As far as royal rule following goes, Kate Middleton has had years of practice to get things pitch perfect. (She's been married to Prince William for a whopping seven years now, if you can believe it.) But for last night's annual white-tie Diplomatic Reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, she went rogue and dressed to impress in her own, much more modern way.
No, she didn't wear a candy-colored number (although we doubt the queen would have minded that). Instead, she donned an off-white Jenny Packham dress, a variation on the dress code that states you need to wear bright white.
After all, if we learned anything from the zillions of weddings we've attended, we know that off-white (or ivory) is much more flattering on most skin tones compared with a stark white.
In fact, Kate wasn't alone in her decision to break protocol with her color choice: Camilla Parker-Bowles also wore an off-white dress.
OK, OK, it's a *minor* offense, sure. But we love that Kate is paving her own path to the palace, one sartorial choice at a time.