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Why Kate Middleton won’t wear brightly colored nail polish

Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the queen are always seen wearing neutral-colored nail polish, but this likely is more about royal etiquette than personal choice. Royal wardrobe rules state that no brightly colored nail polish should be worn during public engagements. Here, Kate Middleton’s pale nails are visible at an Olympic event during the London Games in 2012. (Photos: Getty Images)

Why Kate Middleton doesn't wear brightly colored nail polish

According to Essie, Queen Elizabeth has been wearing the light pink “ballet slippers” nail polish since 1989 — and strictly that. As for the Duchess of Cambridge, she seemingly favors neutral colors as well. But this shared affinity for the same shades allegedly is more about royal etiquette than personal preference. Royal wardrobe guidelines state that no brightly colored nail polish should be worn during public engagements.

Nail polish isn’t the only thing that’s regulated. Scroll through the gallery for other things, from voting to flying, that the royal family is restricted in.

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