This is why the Queen makes Meghan Markle wear pantyhose

Meghan Markle fulfilled her first post-wedding royal engagement by adhering to the palace dress code: Wearing pantyhοse.

On Tuesday, Markle and Prince Harry attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday, marking their official debut as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Markle wore a $643 pink-and taupe silk Goat dress with sheer long sleeves, a Philip Treacy hat, and she carried a Wilbur and Gussie clutch. But the detail that truly earned her royal status was a pair of sheer tights.

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The Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
The Duchess of Cornwall (left) the Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
The Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with the Duchess of Sussex (right) at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
The Duchess of Cornwall (left) the Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (front centre right) Stand with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (front centre left) and guests during a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London, which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
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It was the first time Markle wore tights to a royal function, having raised eyebrows in the past for going bare-legged, for example in April when attending the Invictus Games Sydney celebration in London wearing a $510, green floral Self-Portrait dress and in December during her engagement announcement when she wore a $750 Line the Label white coat over a green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H.

There’s no hard-and-fast evidence for the queen-issued mandate, barring the fact that every female family member from the Queen to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridege wears nude pantyhοse.

Granted, some of these women grew up during the era of nylons, which were invented in 1959 and considered essential for dignified events. However, unlike most millennials, Middleton wears them regularly and the fact that Markle — a former fashion blogger — wore them to kick off her royal career suggests that hosiery is non-negotiable. 

“Generally speaking, the queen is pretty progressive, but she does require all women in the family to wear pantyhοse if they choose to wear dresses or skirts,” Kelly Lynch, royal expert and managing editor of Dailybreak, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The simple reason is, Her Majesty considers it ladylike, proper, and appropriate and it’s the one rule she won’t budge on, regardless of temperature.”

Middleton usually opts for flesh-toned hosiery with her rumored brand $7 John Lewis ‘Barely There’ non-slip tights with gel cushions. In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge has become so synonymous with nylons that in 2012, British supermarket chain Asda noted that its hosiery sales had risen by 500 percent thanks to the “Kate Effect,” a trend that causes an influx of business for Middleton’s favored brands.

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US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ben Birchall / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW MATTHEWS/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
Pageboys hold the train of the dress of Meghan Markle as she arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and her bridal walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince of Wales in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding.
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the Ascot Landau carriage during the procession on The Long Walk after getting married St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (R) walk away from the High Altar toward the West Door to exit at the end of their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle stands at the altar during her wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry lifts the veil of Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle during their wedding service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle smiles during her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle smiles during her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle stand together for their wedding in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) sits with US actress Meghan Markle (R) during the reading in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) sits with US actress Meghan Markle (R) during the reading in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and US actress Meghan Markle (L) stand facing each other hand-in-hand before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and US actress Meghan Markle (L) stand facing each other hand-in-hand before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle stand together at the High Altar during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle (R) with her mother Doria Ragland arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle with her mother Doria Ragland (unseen) drive down the Long Walk as they arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle (R) and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle leaves the Cliveden House Hotel, accompanied by her mother, Ms Doria Ragland, ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Page boys John and Brian Mulroney accompany US actress Meghan Markle as she arrives in a car for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Radburn / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS RADBURN/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle leaves the Cliveden House Hotel, accompanied by her mother, Ms Doria Ragland, ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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Pantyhοse aren’t the only fashion rule imposed by the palace — boys under the age of 8 must wear shorts, even in cold weather (however, Prince George was allowed to wear black pants for the royal wedding), per aristocratic tradition. And little girls like Princess Charlotte are reportedly banned from wearing dresses until the age of one, with exceptions made for official family photos. 

“The queen also asks that royal women sew light weights into their skirts to prevent wind-blown accidents, which has happened to Kate Middleton on several occasions,” notes Kelly.

Markle’s style is unpredictable, having sported messy buns, all-black attire, and a cross-body bag, all three of which break royal protocol. But that could be good, says Lynch. “If Meghan doesn’t like pantyhοse, she might give us the royal pantsuit.”

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