Why Prince George Always Wears Shorts, And 4 Other Royal Family Dress Code Rules

Date June 15, 2018 16:02

No matter how progressive the British royal family is getting, they still have to follow a set of strict rules. When it comes to dress code, there are certain rules the royals simply cannot break. But some of the wardrobe restrictions are more or less loose.

What exactly are the dress code rules that the British royals follow? Read on to find out about some of them!


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1. Prince George’s shorts


Even the youngest royals have to follow the rules! You may have noticed that Prince George almost invariably wears shorts, and that’s for the reason that has to do with his status. Trousers on young boys are seen as “middle-class” or “suburban”. In upper-class dress code, trousers are reserved for men and older boys, but younger boys have to wear shorts.

2. The Queen’s brightly-colored wardrobe


The Queen mostly wears bright colors, but it’s not just because she likes them. Her brightly-colored outfits serve a purpose: to make sure the monarch stands out in the crowd and can be immediately recognized by people at public events.

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3. The Queen’s gloves


Gloves aren’t just an upper-class item. Yes, they do show high status of the wearer, but they also have one interesting function. Traditionally, gloves have been seen as a protection from germs. As the Queen often shakes hands at various events, her gloves may help keep the microbes away.

4. The Queen’s hats


Her Majesty is known for her exquisite hats decorated with flowers. It’s an age-old tradition for women of her status to wear hats outside in public to cover their hair.

Diana Mather, a senior tutor for The English Manner etiquette consultancy, told BBC:

Up until the 1950s ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered 'the thing' for ladies to show their hair in public.

But all that has changed and hats are now reserved for more formal occasions.

5. Duchess Kate’s tiaras


You may have noticed that Duchess of Cambridge only started wearing tiaras after she married Prince William. Here’s why: only married women or members of the royal family can wear tiaras.

Ms. Mather told BBC:

The old rule is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, because that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, and tiaras and the family jewels would come out.

Flashy diamonds and tiaras are not worn during the day, and only married ladies wear tiaras.

Etiquette expert Grant Harrold said:

For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.

For the gentleman it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.

Source: BBC, The Sun, Mirror Online

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