If you’ve been invited to the royal wedding, you definitely don’t want to embarrass yourself. All eyes will be on Windsor Castle on Saturday, and there’s a strict code of etiquette for everyone there. Perhaps you’ll be happy in your slippers with a cuppa at home after all. Way less stress.
No open-toed shoes Although the forecast is hot and sunny for Harry and Meghan’s big day, guests will have to keep their toes under wraps. They must wear closed shoes, so no strappy Manolos allowed.
Nude tights I’m not sure how they’re going to enforce this one, but ladies are required to wear tights or stockings in a nude colour. It seems this rule was flouted by a fair few at Kate and William’s wedding, though.
Never leave before The Queen The Queen is the marker for stopping and starting everything at a royal wedding. That means you don’t leave the church until she does, and you also finish eating as soon as she’s done. That feels like a lot of pressure for HRH, but we’re sure she’ll manage.
No talking to the press afterwards It’s pretty much a no-brainer that you don’t go blabbing to the media if you’ve attended the wedding. Details are kept secret by the Royal Family, and it’s in good faith that nobody reveals them afterwards.
No phones or selfies Along that same vein, guests have apparently been asked to leave their phones at home, as they won’t be allowed inside the church. Selfies are also a big faux-pas.
Skyscraper heels are a no-no Victoria Beckham got a bit of stick after the previous royal wedding, when her sky-high Louboutins raised eyebrows at the palace. Queen Elizabeth is apparently not a fan of wedges either, so guests are urged to avoid those too.
Hats at all times in church A hat is compulsory for all guests at the wedding ceremony. The kind of hat worn isn’t specified, though, so you could potentially go all out like Beatrice and Eugenie with their Philip Treacy numbers a few years back.
Use the loo between 9am and 11am In a handbook issued to Saturday’s guests, they’re advised to go to the toilet before they get to the venue, as there will be limited facilities available. It’d certainly be awkward to interrupt the wedding of the year to nip to the loo.
Cover up arms and legs (to a point) Men should be wearing ‘morning dress’ including a waistcoat, jacket, and tie in black or grey. Women should have their arms covered and their skirts should be at least knee-length. That said, they’re not permitted to wear floor-length gowns. Also, as with most weddings, only the bride is allowed to wear white. Lay off on the booze Perhaps this should be advice for all wedding guests. Etiquette experts have warned that drunkenness will not be tolerated.
No presents Harry and Meghan have already asked for charity donations instead of gifts for their wedding. Those who do shirk this advice, however, have been asked to not bring gifts to the day itself and send any presents to the family home