The royal family is all about tradition and etiquette. There is a rather strict set of rules that all the members need to abide by so as to preserve tradition, and no exceptions are allowed. Well, at least that’s what it is supposed to be like, but they are only humans, after all, so there were some cases when some of them broke some of the rules.
Anyhow, many people are familiar with certain rules, for instance, they should not take selfies with fans, women are not allowed to wear colorful nail polish, and the like. However, how many of you knew that there is one particular outfit that all family members have to take wherever they go? And did you know which outfit that is and why they have to pack it? It might sound somewhat morbid, but the answer is a black outfit, in case another royal family member dies while they’re on vacation.
According to some sources, this rule was set after 1952. Namely, that year, King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II died while she was on royal tour with Prince Philip in Kenya. She didn’t have a black dress packed, and it was completely inappropriate for her to step out of the plane wearing something in any other color but black. So, she had to wait for her mourning clothes in the plane and change there once they brought them to her.
So, since this was not a convenient situation to be in, the new rule was established. Morbid or not, now they all have to think about the worst-case scenarios wherever they go and they have to be prepared even for tragic events, which includes bringing a black outfit just in case.