25 Iconic Royal Outfits That Have Deeper Meanings


When you are a part of the Royal Family, you quickly become accustomed to the whole world following your every move. Everything you do is likely to make it onto the front page of the newspapers; good or bad. One of the things that fans of the royals love to keep an eye on is their outfit choices. Luckily, the Royal Family has plenty of money in the bank – and a team of stylists – to ensure they’re always looking their best. Not only that, but the royals often like to send a message with their clothing choices. Here are some of the hidden meanings behind famous royal outfits.

Queen Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress

Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip back in 1947, during a time that the world was recovering from World War II. In fact, a lot of things were still rationed back in 1947, and so the future Queen was keen to send a message of hope for the future.

Queen Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress

The spring flower garlands embroidered on the dress were inspired by the painting “Allegory of Spring” (Primavera) by Sandro Botticelli. The meaning of spring is new life and renewal, so this was a little nod at a more abundant future.

Meghan Markle’s Christening Outfit

One of Meghan Markle’s most recent outfits is the one she wore to Archie’s christening on July 6, 2019. Many people have commented that the white Dior dress she was wearing was very similar to the one she wore on her wedding day, but she was also wearing a hidden message.

Meghan Markle’s Christening Outfit

Meghan was wearing the same Cartier earrings that she had worn on her wedding day as a homage to her tying the knot to Prince Harry.

Princess Diana’s Tiara

Most people assume that any tiaras the Royal Family wears are from the Queen’s own jewelry box, but this wasn’t the case with Princess Diana’s tiara.

Princess Diana’s Tiara

The Spencer Tiara that Diana wore at her wedding to Prince Charles has actually been in her own family for decades. Different parts of the tiara have been passed down since the late 1700s before the finished piece was finalized sometime in the ‘30s. Several members of the Spencer family have worn it, but it hasn’t been publicly worn since Diana passed.

Kate Middleton’s Blue Dress

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her and William’s first child, George, she stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital wearing this dress.

Kate Middleton’s Blue Dress

Once everyone got over how incredible she looked just hours after giving birth, people couldn’t help but notice the pale blue polka dot number. Why? It seemed very similar to the dress Princess Diana wore when she introduced Prince William to the world back in 1982. It was a touching tribute to William’s late mother.

Kate Middleton’s Red Dress

Kate Middleton made headlines once again when she stepped out after the birth of her third child, Prince Louis. She was wearing a red and white dress, and many people wondered if it was a nod to the fact it was St. George’s Day.

Kate Middleton’s Red Dress

However, royal fans were quick to point out the similarities between Kate’s dress and the one Princess Diana wore to introduce Prince Harry into the world. With it being her second son, perhaps she wanted to pay tribute again.

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Veil

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tying the knot was one of the most significant royal events of all time, back in May 2018. While everyone couldn’t take their eyes off her elegant Givenchy dress, there was a hidden meaning behind her 16-foot trail.

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Veil

It was embroidered with all of the signature flowers from the countries of the British Commonwealth…all 53 of them! Harry allegedly didn’t know this is what she was going to do and was over the moon she included them all.

Princess Diana’s Little Black Dress

Is there any outfit on this planet that is more iconic than Princess Diana’s little black dress? Back on June 29, 1994, Princess Diana wore this LBD to the annual fundraising event for the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. Why?

Princess Diana’s Little Black Dress

Well, her ex-husband was doing an interview that night where he revealed he had been unfaithful to her. Diana clearly got the heads up and decided to make sure all eyes were on her – and it worked! Her “revenge dress” made the papers more than his cheating scandal.

Princess Beatrice’s Handbag

Back in 2018, Princess Beatrice turned up at the Chelsea Flower Show wearing this adorable floral dress. However, look closer, and you’ll see that it’s her handbag that carries the secret message.

Princess Beatrice’s Handbag

On the side of the bag are the words, “Be cool Be nice” which is a cute sentiment, right? However, it’s also a slogan from an anti-bullying campaign; a cause which Princess Bea feels quite strongly about. She joined the campaign and publicly declared her support back in November 2018.

Queen Elizabeth’s Gloves

Can you imagine the Queen without her white gloves? It seems a strange thing to notice, but it’s very rare you’ll ever see the Queen’s hands. For over 70 years, Cornelia James has been the glovemaker behind Queenie’s famous white gloves.

Queen Elizabeth’s Gloves

They’re thought to serve two purposes; to ensure every outfit is complete and to protect her hands when she spends half her day shaking them with other people. Makes sense! Each pair of gloves costs around $140, too.

Princess Diana’s Clutch Bags

It seemed as though the late Princess Diana was never caught out without a clutch bag, and several other members of the Royal Family have followed suit. However, have you ever wondered why she was always clutching a clutch?

Princess Diana’s Clutch Bags

According to royal experts, Princess Diana used these little bags to cover her modesty – especially when getting out of cars. By the looks of all the photos, it certainly does the trick. Apparently, Kate Middleton also only carries clutches but just to get out of shaking hands.

The Queen’s Lime Green And Purple Outfit

Queen Elizabeth II has never been one to shy away from bright colors, but she went super bright for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Her lime green and purple ensemble certainly turned heads, but apparently, there was a reason why she wore these colors.

The Queen’s Lime Green And Purple Outfit

According to a color consultant, purple is believed to be a nod to her approval of the marriage, and green is the color of growth and respect. A year after Harry and Meghan got married, she stepped out in an almost identical outfit.

Princess Charlotte’s Dresses

There are plenty of rules when it comes to dressing as a royal, but according to a royal expert, there are no rules that say little girls in the Royal Family can’t wear pants. So, why does Princess Charlotte always wear similar dresses?

Princess Charlotte’s Dresses

It seems like she’s in a floral or pastel dress whenever the press manages to snap a photo of her. The royal expert, Marlene Koenig, believes that it could be a nod to the timeless and classic traditions of the royals.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s Cardigan

It’s hard to believe that members of the Royal Family would ever have to wear the same outfit more than once. After all, they have the money to wear something brand new every day if they wanted to!

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s Cardigan

However, most members of the Royal Family do recycle some of their favorite outfits, including Kate and Meghan. Not only do they recycle, but they hand clothes down, too! Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte have worn this adorable little cardigan. Royal hand-me-downs!

Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Gown

Princess Eugenie was keen to send a few secret messages with her choice of gown on her wedding day back in October 2018. The most prominent detail was the low back, which was designed to show off the scar from her scoliosis operation.

Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Gown

When she was a child, her scoliosis was so severe she had to have an eight-hour surgery to get it fixed. The material also had four secret symbols, all of which were important to her, her husband, and her family.

Sarah Ferguson’s Bracelet

On the day of Princess Eugenie’s wedding, Sarah Ferguson rocked up wearing a gorgeous green number – complete with the kind of wild hat the family has become famous for.

Sarah Ferguson’s Bracelet

However, keen-eyed royal fans also noticed something else that the mother-of-the-bride was wearing on the day. Her bracelet has both of her daughter’s names on it, written in jaw-dropping diamonds. She also carried a vintage clutch bag which is believed to have been the same bag her late mother took to her own wedding to Andrew.

Queen Elizabeth’s Poppy Dress

Queen Elizabeth II has always been one of the most stylish royals, and she’s not afraid to pay homage to wherever she’s visiting with her outfits. This photo was taken all the way back in 1983 when the Queen was meeting Frank Sinatra for dinner in Los Angeles.

Queen Elizabeth’s Poppy Dress

Those who are from California will know that the state flower is the poppy, and so Queen Elizabeth II wore this dress to pay her respects to The Golden State.

Kate Middleton’s Poppy Dress

The Queen isn’t the only one to include poppies in her outfits, as we can see with this ensemble from Kate Middleton. In the UK, poppies are a symbol of remembrance, and there was a very special reason for this outfit’s symbolism.

Kate Middleton’s Poppy Dress

Kate wore this Prada dress while visiting Princess Diana’s memorial garden on the 20th anniversary of her passing back in 2017. It also featured the kind of bow neckline that Princess Diana was a fan of wearing herself.

Kate Middleton’s Shamrock Pin

Kate Middleton has been pictured wearing this shamrock pin on more than one occasion, but why? The Duchess of Cambridge wears this pin on St. Patrick’s Day (nearly) every year while she presents shamrocks to the Irish Guards.

Kate Middleton’s Shamrock Pin

It’s a century-old custom, but the pin itself doesn’t actually belong to Kate Middleton! It actually belongs to the Irish Guards who loan it out to any royal ladies who are associated with the regiment. It’s believed to have first belonged to either Queen Alexandra or Princess Mary.

Sarah Ferguson’s Flower Crown

Sarah Ferguson has always been a fan of wearing show-stopping pieces on her head, as this flower crown goes to prove. However, there was a little secret hidden underneath that floral arrangement.

Sarah Ferguson’s Flower Crown

As soon as she signed the wedding register, Ferguson removed the flower crown to reveal her tiara underneath. The York tiara had been specially commissioned for the big day and is believed to have been a gift from the Queen. Removing the flowers was symbolism for Sarah joining the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle’s Diamond Pendant

Meghan Markle has no shortage of jewels to wear with all of her incredible outfits, but this necklace is perhaps one of the most fascinating. Meghan Markle wore this diamond pendant while giving a speech on female empowerment for New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Meghan Markle’s Diamond Pendant

The necklace is based on the traditional art of Ta Moko, which is a classic tattoo style of the Maori, the native people of New Zealand. It was also designed by the New Zealand-born female jeweler, Jessica McCormack.

Prince William and Family’s Red and White Outfits

It seems as though the royals love to give a little hat-tip to whatever country they’re visiting, as Prince William and his family prove in this photo.

Prince William and Family’s Red and White Outfits

While it may just look as though they’ve carefully coordinated their outfits with each other, there is actually a deeper meaning behind them wearing white and red. This photo was taken when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with George and Charlotte, were on a State Visit to Poland. They match the Polish flag!

Prince Harry’s Wedding Outfit

Everyone thought Prince Harry was going to get married in a morning suit, so he shocked the world when he turned up in uniform. In fact, he had to get permission from his grandmother, the Queen, to be able to wear it.

Prince Harry’s Wedding Outfit

What makes this outfit even more special is that Harry chose to wear his ribbons instead of an aiguillette. Ribbons are given out for the work Harry has actually done, instead of anything that he may have been given out of honor.

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress

Tens of millions of people tuned in to watch Kate Middleton and Prince William tie the knot, and Kate wowed the world with her now-iconic wedding dress. However, there were a few messages in there that nodded toward her becoming the future Queen Consort.

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress

Experts have claimed that roses, shamrocks, daffodils, and thistles were all on the bodice of the dress to represent England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. However, Meghan went one step further and included all 53 flowers from across the Commonwealth.

Meghan Markle’s Neutral Outfits

Before Meghan Markle became part of the Royal Family, she wasn’t afraid to step out in some eye-catching outfits. However, it seems as though the Duchess of Sussex favors more neutral colors now.

Meghan Markle’s Neutral Outfits

Royal and fashion experts have weighed in as to why this may be the case. According to sources, Meghan Markle is trying to blend in and not create a fuss. She’s already caused so many headlines, perhaps she’s hoping the neutral colors will help her hide away.