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Though Meghan Markle often bears the brunt of scrutiny when it comes to royals disobeying traditional rules of dress, Kate Middleton is certainly not exempt from all boundary-pushing. The Duchess has paid particular attention to hemlines, clutches, nude fingernails, and conservative silhouettes. But, that said, Kate Middleton breaks royal protocol with her looks as well, and has been known to throw in some more modern twists throughout the years. In fact, the young royal has taken the most staunch of royal protocol guidelines when it comes to her wardrobe and brought them into the 21stcentury.
Some broken rules, like choosing black tights over nude ones, are seemingly simple. Others, like choosing a wedge heel on many an occasion — despite the Queen’s reported dislike of the shoe style — tends to be a bit more blatant, rebellious and bold. That said, no mini skirts seem to be in the cards for Middleton anytime soon.
She is a global style icon, to be sure, and she is simply following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana when it comes to making her public wardrobe her own. Ahead, find six times Middleton perhaps ignored formal royal protocol with her outfits.