Thursday 16 August 2018

There's a dark reason why royals must pack a black outfit for every trip abroad

Britain's Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wave to wellwishers as tehy arrive for a reception at 'Claerchens Ballhaus' dance hall in Berlin, on the second day of the British royal couple visit to Germany, on July 20, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wave to wellwishers as tehy arrive for a reception at 'Claerchens Ballhaus' dance hall in Berlin, on the second day of the British royal couple visit to Germany, on July 20, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend The Queen's Birthday Party at the British Ambassadorial Residence during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Ian Vogler - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton really does have an outfit for everything.

The Duchess of Cambridge, often hailed as the best dressed woman in the world, and the rest of the British royal family are prepared for every eventuality when it comes to their attire - even having a contingency black outfit in case of an emergency. And that emergency being a high profile death.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When anyone within the family travels abroad, they are required to pack a spare black ensemble with them should another member of the family die on their travels, according to The Independent. The reason is to ensure the family members are in sync with public mourners on their return to the UK.

Fans of The Crown saw the story behind this on the Netflix series, documenting Queen Elizabeth's 1952 trip to Kenya when she learned her father had died and had to wait on board her plane for a black dress before she could disembark,

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

News of the unusual, but practical, condition first made the rounds in July when Kate and Prince William toured Poland and Germany with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but it is doing the rounds once again. Meanwhile, the pregnant princess will make her first appearance since announcing she's expecting their third child, which will take place on October 10 to mark World Mental Health Day with a reception at Buckingham Palace.

William said he's "always a bit anxious to start with", but looks forward to celebrating when her extreme morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) improves after the 12-week mark.

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