No matter how many designer gowns and accessories other royal family members have, they can never quite upstage the Queen. Is it the years of practiced etiquette, poise, and style? Whatever it is, Queen Elizabeth knows how to make a lasting impression.
This striking photo was taken in 1987 for the occasion of Elizabeth’s wedding anniversary — it had been 40 years! The white dress had a playful dot pattern that was very elegant on the Queen. The late Prince Philip was also looking his very best, and the two had matching blue sashes to complete their looks.
Gorgeous Stella McCartney
Meghan Markle was at the center of every paparazzi’s snapshot on the day of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. After changing out of her wedding gown, Meghan slipped into another dress for her wedding reception.
To be a bit more comfortable for the post-wedding festivities, she opted for a white gown by designer Stella McCartney. The high neckline was modest enough for a new member of the royal family and yet was still comfortable to relax and dance in while still looking elegant.
Duchess in Blue
Duchess Kate wore this striking, royal blue dress by Jenny Packham while on a royal tour of India in 2016. Even after being part of the royal family for many years now, Kate’s fashion is still considered trendsetting and put under the microscope by the media and online.
What made this particular design special for her trip to India was that the gown was hand-beaded in India, which paid tribute to the country Kate was visiting. The Jenny Packham design also had a matching cape and a customized bag.
When Meghan was pregnant with her son Archie, she chose this classy, navy sequined dress by Roland Mouret. She was attending a Cirque du Soleil performance dressed in her finest. She highlighted her look with an elegant bun and fresh, simple makeup. For her shoes, Meghan chose Stuart Weitzman heels and accessorized with a striking Givenchy clutch.
Another inside etiquette habit of royals is for the women to hold their purses in their left hand in order to leave the right hand free to greet others or to wave to the public.
Modesty Is the Best Policy
Modesty is a basic principle when it comes to royal outfits, meaning no bare shoulders, no short skirts, and no tacky cleavage. In the photo below, the Princess of Wales proves one can be very modest and look very fabulous.
Here Kate Middleton wears a red pleated skirt by Christopher Kane and a matching turtleneck by Ralph Lauren while attending a charity event. She has no visible shoulders, no cleavage, and not too much leg, and she looks fabulous at every event.