Royal ladies are banned from taking off their coats once they’ve put them on – here’s why
With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations upon us, there has been interest in what the Royal Family could wear over the bank holiday weekend.
Fashion expert and stylist to the stars, Miranda Holder gave OKAY! a look at the famous family’s fashion choices, while sharing a rather surprising rule of etiquette that female royals must follow.
And it’s all to do with coats! Yes, the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as other female members of the Firm, are often seen in the most dramatic coats, but once they’re on, they won’t take it off!
According to Miranda, royal women must keep their coats firmly on in public and are prohibited from taking them off.
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She explained: “There are many, many rules. For example, we often see Kate and the Queen in particular in beautiful outfits with matching dress coats which will be color coordinated. But what you might not have- to be unnoticed is once the coat is put on, it is never actually taken off.
“This is because it is considered improper for a lady of the royal household to be seen taking off a coat and fidgeting around and putting her coat back on in public. So once he is on, it must stay on all the time.
“This of course puts even more pressure on the stylists because they have to make sure the coat fits perfectly and is not too heavy.”
Miranda’s conversation with OKAY! also saw her anticipating upcoming celebrations and what Meghan Markle might wear.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are returning to the UK with their children Archie and Lilibet, and Miranda thinks Meghan might choose to wear white this weekend.
Always in style, Meghan has quickly become fashion’s most preppiest new “it” girl, her go-to outfits often being button-down shirts, blazers and smart pants.
Miranda shares that Meghan wearing white will help her “position her as more innocent and pure in the face of the opposition to the force she encountered when she and Prince Harry left ‘the business'”.
Miranda shared: “Meghan’s style has evolved since her marriage to Harry, going from a California girl to something more chic and sophisticated. She takes a more minimalist approach to fashion, letting her beauty and presence speak for themselves. “
Meghan is known to have obeyed the royal dress code the least since her marriage to Harry, but Miranda believes she “will be keen to respect etiquette”, while celebrating the Queen at the Jubilee.
She explained: “Meghan wears a bit of skin on occasion rather than tights, or boldly opts for colored nail polish rather than the accepted natural and nude tones.
“I can imagine she is worried about her visit, as things have been tense for the past few months, so I anticipate she will continue the same strategy that has worked for her and wear a shade of white, ivory or cream. “
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