She may not be the Queen of England yet, but Kate Middleton definitely rules the style game. Not only does she have a clever trick for repeating her outfits, but she can even make wearing heels less painful. However, unlike newcomer Meghan Markle, she isn't known for breaking the long list of Queen Elizabeth's rather strict dress codes - except there's one rule she's actually been breaking this whole time.
As per the royal dress code, only natural-looking nails are allowed to be worn at official royal events, and family members are encouraged to keep this up at non-official events as well. The public was surprised when Meghan Markle showed up to the British Fashion Awards in 2019 with dark nail polish, and we haven't seen Queen Elizabeth wear anything but very pale pink nail polish colour for nearly 30 years.
Kate also tends to stick to non-polished nails, or nails polished with nudes or pale pinks. On her wedding day, Kate wore a light pink shade, mixing Bourjois Rose Lounge and Essie Allure to create an original hue. As it turns out, despite her general love of pale polishes, she isn't always seen with just pale or natural nails.
Since 2012, Kate Middleton has been photographed multiple times sporting a deep red nail polish. How did we not notice? She only wears the darker shades on her toes! Mixing the non-royal approved pedicure with her favourite nude manicure, Kate has been getting away with breaking this royal rule for years.
- This article first appeared on Reader's Digest