The Royals can’t wear this… ǀ 10 rules all royal family members need to follow ǀ Justine Leconte

The Royals can’t wear this… ǀ 10 rules all royal family members need to follow ǀ Justine Leconte


Hi everyone, it’s Justine. Following a recent royal wedding that took
place in London, I got into royal fashion and into the dress code that the royal British
family goes by. I found some of these rules very intriguing,
and so I researched a bit further to see where those rules were actually coming from. I learned so much that today I want to share
with you ten rules that the Queen and her family apply whenever they make a public appearance. Let’s go. Rule #1. Bare legs or not bare legs? So it is true that women in the royal British
family are expected to cover their legs at all times, so it is very appreciated when
they wear dresses or skirts, it’s the taste of the Queen, but they can not go bare legs,
so they will wear tights underneath. Kate Middleton, for years now, has been consistently
wearing skin-color tights, even if they’re very thin, so that her skin is not bare. So when Meghan and Harry announced their engagement,
and Meghan was showing naked legs under her skirt, it was judged as being inappropriate
and it apparently was a faux-pas. Since then, she has also been wearing tights
at every public appearance. What is not true, however, is that the tights
have to have the color of your skin. It could be any other color as well. It’s just that Kate always goes with that
skin tone. Rule #2. The cleavage question. Wearing a cleavage is not appropriate, officially,
so the Queen never does it. Kate Middleton has been seen with many different
designs of necklines… square ones, boat ones, scoop ones, oval ones, but never a plunging
neckline because that’s off-limits. Exception: Princess Diana, especially with
evening gowns, would go like, typically drop shoulders, and then a heart shape that would
go deeper between the breasts, on the chest here, but in that case she would always, always,
always have a clutch with her, and she would hold that clutch right here. Literally, you see that on many, many pictures. Whenever she got off a car or had to lean
forward, to keep her modesty to some extent. So technically, cleavages are not welcome
in the royal British family. Rule #3. The Queen likes the female members of the
royal family to wear skirts and dresses rather than trousers, which are considered way too
casual, and not appropriate for a lady. But she also wants the hem of the skirt or
the dress to end below the knee. Not the knee. And hell, not shorter. So between below the knee and floor-length
is the authorized range. At the beginning of her relationship and of
her public life, Kate Middleton has been seen wearing shorter skirts. And she has a great figure. Wonderful legs. Why not? She has been reminded that this is not appropriate. And her hemline has been lengthened, and she
seems to stick to it since then. We’ll see how Meghan goes about that rule
now that she’s here too. Rule #4. Wearing black is only appropriate for funerals
if you’re a royal. And some very rare evening occasions, but
really, mostly for funerals. Each member of the royal family is expected
to carry a full black outfit with him, with her, when they’re traveling, at all times,
in case of a sudden death in the family and they have to come back to London for the funeral. The history behind this is that when the Queen’s
father died, she was traveling, she didn’t have anything black with her, and she didn’t
want to get off the plane when she came back to England, before somebody got a black outfit
delivered to her, so that she could change on the plane and get off wearing death-appropriate
black clothes. So now, that’s the rule. Royals don’t wear black but they always
carry a black outfit with them just in case. Rule #5. The headwear question. When you’re a normal woman, like me, you
sometimes get to wear a hat for a fancy summer wedding. When you’re a royal, it’s every day. And usually, you get unique, artistic pieces
designed for you to match your outfit. I think that’s one of the fun parts of royal
wardrobe; they have wonderful, wonderful hats. And this is a very longstanding tradition
in… among the aristocracy, not just in the royal family. Until the 1950s, so the generation of the
Queen, really, women were expected to cover their hair, when going out. They wouldn’t go with naked hair around
the city. It was not considered appropriate. So this is really just an old tradition that
has kept on living. Though, hats are ok during the day. Not at night. So for evening occasions, the young, unmarried
ladies will go with a nice hairstyle. The married ones, and only these ones, get
to wear a tiara, the princess crown. That also means, for all the gentlemen in
attendance, that each woman wearing a tiara is taken, and off limits, so it’s also a
smart code. Rule #6. Little boys wear shorts, not trousers. You probably noticed that Prince George, the
son of William and Kate, is always wearing those cute high socks and short pants, no
matter how freezing it is. It is cute, but it is also a very, very old
tradition among the aristocracy and the royal family. Since the sixteenth century, babies that were
high-born like that would wear dresses, no matter if they were boys or girls, until the
age of about eight. Since the nineteenth century, shorts have
been considered to be ok too, and added to the list of possible options. So little Prince George will be wearing shorts
for a couple more years really, until he’s allowed to wear trousers, no matter how freezing
England can get in winter. Trousers are considered to be for middle class,
suburban, regular little boys. Rule #7. Nails among female members of the royal family
should be kept natural-looking. And that means either no polish at all (you
see that on Kate Middleton very often), or transparent, or light pink. That’s it with your options. The Queen herself has been wearing Essie “Ballet
Slippers,” the reference, since 1989. This one reference. That’s it. Exception: Princess Diana has been seen wearing
bright shades of red. The Queen was apparently not amused at all. Rule #8. Do not take off your coat, no matter how hot
it gets. This is another very, very old tradition. Women in the past, would not get undressed
when they arrived somewhere. They would stay in the outfit they arrived
in. Kate respects that rule 100%. You will not see her taking off her jacket
at an official event. On the other hand, Meghan has been seen with
boat necklines, like this, bare shoulders, and the dress is only attached here on one
point. See this kind of look? She has great shoulders that she likes to
show off, so I’m very curious to see how her style will evolve, knowing that the Queen,
officially, doesn’t really like that. Rule #9. Always be photography-ready. When you’re a royal, as soon as you step
out of your house, you will be attacked by paparazzi and your photo will be taken. Have you noticed that they always look impeccable? They always look perfectly ironed and steamed. And nothing’s moving. Their clothes look perfect all the time. How is it possible? With their tailors, they always go for heavier
and stiffer fabrics, so you will not see them wear linen, because linen creases and folds
and it doesn’t react well after a day of being worn. So they will not wear linen; they will prefer
silks, heavier silks, or a mix of silk and wool, which is warm, and looks shiny and very
precious. Exceptions to that rule have been seen at
Princess Diana’s wedding, where her dress was visibly wrinkled, and that comes from
putting all that volume of dress into a car. Meghan has been seen with little wrinkles
on the… around the hips and around the waist, on her wedding dress too. And those two dresses were made by tailors
who were not the official tailors of the house. So maybe that is why. Other than that, on regular clothing for public
appearances, you’d never see a crease. Rule #10. The Queen has officially said she hates… And I quote her… She hates shoes with wedges. Typical sandals with slingback… A nice heel at the back. We also know that Kate loves wedges. So here a compromise has been found, indeed. Kate only wears wedges when the Queen is not
there. And you can check, go back and check on all
public pictures. There’s no exception to that rule. So I’m very interested in seeing how Meghan
will choose sides on that wedge question. Notice that my nails are dress-code compliant. Though they are gel nails, so I don’t know
if that would qualify. Thumbs up if you enjoyed this video. Thank you so much. You notice that some of these style rules
really are tradition driven, coming from past centuries, while other rules are more linked
to the Queen’s personal taste, but because she has been reigning for so long, her taste
has influenced generations after her, not just in her family but also throughout England,
and it’s interesting to see how when a royal wears something, whole England wants to buy
it too. It’s a very interesting phenomenon, and
it’s typical English, we don’t have this in France at all. Actually, it would be interesting to do a
video about the Queen’s style and the evolution over time, because it’s like, almost 100
years of fashion. Let me know if you would be interested in
a video like this and I can research and see what I can do. Until next week for a new video. I wish you a great Sunday. Take care. Bye.

100 Replies to “The Royals can’t wear this… ǀ 10 rules all royal family members need to follow ǀ Justine Leconte”

  1. Update: the video on the Queen's style is now online: https://youtu.be/R8q6UyNjjbU 😘

  2. I've never understood "I want to be a princess!" Even as a child, it seemed to me a ridiculously restricted lifestyle.
    I'd much prefer to be very wealthy and completely anonymous! (Not going to happen – perhaps if I find a magic lamp….)

  3. I actually really like that Royals keep some traditions. I get that certain things could be modernised, but many of these 'rules' are used in modern ways. Progress is great, but it is nice to keep certain culture and traditions, a connection to your roots, if you will. People may find it boring now, but if it disappears, most will regret it.

  4. Megain breaks ALL of these rules, from wearing funeral colours constantly to bare legs and black nail polish!

  5. Shorts for little boys used to be common amongst the general population! My dad, from a working class, used to wear shorts until he reached puberty!

  6. My grandmother followed a lot of those rules! She was American but I wonder if she followed the royals. I do know she always looked like a royal herself. I only saw her wearing bluejeans & sneakers once in my life & it was when she was just coming back from a nature walk with friends. She always wore pink tint nail polish too. I don't wear nail polish & I keep my nails trimmed short, but only because I like to bake bread. No one wants to see neon blue eagle talons kneading a ball of dough yuck LOL!

  7. When I was in primary school in the 1980s the boys in my class had to wear long socks and shorts, like Prince George. They weren’t allowed to wear trousers until they were at least 8 or 9, I think. And we girls had to wear pinafores until about the same age when skirts were allowed. We all had to wear blazers, even in summer. And my school wasn’t even a private school.

  8. Yes!! Loved this video. The queen had some very pretty fashion choices over the years. A video on the queens fashion would be smashing.

  9. I loved this video, it was so interesting. As a Brit, i knew most of it, but you have such a pleasant way of talking, it really relaxed me. Thank you

  10. Duchess of Cambridge at the Spanish state banquet- pleanty of cleavage! Als, check thequeen's wardrobe in the late 60's Plenty of skirts/dresses above the knee. Maybe more research before another video on this…

  11. Kate is the future Queen, whereas Meghan is not. That's probably why Kate respects tradition more than Meghan.
    And Meghan is also an American TV actress …

  12. It is interesting which of the rules (and personal preferences of the Queen) are not followed by the younger generation. The Queen (and Princess Anne, Camilla etc) pretty much all wear gloves for official engagements for eg but that tradition has died out for the younger generation since Diana (though Sarah Ferguson often wore them in her short time as a Duchess). I believe the Queen is said to dislike clutch handbags for day wear as much as wedges but that hasn't stopped the Duchess of Cambridge carrying them in her presence.

  13. I don't think Meghan M has adhered to any rules, and has been without pantyhose on many occasions, including tours overseas. Black and above knee dresses included.

  14. About shorts. I was also in Australia for boys to wear shorts. It was up to I think the 60s that boys wore shorts until 15 or 16 years of age or when they went to work

  15. The Queen is an old bag anyway, never worked a day in her life. Of course she lives so long, like a money sucking vampire. Never had to be stressed because the parliament did the job for her. She just had to visit countries and have kids.

  16. I wonder what Prince Andrew wore at Epstein's perv island?
    Oh wait…he didn't wear anything. Never mind.

  17. Can you imagine if France still had a royal family? They would make the British royals look like middle-class.

  18. And then errybawdy goes home, opens a bag of dohritos n scratches their bum bum. N if you don believe that, go look at Harry's pictures before Meghan. He had the worst posture for years. It's the walkers n netflix in bed.

  19. Started watching this video and the brass band in the park near my house started playing god save the queen… welcome to England 😂

  20. Another inaccuracy ,about Megan wearing frocks that only just sit on her shoulders, and the queen may not approve.Well princess Diana and other royals have worn formal gowns with only one shoulder ,

  21. All male babies used to wear dresses, prior to toilet training, for practical reasons. This was true in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and in the USA as well as in England.

  22. "When a royal wears something all of England wants to buy it…we don't have this in France at all". Errrmmm…wonder why?

  23. I seen a short video of Queen Elizabeth with stern look on her face when she saw a Saudi royal from the wearing six inch high heels. Her look of disapproval was very obvious.

  24. In one of interviews, Diana told that her wedding dress looked like that because on the day she did not want to get married to the prince, and riped the dress from the hanger and left on the floor and cried. Her dad had to convince her to marry Prince.

  25. Does the royal family not use seatbelts while in their vehicles? I would love to know how they do it without wrinkling their clothing!

  26. Remember the British royals are not the only royals. Europe has many royal households and they are just as stylish without the silly little rules. The queen of England should worry about more serious things than wether someone is wearing wedges in her presence or not.

  27. I can see Kate having to follow rules but Meghan will never be in Kates position. She should be able to wear what she wants.

  28. Didn’t Princess Diana wear black to The White House when Regan was President and she danced with John Travolta? I like the outfits that Camilla wears alot.

  29. MM will only comply with MM's rules. She won't comply with what anyone else wants, including the Queen. Only what "Meghan wants, Meghan gets", according to her husband.

  30. It is no wonder why they don't have much of an active immune system! Some years ago i heard on the news that someone of the English Royal family visited Mexico, they took only a few sips of tap water, with an hour they were hanging onto life and needed to be hospitalized. Of course – in England, just stabilized first in California State! They can't even enjoy a camping trip without taking along bottled water, toilet paper, a change of clothes for everyday,antibiotics, etc. No way that anyone in England would survive another war.

  31. I noticed that Kate wore a pair of wedge shoes while she was with the Queen when they visited the 2019 Chelsea garden festival.

  32. Kate wore wedges when the Queen came to visit her Chelsea Flower Show Garden! Just saw those photos and had to come back to drop a comment as that part about wedges was new information for me. Loved this video about royalty weird rules

  33. Meghan did not have to wear tights on her engagement announcement. As she was not married yet, it did not matter.
    Kate has worn wedges with the Queen present. This years RHS

  34. The Queen has worn trousers on a visit to south America in the 1960's. It's on video they were slacks

  35. When you mentioned the babies in dresses thing regardless of gender, two things that's struck me as unique occurred. Both Labyrinth and Hetalia followed this. The baby was wearing a very dress like outfit, regardless of being a boy in Labyrinth (if I recall, may be wrong) which coincided with Sara looking like a princess earlier in the peach dream. In Hetalia, when the nations are super small aka 'chibitalia' all the 'baby' nations are seen wearing a white dress like frock, regardless of gender.

  36. Princess Diana had breasts. Kate doesn't, she is too skinny. I don't think you can show what you don't have.

  37. Chelsea flower show 2019. Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge seen together on touring the gardens. Kate is soon wearing wedges. The same wedges she had worn all week with different dresses. But both ladies didn’t arrive together as Kate had already arrived and was waiting to show the Queen around the garden she helped design.

  38. There's a couple of points you are not totally correct on.
    Please, let me offer an explanation.
    1. The Queen does travel everywhere with a black outfit. But it is not so she can leave the plane to attend the funeral as you said. It is to show respect whilst mourning the deceased. Black should be worn from the moment the person has died until thier funeral. Which is a minimum of seven days. This tradition dates back to Queen Victoria. The flag is also flown at half mast from Buckingham Palace.
    2. It is most definately NOT true that All British women copy what fashions the Royals wear. Please do not think all British women are that narrow minded and unable to dress themselves. Occasionally a Royal will wear an item of clothing that is not bespoke or couture. The D. O. Cambridge has worn high street clothing off the peg. These said items often sell out straight away in many countries. Not just the UK. Please do check your facts and don't generalise all British females before you speak on a public forum as if you were an expert. Thank you.

  39. Maybe I’m just too feisty but if I had the queen of England telling me how long to wear my skirts I’d be a bit salty 😂😂 remind me to never be a royal

  40. Update: It is now 2019 and MM consistently does not wear stockings. Fact is, that MM has broken every.single.rule, on a regular basis. And since PH has been with MM, he, too, has turned up rumpled, with worn out shoes, and seems like he has lost his Mojo since he married the Duchess of Deceit.

  41. Very informative but I have no idea how those ladies do it! My style tends to be fairly punk though so that may just be me haha

  42. Is it true that the Queen has weights seen into the hems of her skirts so the wind can not cause a fashion faux paux?

  43. You're so informative on everything you cover, but the crowning glory of your videos is when you say "hi everyone" and smile and scrunch your nose! You are so cute! 😊❤

  44. OMG all of these ridiculous rules need to die in fire. I rolled my eyes so hard throughout this video, not because of your delivery Justine, but due to the narcissistic rules of the Queen.

  45. The queen sure seems like a control freak… I hate it when fashion trumps health. Aww poor little prince might lose his knees to frostbite but sohelpmegod he will wear SHORTS.

    Or- please My lady, you mustn’t remove your jacket! an hour later at the ER for heatstroke
    Don’tlet the paramedics remove her jacket! It doesn’t matter if she is dying! The stiff heavy fabric is dress CODE. What do you mean she’s coding? LEAVE the jacket ON.

    🤦🏻‍♀️

  46. Dear Justine, I have a quick question. I have been reading on the matter of jewelry and proper etiquette when wearing it. I am interested in your opinion regarding the mixing of white and yellow gold during day and evening wear. My understanding is that yellow gold must be paired with yellow and white with white gold. However, I have studied some pictures of Kate Middleton and she often wears white and yellow gold pieces at the same time. I am interested strictly proper etiquette regarding this. I realize fashion does change but I am interested (as a historian) in conservative etiquette. Thank you!

  47. When royal women have to cover up more than average women, it’s classy. When Muslim women choose to cover up more than everyone else, it’s oppression 🤦🏽‍♀️

  48. Love your videos but sometimes i need to see some photos to orient a little bit cause if not its boring or i dont fully understand
    Cheers from argentina!

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