The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton – are due to visit the United States the first week of December. They’ll be traveling from London to New York, where they’ll attend the 600th Anniversary dinner for their alma mater, the University of St. Andrews, take in an NBA basketball game and visit One World Trade Center and then the Duke will make his way to DC, where he’ll attend a World Bank conference on poaching and illegal trafficking of animal parts. Kate will spend her time apart from her husband enjoying the Big Apple, probably shopping for the next royal progeny, due to make his or her appearance in March.
And since the Palace is quite aware that our DC press corps is a motley lot, they’ve already taken it upon themselves to inform reporters of the rules of etiquitte when dealing with royalty, most notably, tuck your shirt in and put a tie on.
Our much more refined brothers across the pond are apparently worried that the American press corps, with our pride of the haggard and ill-dressed journalists, won’t be appropriately attired when interacting with the royals. So Buckingham palace sent out a directive at reporters wishing to cover William and Kate’s visit in early December, reminding them of the dress code rules that are also posted in the palace website.
“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” the palace press offices request. “Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”
Typically, as Americans, we should eschew all royal proclamations. But in this case, the request is pretty fair. After all, we’ve all seen the DC press corps.