Queen Pushing Royal Makeover for Kate

Expect lower hemlines, more tiaras

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 3, 2014 10:20 AM CST

(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.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives in Calgary, Alberta, as she and husband Prince William continue their royal tour of Canada, Thursday, July 7, 2011.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives in Calgary, Alberta, as she and husband Prince William continue their royal tour of Canada, Thursday, July 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kate, duchess of Cambridge, arrives at a Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk, England, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
Kate, duchess of Cambridge, arrives at a Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk, England, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Queen Elizabeth II waits to receive flowers from children after she attended a Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Estate, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II waits to receive flowers from children after she attended a Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Estate, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Wind can be a problem when you're wearing skirts of this length.   (Daily Mail)

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