The royal family are tied down to very strict fashion rules when their doing their public duties [Getty]
And while many of us would do anything to riffle through Kate Middleton’s wardrobe, we’re not sure we’d be able to follow these strict clothing guidelines at all times.
Even though the Duchess of Cambridge has really mixed things up on her recent European tour (new stylist, perhaps?) from her flirty lilac frock to her low neck dinner gown, Prince William’s wife is still tied down to a royal dress code.
But it not just fashion-centric K-Middy that has to abide to this, as the entire royal family have a what-not-to-wear guideline.
Here’s what you need to know about the royal wardrobe.
The royals must pack black when travelling incase they need to be dressed in mourning [Getty]
While we’re confident Kate carefully curates her holiday outfits for every event and visit she has planned, there’s one outfit she must always make room for in her suitcase.
And that’s a head-to-toe black outfit. But why?
If someone in the royal family dies, all members of the family are required to wear a mourning outfit, wherever in the world they are.
It’s not coincidence, there’s a royal reason Prince George is only ever seen in shorts, no matter the season [Wenn]
Whether it’s summer or winter, Prince George is always wearing shorts when he’s doing his royal duties, never trousers.
As it turns out, this is an old aristocratic and royal tradition. Like his father and uncle Prince Harry, he probably won’t be spotted in a pair of trousers until after his eight birthday.
The Queen is often wearing gloves when doing public appearances [Wenn]
Have you ever noticed that Queen Elizabeth II is nearly always wearing a pair of gloves?
She’s either rocking Michael Jackon-esque white gloves or a dark leather pair, depending on the rest of her attire.
The longest serving British monarch is required to wear them for practical reasons, as she’s expected to shake so many people’s hands at events.
Kate Middleton cut a casual figure in a striped jumper and jeans [Getty]
Even when she’s doing dressed down, George and Charlotte’s mum is still following guidelines.
Kate always looks modest, and usually opts for dark jeans, a classic long-sleeved stripped tee, flat shoes and minimal jewellery.
The men of the family are still required to dress relatively smart too, often going for a polo shirt with dark jeans.
Queen Elizabeth II always looks stylish is unmissable block colours [Getty]
The 91-year-old monarch always looks sassy in her strong colours.
She often wears one bright colour, from pinks and purples to greens and blues, from head to toe.
This is said to ensure to royal is the main attraction at every occasion. You can’t miss the Queenie in the number above, can you?
Prince William and Prince Harry often wear their military uniforms [Getty]
Royals who’ve served in the Armed Forces — Prince William is in the Royal Air Force and Prince Harry has served in the British Army — can wear their uniform at certain events.
Both P Harry and William wore uniforms at the Kate and Wills wedding in 2011, as tradition expects of them, but Wills opted for the tunic of an Irish Guards officer rather than in his RAF uniform, as he also holds the honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish guards.