It’s no secret that members of the royal family are bound by protocols. While it is an amazing privilege being a royal, it comes with certain rules and traditions that dictate how they should talk, eat and even dress up. Here are the biggest revelations about fashion rules that members of the royal family religiously follow.

1. A royal lady should hold her purse with her left hand

During royal outings, you will often see Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton holding their purses in their left hand. As royals, they should make sure that their right hand is always free to wave to the public and shake hands.

2. Bright colors are a must when in crowds

This rule is a matter of safety precaution. They must wear colors that are bright so securities can easily pick them out in a crowd.

3. The Queen must approve the final version of a royal wedding dress

Queen Elizabeth had to approve of Kate’s wedding gown before her big day in 2011. She did the same with Meghan before she married Prince Harry in 2018.

4. Female senior members of the royal family can’t wear pants when attending official engagements

When female royals go on royal tours, they are not allowed to wear pants. This is because Queen Elizabeth prefers skirts and dresses to trousers.

5. Female royals should have natural-looking nails

If you’ve been following the royal family, you may have noticed that female royals, like Queen Elizabeth, Kate and Meghan, always have natural-looking nails. This is because they are only allowed to wear subtle pinks or clear nail polish when in public.

6. Sleeveless and short dresses are a big no-no

Female royals do not usually wear these types of dresses because during royal tours, they often bend down and sit. Royals follow conservative traditions, so this rule is a no-brainer.

7. Tiaras only work to fancy royal events

Not only are tiaras worn in the fanciest royal events, but they are also worn for the first time by brides. When Kate married Prince William in 2011, she wore Queen Elizabeth’s Cartier Halo tiara.

8. The Queen uses a handbag to send signals

When the Queen goes out, she never does without a handbag. This is because she uses it to send signals to her aides. When she’s having dinner and sets her bag on top of the table, that’s her signaling that the party is ending soon.

9. The Queen must wear a hat that perfectly matches her bright outfit

It comes from an ancient tradition that royal ladies must always keep their hair covered. Though the Queen no longer wears a hat all the time when in public, she is often seen wearing either her crown or a headscarf.

10. Shorts are for royal boys, trousers are for royal men

This is a longstanding tradition among British royalty. Shorts in young boys is a silent class marker in England. When they reach 8, they start wearing pants.