It’s hardly surprising that members of the British Royal Family always seem to look posh when performing their duties and engagements.
It should go without saying that they must follow several royal dress codes, though over the years certain rules have changed, been updated, or simply been ignored.
King Charles, Prince William, Kate, Camilla, and the others are expected to dress accordingly when they meet members of the public or other dignitaries. As per reports, however, there was one occasion when the newly-made Princess of Wales left people shocked with her choice of outfit.
Back in May, William and Kate appeared on the red carpet as Tom Cruise’s film Top Gun: Maverick premiered at the Royal Film Performance at Leicester Square in London.
The Princess was seen walking beside the movie star – and despite William having seen his beautiful wife in many fancy outfits, the one she wore to the premiere probably takes the prize as the nicest yet.
It’s no understatement to say that the Royal Family lives a privileged life that isn’t remotely close to the lives lived by members of the public. Money, cars, clothes, houses; they have it all. Service personnel, from chefs to nannies, are there to serve day and night. Ultimately, those born into the Royal Family will never have to work a nine-to-five job.
Kate Middleton & Prince William – future of the British monarchy
If you ask those people who are pro-monarchy, the Royal Family does more than enough to earn its keep. The royal engagements and duties they perform daily include plenty of traveling, and they’re always expected to appear with a smile on their face.
Now, the pros and cons of the monarchy have been debated in many countries for years. Some argue that a royal family boosts national unity, and if they are popular, why take them away? Others claim the monarchy is obsolete and costs taxpayers too much money to keep it running.
The UK’s monarchy is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the 10th century.
When Queen Elizabeth passed away, a new debate about the monarchy’s right to exist once again reared its head. As Newsweek reported in a 2021 YouGov study, 41 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds thought there should now be an elected head of state in place of a monarch.
Naturally, one of the vital challenges facing the Royal Family is how the next generation, namely Prince William and Kate Middleton, will try and succeed or fail in modernizing the monarchy.
Like the rest of society, the monarchy has to grow with the times, and William and Kate are doing their best to ensure it happens. One change they’ve already made is to make themselves more approachable during official events.
Moreover, they no longer adhere religiously to “formal” and “stuffy” traditions as in decades past – we’ve already seen how they take selfies with the public and even participate in different sports when visiting schools, etc.
One of the things that still is very much royal is how they dress. Over the years, many have been left wonderstruck over the fantastic outfits the royals clad themselves in for official engagements. Sometimes it’s a new hat, other times a beautiful dress or exquisite pair of shoes.
Fashion experts have praised Kate Middleton’s style for a long time. As the Duchess of Cambridge, she has often worn colorful outfits and appeared in more casual clothes. Some take this as proof that, despite being royalty, she still sees herself as being just like anyone else.
On October 5, after the Queen’s passing, she appeared as the Princess of Wales for the first time.
Kate wore a beautiful yellow dress from the “affordable” British brand Karen Millen. According to fashion expert Miranda Holder, this was no coincidence.
“Princess Kate’s wardrobe is probably the most important royal wardrobe of the moment—her every outfit being scrutinized around the world the moment she steps out into the public eye,” she told Newsweek.
“The High Street element of her wardrobe, like every other, will have been planned and premeditated as the impact of every tiny style statement is understood by the palace to communicate to the world an important message.”
Miranda Holder added that the “diplomatic dressing” was originally mastered by the late Queen. And now, Kate is carrying Elizabeth’s legacy regarding fashion into the new royal era.
“We have recently seen Kate re-wear and rework some old favorite designer pieces which also helps to keep the princess relevant and accessible, and wearing High Street is another way of doing this,” Holder added.