Think being a member of the Royal Family is easy? Think again.
They may seem to have a life of luxury, but it’s not always straightforward for the royals to avoid putting their foot in it.
There are so many rules and regulations that must be followed to the letter – even when it comes to what they are wearing.
Nobody knows just how many fashion protocols actually exist.
But we have picked out the very best of them – and there are some rules which will be hard to remember!
Being in the spotlight is an unavoidable part of their life. The ladies and gentlemen of the Royal Family always have be on their guard.
A fashion faux pas will always make headlines!
Handbags to be held in the left hand
How often do you forget we can’t shake hands thanks to the pandemic?
Now try remembering what hand your purse has to be held in.
There are also rules as to what is allowed to be kept inside handbags – no mobiles phones!
Military uniforms for most formal events only
You can’t deny that when they wear them, it looks incredible.
But the royals’ military uniforms are only for best – they can’t pop them on and head to church on Sundays.
Weddings, of course, is when you will usually see them. That’s the way it will always be.
Royal seal of approval
Brides-to-be can take months to settle on their wedding dress.
It has to be perfect – and it has to fit like a glove.
But there is an extra rule in place for royal brides – the Queen must formally approve of their wedding dress, or they can’t wear it!
Tights on, please
Not every single royal protocol is written down.
And officially, no royal regulation explicitly states pantyhose are a must.
But it’s an unspoken rule that the Queen expects female family members and their guests to wear tights to all public outings.
Single women shouldn’t wear tiaras
According to royal tradition, only married women are supposed to wear tiaras.
The first time a royal woman wears a tiara would traditionally be on her wedding day.
After that, they can be worn at white tie events or state occasions, such as a royal banquet.
Tiaras are only supposed to be worn after 6pm, although weddings are an exception to this particular rule.
Black is usually for funerals only
Kate Middleton, take note! In a teaser clip of her latest project, the Duchess can be seen standing inside the iconic Natural History Museum, where she is a patron.
She is wearing black. Something usually reserved only for funerals.
It is said the royal family must pack a black outfit whenever they travel – just in case the worst happens.
Jackets must stay on
According to multiple publications, royal rules state that women are not allowed to take off their coats in public.
Because, it is claimed, it is deemed “unladylike” by the Queen.
Better hope there’s no heatwave due.
Jeans only allowed at the most casual of events
Somewhat oddly, denim isn’t a total no-no.
Jeans are allowed – but only at very, very causal royal engagements.
No dress down Fridays at the Palace.
Colourful nail polish not allowed
You may think it looks cute, but it’s not for public eyes.
Nail polish cannot be colourful while on royal business – no exceptions!
If you have to wear it, go low key. Those are the rules.
Hemlines to be weighed down
Nobody wants a Marilyn Monroe moment.
Hemlines can’t be light – and they have to be weighted down where possible.
-- to www.dailystar.co.uk