These are the hat rules Meghan and Kate have to follow

As we know, there are many, many rules the royal family has to follow, from what they can eat and can’t eat, right down to their wardrobe choices.

For example, not every woman in the family can wear a tiara – they have to be married first – nor can they wear diamonds before 6pm.

There are also strict guidelines when it comes to the likes of Meghan and Kate wearing hats, as it turns out. Obviously, there was a time when wearing hats was the norm, and up until the 1950s, the Queen and Princess Margaret were rarely seen in public without a headpiece.

According to Diana Mather, a senior tutor for The English Manner etiquette consultancy, ‘ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered “the thing” for ladies to show their hair in public’.

This wasn’t just a rule for the royal family either, as hats were worn in public by both men and women of different classes then. However, as fashion has become more relaxed, hats have become less of a thing.

However, this isn’t the case for royal women, who are still expected to wear them to formal appearances, such as Trooping the Colour and the polo.

But as with diamonds and tiaras, there is a time frame involved, and hats are strictly restricted to daywear. Come 6pm, they can be swapped over for tiaras should the occasion call for them.

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