The Queen is known for wearing bright and striking outfits and according to one of her daughter-in-laws there is a very specific reason for this. Speaking on the 2017 documentary ‘The Queen at 90’ Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said the monarch wears bright shades to maximise the number of people who can see her.
The Countess explained: “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the queen’.
“Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the queen’s hat as she went past.”
William Hanson, an etiquette specialist, told Harper’s Bazaar Kate and Meghan avoid bright colours when with the Queen out of respect to avoid detracting attention.
He said: “During the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, the queen wore white, so she stood out against the red furnishings of the royal barge, whereas the Duchess of Cambridge wore red, making her almost disappear and not pull focus from the real star of the show.
“The Duchess of Sussex [showed] great consideration by wearing more neutral colours and tones when on duty with Her Majesty as it allows the queen to take centre stage and top billing, as is only right.”
On Thursday Kate took part in her first in-person royal engagement since the coronavirus lockdown began when she visited Fakenham garden centre in Norfolk.
The next day Prince William went to Smiths The Bakers in King’s Lynn, with both trips designed to promote local businesses as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
A post on the couple’s official Instagram page said: “As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal.