Kate Middleton takes firm stance on royal protocol about wearing tights

There are a number of strict rules to adhere to when you're a member of the Royal Family, and the Princess of Wales is known to follow protocol closely.

Kate, 40, is famed for her impeccable sense of style and enviable outfits, and she never fails to impress when heading to a Royal engagement or event.

Female members of the Royal Family are expected to be careful with the way they dress and one item considered to unofficially be part of the 'royal uniform' is tights.

Royal women tend to follow old fashioned rules when it comes to their hosiery, with most wearing stockings even in warmer temperatures.

It is not actually strictly stated that they must wear tights, but thanks to the influence of Queen Elizabeth II, many do.

The late Queen was never seen without a pair of nude coloured tights, prompting many female Royals to follow her lead.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter previously told Insider that you “never see a royal without their nude stockings" and added that the tights are “really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires”.

Mum-of-three Kate takes a slightly more modern approach, and while she's regularly seen sporting nude tights, she also occasionally wears black tights and has even gone bare legged on a handful of occasions.

The Princess of Wales' daughter Princess Charlotte, seven, is often photographed wearing tights too, but during the summer months she's been seen going bare legged and wearing a pair of simple white ankle socks instead.

However, traditional dressing rules for Royal boys have been broken over recent years, with Kate and Prince William, 40, dressing their eldest son Prince George, nine, in trousers when he was younger despite Royal boys always wearing tailored shorts.

Explaining the odd rule, expert William Hanson previously told Harper's Bazaar: "Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.

"Although times are (slowly) changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class – quite suburban. And no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban."

The expert added that it's believed when boys reach around eight years old they begin wearing trousers all year round.

Prince George was first photographed wearing trousers when he attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, as he and the three other page boys wore miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat and trousers that brothers Harry and William wore on the day.


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