Here's how Meghan Markle broke Royal protocol in June during official outing with the Queen
The new Duchess seems to have stepped away from many of the unwritten dress code rules that have governed the Royal family for many generations now.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attended the Trooping the Colour festivities for the first time as a member of the British Royal family in early June. But critics weren't expecting the dress she stepped out in for the occasion.
Royal women usually wear long-sleeved dresses for their official outings. But when the Duchess of Sussex appeared at Buckingham Palace, she was wearing a dress that showed off her arms.
The Duchess chose a custom-made pale pink Carolina Herrera dress on June 9 at Trooping the Colour. The dress featured a midi hemline, three flat, round buttons and a folded, off-the-shoulder Bardot neckline.
The former actress is a fan of the off-the-shoulder look and has worn it on many occasions, even incorporating it into her beautiful original Givenchy wedding dress that she wore on her May 19 wedding.
Meghan’s look at Trooping the Colour was completed with a matching Philip Treacy hat.
It is unusual to see a Royal woman wearing something that exposes her shoulders, and particularly at an event like the Queen's birthday celebrations, where most of them wear full sleeves.
For example, Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has always worn a sleeve that comes past the elbow since making her Trooping debut in 2011.
In the 1980s, Princess Diana also always wore a long-sleeved look to the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday.
Meghan has been stepping away from the traditional dress codes since the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry in November when she didn’t wear nude pantyhose to her engagement photo call.
She’s also gone with her signature messy bun for numerous Royal engagements. During a visit to Cardiff Castle in Wales, Meghan also gave a 10-year-old girl an autograph, something members of the Royal family historically never do.
The Duchess debuted pantyhose for the first time when she attended her first engagement as a Royal just days after her wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
For Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration Meghan also wore a similar shade to her Trooping the Colour dress, but that garment featured long mesh sleeves and a high mesh neckline.
During the festivities at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess wore a rose-pink ‘Flavia’ silk-crepe pencil dress by British fashion label Goat.
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Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness then visited the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Widnes. The Queen and The Duchess met architects, planners and community representatives before seeing a performance by local schoolchildren called “Bringing communities together: Halton’s river crossings over the ages.” Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening. The Bridge is a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. #royalvisitcheshire
There she completed her look with pantyhose, a matching saucer-style fascinator and blush ‘Siren’ pumps by Tamara Mellon.
The newest member of the Royal family has also already attended her first official engagement with the Queen when the pair traveled to Chester on the Queen's personal train.
On that occasion, the Duchess opted for a cream-colored dress with a belted waist and a cape style sleeve that fell to her elbows. It was her first engagement with the Queen, and also her first without her husband, Prince Harry.
The Royal couple also recently embarked on their first tour of Ireland together, where the Duchess has stepped out in many different beautiful dresses so far, as can be seen on the Kensington Royal Instagram account.
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