Why Has Kate Middleton Never Worn Orange In Public As a Royal?
Kate Middleton is known to rock bright hues when she steps out in public. As it turns out, she has very specific reasoning for doing so. She’s following in Queen Elizabeth II’s footsteps, who wears bright colors for a purpose. According to the queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the queen.’”
“Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep,” she explained in the documentary, The Queen at 90. “And someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the queen’s hat as she went past.”
As Middleton has engaged in more and more royal public outings, we’ve seen her taking the queen’s approach. According to Town & Country Magazine, for example, Middleton went from wearing bright blue to emerald green to crimson on her family’s 2016 royal tour of Canada.
Middleton has never worn orange in public
She’s seemingly worn every color of the rainbow. That is, except for one color: orange.
Harper’s Bazaar Australia looked into the matter, finding that in Middleton’s many years as the Duchess of Cambridge, she never once stepped out in orange. She’s gotten close to the shade, once wearing peach in 2013 and a basically-red blood orange coat on another occasion.
She probably just doesn’t like the color
The exact reason as to why Middleton avoids orange is unknown. However, the reason is likely simple: She probably just isn’t a fan of the hue. Whether it’s a general dislike for the color or she doesn’t like it on herself, it’s clearly not for her.
While Middleton might not be a fan of orange in her wardrobe, her husband, Prince William, has made fun of her for wearing a different color. While on a trip to Australia in 2014, Middleton wore a shockingly bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress. The duchess reportedly told an onlooker, “William said I look like a banana.”
Some have speculated different theories
Middleton’s lack of orange in her wardrobe is likely a personal choice. However, others have come up with theories surrounding the avoidance. Aaron Homer of Inquisitr speculated that her choice is to remain loyal to the British royal family.
The royal family based in England is the most popular, but other countries are also home to European monarchies. According to Homer, the royal family in the Netherlands is known as “the House of Orange-Nassau,” with their official color being orange.
Homer dug even deeper into another theory, which could imply that Middleton is avoiding taking sides in a conflict. He explained, “Part of the island of Ireland is called Northern Ireland, which is itself part of the United Kingdom. Some elements on the island don’t care for that, while other elements are just fine with it.”
Those who are supportive of Northern Ireland being part of the United Kingdom are called “Orangemen.” Therefore, Homer presented the possibility that she doesn’t wear the color in order to stay neutral on the matter.
After all, it is considered protocol for the royal family to avoid voicing political opinions, so this theory isn’t completely out there.
Queen Elizabeth II does wear orange
— Mark Cuthbert (@markacuthbert) March 20, 2018
We could potentially get behind Homer’s theories, if not for one fact: The queen does wear orange. If anyone were to avoid wearing a certain color for political reasons, it would be her. So the fact that she’s totally fine with the color makes us think Middleton’s choice is completely personal.