Well before Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, word on the street was that she was being groomed to be a royal. No doubt the Queen played a part in ensuring that Prince William's love was fit to marry an heir to the throne ... by which I mean she dressed and looked the part. Though she clearly passed the test prior to saying "I do," it sounds like Wills' grandmum wants to ensure that Kate continues to make sartorial choices that are up to par! Rumor has it that in advance of this spring's royal tour in Australia, the Queen has offered Kate use of her personal dresser Angela Kelly "to ensure she looks suitably elegant" during her travels. Uh huh ...
Though this may seem like a compliment -- and all right, sure, who wouldn't want to have a pro on board to bedazzle you from head to toe -- would you want to be required by your grandmother-in-law to look a particular way 24/7? Eek!
Here, the fashion "rules" Angela Kelly will be helping Kate abide by ...
- Statement jewelry will be strategically chosen from the Queen's collection. There may be no Zara necklaces this time around! Angela Kelly will apparently assist the Duchess of Cambridge select "statement jewellery and gemstones from the Queen's personal collection." In fact, she's been asked to "start selecting jewels ahead of the trip," a palace source told the Daily Mail.
- The Duchess must look fit for the throne. The palace source continued, "Kate appearing more royal than ever -- you can expect to see a lot more tiaras and the Queen will be watching closely!" No pressure or anything ...
- Recycling is not being encouraged. No re-wearing outfits, it seems. "Kate will require up to four outfits a day" during the three-and-a-half-week trip Down Under.
- No short skirts allowed. Okay, maybe this isn't a hard and fast rule, but Kate will reportedly be given "dresses with lower hemlines than previously favored." Not that we've ever really seen Kate in micro minis, but okay!
- Symbolic jewelry will make an appearance. The Duchess could wear a diamond and ruby brooch in the form of a hibiscus flower -- one of the unofficial emblems of Australia -- that was given to the Queen Mother in 1958. And she may also don the Queen's wattle brooch, which was presented to Her Majesty on her Coronation Tour in 1954.
What do you think about the Queen's "fashion rules" for Kate?
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