She is a big fan of etiquette and seeming proper in public considering her status. However, even the Queen can’t stop the wind from blowing while she is out in public, which means she needs to employ a clever tactic to insure she never has a fashion faux pas.
According to reports, the Queen’s royal aides make sure her uniform is kept as “proper” as possible by preventing her skirts from flying up, and her senior dresser, Angela Kelly, ensures there are weights sewn into them to avoid the issue. It is reportedly a move that is mainly done to maintain decorum as she exits an airplane.
However, while assuring her Majesty doesn‘t have issues where accidentally exposing herself with an errant skirt is an important part of the job, it isn‘t the only way Kelly assures the Queen doesn’t commit a faux pas with her outfits.
In addition to the weights, Kelly also assures the Queen doesn’t clash in any way when she is away at royal tour destinations. To do this, she travels weeks or months ahead to the destinations to see the surroundings and backdrops for where the Queen will be seen, this way her famously colorful outfits do not clash.
She also makes sure anything the Queen wears complies with local customs and traditions by avoiding patterns that are offensive and checking to see if she is required to wear items like headscarves or take off her shoes as well.
The Queen is known for always being impeccably dressed in public and also not seemingly clashing with other members when she has a joint appearance with them—but that’s because other royal aides reportedly work to make sure that their own bosses don’t clash with her.
“It’s quite normal for a private assistant of Kate to check in with the Queen’s private secretary and find out what she’s wearing so you don’t clash or sort of take the color that she’s picked to wear that day,” Omid Scobie revealed on an episode of Yahoo’s “The Royal Box.”
As a result, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are often notably seen wearing neutral shades during joint engagements with the Queen that allow them not to clash her own bright outfits.