Reporters and journalists take heed, as a royal dress code is being requested by Kate Middleton and Prince William during their swiftly approaching trip to New York. Americans everywhere were thrilled to hear this week that the royal couple would be coming to the U.S. in early December for the first time ever, but The Spreadit News reveals this Saturday, November 22, 2014, that Buckingham Palace expects journalists to be in good dress during their attendance. This means that photographers and writers are being warned now that jeans, t-shirts, and the like simply won’t be accepted.
Some American sources have a problem with the visiting Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wanting formal dress for their visit to our country, but Buckingham Palace has released the standard of dress it will be expecting for reporters to follow. This royal dress code is being put into effect during the couple’s upcoming visit to New York. Prince William and Kate Middleton apparently have expectations of our journalists much as they do with their British counterparts. Photographers should look professional when they arrive to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from December 7th to December 9th here in the U.S. nation. The pair’s “vacation” is expected to last three days for the royal couple, and there is a lot planned already.
First on their royal to-do list will be to visit the site where the World Trade Center once stood. Kate Middleton is reportedly expected to be accompanying her husband first to the September 11 Memorial Site in New York City. After paying their respects at that somber location, Kate and William are going to a much more decidedly lighthearted affair — seeing a basketball game with Beyonce and Jay Z. Suffice it to say that the dress code likely won’t be stringent for the royal couple as they watch the game in Brooklyn with these talented celebrities in tow. One of their last stops on their U.S. visit will be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in which they will be celebrating an anniversary dinner at the University of St. Andrews.
Reporters have been asked to take heed of the royal dress code even when Prince William and Kate Middleton are apart, the Telegraph News notes. The Duke of Cambridge will be making a brief stop alone to Washington as part of a conference to counter international abuse and corruption at the World Bank. In light of their impending trip, Buckingham Palace wants to make it clear that American journalists should be in good dress and proper attire for the special occasion. If they want an inside interview with the couple, here is the scoop they should have in the back of their minds:
“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.” Buckingham Palace means business, it seems.
If these basic requirements aren’t met, security for Kate Middleton has the license to turn Americans away from seeing her. Apparently, the dress code to be allowed in the presence of these British royals includes no jeans, a tie for men, and trousers or skirts for women. These appearance standards are not going to be optional, and includes anyone who wants to snap some pictures or gather some quotes from Kate and William. Adds the press release on the matter:
“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,” said the announcement. “This also applies to technicians.”
Although it can be assumed that Buckingham Palace employs this royal dress code as a sign of respect for the royal couple, quite a few American reporters and local journalists have disagreed with the strictures. One of their main arguments is that Kate and William are visiting the U.S., and we apparently are being made out as “less refined” — or at least that is what these policies are implying. A recent magazine article from New York Magazine ridiculed the restraints in terms of good dress, saying that it is not necessary. Politico, too, chimed in to say it sounds rather absurd altogether. The source sites wrote:
“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.” This is just a piece of Politico’s funny editorial regarding the dress issue.
“First of all, what are “trainers.And second, why should the United States’ press corps – who barely bother to brush the muffin crumbs off their polo shirts before lobbing questions at the president of the United States – schlep extra pieces of clothing to work just so they can make smalltalk with a (perfectly nice-seeming) British air ambulance pilot-in-training and a former chain-store accessories buyer?” concluded NY Magazine.
Do you have any personal input on the royal dress code that reporters are asked to take heed of next month? Is it necessary and an important sign of respect in order to have the “privilege” of interviewing Kate Middleton and Prince William? Whether they grumble about having to wear a tie or not, it is very likely that many Americans, journalists especially, will be willing to suit up in order to take advantage of the Britons’ special trip this December 2014.