Hats are mandatory for royal women, and one can see why. Elaborate hats at royal events tend to up the fashion game instantly. All formal royal events require hats or fascinators. It is a tradition passed down through generations. The rule was much stricter in the 1950s — royal women could not go anywhere in public without a hat or fascinator.
Nowadays, they are only a part of fancier royal events, especially weddings. We’re not complaining because those fashionable hats are stunning! It’s become a local joke among the Brits, so when someone wants to announce an engagement, they simply say, “I have to go shopping for a hat.”
PDA Is Not Encouraged
The British Royals are known for the proverbial stiff upper lip. Still, no official laws prohibit heirs and their spouses from displaying affection in public. The Queen established a precedent encouraging younger, crazy-in-love royals to keep their hands to themselves and that seems to have stuck. Some future monarchs take the protocol seriously.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have never held hands or kissed in public. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle clearly treated it as a suggestion. One of the only moments that a royal shows his affection to the world is on the wedding day with the famous kiss on Buckingham Palace's balcony.
They Can Break SOME Rules
Being a royal comes with tons of unbelievable perks, and many rules that apply to us don't apply to them. For example, the monarch does not need a driver's license or a passport for travel. When driven by police on royal duties, the family can break legal speed limits. Like Queen Elizabeth II before him, King Charles has sovereign immunity, which means he is exempt from criminal or civil investigation.
Some parts of the royal income are exempt from taxes. The royals don’t have to use their last name even though they have one, so Charles is Charles, William is William, and Kate is just Kate.
The Royal Family Must Remain Politically Neutral
Members of the royal family cannot share political views, vote, or run for office. The monarchy must remain neutral. British politicians and royalty have co-existed for centuries thanks to clearly defined roles and responsibilities. As the Head of the Church of England and The Head of State, King Charles has his work cut out for him.
His reign has already seen its fair share of political drama, with Liz Truss resigning as Prime Minister after merely 44 days in office! So whoever is elected, whether they like it or not, the King learns how to work with them, and being part of an opposition is no option.
The Rules on Wearing a Tiara
For most of us, tiaras are whimsical accessories, and any mention of "rules" concerning them seems odd. It turns out that wearing a tiara is more complex. Most royals nowadays wear their first tiara on their wedding day, which wasn't the case a few decades ago. Princess Margaret rocked tiaras everywhere, from dinner parties to theater shows.
Whether one is a born royal or marrying into the family, the women wait until their wedding to wear one. It is not a set rule; but more of a tradition, and the bride, being blood-related or marrying into the family, would never dare to go through her wedding without one.