During her recent tour of Poland and Germany with Prince William and her two children, the Duchess of Cambridge oozed elegance in an array of stunning outfits, all of which were carefully selected ahead of time. There was one outfit, however, that we never got to see, but which was packed as royal protocol – a black mourning outfit. This is because as a rule, all members of the royal family must wear black as a mark of respect.
Members of the royal family must pack a black mourning outfit when they go abroad
Throughout history, the rule has been honoured by various members of the royal family. Back in 1992 when Princess Diana’s father, Lord Spencer, died, the Princess of Wales was away in the Alps skiing with Prince Charles. On their way back, the royal couple followed suit and dressed in all-black attire.
The Queen pictured wearing black after the death of her father, George VI
This hasn’t always been the case, however. When the Queen’s father, George VI, died in 1952, she was in Kenya on safari with Prince Philip, and didn’t have a mourning outfit ready. As a result, she wasn’t allowed to be photographed until a suitable outfit had been bought to her, as acted out in an episode of The Crown.
During her recent royal tour, thoughtful Kate paid many subtle, sartorial tributes to the countries she visited. This included wearing garments from local brands and the colours of the flags of both Poland and Germany. The Duchess also delighted a local Polish designer by choosing to wear one of her dresses to attend a garden party. Kate looked fabulous in a striking white gown by Gosia Baczynska, who is famed for her contemporary pieces and has been dubbed the "tsarina of the Polish fashion scene". Gosia, was also in attendance at the party, told HELLO! Fashion that it was an "honour and a privilege" to dress the Duchess.