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The Oh-So-Complicated World of British Royal Fashion Rules

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What’s it like to be a member of the British royal family? From the outside, it looks pretty easy: lavish dinners, beautiful gowns, and a staff to cater to your every whim. Who wouldn’t want that? But as it turns out, being a royal comes with its own set of rules and regulations, many of which might seem extreme to us normal people. With so many guidelines to learn, it’s a wonder that Kate and Meghan, who married and are marrying into the British monarchy, were able to pick them up so quickly.

While Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and now Meghan Markle have done their part to modernize the British royal family, there are still many rules and traditions from before even Queen Elizabeth’s time that continue to this day. That said, each woman (as well as many other members of the royal family) have found little ways to stay true to their style while still following both official and unofficial royal family dress codes.

Some of these rules require plain old common sense to understand (bright, gaudy nail polish is a no-no, and nude pantyhose is required). Others, though, are head scratchers — like why Prince George is only allowed to wear shorts (yes, seriously!).

Keep scrolling to learn more about royal etiquette rules when it comes to the family’s dress code.

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