10 Situations Where Members of the Royal Family Made a Statement Without Saying a Word
We all know that the members of royal families have to follow certain rules, including their choice of clothes. However, if a duchess or a princess wants to make a certain statement to the public she can do it discreetly with the help of her outfit. In this article, we want to explain these secret messages in more detail.
At Bright Side, we admire these refined tricks, and we’ve even adopted some of these ideas. In the bonus section, you’ll find out why Princess Diana got rid of items from a certain fashion brand, and what Meghan Markle wanted to say with her maternity photoshoot.
On the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a poppy print dress. The poppy is a remembrance flower.
In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the death of her mother-in-law, which took place at Kensington Gardens, Kate wore an elegant green Prada dress with a poppy print. In the United Kingdom, the red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope. This way, Kate paid tribute to the memory of Lady Diana.
The Duchess of Cambridge showed sympathy to the #MeToo Movement by wearing a black sash at the BAFTA Awards in 2018.
Some magazines believe that the Duchess opted for a subtle nod to the movement against abuse and aggression by choosing a dark green, empire-waist gown by Jenny Packham, but she complemented her outfit with a black sash.
Meghan Markle supported her friend Victoria Beckham by wearing a sweater from her fashion collection during an official visit.
During her first official visit to Ireland as Prince Harry’s fiancée, Megan chose an elegant skirt and jacket, as well as a cream-colored sweater from designer and friend Victoria Beckham, thus killing 2 birds with one stone: she supported her friend, and made herself look modest and cozy.
Kate Middleton chose a brooch in the shape of a maple leaf during her visit to Canada.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is very careful about her wardrobe when visiting a foreign country (you’ll find the facts proving this statement further in the article). For one of the official events during her visit to Canada, the Duchess chose a Thornton Bregazzi dress, complementing it with a brooch in the shape of a maple leaf — the symbol of Canada.
Prince Harry wore his military dress uniform at the Mountbatten Festival of Music for the last time.
In their second-to-last appearance as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple chose bright, memorable outfits. Harry sported his dress uniform as Captain General of the Royal Marines, paying tribute to the British army in which he served, while his wife wore a truly gorgeous, scarlet red Safiyaa cape dress.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress with a secret body positive message
Princess Eugenie of York, the third granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, underwent corrective surgery on her spine at age 12, after which she continues to bear the scars. However, the brave princess put on a dress with a low backline designed by British designers, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, on her wedding day.
The Duchess chose a dress with a pattern featuring eagles which are the national bird of Germany.
Kate showed her respect to the host country by choosing a leafy green Markus Lupfer dress with printed eagles on it to visit Germany’s last ballroom, Clarchens Ballhaus, with Prince William.
Meghan Markle’s wedding veil
For her wedding, Meghan chose a veil (designed by Clare Waight Keller), which represented the unity of all Commonwealth countries. 53 flowers were applied to the 16-feet veil, representing each country of the Commonwealth. Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and the California Poppy, the State flower from Markle’s place of birth, California, were added to this piece of sewing art as her 2 personal favorites.
The wedding bouquet had Forget-Me-Nots which were handpicked by Prince Harry. The use of the Forget-Me-Nots was intentional to honor Diana’s memory.
Meghan Markle, during her interview with Oprah, wore this dress as a tribute to Wallis Simpson who Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry.
For her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan chose a black wrap dress by Armani, in which some experts saw a lot of symbolism. The frock included a print of a white lotus flower which symbolizes purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth. This dress is a tribute to Wallis Simpson who Prince Harry’s great-great-uncle abdicated the throne to marry.
Kate Middleton wore a Polish designer for the Queen’s birthday party in Warsaw.
In 2017, during their official visit to Poland, William and Kate attended a birthday party in honor of the Queen, in Warsaw. Kate wore a white cocktail dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczyńska. By the way, this designer also attended the same party and a similar dress can still be bought online.
Bonus: Why Princess Diana didn’t wear Chanel, and what Meghan Markle wanted to say with her maternity photoshoot
After her scandalous divorce, Princess Diana never wanted to wear Chanel again. Australian designer Jayson Brundson recounted his encounter with Diana while helping style her for her last visit to Australia in 1996. “She went back to her bedroom, and she came out holding like handfuls of shoes and bags and just dumped them all down on the couch. Then said, ’What do you think?’ so I went through them all and I found a pair of Chanel shoes, and I said, ’Well these would look great with the Versace,’ and she said, ’No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.’ So I asked why, and she said, ’It’s Camilla and Charles.’”
“The tree of life behind them and the garden represent fertility, life, and moving forward.”
For the official photoshoot, to announce Meghan Markle’s second pregnancy, the future parents chose photographer Misan Harriman, who took the famous photos on an iPad. The couple posed in the garden of their luxurious home in Santa Barbara, with Meghan wearing a Carolina Herrera dress.
The location was chosen for a reason. Harriman said that his portrayal of the 2 was ripe with symbolism, “With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life, and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates.”
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