Throwback: The story behind the royal loved shoes, the Wellington

If there is one wardrobe staple every girl needs in April, it's rain boots. Whether you're walking on slippery sidewalks or jumping puddles, the rain boot is key to staying dry. Unlike the high heel, which was invented in the late 16th century, the rain boot was only invented less than two centuries ago!

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TORTEL, CHILE - DECEMBER 11: Prince William During His Raleigh International Expedition In Southern Chile, On His Way To Repair Walkways In The Village Of Tortel. (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry participates in a gumboot throwing competition after unveiling a plaque dedicating 20 hectares of native bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project at The North Shore Riding Club in Auckland on October 30, 2018. - Meghan Markle displayed an unexpected talent for 'welly wanging' in Auckland on October 30, gaining bragging rights over husband Prince Harry after they competed in the oddball New Zealand sport. (Photo by STR / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 22: Royal Nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, Prince William,and Prince Harry walk in the River Gairn, near the Balmoral Estate on October 22, 1994 in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
DAVIDSTOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) visits the Dairy Crest creamery on July 12, 2011 in Davidstow, Cornwall, England. (Photo by Andrew Lloyd - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LLWYNYWORMWOOD, WALES - FEBRUARY 22: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales views the renovation work taking place at Llwynywormwood, which was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall for the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall, on February 22, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
MINCHINHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Autumn Phillips and her daughters Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 22, 2014 in Minchinhampton, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mia Tindall attends day 3 of the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 10, 2017 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WROTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge interacts with schoolchildren at an 'Expanding Horizons' Primary School camp, taking part in various outdoor activities at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent, on June 17, 2012 in Wrotham, England. (Photo by David Parker - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
MUCHELNEY, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales accompanied by his Police Protection Officer seen before travelling aboard a boat to visit the flood hit village of Muchelney on February 4, 2014 near Langport, United Kingdom. The Prince's trip to the Somerset Levels - which has seen some of the worst flooding in recent weeks, with villages surrounded by water and hundreds of homes and businesses affected - comes a day after the head of the EA admitted his organisation has not done enough to prevent flooding in Somerset. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 04: Prince Charles Chatting At Penbedw Farm, North Wales, Where He Attended A Private Lunch And Discussion With Local Farmers. The Prince Has A Daffodil In The Buttonhole Of His Coat. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips eat ice creams as they attend the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 9, 2017 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William At Duchy Home Farm In Gloucestershire. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince William At Duchy Home Farm In Gloucestershire. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Lady Gabriella Windsor and Tom Kingston attend the Jerudong Trophy polo match at Cirencester Park Polo Club on June 25, 2016 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDSOR - MAY 29: Princess Anne with her daughter Zara Phillips at the Windsor Horse Trials on May 29, 1988 in Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II Wearing Wellington Boots With A Raincoat And Silk Headscarf While Watching Her Husband Compete In The Rain At The Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II laughs as she receives a Tesco Gift Card as a prize after her horse 'Barber's Shop' won the Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series Championship on day 2 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 12, 2016 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 30: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex help plant trees with the children from the 'Trees in Survival' group October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Camilla, The Duchess Of Cornwall, Walks With Friends After Lunch Near Sandringham. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips and eat ice creams as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trails at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on March 25, 2016 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attends the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe in Stroud. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Anne, The Princess Royal uses her mobile phone as she attends the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 28, 2015 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 30: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex reacts during the gumboot throwing competition after unveiling a plaque after dedicating 20 hectares of native bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project at The North Shore Riding Club on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Greg Bowker/New Zealand Herald - Pool/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Isla Phillips (left) and Savannah Phillips (right) play with their Grandmother's (Princess Anne, The Princess Royal) shepherds crook as they and their parents Peter and Autumn Phillips attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on September 21, 2013 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Great Tower Scout camp on March 22, 2013 in Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cambridge attended a scout volunteer training day today in Newby Bridge in Cumbria. The training course is being run in Great Tower, one of the Scout Association’s national activity centres set in 250 acres of land offering a wide range of land and water based activities, including archery, low and high ropes, climbing, abseiling, sailing and canoeing. (Photo by Andy Stenning WPA - Pool/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Great Tower Scout camp on March 22, 2013 in Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cambridge attended a scout volunteer training day today in Newby Bridge in Cumbria. The training course is being run in Great Tower, one of the Scout Association’s national activity centres set in 250 acres of land offering a wide range of land and water based activities, including archery, low and high ropes, climbing, abseiling, sailing and canoeing. (Photo by Andy Stenning WPA - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge And Peter Phillips At The Tusk Charity Polo Match At Beaufort Polo Club Near Tetbury. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and his daughter Savannah Phillips watch the cross country phase of the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on September 21, 2013 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II wears wellington boots as she attends day 3 of The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 11, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Mia Tindall and Zara Phillips attend the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 8, 2017 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips lark around as they attend day 1 of the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 5, 2016 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
HICKLING BROAD, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Prince Charles, Patron Of The Wildlife Trusts, Visiting The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Hickling Broad, Norfolk. Walking With Brendan Joyce, Director Of Norfolk Wildlife Trust [green Jacket & Binoculars]. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends day 3 of the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 9, 2018 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry on right with Prince William at a polo match in Cirencester. (Photo by Beaton Alex/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry watches young people toast marshmallows and damper bread over a campfire as he visits Myplace at Brockholes Nature Reserve, a project which aims to empower young people by encouraging them to take action in environmental activity to improve areas for wildlife, communities and their own wellbeing on October 23, 2017 in Preston, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Zara Phillips hugs her niece Savannah Phillips as they attend the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 9, 2017 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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Here is a brief history of the Wellington. 

In early 19th century England, Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington could not stop wearing his favorite pair of shoes known as Hessian boots. The tall, tasseled boots for men were given to him by the Hessians, a group of German soldiers hired by the British Empire. The duke loved his shoes so much, he instructed his shoemaker to modify the boots by removing the tassels and making the boot more form-fitting. Looking to emulate the duke, aristocrats in England began wearing this type of boot and it became known as the "Wellington."

In 1853, Hiram Hutchinson introduced rubber to the Wellington boot. The rubber Wellington's were first given to french farmers who needed protection in the wet fields. From then on, the "Wellington" became a staple on farms and in cities around Europe.

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The "Wellington" became popular in the United States in the early 20th century. Known as the rain boot, little has changed between the original "Wellington" and the rain boot that we know today. The main difference is in the color. The British version is traditionally green and has remained this color since its inception but the United States version comes in a variety of colors, most strikingly, yellow.

If there is one fan of the traditional "Wellington" it's the royal family! We take a look at some of their best moments in these iconic British shoes.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with his fiance Lady Diana Spencer during a photocall before their wedding while staying at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland, 6th May 1981. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Hilary Duff is seen on December 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Kyle Richards is seen on February 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Kristen Wiig is seen on February 06, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow is seen at LAX on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Cressida Bonas attends the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth are seen on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Alessandra Ambrosio is seen on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Alessandra Ambrosio is seen on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Jennifer Garner and Violet Affleck are seen on January 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Bethenny Frankel shops in Tribeca on September 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo By Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 28: Kelly Ripa attends OCRF's 15th Annual Super Saturday hosted by Kelly Ripa, COVERGIRL Paula Patton, Donna Karan and InStyle at Nova's Ark Project on July 28, 2012 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 07: Sarah Jessica Parker sighting on December 07, 2011 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
BRENTWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Leona Lewis takes part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, of which she is a patron, at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary on October 9, 2011 in Brentwood, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Liv Tyler and son Milo Langdon are seen in the West Village on September 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Actor Ed Westwick is seen on the set of his show, 'Gossip Girl,' on January 27, 2011 in New York City.
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker walks her son to his West Village school on November 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Rachel Bilson leaves Gelson's Market on October 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gustavo Munoz/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
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