It goes without saying that the British Royal Family is an ancient institution full of historic rules and traditions which can seem strange to the outside world. However strange these traditions may appear, most of them date back centuries and have intriguing stories behind them.
When it comes to royal etiquette, there are a number of rules even the most senior royals must follow to keep up appearances. The Duchess of Cambridge herself must adhere to a number of regulations, and is even reportedly forbidden from engaging in a number of day-to-day things we may all take for granted
From her fashion choices, to her democratic freedoms, here is a rundown of all the day-to-day activities Kate Middleton is reportedly not allowed to do since joining the esteemed family.
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Voting in elections
As the 2022 local London elections take place later this week, thousands of us will be heading to the ballot box to exercise our right to vote. However, members of the Royal Family will not be voting on May 5, and are not permitted to express political views of any kind.
Since entering the Royal Family by marrying Prince William, Kate Middleton is no longer allowed to vote in elections, along with all other members of the British monarchy. According to the Royal Family’s official website, this is not legally binding, but is rather a ‘convention’ among the family.
The website states: “By convention, the Queen does not vote or stand for election, however, Her Majesty does have important ceremonial and formal roles in relation to the government of the UK.” Although this rule technically only applies to the Queen, the other senior royals all follow it, so they can remain strictly neutral.
The Duchess, along with the other royals, are reportedly not allowed to take selfies with fans, or have personal social media accounts of any kind. This unusual rule was confirmed by Meghan Markle when, during her first public walkabout with Prince Harry, she politely told a fan: “We’re not allowed to do selfies.”
Members of the Royal Family are also banned from signing autographs, according to The Express. Apparently, the royals aren’t allowed to sign their name for admirers because of a safety measure – the rule is in place to avoid the signatures of royals being forged, and they all have to follow the anti-fraud policy.
When it comes to food and drink, the Royal Family reportedly take extra measures to avoid food poisoning. Royal Butler Grant Harold revealed the Royal Family avoid shellfish at public engagements, so they don’t run the risk of catching anything nasty. Despite this rule, William, however, is rumoured to enjoy sushi and Charles has tried seafood in the past.
Opening up to Woman & Home magazine, Butler Harold said: “It is a very sensible move to abandon having seafood when out and about on public duties. We don’t want a member of the Royal Family having a serious reaction to food poisoning, especially if she is on an overseas tour.”
How to dress
Kate Middleton is known as something of a fashionista, though her sense of style is certainly rather modest. This fact is no coincidence – members of the Royal Family are expected to dress appropriately, modestly and smartly to official engagements.
Female royals tend to be scrutinised more for their outfits and reportedly must wear tights, skirts that reach the knees and no bright nail varnish. According to reports, royals are also banned from wearing fur to avoid controversy.
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