PRINCESS EUGENIE seems to be following in the royal rule-breaking footsteps of Meghan Markle after she was seen breaking the Queen’s unofficial dress code at a royal event this week.
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Royal outfits have been an area of fascination for many, from the Queen’s brightly coloured hats to the wedding dresses chosen by royal brides and which designers the royals choose to wear for iconic events in the royal calendar. But eager eyed royal fans have spotted that younger royals are pushing back against the codes of conduct on dress that have long governed what members of the Royal Family are entitled to wear to public engagements.
Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, would have been raised knowing the strict rules for etiquette and behaviour that come with a royal lineage.
However, it seems that the Princess has overlooked one royal fashion rule: exposing her shoulders.
Age-old tradition dictates royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles.
But, the newly-wed Princess Eugenie was pictured attending the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award presentations at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2019 in a sleeveless midi dress featuring a blue to peach ombre with metallic leaf jacquard by Peter Pilotto, one of the designers of her wedding dress.
Princess Eugenie shock: Princess Eugenie breaks with the royal dress code traditions (Image: YUI MOK/WPA POOL/GETTY)
While the dress has been hailed as a perfect springtime outfit, the royal’s choice of dress exposed her shoulders and also introduced a sheer element to the bottom of the dress which revealed her legs up to mid-thigh.
The look has been praised by fashion outlets across the world, but it is an example of how the young royal has pushed the boundaries of typical royal dress protocol.
The young Princess is not a working royal and instead works full time in the art world according to the Duke of York’s website.
But Princess Eugenie does conduct a number of royal engagements, particularly working with charities where she acts a patron.
Princess Eugenie shock: Princess Eugenie and Beatrice at Animal Art Ball event (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie shock: Princess Eugenie speaking at the Animal Ball Art Show on May 22 (Image: GETTY)
On Wednesday, May 22, Eugenie attended a royal engagement, the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award presentations at Buckingham Palace in support of the Queen and therefore it is presumed that royal dress etiquette would need to be upheld.
Later in the day, Eugenie attended a private viewing of the Animal Ball Arrt Show, held in support of Elephant Family, a charity the York family famously favour.
She was joined by her older sister Princess Beatrice and Beatrice’s boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who were both dressed in fitting smart casual wear.
Princess Eugenie: Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Eugenie (Image: YUI MOK/WPA POOL/GETTY)
Princess Eugenie shock: Eugenie at Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentations At Buckingham Palace (Image: YUI MOK/WPA POOL/GETTY)
Princess Eugenie shock: Eugenie in her rule-breaking dress, what do you think of her outfit? (Image: GETTY)
What are the other royal dress code rules?
The Queen in particular adheres to many dress code rules such as wearing bright colours and gloves to events, in particular Trooping the Colour and weddings.
The Royal Family also have a tradition of wearing hats to a number of royal events and engagements.
The Queen in fact, is rarely seen without a hat and bookies often offer odds on which colour hat she will choose for certain events.
There are also rules about the skirt length that must be adhered to: the Queen favours knee-length skirts and this seems to have been adopted by the Duchess of Cambridge as well.
Princess Eugenie shock: The Queen at the Buckingham Palace Garden party wearing a hat and gloves (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie shock: Adorable Prince George wearing shorts in keeping with royal dress codes (Image: GETTY)
Royal women are also not permitted to wear tiaras every day.
The Crown jewels offer a number of beautiful pieces of jewellery, but royal women are only entitled to wear these items during special occasions and cannot wear them during the day or whilst they are unmarried.
And it is not only the women that have rules regarding their clothing.
Observant royal fans have noticed that Prince George is almost always pictured wearing shorts.
This is another royal tradition for young royalty, below aged eight, to wear shorts – whereas trousers are expected for older boys and men.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK