Natural-looking polish only
Alena Pl/Shutterstock Forget flashy colors or glittery polishes—natural-looking polish is the mani of choice for the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II is noted to favor Essie’s “Ballet Slippers,” a pretty polish with a soft pink hue. According to the Essie website, back in 1989 the “Queen’s hairdresser sent the brand a letter requesting a bottle of the polish as it is ‘the only colour Her Majesty would wear.'”
However, when it comes to the royal tootsies things may be a little more lenient. The Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, was spotted going au natural on her toes when she took off her shoes during a visit to the Gandhi Smiriti museum in India. However, according to Everythingbritish.blogspot.com, Kate attended a London premiere a few years back, rocking a dark red shade of polish from her peep toe heels. Perhaps there’s a tad more “toe” wiggle room when it comes to pedicures. You can buy the nail polish the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day.
How to clutch
Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle will need to learn the subtle art of “clutch” speak now that she’s joining the royal clan. Like its own private language, using one’s clutch is the key to getting out of awkward social moments and so much more. For example, Queen Elizabeth uses her clutch to signal everything from when she wants to leave an event, to when she needs to be saved from a tiresome conversation. If that clutch is down at her side it might be time to go. Lady Diana Spencer was known to use her clutch as a clever way to block her cleavage from photographers when disembarking from vehicles. And the Duchess of Cambridge now uses her clutch to avoid awkward social situations as well, “(Kate) holds her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward,” Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told Good Housekeeping.
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