The Most Controversial Royal Fashion Moments of All Time

The Most Controversial Royal Fashion Moments of All Time

When a member of the royal family steps out in public, their fashion choices are guaranteed to make headlines…but sometimes for the wrong reasons. From revealing necklines to accidental faux pas, we rounded up the most controversial royal fashion moments in history, ahead.

By Charlotte Chilton

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    When a member of the royal family steps out in public, their fashion choices are guaranteed to make headlines…but sometimes for the wrong reasons. From revealing necklines to accidental faux pas, we rounded up the most controversial royal fashion moments in history, ahead.

    By Charlotte Chilton

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  • 10/35The Most Controversial Royal Fashion Moments of All TimeWhen a member of the royal family steps out in public, their fashion choices are guaranteed to make headlines…but sometimes for the wrong reasons. From revealing necklines to accidental faux pas, we rounded up the most controversial royal fashion moments in history, ahead.By Charlotte ChiltonGetty Images
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    Kate Middleton rarely shows off her shoulders, as royals tend to shy away from bare shoulders. However, when Kate wants to wear a daring look, this white knitted Barbara Casasola dress is her go-to.

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    Meghan Markle shattered the unspoken above-the-knee hemline rule not long after becoming a royal. The tuxedo minidress she wore to a performance of Hamilton stirred up controversy, as people debated whether or not it was a breach of protocol.

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    Fans loved Meghan Markle’s wedding look—from her Clare Waight Keller boatneck gown to her 16-foot-long veil with floral embroidery from all 53 commonwealth countries—but there was one point of contention leading up to her big day. Rumors circulated that Meghan was refused her first choice of wedding tiara. However, according to Finding Freedom, there wasn’t a disagreement over the tiara. Instead, it was about the time it took to decide on the piece.

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    Kate Middleton looked chic at the British Embassy in Paris in a black tweed dress, but some thought it was odd that she wore black. Royals typically reserve the color for periods of mourning and somber occasions, such as Remembrance Day.

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    The velvet off-the-shoulder gown Princess Diana wore to a White House State Dinner in 1985 is one of the most iconic gowns worn by the royal. It was dubbed the "Travolta Dress" due to the heavily-circulated photo of Diana dancing with the movie star in it.

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    The newlywed suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a breezy visit to the Calgary Airport. The skirt on her yellow Jenny Packham sundress kept blowing up, and the Queen was reportedly displeased with the incident, urging Kate to have curtain weights sewn into the seams of her dresses in the future.

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    Meghan Markle looked polished at a panel for International Women’s Day in 2019 in a black and white patterned shift dress and a simple black blazer. Still, the public was upset over how high the hem came up on her knee and that she didn’t wear tights to the event.

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    The recently-separated princess attended the Serpentine Gallery’s Gala in London on the same night Charles addressed the nation about his affair with Camilla. So she wore an off-the-shoulder little black dress, of course. Her look has gone down in history as one of her most blatant sartorial choices and is known as the "revenge dress."

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    Princess Diana was a fashion risktaker. When she was loaned a diamond and emerald Garrard choker by the Queen (originally commissioned by Queen Mary in the 1920s), she turned it into a headband. The royal wowed fans at the gala she was attending in Melbourne, Australia, but we have to wonder what the Queen thought…

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