Kate Middleton follows the strict court dress code and each of her dresses is modified to avoid slits, transparencies, short skirts
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Kate Middleton, as Duchess of Cambridge and wife of William, the future King of the United Kingdom, must adhere to a strict dress code, exacerbated at times by Queen Elizabeth herself who hates certain items of clothing and accessories to the point of prohibiting them or almost at Court women. For this reason, Kate hasn't shown any details of her body for years, from the décolleté to the legs above the knee.
Lady Middleton has learned her lesson and follows the protocol almost to the letter, except for certain accessories which she just cannot do without, such as rope shoes, hated by the Sovereign. This ability to adapt to the needs of the Court saved her from criticism and reprimand of Buckingham Palace. Although some mistakes, especially in the early days after marriage, he made them. Like when he wore lightweight miniskirts that on more than one occasion were blown up by the wind, showing more than they should. Problem solved, not only by making the hems stretch, but by inserting iron sinkers to prevent them from fluttering.
Another story, therefore, compared to that of Meghan Markle who has never managed to adapt her style to the needs of the Palazzo. Result? Whenever she attended a public event, her looks were the subject of discussion and controversy. This is why Harry's wife suffered a media pillory, which in addition to other problems and issues, led her to leave the monarchy with her husband.
So, Kate like Letizia of Spain. She also hasn't shown her knees in public since 2018, but the motives of the two women are very different. While Felipe's wife made a personal choice as she no longer felt comfortable wearing miniskirts, the Duchess of Cambridge was imposed specific rules that lead her to make changes to her formal dresses.
Lady Middleton, as for coats, wears prestigious fashion brands, among her favorites Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, Emilia Wickstead, Dolce & Gabbana, but the clothes she wears are different from those we see on the catwalks. In fact, Kate has them arranged especially for her, avoiding transparencies, hems that are too short or too long when it comes to daytime looks, plunging necklines and slits, bare shoulders, eccentric details and crumpling fabrics. When wearing them they must look perfect from every angle, front, back and side.
To give some examples. In December 2019, Kate wore an Alessandra Rich patterned red dress for the A Berry Royal Christmas show. The original garment had a sweetheart neckline that the Duchess had to sew up by adding a bow to the neck.
During the trip to Pakistan, William's wife sported a chocolate-colored shirt from the Mint Velvet brand that was originally a shirt dress.
At the last Royal Ascot she took part in, Kate wore a light blue Elie Saab suit, all tulle and crystals. The Duchess had her sleeves lengthened and put on a petticoat of the same color to avoid inconvenient transparencies.
Then there are changes that affect Lady Middleton's taste. In January 2020, she showed up at the headquarters of the association, Family Action, with a green Beulah London dress which she had the sleeves changed by eliminating the bell ring at the cuffs.
Other adjustments to the sleeves were made by the tartan dress by Emilia Wickstead that Kate chose for the pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2019, where transparencies were removed. Same fate for Emilia Wickstead's celestial dress, worn by Kate at the men's Wimbledon final in 2019.
The green Dolce and Gabbana dress, also worn by Lady Middleton on the occasion of Wimbledon, was also transformed. Kate had the giant clock embroidered on the bodice removed, to make the model more sober.
The Duchess of Cambridge's wardrobe has undergone notable changes since 2018, when former Vogue editor Virginia Chadwyck-Healey began assisting her while her longtime stylist, Natasha was on maternity leave. Virginia's merit was to rejuvenate Kate's style, limiting trapeze dresses, too bon ton, and introducing trousers.