Here’s Why Meghan Markle’s Trooping the Colour Dress Breaks Royal Protocol (but We Love It Anyway)

The Duchess of Sussex might have to attend How to Be a Royal 101 for six months (no, seriously), but it seems she’s still a fan of breaking all the rules. Case in point: her weekend outfit choice.

At the celebration of the queen’s birthday on Saturday, called Trooping the Colour, the newlywed (who just returned from her honeymoon in Canada with hubby Prince Harry) wore a gorgeous off-the-shoulder pale pink Carolina Herrera dress and Philip Treacy hat. And while it wasn’t the bare shoulders that had onlookers gasping in disbelief, the short-sleeve length did break from royal tradition.

Typically, royals wear long or 3/4-length sleeves to the Trooping, with Kate Middleton never having worn short sleeves to the event since she made her Trooping debut in 2011 (and same for Princess Diana when she made her debut back in 1981).

The new duchess’s dress, which had short sleeves, a folded off-the-shoulder collared neckline, midi-length hemline and three big fabric-covered buttons was accentuated by her bouncy blowout hairstyle.

All we have to say: Brava, Duchess. We love a rebellious fashion choice (even if rebellious means no pantyhose and a couple of bare elbows).

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