Queen Elizabeth’s fashion trick was not immediately followed by Kate

Members of the royal family know many tricks to look their best before a public engagement because of the fashion rules and regulations they have to follow. Although it is unclear how strict these rules are, it is well documented that royal women are advised to avoid skirts and dresses that fall below the knee.

Kate, Princess of Wales, often followed this rule, but there were also times when she accidentally broke it. This led to the late Queen giving her advice on how to avoid offending again – handy advice, no less.

The princess inadvertently broke this rule during an outdoor public engagement where a gust of wind blew her skirt, exposing her to a Marilyn Monroe-esque moment.

One example of this was in 2016, when Kate and Prince William visited New Delhi, India.

During a wreath-laying service at India Gate in the capital in April 2106, Kate’s dress was blown away by a gust of wind.

The Duchess wore a cream Emilia Wickstead dress with a flowing skirt.

Another example was in 2011, when Kate wore a yellow Jenny Packham dress during her and William’s Canadian tour. The dress was relatively short, but it was shortened by a gust of wind that blew it away and revealed Kate’s thighs.

However, after a series of mishaps, Queen Elizabeth II had a neat trick to share with Kate.


While this has seemingly prevented wardrobe malfunctions over the years, the fashion protocols royals must follow are constantly changing and updating, according to royal experts.

In an interview with Insider, royal fashion expert and author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, Elizabeth Holmes, noted that many royal fashion rules are “myths.”

She said: “There’s this expectation of what they’re going to look like with this need to be stylish but sensible, classy but thrifty. It’s a very fine line they walk.”

In her book, the author went on to say that although there are some royal style protocols, most of them are not true and are just part of “a wider cultural insistence on sophisticated modesty, an expectation to be poised and presentable at all times”.

Elizabeth added that the royal family has many stylists who would never allow them to intentionally break a written fashion rule. Their job is also to prevent any fashion failures.

She said, “These women [female royals] are very famous but not celebrities with free agency. They cannot do or say what they want. They work on behalf of the family and the crown.”

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