Life in the royal family may be full of power and privilege, but there are many rules and limitations. One of the most interesting rules is for clothes and style. Members of the royal family are expected to be absolutely decent at all times, and of course this expectation extends to their choice of fashion. Read on to find out which rules apply to royal fashion and jewelry.
Modesty is the Key to the Royal Family
While the royal family has access to unbelievable wealth, they traditionally style themselves in more understated clothing. Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly frowning in short dresses or skirts, and it is preferred that all seams be cut no more than three or four inches above the knee.
Members of the public will seldom, if ever, see royals wearing low-cut jeans or shorts, and if they ever appear so casually dressed in public, this would be for a sporting event or for a very rare moment of leisure. Another thing that royal women avoid when choosing their outfits: the split. Overly low tops would be considered vulgar by members of the royal family.
The Royals also tend towards monochrome colors and simple patterns, with one exception: their matriarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is known for her love for neon outfits and bold hats. However, there is a real reason why the queen adorns herself in bright colors. According to reports, the monarch ensures that she can always be seen well in a large crowd.
Handbags can signal secret messages.
Accessories are not suitable for decoration in the royal family. The Queen has a large collection of handbags and clutches, and over the years she has developed a clever communication system from her handbags. The queen is reported to use it as a clue to her staff to facilitate meetings or discussions. When the queen changes her purse from one arm to the other, this is an indication to her staff that she is ready to end the conversation. It is said that when the queen places her purse on the dining table, it is a sign that she is ready for the meal. The staff then hurry to make sure the food is ready within five minutes of the gesture.
Diamonds Are Spurned During the Day
Handbags are definitely not the only accessory that has much power in the royal family. While Meghan Markle is no stranger to breaking some of the rules of royal fashion – including removing her coat or blazer in public on more than one occasion – there is a certain style guideline that even Markle does not often tinker with.
According to a recent report, Queen Elizabeth does not particularly like a member of the royal family wearing diamonds in public before 6pm. An etiquette expert states that the rule is that the queen does not want the royals to be overly conspicuous, as they eventually have some pretty impressive diamonds in their collection.
According to reports, during the daytime and late afternoon, the ladies of the family, including Kate Middleton and Markle, adorn themselves with pearls, gems or even metallics such as solid gold or silver. The rule of course excludes wedding rings, so that there is a risk that Duchess Meghan or Duchess Kate will soon exchange their stunning rings for less conspicuous models.