Wednesday 14 November 2018

This is why Kate Middleton isn't allowed to take off her coat in public

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she greets the crowd outside the Royal Palace ahead of visiting the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she greets the crowd outside the Royal Palace ahead of visiting the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge attends an event in Tryvann, Oslo, Norway, organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation, where she and the Duke of Cambridge saw a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski school session on the slopes, on the final day of their tour of Scandinavia
Kate Middleton visits the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm to hear about Sweden's approach to managing mental health challenges. Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to officially open the Mittal Children's Medical Centre during a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway at the Royal Palace on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Royal Palace Gardens on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart following a visit to the Matteusskolan School in Stockholm on Day 2 of their visit to Sweden. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (second left) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (second right) with Crown Princess Victoria (L) and Prince Daniel of Sweden walk through the cobbled streets of Stockholm from the Royal Palace to the Nobel Museum during day one of their Royal visit to Sweden and Norway on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving to visit the Reach Academy Feltham, in London, a school working in partnership with Place2Be and other organisations to support children, families and the school community
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laugh as they attend a Bandy hockey match where they will learn more about the popularity of the sport during day one of their Royal visit to Sweden and Norway on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) during a visit to Bond Primary School in Mitcham to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI) on January 17, 2018 London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton arrives at a reception at the Fotografiska Galleries in Stockholm on Day 2 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Sweden. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Royals seem to have a rule for everything.

After nearly 10 years royal family adjacent and the last seven as the Duchess of Cambridge, she's a stickler for protocol across everything from her greetings to her wardrobe. During her and Prince William's royal tour of Sweden and Norway, she was, as usual, impeccably dressed; but she made one confusing misstep - wearing her burgundy Dolce & Gabbana coat at all times.

She and William were pictured preparing for lunch with Noway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at their residence Skaugum, in Oslo.

Given that most of us grew up being told it was rude to wear your coat indoors, the same rules don't apply to a princess. Kate is reportedly forbidden from removing her coat in public view because it's deemed unladylike. It's among the same antiquated rules that requires British royal women wear natural nail polish colours and flesh coloured tights.

The Duchess of Cambridge attends an event in Tryvann, Oslo, Norway, organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation, where she and the Duke of Cambridge saw a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski school session on the slopes, on the final day of their tour of Scandinavia
The Duchess of Cambridge attends an event in Tryvann, Oslo, Norway, organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation, where she and the Duke of Cambridge saw a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski school session on the slopes, on the final day of their tour of Scandinavia

Similarly, her future sister-in-law Meghan Markle is subject to the same regulations and is required to remove any outerwear in private. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart following a visit to the Matteusskolan School in Stockholm on Day 2 of their visit to Sweden. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart following a visit to the Matteusskolan School in Stockholm on Day 2 of their visit to Sweden. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mother and Baby unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on January 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mother and Baby unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on January 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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