireland, and as a way to repay them, the Queen met with the creators and cast of the show. When offered the chance to sit on the Iron Throne, the Queen politely declined.
It turns out that the monarch cannot sit on a foreign throne, even if it is the highly-coveted Iron Throne. The logic behind this rule is that if one monarch were to sit on another throne, it would be claiming sovereignty which is practically a violation.