Iconic Outfits From Royal Family Members With Concealed Meanings
Nov 28, 2020 by apost team
Throughout history, the Royal Family has always worn clothes with significance. From the colors, materials, and designers they choose to create their iconic pieces, some of these outfits sell at auction for charities, or go on to take center stage at fashion exhibitions, one thing is for certain, whatever the royals wear will never go unnoticed.
That’s why it’s important they get it right, and sometimes, they not only get it right, but the outfits they wear have a secret meaning behind them. We take a look at the times the meaning transcends the item of clothing.
Being True to Their Roots
Meghan Markle celebrated her wedding day with all 53 Commonwealth countries. How? By requesting that her five-meter-long silk tulle veil was embroidered with a specific flora for each country in the Commonwealth. Some examples include a blue water lily as the symbol for Sri Lanka and the yellow daffodil for Wales.
Prince Harry also chose to wear an outfit that had a deep meaning for him on his wedding day. Despite being appointed as Captain General of the Royal Marines by his grandmother, the Queen, Prince Harry opted to wear his Blues and Royals military uniform.
Ex-British army officer Nicholas Drummond told The Independent that Harry wore the uniform of “his original regiment, the Household Cavalry, and the rank of Major. This tells you a lot about the man, his humility, and his commitment to service.” We expected nothing less!
Meghan also had something borrowed for her big day, and it was borrowed from the Queen herself. The tiara was special, not just because it belonged originally to Queen Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, but also because for the first time Meghan was allowed to wear diamonds before 6 pm. If you’re not familiar with this rule, expert Myka Meier explained to news.com.au:
“Before 6 pm, you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires. At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.”
Respecting Other Cultures
Meghan Markle has always made a point of wearing clothing that respects other traditions and cultures. She demonstrated this on her trip to New Zealand in 2018, where she wore a pendant that was handmade by a local jeweler. The design was inspired by the traditional Ta Moko art, an ancient form of tattooing native to the Maori people. Her tribute to New Zealand’s culture and history went down a treat.
Being Proud of Scars
Princess Eugenie has always been open about her scoliosis. As a young child, she underwent a very intense surgery to treat the condition and was left was a long scar down the length of her spine. She was proud of displaying her scar on her wedding day with an open back wedding dress she specifically requested, reports the official royal website. The scar is symbolic of the trials and tribulations she went through, and the hope there is for others with the same condition.
Taking Inspiration From Her Mother-In-Law
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, paid homage to Princess Diana after giving birth to Prince Louie in 2018—her third child with Prince William. When she left the London hospital, she wore a smart red dress with a pretty white lace collar. This outfit is incredibly similar to the dress Diana wore when she left the very same hospital after giving birth to Prince Harry in 1984. Kate was certainly carrying on the family traditions!Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Kate also took inspiration from Princess Diana five years earlier, when she gave birth to her first child, Prince George, in July 2013. She wore a traditional blue polka dot dress. This dress looked very similar in style, pattern, and color, to the one Diana wore when she left the hospital with Prince William 30 years before.
The Queen’s Bold and Bright Colors
We all know if you're in a crowd and want to stand out, bright colors are the answer. In a documentary entitled, "Elizabeth at 90," the Queen is said to wear bright colors exactly for this reason: so people can always spot her in a crowd. From bright pinks to neon greens there isn’t a color the Queen won’t wear, and we have yet to see a color that doesn’t suit her!Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Visibility isn’t the only reason, however—she has always been a fan of bright colors as they are proven to be mood-boosting, reports Grazia. And who doesn’t’ love seeing someone wear something that reflects their mood and personality and brings cheer to the day.
When Queen Elizabeth II got married to Prince Philip in 1947 it was a very grand and important affair. For such an occasion a very special wedding dress was needed. The gown the Queen wore was made of silk and embroidered with an array of spring flowers and adorned with pearls and crystals. According to the official royal website, the dress was "inspired by the famous Renaissance painting of Primavera by Botticelli, symbolizing rebirth and growth after the war."
Diana’s 'Revenge Dress'
The media went wild in 1994 when Princess Diana wore this classic black dress, which has since been dubbed her ‘revenge dress.’ It is called this because she wore it on the very day her ex-husband, Prince Charles, gave his first interview on TV discussing his extramarital relationship with Camila Parker-Bowles. The showstopper dress is said to be a triumphant fist in the air, and proof that Diana had moved on and risen above it all.
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