Queen Pushing Royal Makeover for Kate
Expect lower hemlines, more tiaras
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2014 10:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – When you see Kate Middleton on an Australian tour in April, don't be surprised if she looks a little different. According to the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth has been urging a makeover for the duchess for the trip, involving more tiaras, more jewels, ... and longer skirts. Designers are working on elegant dresses that are more sophisticated than Kate's normal attire (and less likely to blow around immodestly in the wind), and the queen's own personal dresser is reportedly helping prepare Kate's wardrobe for the three-and-a-half-week trip.

"Her understanding is crucial because this trip will be about Kate appearing more royal than ever," a palace source explains. "The queen will be watching closely." Adds a designer who's helped with past royal wardrobes, "Even a modern-day royal needs help with dressing. Kate is going to be scrutinized from head to toe. ... It takes weeks of research. ... There's no room for a fashion faux pas." Kate's probably dressed pretty casually at the moment: She's taken royal babe George on his first family vacation, to a Caribbean island with her parents and siblings, Us reports.

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Jul 29, 2014 3:42 PM CDT
The Queen's dressmakers have always put weights in the hems of her skirts and dresses, so that the wind won't blow them up and reveal anything embarrassing. I think that's more along the lines of what Her Majesty is trying to share with the Duchess. "Elegance" sometimes means showing off less, not more.
Linda Kimpton Murrell
Jul 27, 2014 4:35 AM CDT
the palace dressed Diana at first and look what they put her in, i think she's doing fine the days of tiaras and jewels are finished, elegance means less is best in this age
Manel Dias
Jul 23, 2014 3:03 PM CDT
Kate is a fine young lady and she has gotten adopted to the duties and events flawlessly. Please leave her alone. Don't find faults for no reason. This is what the Royals did to Princess Diana too. Every little thing was pointed out and try to adjust according the way royals wanted. If Prince William has no problem with the way her wife wear her clothes, then others need to take a step back and relax.